Global Research Analyst

INSO, The Hague, Netherlands

Skill Required:, Research and AnalysisTraining and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
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Closing Date for Applications: 
15th May, 2020

Job Description

INSO Background

Founded in 2011, the International NGO Safety Organisation (INSO) is an international charity that supports humanitarian aid workers by establishing safety coordination platforms in insecure contexts. INSO provides registered NGOs with a range of free services, including real-time incident tracking, analytical reports, safety-related data and mapping, crisis management support, staff orientations and training.

INSO services help NGOs with their day-to-day risk management responsibilities and improve their overall situational awareness to support evidence-based humanitarian access decisions. The organisation has grown from innovative start-up to become a globally recognised charity and a valuable component of the humanitarian safety coordination system.

Today, with more than 900 employees globally, INSO provides daily support to more than 930 NGOs operating in 14 of the world’s most insecure countries and has earned a strong reputation for its performance, principles and professionalism.

As of April 2019, INSO is registered as a charity in the Netherlands with its global headquarters now based in The Hague, the international city of peace and justice.

Please note that any start date is provisional and deployment may be delayed due to COVID-19 related travel bans and regulations. INSO suspended all international duty travel, including international deployments, on 16th March 2020 until further notice. As the situation is evolving, we will be re-evaluating the travel suspension on a regular basis.

Job Summary

INSO is currently in the process of incorporating and upgrading its extensive repositories of in-country data from each of our 14 programmes into the Conflict and Humanitarian Data Centre (CHDC), INSO’s own innovative, interactive and internally designed software application. With instant access to a real-time conflict activity dashboard, comprehensive incident datasets and data visualisation tools, the CHDC will enable the adoption and enhance the application of evidence-based decision-making by INSO’s NGO partners regarding humanitarian safety and access.
By combining its unique access to CHDC and INSO’s in-country teams, with a firm understanding of relevant narratives and complementary sources within and beyond the community, the overall aim of this position is to address the strategic priorities and programmatic needs of NGO HQs through bespoke analysis, catered briefings and thematic research that assess challenges related to humanitarian safety and access. Primarily, the immediate objective is to develop, write and publish INSO’s Key Data Analysis, our global monthly report on NGO incident trends, in coordination with the Global Information Manager.
Organisational Structure

Initially, the Global Research Analyst will report to, and is the responsibility of, the Chief Analyst, who is a member of INSO’s Global Senior Management Team based at HQ in The Hague. As the CHDC Department develops, the Global Research Analyst will become a key member within a broader team dedicated to providing NGO HQs with global products, services, coordination and training.

Key Responsibilities

  •  Monitor global initiatives and developments within and across NGOs, the UN, other international organisations and research institutes as they pertain to humanitarian safety and access.
  •  Develop, write and publish INSO’s Key Data Analysis, our global monthly report that assesses NGO incident trends across INSO’s platforms, in coordination with the Global Information Manager.
  •  Assist the Chief Analyst and Global Information Manager in producing the Safety and Access Review, our global quarterly report examining the correlation of conflict activity and NGO incidents.
  •  Provide bespoke analysis pieces and present catered briefings for NGO HQs on specific contextual dynamics or challenges related to humanitarian safety and access.
  •  Conduct and manage research projects that leverage INSO’s data to support the strategic design and/or development of thematic programming (e.g. education, health, gender, access).
  •  Liaise and coordinate with Regional Analysts (Lake Chad Basin, Sahel and Syria) regarding contributions to global reports, thematic papers and analytical training.
  •  Identify and cultivate a network of contacts within the broader humanitarian community and beyond to expand INSO’s global visibility, membership, exchanges and coordination.
  •  Track and report on updates within emerging or erupting humanitarian crises to inform INSO’s Senior Management Team of future priority areas and NGO needs.
  •  Ensure and reinforce the continuity and consistency between INSO’s consolidated internal data and externally distributed analytical products on a global level.
  •  Effectively represent and protect INSO’s principles of independence, impartiality and neutrality as well as actively promoting INSO as an integral member of the humanitarian community.

Other Responsibilities

  •  Strategy Development. Assist the Chief Analyst in devising and implementing global initiatives related to INSO’s strategic positioning and prospective partnerships.
  •  Programme Support. Engage with other HQ departments, such as IT and Training, to strengthen organisational synergies, coordination and development.
  •  Crisis Management. Offer support to enhance the awareness, preparedness or response of INSO HQ and its global partners in the event of an emergency.

The position and duties of this post require a great degree of flexibility and adaptation. Hence, within reasonable limits, the Global Research Analyst may be required to carry out tasks that may not be explicitly detailed in this job description but are aligned with INSO principles and mandate.

Mandatory Requirements

  •  Fluency in English (required) and French (desired)
  •  Masters degree in International Relations/Political Science, Security/Conflict Studies, Humanitarian Action/Humanitarianism, International Humanitarian Law or Journalism.
  •  Relevant experience working in NGOs, international organisations, think-tanks, research consultancies or journalism.
  •  Minimum 3 years’ experience working in and on insecure/post-conflict environments, preferably in an analytical capacity.
  •  Excellent writing and analytical skills.
  •  Ability to work both independently and collaboratively to tight deadlines.
  •  Demonstrable understanding of safety discourses and dynamics as they relate to the humanitarian infrastructure, NGO operations and coordination mechanisms.
  •  The candidate must have the right to reside and work in the Netherlands.

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