Safety Advisor - Maiduguri

Job
from International NGO Safety Organisation
Closing date: 31 Dec 2017

Organisation Background

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.

Founded in 2011, the International NGO Safety Organisation has grown from innovative start-up to become a globally recognised charity and a highly valued component in the humanitarian safety coordination system. With operations in 11 countries, INSO has revolutionized the humanitarian safety coordination sector by introducing a robust and high-quality field safety platform model that has been deployed in some of the world’s most high-risk settings.

The strong focus on humanitarian principles and exclusive NGO-only membership criteria have meant that INSO is now accepted as a standard component of modern humanitarian response offering independent frontline reporting and coordination services that save lives, strengthen operational practice and enable humanitarian access

Today the organisation provides daily support to more than 1000 NGOs in eleven of the world’s most insecure countries and has earned a strong reputation for performance, principles & professionalism.

Nigeria Country Office

Since becoming registered in Nigeria, INSO has developed a strong country wide approach, supporting NGOs working on Lake Chad Basin Crisis from all neighboring countries. A coordination office is opened in Abuja, and an operational office in Maiduguri. The opening of a sub-office in Cameroon is ongoing in 2017. INSO Nigeria focusses its operations on the four states of North Eastern part of Nigeria, while the team in Cameroon covers the other areas of the Lake Chad Basin. The opening of a sub-office in Niger is foreseen during the course of 2018.

We are seeking an experienced individual to join our team as INSO Safety Advisor (SA) to be based in Maiduguri, North Eastern Nigeria.

The Safety Advisor for Nigeria will combine a strong humanitarian and safety background with experience of a similar country risk context, a clear understanding of humanitarian safety principles, conflict analysis and with a flexible, outgoing personality he/she will be able to interpret and articulate and publish best information and principled, expert advice to a broad range of humanitarian actors.

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.

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 organizations, 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.

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.
  • Participate to humanitarian coordination meetings and provide access and security enabling information
  • Provide NGOs with timely and credible security information and contextual analysis of the local security situation through: daily incident alerts, 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 (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.
  • Experience with humanitarian NGO security and/or project management.

Preferred Characteristics:**

  • Minimum 1 recent year experience in Nigeria, ideally in an NGO safety role or equivalent and demonstrable understanding of the security dynamics and context.
  • Employment history that reflects experience in both security and civilian fields.
  • Local language skills.

Key Personal Competencies

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

Terms & Conditions:

T&C will depend on the status of the selected candidate (expatriate or national staff) as it is an opened recruitment to both:

  • International candidates: 12-month contract with expected start date of January 30, 2018, €4550 per month salary, 4 calendar days’ annual leave per month and 7 days of R&R every two months, global medical coverage, AD&D coverage.

  • Nigerian nationals: 12-month contract with expected start date of January 30, 2018. Salary in local currency (NGN) according to INSO Nigeria salary grid (grade 2, with seniority step depending on the individual’s relevant experience). 24 working days of annual leave, medical coverage for the individual and a maximum of 5 dependents.

How to apply:

Interested persons are requested to send the following to jobs@ngosafety.org before 31 December 17h00 CET and ensure to reference “INSO Safety Advisor – Maiduguri” in the subject line of your email. A failure to reference your mail as indicated above, your application may result to not being processed due to the numerous of incoming mails:

  • 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 (2-page maximum).
  • Contact information for 3 referees (preferably, work-related and from recent previous line managers).
  • One relevant and substantive writing sample in English that demonstrates your analytical and reporting ability (10-page maximum).

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted after the closing date.

Please do not send any additional information (certificates, other writing samples, etc.) and keep the total size of your application under 2MB if possible.