Safety & Security Coordinator at Voluntary Service Overseas

Safeguarding Coordinator – IPDHE at Voluntary Service Overseas

Role Title: Safety & Security Coordinator – Ethiopia

Job/Role Purpose: To provide technical guidance and operational and programme support to project team, management and partners to ensure compliance with safeguarding 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 – Programme

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

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 safeguarding capacities where necessary.
  • Provide advice to project team on national laws and regulations relating to safeguarding
  • 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.

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 safeguarding 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.


  • 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.

How to apply


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