International NGO Safety Organisation
International vacancy

Safety Advisor – North, Afghanistan

Location: Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan
Deadline: 15 July 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 1000 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 began in Afghanistan in 2002 as a joint platform before becoming a NGO in 2011. INSO Afghanistan provides services to enhance the delivery of aid and preserve the safety of staff employed by more than 260 Afghan and International NGOs that provide humanitarian and emergency assistance to people living in the country.

Afghanistan remains one of the most complex environments for humanitarians and these complexities, the unpredictability, the chronic need for aid and capacity building, have attracted and shaped some of the most capable humanitarians, analysts, and technical specialists currently active in the sector.  Afghanistan remains one of the most interesting, challenging, and rewarding countries in which to work.


Job Summary:

We are now seeking a qualified and experienced individual to join our team as the Safety Advisor—North, a position based in Mazar-e-Sharif, with frequent travel throughout the country.

Safety Advisor positions are highly rewarding roles, offering a unique opportunity to work in a close-knit team giving safety and security analysis and advice, that is not only 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 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 and bi-weekly analytical 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, personnel, organisational and team 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.


Preferred Characteristics

  • Recent professional experience in Afghanistan – ideally in the humanitarian sector.
  • Prior experience in an inter-agency role.
  • Local language skills.
  • Experience with NGO security and/or project management.
  • Existing local 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.


Terms & Conditions:

Twelve-month contract, €4550 per month salary, 4 calendar days of annual leave per month and 7 days of R&R every two months with €1250 R&R allowance each cycle, global medical coverage (excluding USA) and AD&D insurance.


How to apply:

Interested applicants are requested to send the following to and reference “Safety Advisor North” in the subject line of the email.

  • 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 (10-page maximum).

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

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