Deputy Safety Adviser at International NGO Safety Organisation 164 views0 applications


INSO Kenya is recruiting:

Position: 1 (one) Deputy Safety Adviser

Location: Nairobi

Starting Date: 1St March 2017

Duration of the Contract: 1 year renewable

  1. INSO KENYA Background

INSO is a global charity dedicated exclusively to issues of humanitarian safety and to the operation of NGO Safety Offices (NSO) in volatile or insecure contexts. INSO KENYA aims to support security awareness and security management capabilities amongst NGOs within Kenya.

We are now seeking an experienced individual to join our team as a Deputy Safety Adviser (DSA C) who will be based out of the INSO office located in Nairobi.

  1. Purpose of position

The DSA C will deputize the Safety Advisor (SA) for most of his tasks:

  • Drafting of high quality security reports
  • Supporting the delivering of NGO request services
  • Supporting the SA in the management of Field Monitors
  1. Reporting
  • Reports to the Safety Advisor
  1. Key responsibilities:

The list of responsibilities is not exhaustive: other tasks may be requested to adapt operational needs.

Ø Provide NGOs with credible information and contextual analysis of the local and regional security situation.

  • Liaise closely with NGOs, the UN
  • Contribute to writing comprehensive bi-weekly and quarterly reports on the provincial and regional security situation, as it relates to NGOs
  • Pro-actively analyse the context, suggest and draft daily incident reports, threat warnings
  • Facilitate bi-weekly NGO security meetings in his/her region of responsibility on request and in link with the SA
  • Conduct regular field trip to develop local expertise of the context

Ø Assist in the delivery of other request INSO Services

  • Draft Area Brief / Travel Advisory on request of NGOs and in close collaboration with the SA
  • Perform security site review on request of NGOs and close collaboration with the SA
  • Review NGO security plans on request of NGOs and close collaboration with the SA
  • Respond pro-actively to any relevant request of NGOs in terms of safety and security
  • Support requesting NGOs in times of crisis on request, in close collaboration with the SA

Ø Support the SA in management

  • Support the SA in the management of field monitors

Ø Adhere to INSO security policies and procedures.

  • Fully comply with INSO policy directives;
  • Observe and maintain the confidentiality and security of all NGO information;
  • Observe and maintain the confidentiality and security of any documentation/procedures as outlined by Director

Ø Adopts professional conduct and positive attitude

  • Other tasks may be requested and should be executed diligently
  • Manage your time in the office effectively.
  • Work to ensure a positive working atmosphere by enhancing a cordial working relationship.
  1. Posting details:
  • This position is based in Nairobi.
  • The position requires the holder to be able to undertake tasks at short notice with due regard to the security environment
  • The position requires the holder to be able to work effectively and efficiently without supervision.
  • The holder must display a high degree of ethic and responsibility for his/her own actions.
  • This position requires a degree of flexibility with respect to working hours
  1. Mandatory Requirements: (Applicants MUST have all these)
  • Bachelor in IT, Security studies, Journalism, Communication, Political Sciences, History, or any other equivalent diploma
  • At least 5 years of security work experience at a mid-management level
  • Excellent English writing skills with ability to research and present complex issues in a clear and concise manner
  • A good understanding of NGO approaches to security
  • A proven ability to develop and maintain working relationships with key security interlocutors
  • Excellent Computer skills and knowledge of Windows and Office programs
  • Kenyan nationality
  1. Preferred Characteristics: (Applicants SHOULD have 1 or more of these)
  • 2 or more years of work experience with NGOs
  • Deep understanding of the Kenyan security environment and its historical context
  • Experience in high quality report production
  • Demonstrated capacity to work with minimal supervision and maintain a high level of engagement
  • Staff management experience

How to apply:

  1. How to apply:

Interested persons are requested to send the following to [email protected] not later than 17:00GMT on the 30th of January 2017 and ensure to reference ‘Deputy Safety Adviser Central’ in the subject line of your email. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted after the closing date.

  • Cover Letter specifying how you meet the mandatory requirements, your motivation in applying and what you hope to bring to INSO (2 page maximum).
  • Up to date CV (5 page maximum).
  • One writing sample of analytical previously undertaken

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

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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. Context Contemporary armed conflict poses unprecedented challenges to humanitarian organisations in delivering aid to vulnerable populations. Whereas in the context of international armed conflicts aid workers are attributed formally recognised protection under international humanitarian law; today the changing nature of conflicts and the proliferation of non-state armed groups often mean that this assurance is no longer guaranteed. Across the globe, aid workers are subject to violent attacks with 2 - 4 deaths per week worldwide. While many NGOs take individual measures to mitigate the risks, coordinated action between agencies - seen by many as the more important requirement -  has lagged behind with no common system at field level prior to 2011. INSO was designed to fill this gap and today provides the humanitarian sector with a globally standardised mechanism for establishing and operating such platforms wherever they are needed. Humanitarian Access Humanitarian access is the ability of NGOs to reach populations in need as well as the ability of those populations to reach the aid and protection they need. It is a complex and ever changing dynamic involving a host of considerations and challenges. INSO works to support the first side of this equation - NGOs accessing populations in need - by improving situational awareness and enabling humanitarians to make more evidence-based access decisions. Of course, situational awareness alone does not create humanitarian access - and can do the opposite - but where NGOs are seeking to expand access high quality, relevant and up to date safety information has been shown to play a vital role in the process. Accountability Any co-operation mechanism is only as good as the participation it enjoys from its members, which is why all INSO platforms are started and monitored by the humanitarian communities they serve through a voluntary Advisory Board. Each Advisory Board represents the NGO community towards INSO in that country and holds concrete powers to set the services and monitor INSO's performance in delivering them. This simple yet highly effective mechanism guarantees transparency, participation and accountability even as the context changes. Internally, INSO ensures the confidential management of information and registration processes and provides a comprehensive internal policy environment that guarantees accountability and protects against risk. Impact Since 2011, 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 caused INSO to become generally 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.

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