Safety Advisor (Mobile, based in Amman)

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 Syria

The Syria programme supports over 170 NGOs to deliver vitally needed aid and assistance to an estimated 13.1 million people in need across the country. First launched as an emergency response operation in 2014, INSO Syria has grown to become a regional programme, present in all of the regional Syria response hubs.

INSO Syria is now seeking an experienced professional to join our team as Safety Advisor – Mobile. The SA Mobile plays a key role in maintaining INSO Syria’s operational capacity, rotating between North, East, and South focused teams as required to cover short and longer-term SA absences. This offers an opportunity not only to work on a diverse range of local contexts, but in doing so develop a wide-ranging understanding of the Syria conflict and contribute to country level analysis.

The post will be based in Amman, Jordan, but with travel to INSO Syria’s satellite offices (including Lebanon and Iraq) as needed.

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 to an impeccably high standard (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 Syria – 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.

· Arabic language proficiency.

Key Personal Competencies:

· A good listener

· An effective communicator

· Excellent analyst

· Team player

· Strong interpersonal skills

· A people manager