Information Manager

Country: Afghanistan
Organization: International NGO Safety Organisation
Closing date: 1 Jun 2021

Organisation Background

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.

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 14 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 14 of the world’s most insecure countries and has earned a strong reputation for performance, principles & professionalism.

Afghanistan Country Office

INSO began in Afghanistan in 2002 as a joint platform before becoming an international NGO in its own right in 2011. INSO Afghanistan provides services to enhance the delivery of aid and preserve the safety of staff employed by over 270 Afghan and International NGOs that provide humanitarian and emergency assistance to people living in the country.

Job Summary

The primary aim of the position is to develop high quality data visualization products including maps and graphs, effectively manage INSO’s database as well as the registration process of INSO’s partners.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in GIS and Information Management, be inquisitive and detail oriented, and have significant experience building and leading high performing teams.

Major Responsibilities

GIS activities

* Identify map information needs and sources in collaboration with the Program teams.

* Collect geographical data for analysis and presentation.

* Produce high quality maps, graphs and other products to support INSO’s analysis and facilitate NGOs’ understanding of the conflict.

* Provide GIS-relevant inputs on field missions intended to gather data for INSO outputs, including maps.

Incident Database Management

* Ensure that information contained in INSO AFG Incident Database is correctly categorized, promptly updated and of easy access to its users.

* Monitor the accuracy and quality of data collected by Field Offices.


* Monitor the registration and update of INSO-registered partners through INSO’s Partners Portal.


* Supervise and support the Information Officer and GIS/IT Officer (national positions).

Technical Support

* Closely work with Programs and Training departments in order to understand and respond to their needs.

* Train Information Officer, the Assistant Safety Advisor or any other position with data-entry responsibilities on Database Management.

* Manage and regularly update Sharepoint folders with relevant materials.

* Elaborate materials for advertising INSO services under the guidance of the correspondent departments.

* Assist in implementation of IT and Information policies.

Mandatory Requirements

* Master’s degree or equivalent in GIS, Geography, Information Systems or relevant field.

* Fluency in English (written and spoken).

* 3-5 years of experience in GIS and data visualization in a similar humanitarian organization and context.

* Extensive experience with ArcGIS for data management and manipulation, strong ArcGIS technical skills including creating topologically correct shapefiles and geodatabases.

* Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to GIS and the management of information in crises contexts.

* Strong cartographic skills, including the development of templates and adherence to cartographic standards are highly desirable.

* Extensive experience with Excel.

* Familiarity with QGIS and online-geoservices (such as highly is desirable.

* Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator.

Preferred Requirements

* Experience in security and/or political mapping.

* Knowledge of analytical software (Tableau, SPSS, PowerBI).

* Prior knowledge of the Afghanistan context is an asset, working experience in this region a plus.

* Working experience with humanitarian organizations, particularly with NGOs.

* Staff management experience.

* Knowledge of Persian (Dari) and/or Pashto.

Key Personal Competences

* Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems.

* Excellent communication, organizational and managerial skills.

* Demonstrated understanding of humanitarian principles and practices.

* Ability to work effectively and efficiently unsupervised.

* Strong work ethic and capacity to take responsibility for his/her own actions.

* Meeting of tight deadlines, with the availability to work during weekends if necessary.

* The holder must safeguard the access of information by unauthorized parties.

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 an expected start date of 01 July 2021, €4,550 per month salary, 4 calendar days annual leave per month and 7 days of R&R every 2 months with a €1,000 allowance per each R&R cycle, in-country housing provided, global medical coverage (excluding USA) and AD&D coverage.

How to apply:

Interested applicants are requested to send the following to and reference “INFORMATION MANAGER” in the subject line of the 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 (2 pages maximum).

* 3 to 4 position relevant map examples created by the applying candidate in the past.

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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