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  • Posted on: 20 May, 2019 Deadline: 31 May, 2019
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  • 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 11 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.

    Training Assistant


    INSO Nigeria Country Office

    Since becoming registered in Nigeria, INSO has developed a strong country wide approach, supporting over 60 organisations working on Lake Chad Basin Crisis from all neighboring countries. The Coordination Office operates from Abuja overseeing two operational offices in Maiduguri (Nigeria) and in Maroua (Cameroon). 

    Presently INSO is seeking an experienced individual to join our Training Department as Training Assistant, to be based in Abuja, with possible travels inside Nigeria.

    Job Summary

    The primary aim of the position is to assist and support the training team in administration, logistics, finance, procurement and general management of the training programmes conducted in Nigeria.

    Our ideal candidate will be highly organized, have experience working with humanitarian organisations and training programmes, and be willing to learn. The candidate will be outgoing, motivated and self-directed, taking initiative when needed. Lastly, they should have a keen interest in INSO, the Nigerian context and a passion for capacity building of NGOs’ capacity.

    Major Responsibilities

    • Assist the training manager in the planning, budgeting, logistics, administration, and management of the training programme.
    • Interface directly with internal support staff and stakeholders on all matters related to administration, logistics, finance, and procurement for training events.
    • Manage day to day correspondence, reports, and other documents related to the training programme.
    • Advertise training courses, compile and organise all trainee applications. Prepare attendance rosters and assist in the planning & preparation for courses under the supervision of the training manager.
    • Manage and maintain an inventory of serviceable training supplies, materials, and equipment, including safe storage and accountability.
    • Assist in the preparation, compilation, recording and filing of post-training reports and evaluations with lessons learned and analysis.
    • Assist the training manager in the day to day running of the country programme and training sessions and provide support to operations where required.

    Mandatory Requirements

    • Post-Secondary diploma in relevant field
    • Efficient use of Microsoft Office programmes (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
    • Excellent working knowledge of English (spoken and written)
    • Demonstrable experience in administration, logistics, budgeting and procurement
    • Exceptional organisational and time management skills; able to work independently
    • Willingness to learn and ability to work in a fast paced, multi-cultural and close-knit team to deliver tangible results on a deadline
    • Excellent communication skills with the ability to interact with different kind of interlocutors

    Preferred Characteristics

    • At least 1-year experience working with International NGOs
    • Familiarity with the philosophy, priorities, and principles of humanitarian NGOs and NGO approaches to security. Field experience a plus
    • Supervisory or training position
    • Existing political, social, or historical knowledge of the region
    • Fluent in Hausa
    • Driving license

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    Deputy Safety Advisor


    INSO Nigeria Country Office

    Since becoming registered in Nigeria, INSO has developed a strong country wide approach, supporting NGOs working on Lake Chad Basin Crisis from all neighbouring countries. The coordination office operates from Abuja overseeing two operational offices in Maiduguri, Nigeria and in Maroua, Cameroon.  

    We are seeking a qualified and experienced individual to join our team as (Deputy Safety Advisor) to be based (Maiduguri)

    Job Summary

    The Deputy Safety Advisor will work with the Safety Advisor (SA) in their responsibility of gathering local security information and briefing NGOs working in the field. They will be involved in analysis and reporting, interacting and networking with different stakeholders, and supporting the delivery of NGO security services. They will also support the SA in the management of a local information network.

    The successful candidate will be outgoing and resilient, with the ability to analyse complex security issues and contexts, give sound practical safety and security advice, communicate with an excellent standard of English both verbally and in writing, and above all else share INSO’s commitment to humanitarian principles.

