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Deputy Director of Research and Analysis Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Position: Deputy Director of Research and Analysis - Somalia
Organization: International NGO Safety Organization (INSO)
Country Mission: INSO Somalia
Duty Station: Nairobi (Kenya), with frequent travels to Somalia
Reporting to: NSO Somalia Country Director

Closing Date: 07th January, 2016

Position Summary:
 INSO seeks to recruit an Information and Analysis Manager to join its Somalia Mission team in Nairobi.

The Information and Analysis Manager will be responsible for the Information and Analysis component of INSO Somalia country office.

The main purpose of this position is to:
  • Provide an objective overview of security trends and issues, with specific focus on Somalia context;
  • Organize relevant collection of information;
  • Deliver high quality and added value security and geopolitical analysis and briefs to NGOs operating in Somalia; and
  • Support NGOs operating in Somalia during crisis management.
Background: INSO Somalia, formerly known as NSP, seeks to address the growing challenge of safety in the NGO community in Somalia through the provision of specialized, coordinated and focused safety management support. 

It recognizes the insecure operating environment all NGOs face in Somalia and the collective value of enhancing safety preparedness and support.  

The project provides the NGO community with its own safety focal point and tailored safety support services through 3 main services: Information & Analysis (provision of regular reports, safety risk assessments and briefings); Capacity building (provision of various trainings); and Response (provision of support to crisis management in response to critical incidents).

At global level, INSO supports the safety of aid workers by establishing safety coordination platform in insecure context. 

INSO provides registered NGOs with a range of services including real-time incident tracking, analytical reports, safety-related data and mapping, crisis management support, staff operations and training.

INSO services help NGOs with their day-to-day risk management responsibilities and improve overall situational awareness to support evidence-based humanitarian access decisions. 

For more information on our operations please visit our website

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
i. Management
  • Responsible for the management of the Information and Analysis team, with a clear understanding of the pressures associated with operating in hostile environments (recruitment, appraisal, work plan, authorization of movement, missions orders, leave request disciplinary measures etc..)
  • Responsible for the capacity building of the Information and Analysis team.
  • Responsible for the logistics and financial needs of the Information and Analysis team in link with the Somalia Country Administration Manager
ii. Information and Analysis Production:
  • Responsible for the general organization of the data and information gathering structure, in link with the Somalia Country Director (geographic coverage organization, reliability assessment, credibility of information)
  • Supervise the sourcing, processing and analyzing of complex information for the production of regular safety reports (daily reports, bi-weekly reports, quarterlies, annual reports) for an NGO audience
  • Responsible for ensuring those reports have high quality standards (writing, presentation, reference notes)
  • Responsible for the production of in depth reports (identifying trends in the current Somali context, providing lessons learnt from incidents occurrence and projections based on referenced historical and current information)
  • Propose and produce specific advisories to NGOs in link with the Somalia Country director
  • Responsible to maintain and develop the Incident tracking Database and propose new services relevant to NGOs based on this database
  • Propose and develop a map production strategy to illustrate various reports and briefs in link with the Somalia Country Director
  • Propose and produce area briefings papers, best practices handbooks, position papers and other proposed supporting documents to NGOs in link with the program manager
  • Organize and facilitate bi-weekly oral briefings for NGOs
  • Travel to Somalia to gather information and train field based staff
  • Maintain a regular network of information (UN, governments, traditional leaders, NGOs etc.)
  • Initiate and maintain contact with safety documentation, analysis and training initiatives in other countries and regions in order to monitor ‘state-of-the-art’ developments and integrate new procedures into the Somali context.
  • Responsible for the capitalization of the Information and Analysis unit’s knowledge
iii. Training and response:
  • Participate on request to the training of NGOs in link with the Training Manager.
  • Participate on request to Safety Risk Assessments
  • NGO crisis management support
iv. Strategy:
  • Participate proactively to the definition of INSO strategy
  • On request, participate to the drafting of proposals based on that strategy
  • Follow-up the action plan based on the strategy and reports against it
  • Participate the capitalization and to the development of the Institutional memory of INSO
v. Reporting:
  • Participate senior management team meeting, staff meetings, analysis meetings and other requested internal meetings
  • Participate on request to the drafting of donor reports
  • Regularly brief and share information / analysis with other team members
Required Qualifications & Experience
  • University degree, and preferably a Masters in a relevant Social Sciences, Political Sciences or International Development – related field.
  • Minimum 8 years of work experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years of work experience in a management position.
  • Minimum of 3 years of living, working and operating in hostile environments.
  • In depth knowledge or work experience in post-conflict and / or complex emergency environment, with proven experience in, knowledge of, and interest for Somalia.
  • Demonstrable practical experience in security information analysis and management in a relevant organizational setting.
  • Proven experience in high quality production of reports and analytical papers.
  • Proven experience in development and maintenance of multi-stakeholders networks.
Mandatory Skills:
  • Dexterity in time management and organization skills relevant to a senior manager position. 
  • Demonstrated leadership capacity and ability to maintain and motivate staff in a remote management environment.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills. Ability to work well effectively with multi-cultural teams.
  • Proven ability to be flexible and work well under pressure in fast-paced environment.
  • Strong IT skills. Proficient in Microsoft applications and use of relevant software and other applications e.g. databases, internet and information management systems, including GIS.
  • Excellent listening and communication skills. 
  • Proven ability to communicate in a timely and efficient manner appropriate to the audience that stimulates motivation among many different actors. 
  • Ability to convey complex matters in easy to understand terms.
  • Demonstrated ability to make clear and articulate presentations of complex information
  • Excellent persuasion and negotiation skills. 
  • Ability to influence and persuade other stakeholders to influence behavior change and meet organizational requirements and achieve results.
  • Goal-oriented.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Fluent English, both written and verbal.
Other Preferred Characteristics (which will give an advantage):
  • + 2 years-experience with non-profit organizations, NGOs or UN humanitarian agencies, with proven capabilities in planning, organizing and executing operations in the field.
  • Deep and clear understanding of humanitarian principles, codes of conduct and sub-sector work linked to INGO field operational context.
  • Knowledge of (and previous experience with) ArcGIS. 
  • Knowledge of Somali.
  • Ease with training and mentoring roles.
We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of age, nationality, race, gender or age.
Terms & Conditions
Availability: January 2016.
Duty station: Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel to Field Offices in Somalia. The selected candidate must adhere to all safety precautions and contribute to the safety of the team.
Contract: 12 month contract, €5000 per month salary, comprehensive health and AD&D insurance.

How to Apply:
Candidates who meet the above requirements should send their applications online to, to be received not later than 07th January, 2016. 

Your application should clearly be titled “Information and Analysis Manager” and should include the following:
  1. A cover letter specifying how you meet the mandatory requirements, your motivation in applying and what you hope to bring to INSO (1-2 pages)
  2. An updated CV(max 2 pages)
  3. Contact information for three work-related referees)
  4. A relevant and substantive writing sample in English, which demonstrates your analytical and reporting abilities (5-10 pages).
Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

INSO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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