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 3 December 2009 | visits 423


ANSO Regional Safety Advisor (RSA) (male/ female) in Afghanistan 

The Afghanistan NGO Safety Office (ANSO) is a project to support security awareness and security management capabilities amongst Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Afghanistan, with offices in Jalalabad, Herat, Kandahar, Mazar-e Sharif, and Kabul. ANSO is currently looking to fill two RSA positions, one that will be based out of Kabul and dedicated to the Southern Region, and another which will serve as a Mobile RSA. 

Tasks and responsibilities of the positions 

The South RSA position will require air travel to remote areas in the Southern Region where NGOs have a presence and will remotely manage ANSO South operations; and the other Mobile position may require transit to all regions. While the positions are different, the core duties described below remain the same except as noted. 

The RSA provides NGOs with credible information and a contextual analysis of the local and regional security situation. Because of these responsibilities, s/he must have a sound analytical background. The RSA will liaise closely with NGOs, UN, military and other national and international security agencies to obtain security information. The RSA will be responsible for writing comprehensive English weekly reports on the provincial and regional security situation as it relates to NGOs as well as for producing daily incident reports and threat warnings and facilitating weekly NGO security roundtables in her/his region of responsibility (The South RSA will primarily host roundtables in Kabul). The RSA will also play a less frequent role in assisting NGOs to develop their own security management capacities by reviewing policy, conducting site-security surveys, and assisting in evacuation planning. 

The RSA will additionally be responsible for the management of the regional ANSO office. This includes supervising approximately 12 national staff and oversight of local logistics and administration. The RSA will be the sole ANSO representative in her/his region. 


- Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences, Political or Security studies, or a related field 
- Employment history in fields other than the military or private security 
- Proven writing and analytical skills (sample will be requested) 
- Familiarity with the philosophy, priorities and principals of NGOs 
- Experience working in an insecure environment 
- Exemplary command of the English language 


- Experience in NGO security management 
- Ability to develop and maintain culturally and socially diverse relationships and contacts 
- Experience in staff capacity development and training 
- Demonstrated ethos in support of aid or development ideals 

You can expect to work in an exceptionally motivated team and to be assigned responsible duties. Naturally, you will be thoroughly briefed about your responsibilities beforehand. Our offer includes regular rest and recreation days  
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