    Major Responsibilities:

    • Provide NGOs with credible information and contextual analysis of Borno, Yobe,  Adamawa and Gombe states.
    • Provide support in establishing and maintaining an active information network, which includes NGOs and other actors, to obtain credible and relevant safety information.
    • Assist in humanitarian coordination meetings and provide access and security enabling information.
    • Assist in providing NGOs with timely and credible security information and contextual analysis of the local security situation through: daily incident alerts, reports, weekly incident lists and bi-weekly analytical reports.
    • Provide support in facilitating and leading NGO community security roundtables in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, during which security incidents are discussed and analysed.
    • Effectively represent, promote and protect INSO's mandate of independence, impartiality and neutrality.
    • Support the SA in the management of field monitors
    • Adhere to INSO safety policies and procedures

    Mandatory Requirements:

    • Good and relevant network in the North East (Borno, Yobe, Gombe and Adamawa states)
    • Deep understanding of the North East Nigeria (Borno, Yobe, Gombe and Adamawa states) safety environment and its historical context
    • Excellent presentation and public speaking skills
    • Excellent English writing skills with ability to research and present complex issues in a clear and concise manner as well as a fluent conversational level of at least one of the following languages: Hausa, Kanuri or other local languages relevant to North Eastern Nigeria.
    • At least 3 years of experience in a relevant field, to include but not limited to - military, police, or other security services (particularly those involved in investigation), NGO safety and security work experience, journalism. Management experience is usually expected
    • Good understanding of NGO approaches to safety is essential (knowledge of humanitarian principles is essential)
    • Proven ability to develop and maintain human networks
    • Knowledge of Windows and Office programs
    • Nigerian nationality
    • University level education or equivalent experience

    Preferred Characteristics:

    • 6 months work experience with NGOs
    • Experience in high quality report production
    • Demonstrated capacity to work with minimal supervision and maintain a high level of engagement
    • Staff management experience
    • Degree in Journalism, Mass Communication, Political Sciences, History, or any other equivalent diploma preferred.

    Key Personal Competencies

    • Outgoing personality
    • An effective communicator
    • Willingness to stay alert outside working hours
    • Meticulous and persistent when verifying information received
    • Excellent interpersonal skills

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    INSO Nigeria Country Office

    Since becoming registered in Nigeria, INSO has developed a strong country wide approach, supporting over 60 organisations working on Lake Chad Basin Crisis from all neighboring countries. The Coordination Office operates from Abuja overseeing two operational offices in Maiduguri (Nigeria) and in Maroua (Cameroon). 

    Presently INSO is seeking an experienced individual to join our team as a Driver, to be based in Abuja, with possible travels inside Nigeria.

    Job Summary

    The purpose of this position is to ensure the transportation of goods and persons safely to their destination. The Driver also provides support for basic administration management, such as procurement and purchases. This position reports to the INSO Logistics and Procurement Officer.

    The Driver position is a highly rewarding role offering a unique opportunity to work in a close-knit team giving support in relation to the provision of safety services to the NGO community.

    Major Responsibilities

    • To operate INSO vehicles as directed by the Logistics and Procurement Officer
    • To assist the Logistics and Procurement Officer in travel and fleet management
    • To assist the Logistics and Procurement Officer in procurement process, including purchase, accommodation and travels

    Mandatory Requirements

    • At least 2 years’ work experience as a driver
    • Valid Driving License and existing ability to drive 4x4 vehicles with manual gear
    • Basic knowledge of administrative processes
    • Fluent in spoken and written English
    • Computer literate

    Preferred Characteristics

    • 2 years work experience in INGO as a driver

    Key Personal Competencies:

    • A good listener
    • A good communicator
    • Ability to prioritize and work with little supervision
    • Team player
    • Excellent interpersonal skills

    Method of Application

    Candidates meeting the specified criteria are invited to apply by sending the following documentation to  

    • Cover letter (1 page max) – specifying how you meet the mandatory requirements, your motivation in applying and what you hope to bring to INSO.
    • Up to date CV (4 pages max).

    The reference ‘INSO Training Assistant – Nigeria’ OR ‘INSO – Deputy Safety Advisor - Maiduguri OR ‘INSO Driver (Abuja) – Nigeria’ should be included in the subject line of your email. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted after the closing date - Friday, May 31, 2019

    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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