Country Director – Lake Chad Basin at International NGO Safety Organisation (INSO)

International NGO Safety Organisation (INSO) – 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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Country Director – Lake Chad Basin

Location: Abuja
Reports to: The Regional Director – Central Africa

Job Summary

  • You will provide direct leadership, coordination, representation, supervision, and management in relation to all staff and services of the Country Office and set the overall strategic framework.
  • You will possess solid program and human resources managements skills and will be a natural and confident leader, communicator, consensus-builder and networker.
  • You will combine keen intellect and analytical skills. The Lake Chad Basin platform is well established.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
Program Strategy and Management:

  • Manage the Country Office team, including direct supervision of senior management staff (Deputy Director, Finance Manager and Operations Manager), and general oversight of the program, operations, and finance teams.
  • Develop overall strategy and deliver annual programme planning.
  • Steward INSO resources effectively and transparently in full compliance with internal and donor policies.

Representation and Synergies:

  • Maintain and build the reputation of the organisation, both internally and externally.
  • Maintain donor engagement and actively track country-specific funding opportunities.
  • Ensure compliance with donor regulations and requirements.

Program Support and Monitoring:

  • Oversee the overall delivery of INSO services.
  • Deliver strategic analysis to senior humanitarian leadership, including through monthly directors’ briefings and quarterly analytical reports.
  • Lead crisis management support to individual NGO partners or the NGO community at large during critical incidents.

Mandatory Requirements

  • Master’s Degree-level of education or equivalent work experience.
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of French is an added value.
  • 3 – 5 years relevant work experience as an NGO Country Director or equivalent senior management experience in conflict/post-conflict contexts.
  • Experience with management of multi-donor projects. Knowledge of donor policies and procedures (DG ECHO, SDC, USAID-BHA).
  • Experience with budget management and monitoring, donor liaison and reporting.
  • Proven analytical skills.
  • Solid understanding of principles and practices in broad humanitarian action, NGO safety and risk management, humanitarian access, and civil-military coordination.
  • Excellent networking, diplomatic, and representative communication skills.

Nice to Have:

  • Recent experience in the Lake Chad Basin region.
  • Direct experience and involvement in a crisis management role.
  • Experience in an interagency role.
  • Detailed understanding of INSO mandate and services.
  • Previous INSO experience (as a team member, member of INSO’s country advisory board or as a beneficiary).

Personal Attributes:

  • Ability to identify issues and find a resolution.
  • Excellent communication, organizational and managerial skills.
  • Strong work ethic and capacity to take responsibility for your actions.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Confidentiality, integrity and an ability to sense conflicts-of-interest.

Terms & Conditions
Twelve-month contract, 4 calendar days annual leave per month and 3 days of R&R every 3 months with 1000 R&R allowance each cycle, global medical coverage (excluding USA), and USD200,000 AD&D coverage.

Application Closing Date
19th December, 2022.

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