Safer Access Framework Officer

Safer Access Framework Officer

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Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) is the leading National Humanitarian Organization in Uganda and a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

The Safer Access concept, introduced by the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), is a set of actions and measures that can be taken by a National Red Cross and  Red Crescent Society or even by any humanitarian organization to prepare for and respond to context-specific challenges, to reduce and mitigate the risks that it may face in sensitive and insecure contexts; and to help it earn the trust and acceptance of people and communities with humanitarian needs, as well as of those who control or influence access to them. Delivered under the technical guidance of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), the URCS’ Safer Access Framework (SAF)officer will assist to strengthen the capacity, capability and protection of staff and volunteers who are consistently promoting and participating in the National Society’s humanitarian activities.

Applications from suitable persons to be considered for appointment in the outlined positions are hereby invited.  All applicants should adhere to the Red Cross Principles. URCS is an equal opportunities employer mindful of gender balance in its establishment.

Full job descriptions and application forms can be viewed from the jobs section of our website at and the application template from here

Please send your filled application formand attach your academic transcripts and certificates. The filled application forms and academic transcripts and certificates can be e-mailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or hand delivered, and or by post to:

Please send your filled application form and attach your academic transcripts and certificates. The filled application forms and academic transcripts and certificates can be e-mailed to; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or hand delivered, and or by post to:

The Secretary General,

Uganda Red Cross Society,

Plot 551/555 Rubaga Road,

P.O. Box 494, Kampala, Uganda.

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date for receipt of the application is April 21st, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Due to large volumes of applications; only short listed candidates shall be contacted. Canvassing shall lead to automatic disqualification.

Title Safer Access Framework Officer(1 Position)
Grade UR 5
Reporting lines: Manager, Emergency Preparedness & Response
Location HQ
Duration OneYearwith the possibility of extension
Date April 2019

Job Purpose:

Within the framework of the URCS policies and procedures and in accordance with Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross Movement, the Safer Access Framework Officerwill facilitate the implementation of activities related to Safer Access Framework (SAF) through mainstreaming the concept into all URCS humanitarian interventions.

Key responsibilities:

  • Contribute towards Partners National Societies (PNSs) and IFRC’s work towards a common RCRC Movement approach on matters linked to Safer Access
  • Provide relevant technical support in the application of SAF to the URCS, ICRC and other Movement partners based on the National Society needs and priorities 
  • Develop and support the National Society’s activities to disseminate about and implement, at the national, sub-national and local levels, the Safer Access Framework, based on the model and tools produced for the Movement by the ICRC.
  • Lead, manage and coordinate the National Society’s activities related to the eight elements of the Safer Access Framework, in close collaboration with other responsible departments.
  • Conduct context threat assessments and security risk management activities, incorporating the input of other responsible departments; as the basis of advising the National Society management on issues related to acceptance, access and security
  • Understand the interaction of statutory, constitutional and legal frameworks and the role that these play in contributing to achieving the National Society’s Safer Access objectives, including those related to the use of the Red Cross Emblem.
  • Work to ensure that relevant SAF elements are included in the URCS programmes and activities such as Health, DM, Branch Capacity Development and or contingency planning and conflict response tools. 
  • Contribute as directed to the implementation of Safer Access Framework objectives at national, and local branch level in the field. 
  • Be focal person to assist URCS Management develop the objectives of each of the eight elements of the URCS Safer Access Framework in consultation with the ICRC.
  • Conduct security incident mapping and analysis to inform a national threat assessment and conduct risk management studies to enhance the security of the National Society operations at national, district and local levels.
  • Act as a national focal point for security matters.
  • Develop and deliver security related training about the Safer Access Framework in conjunction with the URCS Management and Movement partners. 
  • Establish and maintain a day to day monitoring of security trends in order to adapt security advice to evolutions in the Ugandan context.
  • Report as directed on changes in the security situation and recommend how to adapt operations to maintain a safe and secure working environment for all staff (URCS and other Movement partners as needed) and volunteers.
  • Establish and maintain a periodic and specific URCS incident reporting system for the National Society based on recognized Movement models.
  • Support, and be an active participant, in the Movement (URCS, ICRC, and IFRC) Security coordination mechanisms 
  • Capture and document SAF good practices and / or select experience and submit it to the ICRC for dissemination


Education Qualifications
  1. Bachelors’ Degree in Law, Development, Peace & Security or related fields
  2. Post Graduate Qualifications in the related field will be an added advantage 
Essential Experience
  1. Minimum of one yearpost-graduation experience in working in the areas of humanitarian Security and Risk Management, and practical application of Safer Access for response (for personnel) to disaster operations
  2. Demonstrable understanding of safety & security contexts and ways to reduce personnel security risks
  3. Operational experience in a diverse range of insecure contexts (African experience beneficial)
  4. Knowledge of Red Cross Movement will be of added advantage
Essential Skills
  1. Very good interpersonal skills and cultural and politico-social sensitivity is preferable
  2. Good leadership skills and ability to work on own initiative and to solve problems
  3. Innovative thinking and analytical ability
  4. Strong demonstrated skills working with external partners and bringing several stakeholders together for a common goal
  5. Working, at times, under tight deadlines 
  6. Proven ability to coach and mentor others to develop specific knowledge and skills, with a positive attitude towards learning & sharing 
  7. Knowledge and experience of security in a humanitarian environment 
  8. Strong and proven communication and negotiation skills
  9. Effective spoken and written English, Kiswahili and other widely spoken local Languages

Please download application template from here

URCS Contacts

Plot 551/555 Rubaga Road.
P.O. Box 494, Kampala Uganda.
Tel:     (256) 414 258701
Tel:     (256) 414 258702


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