International NGO Safety Organisation
International vacancy

Country Director – Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Deadline: 20 September 2022
This postion is closed
Required: Fluency in English

Organisation Background

Founded in 2011, the International NGO Safety Organisation (INSO) is an international non-governmental organisation 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 provides daily support to more than 1,000 NGOs operating in 16 of the world’s most insecure countries.

INSO is registered in the Netherlands with its headquarters based in The Hague, the international city of peace and justice.

INSO Afghanistan

INSO started as a NGO project in 2002 known as the Afghanistan NGO Safety Office. The International NGO Safety Organisation launched as an independent NGO in 2011. Currently INSO supports 264 NGOs in Afghanistan.

The Country Office is located in Kabul with field offices in Kandahar, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Kunduz, Jalalabad and Khost.

Job Summary

As Country Director, you will lead, manage and direct program implementation. You will have solid program and human resources management skills and will be a natural and confident communicator, consensus-builder, and networker. You will combine keen intellect and analytical skills with pragmatism, patience and a good sense of humor. You will come from an NGO/humanitarian background (senior management and programs) and are not required to have a military background.

Major Responsibilities:

Program Leadership and Management

  • Provide engaged, effective leadership across the program.
  • Develop and deliver annual program planning
  • Manage INSO Afghanistan’s donor relations and produce high-quality, compelling proposals and progress reports that underscore our impact.
  • Line-manage the heads of the programs, finance, and operations teams.
  • Promote and exemplify a culture of openness and collaboration.

Service Delivery

  • Develop and maintain a nuanced personal understanding of the Afghanistan context and the prevailing challenges to humanitarian safety and access.
  • Supervise all INSO Afghanistan service delivery, ensuring that program targets are met and quality is maintained.
  • Deliver strategic analysis to senior humanitarian leadership, including through monthly directors’ briefings, quarterly analytical reports and as needed on request.
  • Lead crisis management support to NGO partners during critical incidents.

Essential Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Previous experience as an NGO country director or senior program manager.
  • Solid understanding of principles and practices in broad humanitarian action.
  • Master’s Degree-level of education or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum 3 years in conflict affected contexts.
  • Minimum 3 years in an NGO senior management role.
  • Proven analytical skills and experience producing and editing analytical products.
  • Experience with grant management, donor proposals and reporting.
  • Excellent networking, diplomatic and representative communication skills.

Preferred Characteristics:


  • Recent experience in Afghanistan or a similar context.
  • Previous INSO experience (as a team member, member of INSO’s country advisory board or beneficiary).
  • Knowledge of Persian and/or Pashto.
  • Direct experience and involvement in a crisis management role.
  • Existing local information networks and contacts.
  • Experience and interest in data management, analytics, and research.

Key Personal Competencies:


  • A people manager
  • Calm in stressful situations
  • A good listener
  • An effective communicator
  • Team player
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent analytical skills

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.

Terms & Conditions:

Twelve-month contract, €5,500 per month salary, 4 calendar days annual leave per month and 7 days of R&R every 2 months with €1,250 R&R allowance each cycle, global medical coverage (excluding USA), and USD $200,000 AD&D insurance.

How to apply:

Please send the following documents to and reference “CD Afghanistan” in the subject line of the email:

  • a Cover Letter specifying how you meet the mandatory requirements, your motivation for applying, and what you hope to bring to INSO.
  • an updated CV.
  • one relevant and substantive writing sample, which demonstrates your analytical and reporting abilities (10 pages max).

Please do not send any additional information. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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