Safety & Security Coordinator

Location:  Addis Ababa

Deadline: Aug 3, 2022

Job Description

Role Purpose

  • To provide technical guidance and operational and programme support to project team, management and partners to ensure compliance with safety & security policies in line with donor expectations and the VSO volunteering for development approach.  To build understanding and capacity for safeguarding with partners, CSOs and networks.

Task Responsibilities

Technical support – Operational

  • Map local service provision and existing referral systems in the programme delivery area to access and/or mobilise should a crisis occur.
  • Develop agreements with key local service providers
  • Update the risk register and mitigation measures (including relocation protocols) with detailed information and review and update risk register every 6 months
  • Identifying additional PSS support to staff, volunteers and partners and refer within VSO
  • Support project team to carry out mandatory due diligence assessments and provide partner support in building security capacities where necessary.
  • Provide advice to project team on national laws and regulations relating to safety &security
  • Collate, analyze and disseminate security & safeguarding information to project staff, volunteers and ensuring the information remains accurate and neutral.
  • Ensure ongoing development and regular review of project safeguarding and security protocols.

Technical support – Programme

  • Mapping and Capacity assessment of community level structures and systems (e.g. DRR, Peace Committees)
  • Develop and deliver safety & security (and support on safeguarding) capacity building to community level CSOs as part of project implementation
  • Accompany CSOs to strengthen their policies and practices
  • Link CSOs into existing crisis response and referral systems both within VSO and existing community referral systems

Incident & Crisis Management Response

  • Ensure timely escalation and management of, and learning from security and safeguarding incidents in line with VSO global policy & procedures
  • Engage with existing local and national organisations/networks on case management
  • Data, analysis & reporting
  • Ensure effective auditing, accountability and report handling procedures related to the security system are in place and applied.

Capacity building                                                                                                   

  •  Project team at VSO and partner’s project teams are inducted and provided with ongoing accompaniment and training on safeguarding & security.
  •  Fulfil other appropriate level responsibilities as defined by the line manager from time to time


Job Requirements


  • Demonstrable experience in safety and security in fragile, conflict affected areas.
  • Undertaken safeguarding training


  • Significant of experience managing safety & security in the context of humanitarian, development and peacebuilding programmes in Ethiopia.  Experience of cross border/multi country projects an advantage
  • Experience of safeguarding incidences and responses at an organizational level
  • Experience of strengthening local community capacity on safety & security
  • Practical experience of designing and delivering training and ongoing capacity building in security.  Similar experience in safeguarding an advantage.
  • Experience of working in a cross-cultural context an advantage
  • Experience of working with volunteers an advantage


  • Excellent communication skills with good command of both spoken and written English, Amharic.  Fluency in Oromo an advantage.
  • Ability to handle highly confidential information with tact, discretion, and sensitivity.
  • Ability to develop, manage and maintain efficient systems and work under pressure.
  • Self-motivated, ability to use own initiative and flexibility.
  • Able to travel across project implementation sites and spend time away from work- base location and home.