International NGO Safety Organisation
National vacancy

Safety Advisor

Location: Pemba, Mozambique
Deadline: 19 March 2022
This postion is closed
Required: Fluency in English, Portuguese desired

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 18 of the world’s most challenging 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 Mozambique

Due to climate crises and ongoing conflict, there has been an increase in humanitarian programming in Mozambique during the past few years; particularly in the Northern Regions that were hardest hit by the conflict and those with the highest number of displaced people, including the Cabo Delgado, Niassa and Nampula Provinces. As the security situation remains fluid and humanitarian workers are at risk, INSO has been invited by NGOs operating in Mozambique to start a platform which is currently in its registration phase with an anticipated program commencing during April 2022.

This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a niche NGO that specializes in NGO safety and security and to shape a new platform for our first south-eastern Africa program.


Job Summary

We are now seeking a qualified and experienced individual to join our team as the Safety Advisor—North, a position based in Pemba, Cabo Delgado. The position will primarily cover the Cabo Delgado Region with room for expansion to neighbouring provinces as needed.

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.


Successful applicants will be able to build and maintain a diverse network of contacts, articulate complex political and socio-economic analysis from an objective, neutral perspective, and produce and disseminate written products and deliver briefings on a time-sensitive basis.


In addition, the applicant will be able to identify trends and patterns within quantitative datasets of security incidents, linking this information to broader political and socio-economic developments.


The applicant must use his or her experience as a functional practitioner within insecure/post-conflict environments and his or her knowledge of the humanitarian community to ensure that analytical products are tailored to offer practical guidance and operational support.


The applicant must also be an appropriate representative of INSO among a diverse and important audience of members and a wide network of contacts, including UN agencies, international donors and organisations, local communities and their leaders.


In addition to providing potentially life-saving advice and analysis, our Safety Advisor must consistently represent INSO’s mandate of neutrality and independence, while upholding humanitarian principles and actively promoting the improvement of operating practices, to allow access to be retained and expanded, and vital services to be delivered safely and promptly.


Safety Advisor positions are offered on a one-year renewable term.


Main Responsibilities

  • Provide security and safety analysis and advice that is vital to the efforts of the NGO community to deliver aid and assistance to the thousands of people who need it.
  • 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 national staff and oversight of local logistics and administration of the Pemba office.
  • Represent INSO among a diverse and important audience of members and a wide network of contacts, including UN agencies, international donors and organizations, local communities, and their leaders.
  • Effectively represent, promote and protect INSO’s mandate of independence, impartiality and neutrality.


Mandatory Requirements

  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken; Portuguese strongly desired
  • Proven writing, editing, and analytical skills and the keenest eye for detail.
  • At least one year 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.
  • Well-developed personal, organisational and management skills and standards in a diverse multicultural setting.
  • Demonstrable understanding of humanitarian safety practices and principles.
  • Graduate level education in a relevant field.
  • Relevant work experience in a similar context and environment.


Preferred Characteristics

  • Prior experience with INSO.
  • Working knowledge of Portuguese and/or other local languages of Mozambique strongly preferred.
  • Existing information networks.
  • Detailed understanding of INSO mandate & services.
  • Experience with NGO security and/or project management.
  • Experience working in Mozambique with a demonstrable understanding of the context, alternatively experience in another African country
  • Experience and understanding of government relations in East Africa.


Personal Attributes

  • Self-motivator
  • Team player
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Highly organised
  • Effective communicator
  • Be able to work under pressure.
  • Capacity to work in multicultural environments.


Terms & Conditions

12-month contract, €4550 per month salary, 4 days annual leave per month and 7 days of R&R every 3 months with €1000 Allowance, accommodation provided, global medical coverage (excluding USA), 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 applicants are invited to send a completed application to

referencing “Safety Advisor” in 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).
  • 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 (such as copies of certificates, copies of diplomas, other writing samples, etc.) and keep the total size of your application under 2MB if possible. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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