Senior Risk Advisor



UK (Brighton based)

Contract Duration:


Full / Part Time:

Full time

Reports to:

Managing Director

Starting Salary:

£36,000 – £41,000 + Benefits

Start Date:

As soon as possible


37.5 hours per week

Closing Date:

When role is filled

About the company

ILS was founded in 2010 to support aid agencies that work in challenging and hostile environments. Today we offer a range of different security training and risk advisory services designed to keep aid workers, students and researchers safe when they travel overseas.

We pride ourselves on our outstanding reputation. We have developed this by taking the time to understand our clients and tailor our services to their needs, consistently striving to support in new and innovative ways.

We are a small, dynamic and close-knit team of professionals servicing a broad range of organisations across the development, humanitarian, human rights and education sectors.

OUR MISSION: ILS is committed to the safety and security of professionals working overseas through the delivery of advice, support and training.

WHAT WE DO: We deliver robust, comprehensive and innovative solutions to security risk management challenges worldwide.

OUR VALUES: We are driven by the values of humanity, respect, compassion and creativity.

About the position

The Senior Risk Advisor position sits within our dynamic and growing risk advisory team. The position is based in the UK, near Brighton, but will require regular work in client offices in London, across the UK and overseas.

The ideal applicant will be an experienced security risk management professional who is confident to work at all organisational levels. The successful applicant’s primary activity will be to engage directly with ILS’ clients to provide security risk management advice and training, with the objective of supporting our clients to fulfil the appropriate level of Duty of Care for their staff, assets, programmes, reputation and risk appetite.

This will involve working with clients as an account manager and risk advisor on a retained and project basis and will include the design and delivery of security risk management frameworks, advising clients and their Board of Director’s on specific risks and risk reduction strategies, conducting safety and security reviews in the UK and overseas, delivering context, threat and risk assessments, providing guidance in crisis management situations and developing and delivering training.

Essential requirements

  • A minimum of three years of experience of working in insecure environments, as a security risk advisor at either national or regional levels, ideally with an international NGO
  • Experience of operating in conflict or post-conflict environments
  • Familiarity with security risk management principles and practices
  • A good understanding of legal, moral and contractual duty of care requirements
  • Critical incident and crisis management experience
  • Excellent writing skills, with the ability to produce concise and succinct reports
  • Willing to work flexibly as part of a close team
  • Fluent in English
  • High levels of IT literacy

Desirable requirements

    • A graduate, ideally post-graduate degree qualification in security risk management, humanitarian or development practice, international relations or a similar field
    • French, Spanish or Arabic language skills
    • Digital and information security knowledge
    • Experience of working in a commercial consultancy or account management role.

Personal attributes

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate complex information to a range of organisational levels and technical abilities
  • A creative character able to design solutions that fit different approaches to security risk management
  • Willingness to undertake work related travel to high threat locations
  • A strong, self-motivated team player who is able to organise their own workload overmultiple simultaneous projects
  • An entrepreneurial attitude

Recruitment process

If you would like to apply for this position, please send your CV with a covering email to

Only suitable candidates will be contacted and will be invited to interview. We can only accept applications from individuals who have the right to work in the UK. Please note: this is a rolling recruitment process and will continue until the post is filled.