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Jun 142018
 

Organization: International NGO Safety Organisation
Country: Mali
Closing date: 15 Jul 2018

Organisation Background:

Founded in 2011, the International NGO Safety Organisation (INSO) is a British charity that supports the safety of 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.

The Organisation has grown from innovative start-up to become a globally recognised charity and a valuable component of the humanitarian safety coordination system.

Today the Organisation provides daily support to more than 850 NGOs in twelve of the world’s most insecure countries and has earned a strong reputation for performance, principles & professionalism.

INSO Mali Country Office:

INSO Burkina Faso is now in its opening phase, with a new office to be opened in Dori. Operations in Burkina Faso will be under the supervision and in a joint program with INSO Mali, to propose a regional response to the Sahel Crisis. INSO Mali has been operating since 2013 and launched full services in 2014, with a coordination office in Bamako, and operational offices in Gao and Mopti- Sevare.

We are seeking an experienced individual to join our team as Safety Advisor (SA) Mobile to be based in Bamako-Mali with regular trips to field offices in Mali and Burkina Faso**.**

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 French both verbally and in writing, and above all else share INSO’s commitment to humanitarian principles.

The Mobile Safety Advisor is a roving specialist who is frequently deployed to our field offices in Mali (Sevare, Gao, Tombouctou, Kidal and Menaka) and in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou and Dori) in order to cover standard SA duties whilst the regional SA is out of office, and to support local teams in crisis situation or with trainings and on-the-job orientations. Frequent travels and flexibility in adjusting to different regional teams and situations are key requirements of this post.

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 incident alerts, weekly incident lists, bi-weekly and quarterly 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 French & English (written and spoken).
  • Graduate level education or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience in insecure/conflict-affected environments.
  • Strong writing and proven analytical abilities (proven written/published sample requested).
  • Demonstrable understanding of humanitarian safety practices and principles and their application.

Preferred Characteristics:

  • A year’s (recent) experience working in Mali, in Burkina Faso or other country sub regions – ideally in an NGO safety role or equivalent – and demonstrable understanding of the context.
  • Experience with NGO liaison with armed forces and armed groups (CMCoord)
  • Experience in staff capacity development and training
  • Employment history that reflects experience in both security and civilian fields.
  • Experience with NGO security and/or project management.
  • Local language skills.
  • Detailed understanding of INSO mandate & services.

Key Personal Competencies:

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

Terms & Conditions: *12-month contract with expected start date of 1st September 2018, €4550 per month salary, 4 days annual leave per month and 3 days of R&R every 3 months, global medical coverage, AD&D coverage.*

How to apply:

Note: Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

Interested persons are requested to send the following to jobs@ngosafety.org and ensure to reference “INSO Safety Advisor Mobile – Mali/Bukina Faso” in the subject line of your email. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

  • 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 (3-page maximum).

Please note that during the course of the recruitment process, one relevant writing sample in French that demonstrates your analytical and report writing abilities (2000 words maximum) will be required.

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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