International NGO Safety Organisation
International vacancy

Safety Advisor – Mobile, Iraq

Location: Erbil, Iraq
Deadline: 27 May 2022
This postion is closed
Required: Fluency in English

Organisation Background

Founded in 2011, the International NGO Safety Organisation (INSO) is an international NGO 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.

INSO provides daily support to more than 1000 NGOs operating in 18 of the world’s most insecure countries and has earned a strong reputation for its performance, principles and professionalism.

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



 The Iraq program supports more than 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.

INSO Iraq is now seeking an experienced analyst to join our team as Safety Advisor.


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, 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 and orientations.
  • 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

  • A year’s (recent) experience working in Iraq with a humanitarian NGO and demonstrable understanding of the context.
  • Experience in staff capacity development and training.
  • Experience with NGO project management.
  • First-hand experience of crisis management.
  • Prior experience in an inter-agency role.
  • Existing information networks and/or local language skills.
  • Detailed understanding of INSO mandate & services.


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.


Terms & Conditions:

 12-month renewable contract based in Erbil, €4,550 per month salary, 4 calendar 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 invited to send a completed application to, referencing “Safety Advisor – Mobilein the subject line of the email:

  • Cover Letter specifying how you meet the mandatory requirements, any preferred characteristics, your motivation for applying, and what you hope to bring to INSO (1 page maximum).
  • Updated CV (5 page maximum).
  • 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.
  • One relevant and substantive writing sample in English that demonstrates your analytical and report writing abilities (10 page maximum).

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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