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

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.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their complete Applications to: using “CD Nigeria” as the subject of the email.

Applications should include the following documents:

  • Updated CV
  • A Cover Letter specifying how they meet the mandatory requirements, their motivation for applying, and what they hope to bring to INSO
  • One relevant and substantive writing sample, which demonstrates your analytical and reporting abilities (10 pages max.).


  • Please do not send any additional information.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • 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.


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