Safety Advisor – North, Syria
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 Syria programme supports more than 180 NGOs to deliver vitally needed aid and assistance to an estimated 13.1 million people in need across the country. First launched as an emergency response operation in 2014, INSO Syria has grown to become a regional programme, present in all of the regional Syria response hubs.
INSO Syria is now seeking an experienced professional to join our team as Safety Advisor – North. The post will be based in Istanbul, Turkey, with frequent travel to Gaziantep.
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, and communicate to an excellent standard of English both verbally and in writing. They will need to proactively engage and co-ordinate with all humanitarian stakeholders in northern Syria and are expected to possess/acquire a deep understanding of security and access challenges faced by NGOs. The successful candidates therefore should also be outgoing, with strong interpersonal skills, and are expected to maintain/expand INSO’s existing network.
Above all else they will share INSO’s commitment to humanitarian principles.
The Safety Advisor position is being offered on 12-month term (with possible renewable).
- Establish and maintain an active information network, which includes NGOs, the UN, and other key actors to obtain credible and relevant safety information.
- Provide NGOs with timely and credible security information and in-depth, nuanced contextual analysis through: daily flash alerts, weekly incident lists and bi-weekly analytical reports.
- Facilitate and lead regular NGO community security roundtables, presenting trends and facilitating discussions.
- Assist NGOs in developing their own security management capacities by reviewing policy documents, conducting site-security surveys, and assisting in crisis evacuation plans.
- Manage a small office, including supervision of national staff and oversight of local logistics and administration.
- Take a proactive approach to outreach to and networking with partners based in northern Syria.
- Effectively represent, promote and protect INSO’s mandate of independence, impartiality and neutrality.
- Fluency in English to an impeccably high standard (written and spoken).
- Graduate level education or equivalent work experience.
- Significant experience living or working in insecure/conflict-affected environments.
- Outstanding writing and analytical skills (samples will be requested).
- Demonstrable understanding of humanitarian safety practices & principles and their application.
- Ability to adapt to multi-cultural and diverse social backgrounds.
- Demonstrated ability to engage, network, and communicate
- Understanding and commitment to the humanitarian principles of independence, impartiality and neutrality.
- Minimum of (1) year’s recent experience working on Syria – ideally in an NGO safety role or equivalent – and demonstrable understanding of the context.
- Broad understanding of the Syrian conflict and its evolution in northern Syria
- Experience with NGO security and/or project management.
- Existing information networks.
- Knowledge of mapping software such as ArcGIS, QGIS and Google Earth
- Local language proficiency.
Key Personal Competencies
- A good listener
- An effective communicator
- Excellent analyst
- Team player
- Strong interpersonal skills
- A people manager
- Ability to integrate data trends into analytical reports
Terms & Conditions
12-month contract with expected start date on or before 15 June, €4550 per month salary, 4 calendar days annual leave per month and 3 days of R&R every 3 months, €1,250 per month housing allowance, global medical coverage (excluding USA) and USD $200,000 AD&D coverage.
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
Interested persons are requested to send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
no later than 30 April 2020 and ensure to reference “Safety Advisor North” in the subject line of your email:
- Cover letter specifying how you meet the mandatory requirements, your motivation in applying and what you hope to bring to INSO (1-page maximum).
- Up to date CV (5-page maximum).
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted after the closing date.
Please note that during the course of the recruitment process, one relevant writing sample in English that demonstrates your analytical and report reporting abilities (10 pages maximum) will be required.
Please do not send any additional information (certificates, other writing samples, etc.) and keep the total size of your application under 2 MB if possible.
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