Experience / Qualifications
The INSO Director sets the overall strategic framework within which all other program elements occur and provides leadership, coordination, representation, supervision and management in relation to all staff and services. The Director will be an experienced and emotionally mature individual with advanced understanding of humanitarian operations at the leadership level.
The Director will possess 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 into workable practices in difficult environments. Ideal candidates will come from an NGO/humanitarian background (senior management and programs) and are not required to have military/police backgrounds.
The main challenges during 2020 will consist in opening the mission, securing donor funding, setting up basic infrastructure Niamey, Diffa, Tillabery, recruiting and orienting teams and ensuring the roll-out of the full suite of INSO services. Coordination with INSO country offices in the region (Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso) will also be an important part of the opening phase.
This position is a particularly challenging and rewarding role with a high level of external representation and regional liaison with other INSO offices. You will have the opportunity to see the positive impact INSO products and services have on our partners while working with a dedicated regional and global team of humanitarians who love their jobs.
* Responsible for the roll-out phase of the project.
* Coordination of all staff and resources in Niger country office including; internal coordination, grants management, host government regulatory registration, donor reporting and representation of INSO towards stakeholders.
* Coordination with INSO offices in Nigeria, Mali and Burkina Faso for coherence of analysis and approach.
* Quality control and direct contributions to the delivery of INSO services including; production of information and analysis (written biweekly and situational reports, etc.), high-level engagement and briefings, surveys, training and capacity building, and emergency support as needed.
* Programme management, including annual funding strategy, budget management, and contractual compliance. Direct grant and contract management responsibilities.
* Compliance with INSO’s global policy in operational and administrative areas.
* Previous experience as an NGO Country Director or equivalent management experience in conflict/post-conflict contexts (at least 3-5 years).
* Previous experience launching new project, especially as a CD/ Team Leader
* Experience with management of multi-donor projects; knowledge of donor policies and procedures (DG ECHO, DFID, SDC, USAID-OFDA). This includes PCM, budget management and monitoring, donor liaison and reporting.
* French fluency (written and spoken) with good English working knowledge
* Master’s Degree-level of education or equivalent work experience in a relevant field
* 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.
* Minimum of one year of recent experience in the region (Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad)
* Direct experience and involvement in a crisis management role.
* Experience in a highly visible interagency role.
* Detailed understanding of INSO mandate and services.
* Previous INSO experience (as a team member, a member of INSO’s country advisory board or as a beneficiary).
Key Personal Competencies:
* A people manager with excellent interpersonal skills
* Organised and diligent work ethic
* Effective communication and creative thinking
* Cultural and situational sensitivity
* Calm demeanour in stressful or crisis situations
* Flexibility to cover crisis situations during and outside working hours.
* Principled and consummate professional
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 with expected start date 17th February, €5500 per month salary, 4 days annual leave per month, 3 days R&R every 3 months with a €1000 allowance for each R&R cycle, global medical coverage, $200,000 AD&D coverage and housing provided. While this position is unaccompanied, your partner may live with you in INSO accommodation.
Interested applicants are requested to send the following to [email protected] and reference “Country Director Niger” in the subject line of the email. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. As a new project, this position is subject to the confirmation of donor funding.
* Cover Letter in French specifying how you meet the mandatory requirements, preferred characteristics, your motivation for applying and what you hope to bring to INSO (2 page maximum).
* Updated CV in French (5 page maximum).
* One relevant and substantive writing sample in French, which demonstrates your analytical and reporting abilities (10 page maximum, but may be less).
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.