Sep 9, 2015

Safety Advisor - Gaza, Palestine

Location:Gaza, Palestine
Closing date: 07 Oct 2015

INSO supports the humanitarian community with vital coordination and information services that save lives and improve access.

INSO supports a community of humanitarian professionals by providing vital coordination services and presenting advice to those who need it most, enabling its members and those of the wider humanitarian community to better understand the environment in which they operate. INSO directly assists humanitarians to reach further and provide sustainable life-saving aid in situations that are often complex and occasionally dangerous.

We are now seeking a qualified individual to join our team as Safety Analyst based in Gaza.

This is a unique hybrid position, combining the roles of an analyst and an operational safety advisor. The position requires advanced analytical capacity, together with operational experience in insecure/post-conflict environments and a strong understanding of the humanitarian community.

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.

While high-level analysis is the primary function, successful applicants will also be able to support the INSO Palestine Director in coordination and liaison functions, team management, development of policy documents, and emergency support services to a community of 50 international and 100 national NGOs during crises.

Due to the sensitive and complex nature of the operating environment, the position must display neutrality, objectivity, and professionalism, and ensure that these qualities are upheld in all INSO activities and communications.

Responsibilities and Tasks:
Establish and maintain an active information network, which includes NGOs, the UN, military and security forces, research organizations, and other actors to obtain credible and relevant information.
Provide NGOs with timely and credible security information and contextual analysis through: daily flash reports, weekly incident lists, biweekly analytical reports, monthly briefings, thematic reports, and other products/services.
Assist with coordination and liaison functions with relevant actors.
Assist with operational support services to the NGO community, including during crises and emergencies.
Oversee a small operational/analysis team
Represent, promote, and protect INSO’s mandate of independence, impartiality, and neutrality.

Mandatory Requirements:
Exemplary command of the English language (written and spoken).
Master’s Degree-level of education or equivalent work experience in a relevant field (please specify).
Minimum of one (1) full year of experience in an insecure/post-conflict, anywhere.
Minimum of two (2) years of experience with written analysis (samples requested).
Experience with datasets and quantitative analysis.
Knowledge of humanitarian community and operations.
Acceptance and strong understanding of humanitarian principles.
Solid understanding of practical risk management.
Outgoing and confident personality, and a calm demeanour during crises.
Excellent networking, diplomatic, and representative communication skills.
Flexibility to frequently work within irregular hours and within austere environments.

Preferred Characteristics: (Not mandatory, but advantageous. Please specify in cover letter)
Minimum of two (2) recent years of experience in the region, and demonstrate advanced knowledge with the historical and current social, political, and security contexts within the region. Relevant language skills are a plus.
Previous experience in an NGO.
Understanding of principles and practices in humanitarian action, NGO safety and risk management, humanitarian access, and civil-military coordination.
Direct experience and involvement in a crisis management role.
Experience in a highly-visible interagency role.
Detailed understanding of INSO mandate and services.
Existing (relevant) local information networks and contacts.
Information management and GIS skills.

How To Apply: 
Interested applicants are requested to send the following to and reference “Safety Analyst - Palestine” in the subject line of your 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 (2 page maximum).
Updated CV (5 page maximum).
One relevant and substantive writing sample in English, which demonstrates your analytical and reporting abilities (5 page maximum, but may be less).

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.