2 Safety Advisors (Jalalabad and Khost)

Organisation Background

Founded in 2011, the International NGO Safety Organisation (INSO) is a British charity that supports the safety of aid workers by establishing safety coordination platforms in insecure contexts. INSO provides registered NGOs with a range of free services including real-time incident tracking, analytical reports, safety-related data and mapping, crisis management support, staff orientations and training.

INSO services help NGOs with their day-to-day risk management responsibilities and improve their overall situational awareness to support evidence-based humanitarian access decisions.

The organisation has grown from innovative start-up to become a globally recognised charity and a valuable component of the humanitarian safety coordination system.

Today the organisation provides daily support to more than 850 NGOs in eleven of the world’s most insecure countries and has earned a strong reputation for performance, principles & professionalism.

INSO Afghanistan

The Afghanistan programme supports over 260 NGOs to deliver vitally needed aid and assistance in a country that has been facing conflict during the past 40 years. With its predecessor launched in 2002, INSO Afghanistan is the oldest INSO programme in existence, and has grown to become a vital link within the humanitarian community operating in one of the most challenging contexts globally.

INSO Afghanistan is now seeking two experienced professionals to join our team as Safety Advisors – East and Southeast. The Safety Advisor plays a key role in the programme’s set-up, being responsible for leading a regional office and serving as the main INSO focal point for the humanitarian community operating in these regions. The Safety Advisor is considered a specialist in his or her region, with a wide-ranging understanding of the conflict, thereby contributing to country level analysis.

The posts will be based in Jalalabad (East) and Khost (Southeast).

Job Summary:

Safety Advisor positions are highly rewarding roles, offering a unique opportunity to work in a close-knit team giving security analysis and advice that is not only some of the best of its kind, but that is also vital to the efforts of the NGO community to deliver aid and assistance to the thousands of people who need it.

Successful candidates will be outgoing and resilient, with the ability to analyse complex security issues and contexts, give sound practical safety and security advice, and communicate to an excellent standard of English both verbally and in writing. Above all else they will share INSO’s commitment to humanitarian principles.

The Safety Advisor position is being offered on 12-month term (with possible renewal).

Major Responsibilities:

· Establish and maintain an active information network, which includes NGOs, the UN, and other key actors to obtain credible and relevant safety information.

· Provide NGOs with timely and credible security information and in-depth, nuanced contextual analysis through: daily flash alerts, weekly incident lists and bi-weekly analytical reports.

· Facilitate and lead regular NGO community security roundtables, presenting trends and facilitating discussions.

· Assist NGOs in developing their own security management capacities by reviewing policy documents, conducting site-security surveys, and assisting in crisis evacuation plans.

· Manage a small office, including supervision of national staff and oversight of local logistics and administration.

· Effectively represent, promote and protect INSO’s mandate of independence, impartiality and neutrality.

Mandatory Requirements:

· Fluency in English (written and spoken).

· Graduate level education or equivalent work experience.

· Significant experience living or working in insecure/conflict-affected environments.

· Outstanding writing and analytical skills (samples will be requested).

· Demonstrable understanding of humanitarian safety practices & principles and their application.

· Ability to adapt to multi-cultural and diverse social backgrounds.

· Understanding and commitment to the humanitarian principles of independence, impartiality and neutrality.

Preferred Characteristics:

· Minimum of (1) year’s recent experience working on Afghanistan or the wider region – ideally in an NGO safety role or equivalent – and demonstrable understanding of the context.

· Experience with NGO security and/or project management.

· Existing information networks.

· Pashto/Dari language proficiency.

Key Personal Competencies:

· A good listener

· An effective communicator

· Excellent analyst

· Team player

· Strong interpersonal skills

· A people manager