Somalia: Safety Advisor- Puntland & Galmudug

Organisation Background

Founded in 2011, the International NGO Safety Organisation (INSO) is an international 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 highly valued component in the humanitarian safety coordination system.

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 850 NGOs in eleven of the world’s most insecure countries and has earned a strong reputation for performance, principles & professionalism.

INSO Somalia Country Office

INSO Somalia seeks to address the growing challenge of safety in the NGO community in Somalia through the provision of specialized, coordinated and focused safety management support. It recognizes the insecure operating environment all NGOs face in Somalia and the collective value of enhancing safety preparedness and support.

The project provides the NGO community with its own safety focal point and tailored safety support services through 3 main services: Research & Analysis (provision of regular reports, safety risk assessments and briefings); Capacity building (provision of various trainings); and Response (provision of support to crisis management in response to critical incidents).

Job Summary

We are now seeking a qualified and experienced individual to join our team as the Safety Advisor-Puntland/Galmudug Region, a position based in Garowe.

The start date for the position is January 2020.

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

  1. INSO Representative in Puntland/Galmudug, providing high level liaison and coordination services with NGOs, UN, line Ministers and other relevant actors to support and maintain credible security and safety related information

  2. To manage INSO team in Puntland/Galmudug region.

  3. To produce timely and credible reports and contextual analysis with his team in close collaboration with the Deputy Director with a focus on Puntland/Galmudug.

  4. To supervise national staff, and account for all the expenses and contracts with suppliers of INSO in Puntland/Galmudug in coordination with the Operations Manager & Finance Manager.

  5. To support NGOs on security management and organize any emergency response, upon request.

  6. Effectively represent, promote and protect INSO’s mandate of independence, impartiality and neutrality.

Mandatory Requirements:

· Fluency in English, both written and spoken.

· Proven writing, editing, and analytical skills and attention to detail.

· Significant experience in volatile 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, personnel, organisational and team management skills and standards in a diverse multi-cultural setting.

· Demonstrable understanding of humanitarian safety practices and principles.

· Commitment to humanitarian principles and values.

· Graduate level education in a relevant field or equivalent work experience

Preferred Characteristics:

· Recent professional experience in Somalia in the humanitarian sector.

· Prior experience in an inter-agency role.

· Local language skills.

· Experience with NGO security and/or project management.

· Existing local information networks.

Key Personal Competencies:

· Leadership skills

· A good listener

· An effective communicator

· Excellent analyst

· Team player

· Excellent interpersonal skills

· A people manager

· Outgoing and proactive personality

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.

*Terms & Conditions: 12-month contract with expected start date on 1st January 2020, €4550 per month salary, 4 days annual leave per month, 7 days of R&R every two months**, €1000** allowance each R&R cycle, global medical coverage and USD $200,000 AD&D coverage.

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position may close if a suitable candidate is found. Please apply as soon as possible.

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