Jul 16, 2017

Mali: Safety Advisor - Mali

NGO/UN Job Vacancy



Organization: International NGO Safety Organisation
Country: Mali
Closing date: 31 Jul 2017

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 Mali started in 2013 and launched full services in 2014. INSO Mali provides services to enhance the delivery of aid and preserve the safety of staff employed by 135 Malian and International NGOs that provide humanitarian and emergency assistance.

We are seeking an experienced individual to join our team as Safety Advisor (SA) to be based in Gao (Mali).

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 analyze 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.

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 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 French (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.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience with NGO security and/or project management.

Preferred Characteristics:

  • Minimum 1 recent year experience in Mali - 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.
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken).
  • Local language skills.

Key Personal Competencies

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

Terms & Conditions:

*12-months contract with expected start date of 10 August 2017, €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:

Interested persons are requested to send the following to jobs@ngosafety.org

And ensure to reference INSO SA-Mali-Gao”** in the subject line of your email. A failure to do this may result in your application not being opened.

  • 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 (4-page maximum).
  • One relevant and substantive writing sample in French that demonstrates your analytical and reporting ability (10-pages maximum).

Applicants failing to submit all required elements and not meeting the mandatory requirements will not be reviewed. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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.