GISF Executive Director

at Global Interagency Security Forum
Published November 20, 2022
Location Manchester, United Kingdom
Category Administration  
Job Type Full Time  



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.

Job Description


Lead GISF’s strategic development, in accordance with objectives identified by the Steering Group (SG).
Ensure GISF’s working culture aligns with agreed values and aims.
Facilitate SG meetings to ensure the SG have the opportunity to develop the strategic goals for GISF as well as support the Secretariat to implement the strategic aims.

Manage the GISF Leadership team, working with them to allocate responsibilities, identify and resolve issues and ensure the GISF team (UK & US) has the support, resources and guidance required to meet its strategic goals.
Manage the Business and Operations Manager to ensure that procedures are followed, and standards are met, and that systems facilitate the agreed GISF strategies and projects.
Provide timely and relevant information to the Steering Group and team to support decision making and planning
Proactively encourage team members to participate in GISF activities and provide opportunities for professional development.
Lead budget management to ensure effective spending of donor grants and safe management of the membership fee contingency fund to ensure sustainability of GISF.
Provide technical input on SRM for GISF events and research items to ensure relevance as well as to encourage original thinking and ideas.
Directly line manage four staff: two Deputy Directors, the Business and Operations Manager and the Research Advisor.
Lead or support recruitment for GISF staff.

Facilitate opportunities for members to input their views, needs and challenges for GISF events and research as well as to understand their position for external influencing.
Represent the needs of the members at external events and with external actors for the improvement of SRM in the aid sector.
Work closely with the Steering Group to ensure they reflect the composition and views of the broader membership.

Oversee donor and host relations, external engagement and member satisfaction.
Represent the needs and challenges of GISF Members at external events, for example SLT Oversight Committee, Humanitarian Networks Partnership Week, etc.
Create relationships to influence key individuals and organisations to improve SRM in the Aid Sector, for example donors, non-security humanitarian executives, NGO coordination bodies, Academics, etc.

Manage the Deputy Directors (UK & US) to develop and maintain relationships with existing and possible donors.
Oversee preparation of donor proposals and reports, including budgets.
Support the Deputy Directors to pursue other funding opportunities such as the Business Partnership Programme and Foundations.
Manage the ‘Contingency Fund’ from membership fees and other unallocated funding to provide ancillary services for members and ensure the sustainability of GISF in case of loss of institutional funding.


Master’s degree in Humanitarian Studies or related discipline or equivalent relevant work experience

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