International NGO Safety Organisation
International vacancy

Safety Advisor – Mobile, Ukraine

Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
Deadline: 27 September 2023
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 1000 NGOs operating in 16 of the world’s most insecure countries. INSO is headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands- the international city of peace and justice.


INSO Ukraine

INSO Ukraine opened in 2015. Since the escalation of conflict in February 2022, it has rapidly expanded to a full platform serving the needs of NGOs in a fast-evolving conflict. Currently, over 200 national and international NGOs receive INSO services. Our country office is in Kyiv, supported by field offices in Lviv, Dnipro, and Odesa. The scale and intensity of the Ukraine conflict have seen significant humanitarian safety challenges. As part of INSO Ukraine, you will play a key role in developing impactful services for humanitarian safety and helping aid to reach people in need.


Job Summary

As the Safety Advisor- Mobile, you will have a unique opportunity to work in a close-knit team giving security analysis and advice that is vital to the efforts of the NGO community to deliver aid. You will explore local dynamics and develop an understanding of what is relevant to NGOs seeking to inform strategic decision-making and programming. You will be outgoing and resilient, with the ability to analyse complex issues and contexts, give practical safety and security advice, and share INSO’s commitment to humanitarian principles.

This position is based in Kyiv City with frequent travel to multiple areas in Ukraine and reports to the Deputy Director.


Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain an information network, including NGOs, the UN, government authorities, and other stakeholders, to obtain credible and relevant safety information.
  • Travel extensively in Ukraine and develop an understanding of the different regions, enabling countrywide and comparative reporting and analysis.
  • Cover for other safety advisors and provide surge capacity as needed.
  • Build capacity for other colleagues, as needed.
  • Provide NGOs with safety information and contextual analysis of the operating environment through alerts and analytical reports.
  • Assist NGOs in developing their own safety management capacities by reviewing policy documents, conducting site surveys, and assisting in crisis planning.
  • Effectively represent, promote and protect INSO’s mandate of independence, impartiality and neutrality.



Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken.
  • Proven writing, editing, and analytical skills and the keenest eye for detail.
  • Experience in conflict and post-conflict 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 under strict systems and deadlines.
  • Well-developed personal, organisational, and management skills and standards in a diverse multi-cultural setting.
  • Demonstrable understanding of humanitarian safety practices and principles.
  • Commitment to humanitarian principles and values.
  • Graduate level education in a relevant field or equivalent work experience.


Nice to Have:

  • Prior experience in an inter-agency role.
  • Prior experience in Ukraine.
  • Local language skills.
  • Experience with NGO security and/or project management.
  • Existing information networks in Ukraine.


Personal Attributes

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


Terms and Conditions

12-month renewable contract, €4,550 per month salary, €1,200 monthly housing allowance, 4 calendar days annual leave per month and 7 days of R&R every 3 months, global medical coverage (excluding USA), $200,000 AD&D coverage. The expected start date is 01 November 2023.


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.


How to apply

Please submit completed applications to and reference ‘SA Mobile’ in the subject line. Applications should be in English and include:

  • An updated CV (maximum 3 pages).
  • A one-page cover letter detailing why you are interested in working for INSO and how your qualifications align specifically with the competencies required for the role.
  • One relevant and substantive writing sample in English that demonstrates your analytical and report writing abilities.


Please do not send any additional information.  Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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