EISF Deputy Director

Role Context

The European Interagency Security Forum (EISF) is an independent platform for security focal points from European humanitarian agencies operating overseas. EISF emerged in 2006 as an independent NGO network, facilitating collaboration and information exchange on humanitarian security-risk management at the strategic, systematic and policy level. Over the past 10 years, the Forum has established itself as a global reference point and centre of excellence for applied practice, collective knowledge and current challenges in humanitarian security-risk management.

Recognising that NGOs need to develop expertise in security-risk management in order to deliver aid effectively in unpredictable operating environments, EISF’s vision is to continue to grow as a global hub for humanitarian security risk management for NGOs and other stakeholders that impact on security risk management in the humanitarian space.

The primary objective of EISF is to have a positive impact on NGO humanitarian security risk management in order to achieve sustainable access for populations in need. As an independent network of security focal points who represent European-based humanitarian NGOs operating internationally EISF is committed to improving the safety and security of operations and staff, strengthening humanitarian security risk management to allow greater access to and impact for crisis-affected populations

EISF acts as a resource for the humanitarian sector and other stakeholders, including donors, academics and the private sector to improve good practice and build capacity on humanitarian security risk management.

As an NGO led forum, the EISF hub reflect the needs of our members and the broader humanitarian SRM network.

EISF works directly with 100 + humanitarian agencies (members). The EISF Secretariat and Steering Group also engage and collaborate with a wide range of actors, including institutional donors, researchers, UN agencies, academic institutes, think tanks, consultants and NGO platforms, in order to promote and enhance security risk management in humanitarian assistance. EISF achieves its goals in part by maximising available resources and cooperating closely with this wide range of actors.

EISF is supported by its membership and is funded by the Swiss, US and UK governments. The Forum is not a registered organisation, but an independently-run entity, currently hosted by Christian Aid.

For more information please visit www.eisf.eu.

Role Purpose

The EISF Deputy Director supports the EISF Executive Director to achieve EISF’s strategic direction.

This role involves actively maintaining and encouraging collaboration and exchange between EISF members and the wider network of EISF stakeholders at policy and procedure levels as the sector thought leader on humanitarian security risk management as well as ensuring that the membership remains the core focus of EISF and EISF remains relevant to their needs.

The Deputy Director manages the day to day operations of the EISF Secretariat, including the membership services, administrative functions and EISF budget management.

Key Responsibilities

1. Secretariat Management – including:

  • Responsible for operational management of the EISF Secretariat, including EISF contact point for maintaining IT systems
  • Manage the Operations Support Coordinator and EISF Administrator in all aspects of the role including the membership information services as well as financial, HR and project systems and liaising with Christian Aid
  • Oversee production of quarterly reports for EISF members
  • Oversee budgets and spending of EISF and produce quarterly financial reports

2. Donor Relations – working with the Executive Director to:

  • Develop proposals for institutional donors
  • Develop and maintain private donors
  • Produce regular donor reports for institutional and private donors

Capacity building and sharing of information within EISF, tasks include:

  • Actively maintain communication between EISF members to enhance collaboration and knowledge transfer.
  • Identify topics and facilitators for forums, workshops, projects etc, to raise awareness and build capacity for security risk management
  • Act as a support base for EISF member organisations for policy and operational issues, facilitating networking during rapid onset humanitarian crises and in response to day to day security risk management issues
  • Take overall responsibility for the EISF website www.eisf.eu, ensuring content remains up to date and managing the relationship with the service provider, including fault identification and repair and site upgrades

Capacity building and sharing of information with other actors, tasks include:

  • Support the EISF external network, which includes NGO coordination platforms, academics, relevant departments within European and other governments, specialized institutions, private corporations, academia, training institutions and consultants
  • Contribute to capacity building for humanitarian security risk management, through input to the EISF guides and tools for use by practitioners and acting as a resource for external events and stakeholders
  • Contribute to the development of best practice in humanitarian security-risk management, through active stakeholder engagement
  • Represent EISF at relevant international meetings and conferences. Interact with senior officials from various organisations

Person Specification


  • Experience of humanitarian security management at field and headquarters level, and/or experience of programme management at country level in insecure environments
  • Proven experience of project management and finance management
  • Proven negotiation, liaison and networking skills at a senior level
  • Demonstrable knowledge of all aspects of and approaches to humanitarian security risk management by humanitarian actors, including critical incident management
  • Experience in working with colleagues and contacts who are based off-site and managing a small team.
  • Capacity to prioritise, focus and manage competing expectations within a large stakeholder group.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Prior experience with humanitarian security coordination mechanisms.
  • Willingness to travel for a minimum of eight weeks per year


  • Experience of proposal development, with a knowledge of securing new funding streams and an understanding of donor compliance
  • Understanding of humanitarian accountability processes
  • Prior experience in lobbying on humanitarian security issues
  • Experience of public speaking and presenting to a wide range of audiences, including at a senior level.
  • Understanding of IT systems for operational performance
  • Excellent written and spoken English, and proficiency in a second language (French, Spanish, or Arabic preferred)

IT competency required


Other Details

  • Fixed term contract for 12 months with possibility of extension
  • Full time – working 35 hours per week
  • Salary: £40,976-44,758 per annum
  • Location: Waterloo, London, UK
  • Expected Travel per annum – 60 days
  • People Management – 2 (plus 1 intern/volunteer)

How to apply

To apply for this post please send your CV and cover letter to the EISF Administrator, Justina Amenu (eisf-admin@eisf.eu) highlighting:

  • Your suitability for the role and interest in joining EISF
  • Your understanding of the security risk management challenges faced by humanitarian agencies
  • How you see this role fitting into your future career plans

As this post is UK-based, non-EU nationals will require current and valid permission to work in the UK.

Closing date: This is an open recruitment. Applications will be reviewed on receipt and the recruitment will remain open until the position is filled

For further details: see http://www.eisf.eu/about or contact eisf-admin@eisf.eu