International NGO Safety Organisation
National vacancy

Safety Advisor – Northeast

Location: Bentiu, South Sudan
Deadline: 31 January 2022
This postion is closed
Required: 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 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 17 of the world’s most insecure countries and has earned a strong reputation for its performance, principles and professionalism.

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

INSO South Sudan Country Office

INSO South Sudan launched operations in 2018 and assists 230 international and national NGO partners. The program provides the NGO community with tailored safety support through three main services: Capacity Building (training to humanitarian workers); Information and Advice (regular context reports, risk assessments and tailored advice on humanitarian access); and Response (support during crisis and critical incident management).

INSO South Sudan team is in the process of establishing field offices to be able to service the humanitarian community more efficiently in various locations around the country. Under the expansion plan, Wau Office (covering Greater Bahr-el Ghazal region) opened in early October 2021 and Rumbek and Bentiu opened in December 2021. Yambio, Bor, and Malakal offices are expected to be operational in early 2022.

We are now seeking an experienced individual to join our team as Safety Advisor in South Sudan.

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.

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.
  • 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 of 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.
  • Masters level education or equivalent in a relevant field.
  • 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.


Preferred Characteristics

  • Recent experience in South Sudan – ideally in an NGO safety role or equivalent
  • Demonstrable understanding of security dynamics in South Sudan
  • Experience with NGO security and/or project management.
  • Existing information networks
  • Local language skills


Key Personal Competencies

  • A good listener
  • An effective communicator
  • Excellent analyst
  • Team player
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • A people manager

Terms and Conditions

12-month contract, €4550 per month salary, 4 calendar days annual leave per month and 7 calendar days of R&R every two months, €1250 allowance each R&R cycle, housing at the duty station, 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. As such, the following safe recruitment practices will be applied:

  • All offers of employment will be conditional on receiving at least two satisfactory professional references.
  • INSO will ask candidates about significant gaps in employment history or frequent changes of employer and address.
  • All essential qualifications and relevant professional accreditations and memberships will be verified.
  • The successful candidate will be required to provide a valid proof of identity (passport, ID card).
  • All new hires will receive an orientation in INSO’s safeguarding policy and procedures and associated documents (Code of Conduct, Whistleblowing etc.).
  • All new hires will be required to sign and abide by the Code of Conduct as a condition of employment.

How to Apply

nterested applicants are requested to send the following to before 10 January 2022 with reference “Safety Advisor” in the subject line of the email. The application must include:

  • Cover Letter specifying how you meet the mandatory requirements, any preferred characteristics, your motivation for applying, and what you hope to bring to INSO (2 pages maximum).
  • Updated CV (5 pages maximum).
  • One relevant and substantive writing sample in English that demonstrates your analytical and report writing abilities (10 pages maximum).

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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.

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