Safety Advisor- Mobile
based in Erbil, Iraq
Safety Advisor- Mobile
-based in Erbil, Iraq

Closing date: 5 December 2020

Organisation Background:

The International NGO Safety Organisation (INSO) is an international charity that supports humanitarian 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 an innovative start-up to become a globally recognised charity and a valuable component of the humanitarian safety coordination system.

Today, with more than 900 employees globally, INSO provides daily support to over 1,000 NGOs operating in 14 of the world’s most insecure countries and has earned a strong reputation for its performance, principles, and professionalism.

As of April 2019, INSO is registered as a charity in the Netherlands with its global headquarters based in The Hague, the international city of peace and justice.


The Iraq programme supports over 200 NGOs delivering assistance throughout Iraq. First launched as an emergency response operation in 2014, INSO Iraq has had an established country office since 2015, with dedicated reporting from three regional teams.

Job Summary:

We are now seeking a qualified and experienced individual to join our team as INSO Safety Advisor Mobile, a position based in Erbil.

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, communicate to an excellent standard of English both verbally and in writing, and above all else share INSO’s commitment to humanitarian principles. 

Safety Advisor positions are offered on a one-year renewable term.

Major Responsibilities:

* Establish and maintain an active information network, which includes NGOs, the UN, military forces, and other national and international security actors to obtain credible and relevant safety information.
* Provide NGOs with timely and credible security information and contextual analysis of the local security situation through daily alerts and reports, weekly incident lists, bi-weekly analytical reports, and other thematic reports.
* Facilitate and lead regional NGO community security roundtables.
* Assist NGOs in developing their own security management capacities by reviewing policy documents, conducting site-security surveys, and assisting in crisis evacuation planning.
* Manage a small office team, including supervision 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, both written and spoken.
* Proven writing, editing, and analytical skills and the keenest eye for detail.
* Significant experience in insecure/conflict-affected environments.
* Personal and professional resilience in a fast moving, high output, quality-driven program.
* Experience in the humanitarian, and/or risk management and/or humanitarian access sectors.
* Independent drive, motivation, and excellence, and ability to operate and sustainably manage staff and teams under strict systems and deadlines.
* Well-developed personal, organisational and team management skills and standards in a diverse multicultural setting.
* Demonstrable understanding of humanitarian safety practices and principles.
* Graduate level education in a relevant field or equivalent work experience.

Preferred Characteristics:

* Recent professional experience in Iraq – ideally in the humanitarian sector.
* Prior experience in an inter-agency role.
* Arabic language skills preferred.
* Experience with NGO security and/or project management.
* Existing information networks.

Key Personal Competencies:

* A good listener.
* An effective communicator.
* Excellent analyst.
* Team player.
* Excellent interpersonal skills.
* A people manager.
* Outgoing and proactive personality.

INSO’s Safeguarding Policy:

INSO is fully committed to safe recruitment, selection and vetting of all potential new staff, trustees and volunteers and we will ensure rigorous compliance with our Code of Conduct and Safeguarding policy throughout the recruitment process. As such, the following safe recruitment practices will be applied:

* All offers of employment will be conditional on receiving at least two satisfactory professional references.
* INSO will ask candidates about significant gaps in employment history or frequent changes of employer and address.
* All essential qualifications and relevant professional accreditations and memberships will be verified.
* The successful candidate will be required to provide a valid proof of identity (passport, ID card).
* All new hires will receive an orientation in INSO’s safeguarding policy and procedures and associated documents (Code of Conduct, Whistleblowing etc.).
* All new hires will be required to sign and abide by the Code of Conduct as a condition of employment.

Terms & Conditions: 12-month contract based in Erbil, €4,550 per month salary, 4 days annual leave per month and 3 days of R&R every 3 months with an allowance of €750 each R&R cycle, housing, global medical coverage (excluding USA), and USD $200,000 AD&D coverage.

How to apply:

Interested applicants are requested to send the following to and reference “Safety Advisor – Mobile” in the subject line of the email. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted after the closing date.

* Cover Letter should specify how you meet the mandatory requirements, any preferred characteristics, your motivation for applying, and what you hope to bring to INSO Iraq (2 page maximum).
* Updated CV (5 page maximum).
* One relevant and substantive writing sample in English that demonstrates your analytical and report writing abilities (10-page maximum, for internal candidates a longer analytical INSO report for which you are the sole author will be accepted).

Please do not send any additional information (such as copies of certificates, copies of diplomas, other writing samples, etc.) and keep the total size of your application under 2MB if possible.