Job For Head of Mission at Secours Islamique France

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 dedicated to alleviate the suffering of the poorest people. SIF acts wherever humanitarian and social needs require mobilization of emergency relief and/or implementation of development programs.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:



Job Title: Head of Mission (M/F)
 Maiduguri, Borno
Expected starting date: ASAP

He/she is responsible for:

  • The overall program development and program implementation;
  • The staff management,
  • Guaranteeing the respect of SIF procedures, policies and best practices,
  • Representing the SIF toward local authorities, and the different stakeholders (donors, local NGOs …)
  • Identifying and securing institutional donor’s funding

Leadership of the Country Programme:

  • To maintain and develop SIF’s presence in Nigeria,
  • To coordinate and manage the overall planning and direction of SIF’s operations in Nigeria ,
  • To develop and maintain a coherent strategy that contributes to SIF’s global objectives

Programme Development:

  • To regularly analyze the context, risks, operational access issues and availability of resources, in relation to the program objectives,
  • To oversee the field assessments,
  • To assess the donor environment and opportunities for funding, and ensure concept notes and proposals are developed (according to SIF institutional strategy) and submitted in due time,
  • To ensure effective and timely coordination of technical inputs  in proposal development within country program and HQs,
  • To develop and maintain SIF’s emergency activities and oversee the scale up of the emergency response,


  • To represent SIF, coordinate and advocate on key issues with local and national authorities,  UN agencies, donors and  INGOs,
  • To develop funding strategies and donor mapping analysis,
  • To manage external communications in collaboration with the HQs communications department. Act as the contact person with press and media,
  • To maintain regular communications with HQs using the established procedures.

Staff Management / Human Resources:

  • To provide leadership and management to the team,
  • To line manage senior staff, regularly make performance and management appraisals (at least one a year),
  • To support national and international staff, ensuring that individuals work effectively together as a team to achieve the programme objectives,
  • To organize and supervise capacity building and development 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 Nigeria.
  • To ensure that a safety and security framework for SIF operations is developed, communicated, adhered to and regularly reviewed,

Administration and Finance:

  • To oversee budget preparation, and analysis of actual expenditures vs. budget,


  • Minimum 5 years of previous experience in humanitarian work, including previous experiences as Country Director, Deputy Country Director or Chief of Party with INGOS in similar context
  • Experience of working within an insecure environment with responsibility for security planning, monitoring and management
  • Capacity to act with diplomacy & proven liaison and negotiation skills
  • Good knowledge of the Humanitarian principles
  • An understanding of commitment to SIF mission and values.
  • Substantial experience of strategic thinking, including identifying, analyzing, problem solving, and responding to opportunities and challenges and the ability to translate these into practical action plans
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of project planning and budget holding; proposal and report writing
  • Strong leadership skill, with excellent written and spoken English

Working Conditions

  • French fixed term contract “CDD d’usage”
  • Medical cover (60% cover by SIF and 40% covered by the expatriate)
  • R&R every at 3 and 9 month
  • Remuneration according to profile
  • Monthly Per diem
  • Housing 100% covered by SIF



How To Apply
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