Deputy Director- Niger
Posted 6 Apr 2021
Closing date 29 Apr 2021
Founded in 2011, the International NGO Safety Organisation (INSO) is an international charity that supports humanitarian 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 an innovative start-up to become a globally recognised charity and a valuable component of the humanitarian safety coordination system.
Today, with more than 1000 employees globally, INSO provides daily support to 1000 NGOs operating in 14 of the world’s most insecure countries and has earned a strong reputation for its performance, principles and professionalism.
As of April 2019, INSO is registered as a charity in the Netherlands with its global headquarters now based in The Hague, the international city of peace and justice.
Niger has been witnessing a dramatic escalation of violence at its borders for the past few years, particularly in the Tillabéry and Tahoua region where conflict dynamics from Mali and Burkina Faso are steadily spilling over and affecting civilian populations as well as occasionally impeding NGO access.
INSO began delivering services indirectly and to a limited extent to NGOs in Niger through existing Central Sahel and Lake Chad Basin programmes, and formally began to establish itself in country in 2020. Starting from its coordination centre in Niamey, the project has now evolved to include two fully operational field offices, one in Tillabéry and one in Diffa.
We expect to increase our presence in Tahoua in 2021 and develop further based on partner NGO demands and needs across other regions of Niger in the coming years.
More than 70 national and international NGO partners in Niger access INSO services on daily basis.
Our services are funded by a large donor base including USAID-BHA, DG ECHO, the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs and FCDO.
INSO Niger is now seeking an experienced professional to join our team as Deputy Director.
(Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis)
The Deputy Director oversees all aspects of service delivery and plays a key role in ensuring that INSO provides the best support possible to NGOs.
Specific responsibilities include the recruitment, training and management of a team of senior analysts (Safety Advisors), editorial review of key INSO products, monitoring and continual improvement of compliance with service delivery standards and support to the Country Director in the broader development of the programme.
The successful candidate will have a strong background in NGO safety and security, be outgoing, inquisitive and detail oriented, and have significant experience building and leading high performing teams.
He/she will have the ability to analyse complex security issues and contexts, communicate to an excellent standard and above all else share INSO’s commitment to humanitarian principles.
Team Leadership and Management
- Direct management of INSO Safety Advisors; including recruitment, training, orientation and on-the-job mentoring.
- Editorial responsibility for flagship bi-monthly analytical report.
- Supervision and quality assurance of all other aspects of INSO service delivery, including: 24/7 flash reporting, safety and access roundtable meetings, analytical reports, crisis management support, and other demand-based services.
- Representation and liaison towards third parties, including NGOs, the UN, and international donors.
- Support to programme development and implementation, including the delivery of annual planning and scheduled donor reporting.
- The development and implementation of locally specific internal security management policy, SOPs and guidelines.
- Support to the application of INSO global policy in areas including HR, finance and operations.
- Leadership and representation of the programme in the director’s absence.
- Other programme development responsibilities as required.
- Exemplary command of French (written and spoken). Strong command of English (written and spoken) is a very strong asset.
- Graduate level education in a relevant field.
- Significant experience in insecure/conflict-affected environments with progressive seniority and at least one year at senior management level.
- Proven writing, editing, and analytical skills and a keen eye for detail - the position entails substantial report editing and reviewing.
- Acceptance and strong understanding of humanitarian principles.
- Demonstrable understanding of humanitarian safety practices and their application.
- Outgoing and confident personality.
- Mature leadership and staff management experience in a diverse multi-cultural setting.
- Excellent networking, diplomatic, and representative communication skills.
- A year’s (recent) experience working in Niger and demonstrable understanding of the central Sahel humanitarian context. Alternatively, minimum of one year of recent experience in the region (Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Chad) and demonstrable understanding of the central Sahel humanitarian context.
- Experience in staff capacity development and training.
- Experience with NGO project management, including donor reporting and relations.
- First-hand experience of crisis management.
- Prior experience in an inter-agency role.
- Existing information networks and/or local language skills.
- Detailed understanding of INSO mandate & services.
Key Personal Competencies
- A good listener
- An effective communicator
- Excellent analyst
- Team player
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- A people manager
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 based in Niamey, Niger with expected start date of 01 June 2021, €5,000 per month salary, 4 days annual leave per month and 7 days of R&R every 3 months with an allowance of €1,000 each R&R cycle, housing, global medical coverage (excluding USA) and USD $200,000 AD&D coverage.
How to apply
Interested applicants are invited to send a completed application,referencing “Deputy Director" in the subject line of the email. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.
- 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 pages maximum).
- Updated CV (5 pages maximum).
- One relevant and substantive writing sample in French that demonstrates your analytical and report writing abilities (10 pages maximum).
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.