EISF Research Advisor, London

Fixed term contract for 12 months with possibility of extension
Full time – working 35 hours per week
Salary: £34,244 – 37,405 per annum including London Allowance 
Location – London, Waterloo

The Job

The EISF Research Advisor plays a key role in the fostering of information sharing, dialogue and analysis for humanitarian security risk management, amongst the EISF members, other NGOs, academia and think tanks across the humanitarian and associated sectors. This includes initiating, developing and managing a programme of research and good practice guides; identifying and participating in joint research and collaborative learning projects with NGOs, policy bodies and academic institutions; promoting the use of evidence-based recommendations to enhance EISF’s position as a global reference point, including social media communication and maintaining the EISF library; and supporting the EISF Executive Director in networking, coordination and capacity building activities across the humanitarian sector, including NGO coordinating bodies, UN agencies, institutional donors and consultants.

The role also includes responsibility for managing the EISF Research and Projects Trainee.

Key Responsibilities

1. EISF Publications and Projects: EISF continues to produce relevant and original research papers and best practice guides. Tasks include:

  • Maintain an oversight of the global debate on humanitarian security risk management, including an overview of global threats, research initiatives and linked events.
  • Analyse and identify emerging themes and gaps in NGO security-risk management knowledge and capacity and develop new research project frameworks.
  • Manage all aspects of production of EISF publications including managing consultants and service 
providers as required, overseeing final text version and external communications.
  • Identify events for the dissemination of EISF projects to the broader humanitarian community.
  • Develop regular thematic and contextual alerts (blogs), with inputs from EISF team and other experts.
  • Undertake research for EISF publications.
  • Contribute to research projects for other stakeholders in the sector.

2. Networking and Coordination:

  • Identify, network and communicate with security risk management specialists from the humanitarian and other sectors and act as a hub bringing different experts together to support new and ongoing projects
  • Represent EISF at relevant international forums and events, presenting EISF projects to the wider 
  • Promote informed dialogue on security risk management issues in the humanitarian sector as a whole
  • Develop EISF’s ability to enhance information sharing and exchange of good practice between NGOs and other stakeholders

3. Resource Library and Communications:

  • Input into ongoing development of the EISF communications plan
  • Ensure the EISF website, including its library, is maintained, updated and expanded to remain a key global resource for security risk management for the humanitarian sector
  • Oversee social media and other communications to support maintain EISF’s position

4. Support the EISF Executive Director and the Secretariat in organising bi-annual EISF forums, as well as other specialist workshops and seminars

Essential Skills/Experience

  • Graduate qualification
  • Significant experience of humanitarian programme or policy work at field or head office level
  • Experience and a track record of success in policy development and research
  • Very strong conceptual thinker with solid problem solving and analytical skills
  • Strong communications skills (both written and verbal) at a level appropriate for high-level external representation (presentations), and the ability to tailor communications to different audiences
  • Proven ability to build relationships from a distance with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Excellent writing and editorial skills in English
  • Good project management
  • Experience of developing budgets and working within their constraints
  • Proven initiative and ability to manage a complex workload, working at times to tight deadlines
  • Willingness to travel for a minimum of four weeks per year

Desirable Skills

  • Familiarity with aspects of and approaches to security risk management
  • Good understanding of content management systems for websites
  • Familiarity with the humanitarian system
  • Working knowledge of other European languages

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
  • Relevant research you have authored/contributed to
  • 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-EC nationals will require current and valid permission to work in the UK.

Closing date:  26 March 2019

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