GISF Executive Director

Location: Hybrid – London or Manchester and Home

Permanent Position

The salary for this position is approximately £70,000 per annum (plus contributory pension)

Join The Global Interagency Security Forum (GISF), an independent platform for security focal points from global humanitarian agencies operating overseas. GISF works directly with 140 + humanitarian agencies (members). The GISF 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. The Forum is not a registered organisation, but an independently run entity, currently hosted by Mines Advisory Group.

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GISF Vision:  Aid workers and operations are safe and secure to achieve sustainable access for populations in need

GISF Mission:  GISF drives positive change in security risk management across the humanitarian sector through original research, collaboration and events.

GISF Values:

  • GISF operates according to the fundamentals of the humanitarian principles, i.e. humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence.
  • GISF takes a professional, member driven and collaborative approach to its’ work.
  • GISF aims to remain relevant to its’ members and the broader sector through continuous innovation and added value.
  • GISF champions inclusivity across security risk management and operates in a transparent, accessible and open manner.

The Role

The Executive Director (ED) develops and leads the strategic direction of GISF, providing the guiding organisational principles, articulating the strategic areas of focus and managing the secretariat to achieve long term goals. The ED is the project manager for GISF.

The ED is responsible for supporting and guiding the GISF team based in the UK (9 staff) and US (4 staff), to achieve their objectives enabling GISF to meets its strategic goals. This includes developing, implementing and maintaining processes and systems, including budgeting, that ensure GISF operates effectively and sustainably.

The role is responsible for ensuring GISF meets the needs of members (currently 145 organisations across Europe, North America and globally) and other stakeholders and must maintain these fundamental relationships. This is done directly as well as through close liaison with the Steering Group which provides guidance and support for developing and implementing the strategic goals.

The ED is the primary point of contact for external relationship development and representing GISF in external fora. This is both to bring external expertise and ideas into the membership discussions as well as to ensure the voice of members is represented in the aid sector and that good practice for effective and inclusive SRM is promoted globally.

GISF is currently undergoing the process of transitioning to a separately registered charity. This role is responsible for overseeing this process, including options of continued hosting/sub-contracting and maintaining donor relationships.

Please note that as part of MAG's commitment to safeguarding, this post is subject to background checks before an offer of employment is confirmed. For more information on MAG’s approach to background checks, please click here. You can also find more information in the candidate information pack, available through the link below.

MAG is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion. If you think you would be suited to one of our roles we would welcome your application regardless of your background. We strive to provide an inclusive and supportive working environment where all employees feel respected and supported in fulfilling their potential.

How to Apply

For further information about this opportunity, as well as the application form, please download the application pack, below:

MAG – GISF Executive Director Pack

Application is by submission of an application form, CV and cover letter. This should be sent to the GISF Business & Operations Manager, Justina Amenu ( highlighting:

  • How your skills and experiences match those in the job description as well as your interest for the role
  • How you see this role fitting into your future career plans
  • Also complete the attached Application Form. Your application will not be considered without this

Closing date:             Sunday 11th December 2022

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1st Stage Interviews:      GISF will aim to conduct these online on 15th and 16thDecember 2022

Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we are not able to respond to every application. If you have not heard back from us within 3 weeks after the deadline, it means that your application has not been successful.