International NGO Safety Organization (INSO)
Job Vacancy: Section Director
Location: Nairobi (Kenya), with frequent travels
Job Summary: The International NGO Safety Organization (NSO) is seeking a Section Director to provide leadership and management to four country offices (Somalia, Kenya, Nigeria, Cameroon) and two start-ups (including, but not limited to, a scoping mission in South Sudan).
(S)he sets the overall strategic framework within which all other program elements occur and provides leadership, coordination, representation, supervision and management in relation to staff and services in the country offices under his/her responsibility.
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 highly valued component in the humanitarian safety coordination system.
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 800 NGOs in eleven of the world’s most insecure countries and has earned a strong reputation for performance, principles & professionalism.
Job Summary: The section director provides leadership and management up to four country offices (Somalia, Kenya, Nigeria, Cameroon) and two start-ups (including, but not limited to, a scoping mission in South Sudan).
The Section Director sets the overall strategic framework within which all other program elements occur and provides leadership, coordination, representation, supervision and management in relation to staff and services in the country offices under her responsibility.
The Section Director will be an experienced and emotionally mature individual with advanced understanding of humanitarian operations at leadership level.
The Section Director must possess a deep understanding of INSO’s ethos and services, solid program and human resources management skills and will be a natural and confident communicator, consensus-builder and networker.
Successful candidates will combine keen intellect and analytical skills with pragmatism, patience and a good sense of humour.
They will enjoy the challenge of translating strategic concepts in to workable practices in difficult environments.
Ideal candidates will come from an NGO / humanitarian background (senior management and programs), with good knowledge and relevant field experience in the countries under her/his responsibility.
- Human Resources Support: Oversee and support human resources management in each of the appointed countries.
- Program Support, Monitoring & Development: Support and guide Directors in programs implementation and development.
- Grant/Funding Support: Lead, support and coordinate the development and implementation of relevant grant proposals.
- Internal Compliance: Support the development and monitor the implementation of, and compliance with, INSO internal policies within the countries under her/his responsibility.
- Liaison, Representation and Leadership: Lead and represent the section and/or section country, liaising with key stake holders including (but not limited to) local authorities, current and potential donors, NGOs, UN agencies and other coordination platforms within the humanitarian community.
- Organizational Development: Play an active and engaged role in the Senior Management Team to advance organizational development, effectively contributing to the achievement of the Section Organizational Development projects.
- Start-up Operations: Respond to incoming queries from NGOs to support them in new settings. Conduct primary scoping missions. Assess NGO needs, and local registration requirements. Identify potential donors and funding opportunities. Develop and submit proposals where necessary. In case of program start up, recruit, train and mentor the new Country Director.
- Fluid English and French languages (written and spoken).
- Proven analytical skills.
- Master’s Degree-level of education or equivalent work experience in a relevant field (please specify).
- Deep knowledge on — and ground experience in – Somalia, Kenya, Nigeria and South Sudan.
- Experience working in post-conflict/emergency environments in the humanitarian sector, with at least 5 (five) full years in a NGO senior management position, including relevant experience as Country or Regional Director.
- Awareness of humanitarian grant management and donor policies.
- A strong understanding and acceptance of humanitarian principles.
- Solid understanding of principles and practices in broad humanitarian action, NGO safety and risk management, humanitarian access, and civil-military coordination.
- Outgoing and confident personality, and a calm demeanour during crises. A self-starter who takes initiative to achieve results.
- Excellent networking, diplomatic, and representative communication skills.
- Flexibility to frequently work within irregular hours and within austere environments.
- Deep understanding of INSO ethos, mandate and services.