• Head Of Mission M/F at Secours Islamique France

  • Posted on: 29 July, 2017 Deadline: 15 August, 2017
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    SECOURS ISLAMIQUE FRANCE (SIF) is a Non-Governmental Organization of international solidarity based in France. Founded in 1991, SIF is a non-profit and non-political organization that intents to help, to bring relief and to protect the lives of those threatened by natural disasters, armed conflicts or by economic collapse. SIF provides its help in respect of the cultural diversity, without any distinction of origin, religion or gender.

    Head Of Mission M/F


    Mission context:

    Based in Kenya, the Head of Mission provides the overall leadership and strategic direction of SIF operations in Kenya and Somalia (in remote control).

    SECOURS ISLAMIQUE FRANCE is recruiting a Head of mission M/F based in Nairobi (Kenya / Somalia)

    Mission/ Role:

    Leadership of the Country Programme

    • To maintain and develop SIF presence in Kenya and in Somalia (in remote control),
    • To coordinate and manage the overall planning and direction of SIF operations in Kenya and in Somalia,
    • To develop and maintain a coherent strategy that contributes to SIF global objectives,
    • To monitor the emergency humanitarian situation in the country and advise HQs on the appropriate course of action.

    Programme Development

    • To develop SIF short and medium term strategy for the mission,
    • To regularly analyze the context, risks, operational access issues and availability of resources, in relation to the program objectives,
    • To oversee the field assessments and develop the country strategy for Kenya and Somalia (in remote control),
    • To assess the donor environment and opportunities for funding, and ensure concept notes and proposals are submitted in coordination with HQ’s strategy.


    • To develop funding strategies and donor mapping analyses.
    • To manage external communications in collaboration with the communications with the HQs. Act as the contact person with press and media.

    Staff Management / Human Resources

    • To provide leadership and management to the team.
    • To participate / oversee the recruitment process of national staff


    • To ensure that appropriate logistic structures and procedures are established and / or are maintained in accordance with the SIF guidelines
    • To oversee the timely and efficient planning and implementation of procurement and supply of items in line with project needs.
    • To ensure adequate management of warehousing, compounds, transportation, goods in kind, and assets according to SIF procedures.

    Safety and Security Management

    Responsible for the safety and security of all SIF staff and visitors to Kenya and Somalia.

    • To ensure that appropriate logistic structures and procedures are established and / or are maintained in accordance with the SIF guidelines
    • To monitor the security context (including participating in local/national INGO/UN security meetings) and act on any deterioration in this that could affect operations and provide guidance to teams/sites as required

    Administration and Finance

    • To ensure that appropriate administrative and financial guidelines and procedures are established, maintained / updated regularly and adhered to by the team as well as any basic systems required in country

    The task list is neither exhaustive nor restrictive and it is evolving.


    • Minimum 5 years of previous experience in humanitarian work, including previous experiences as Country Director, or Deputy Country Director, or Chief of Party with INGOs in similar context.
    • Substantial experience of strategic thinking, including identifying, analyzing, problem solving and responding to opportunities and challenges and the ability to translate these into practical plans of action.
    • Extensive experience of securing substantial external funding. Evidence of understanding the challenges of donor and contract management and the implications for program management.
    • Extensive knowledge and experience of project planning and budget holding; proposal and report writing.
    • Knowledge and understanding of project management tools (Logical Framework analysis, project cycle management, objectives and indicators etc.)
    • Strong leadership skills and a supportive management style (experience managing national and expatriate staff)
    • Strong communication skills, with excellent written and spoken English (and desirably French)
    • Ability to understand the cultural and political environment and to work well with partners including local authorities.

    Duration: 6 months

    Starting date: September 2017

    Working conditions:**

    • French fixed term contract “CDD d’usage”
    • Remuneration according to profile
    • Monthly Per diem, Guesthouse
    • Medical cover (60% cover by SIF and 40% covered by the expatriate)
    • R&R every at 3 and 9 month
    • Return plane ticket supported by SIF for leave at 6 month

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Secours Islamique France (SIF) career website on docs.google.com to apply

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