Safeguarding & Code of Conduct Specialist

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DepartmentDRC Danmark
Contract TypeNational or Expatriate
Posted09 Mar 2023
Expires31 Mar 2023

Do you want to participate in building accountability across a global organisation and help supporting people most in need? We are looking for a Global Safeguarding & Code of Conduct Specialist.

Who are we?

The Safeguarding & Code of Conduct Unit is responsible for the design and management of the Code of Conduct Reporting Mechanism (CoCRM) globally. The Unit is composed of six (6) employees, including a manager, a Code of Conduct Global Advisor and a Safeguarding (PSEAH) Global Advisor. The Unit is notably in charge of Protection from Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Sexual Harassment (PSEAH) activities and the conduct of internal investigations regarding the most severe breaches (Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (SEAH) and high scale fraud and corruption).

About the job

The Global Safeguarding & Code of Conduct Investigator will join a team of 6 persons in HQ and support the CoCRM setup in regions and countries. The Global Safeguarding & Code of Conduct specialist will contribute to the development, promotion and roll out of policy to promote a culture which has a zero tolerance to fraud, corruption and safeguarding. They will ensure complainants/survivors are listened to, supported and protected from further harm, and ensure all code of conduct cases are investigated timely in line with DRC agreed practice.

Your main responsibilities will be: 

  • Investigate allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse primarily, as well as allegations of fraud and corruption under the monitoring of an authorising officer. 
  • Produce high-quality reports on investigation to managers at all levels (country, region or HQ). 
  • Provide advice and guidance on sexual exploitation and abuse allegations in the frame of administrative investigation taking into consideration the potential risks to personal safety for those involved. 
  • Support countries and regions during complex administrative investigations to ensure quality investigation and reporting to DRC management and donors. 
  • Provide mentorship to DRC country and regional teams of investigators and review Investigation reports and provide necessary guidance to investigators to ensure that investigation protocols are performed to a high standard and consistently. 
  • Participate in the design and development of training materials, and deliver training, to create awareness for staff, interns, partner organisations on DRC’s Code of Conduct (CoC) and PSEAH policies. 
  • Deliver training to DRC Safeguarding & CoC staff in countries and regions regarding DRC’s CoC policy and DRC’s CoCRM.

About you

All employees should master DRC's core competencies: Communicating, Taking the lead, Collaborating, Striving for excellence and Demonstrating integrity.

Moreover, we also expect the following:


  • Master’s Degree in social science, human resources law, criminal law, human rights, gender or gender-based violence, international affairs. 
  • Demonstrate experience with code of conduct or similar in a large, global organisation, influencing senior-level management and key stakeholders effectively across the organisation and within complex contexts. 
  • Demonstrate experience in developing and delivering successful training sessions on safeguarding, code of conduct or similar.
  • Familiar with Safeguarding and PSEA standards, including an ability to apply a survivor-centred approach in relating with survivors of Sexual Harassment (SH) and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) and in handling SEA and SH allegations, and an understanding of the international context in which this issue impacts DRC. 
  • Commitment to upholding and modelling DRC’s values and Code of Conduct 
  • Demonstrating integrity, diplomacy, professionalism, reliability and resilience at all times. 
  • Able to work professionally and with a high degree of confidentiality at all times. 
  • Have highly developed critical analysis and reasoning skills. 
  • Ability to quickly build personal rapport and trust. 
  • Have interpersonal and intercultural skills and a strong ability to collaborate and network.
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English is mandatory.



  • CHS Alliance certificate on PSEA workplace investigations and any fraud/corruption investigations certificate is a plus. 
  • Strong computer skills, facility with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Teams, OneDrive and email software. 
  • Additional good oral and written communication skills in French, Spanish or Arabic is an advantage. 

We offer

Contract length: 2 years.

Workplace: Borgergade 10, Copenhagen, Denmark (HQ).

The position may be located in one of our regional offices (Amman, Nairobi, Dakar) subject to further discussions

Start date: as soon as possible.

The position is temporary due to temporary funding from donors.

The position is full time 37 hours per week.

If the position will be based in Denmark, salary and conditions will be in accordance with the agreement between DRC and AC at “fuldmægtig” level. The position is national for which local terms and conditions apply).

If the position will be based in one of DRC’s regional offices, the terms will be either on expatriate term or national terms subject to duty station.

Application process

All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV in English. Apply online on our page Current Vacancies at

Closing date for applications: 31 March 2023. Due to the urgency in filling this role, we will conduct interviews on a running basis.

Further information

For questions regarding the vacancy please contact Colin Picard de Gennes, Head of Safeguarding & Code of Conduct Unit – [email protected].

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website

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DRC as an employer

Founded in 1956, DRC Danish Refugee Council is Denmark’s largest, and a leading international NGO. We have continuously been ranked as one of the best NGOs in the world - and are one of the few with a specific expertise in forced displacement. In over 40 countries, we protect, advocate and build sustainable futures for refugees and other displacement-affected people and communities.

By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.

Danish Refugee Council is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply

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