Research and Communications Assistant

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Organization: The Global Interagency Security Forum
Job Type: Full-Time
Country: United Kingdom
Experience: Early Career (1-2 years)
Languages: English
Category: United Kingdom
Topic: Peacekeeping/Peacebuilding
Application Deadline: 9. October 2020

Job Description

Role Context

GISF is an independent NGO peer support network established in 2006 to provide a platform for global security focal points to share experiences, knowledge and learning. GISF is dedicated to improving the protection of aid workers and operations, to achieve sustainable access to populations in need.

Recognising that NGOs need to develop expertise in security-risk management in order to deliver aid effectively in unpredictable operating environments, GISF’s vision is to continue to grow as a global hub for humanitarian security risk management for NGOs and other stakeholders that impact on security risk management in the humanitarian space.

The forum currently represents over 100 aid agencies operating internationally, its members including development, human rights and humanitarian organisations. Over the past 14 years, GISF has created a centre of excellence that gathers and disseminates good practice in security risk management (SRM) to improve policy and practice. GISF collaborate with a range of experts within and beyond the sector to ensure a coordinated approach and maximise gain for the whole sector. GISF crafts innovative research, hosts original training and events, and maintains a ‘one-stop-shop’ for security risk management in the humanitarian sector through its online hub.

GISF acts as a resource for the humanitarian sector and other stakeholders, including donors, academics and the private sector to improve good practice and build capacity on humanitarian security risk management.

GISF is supported by its membership and is funded by the Swiss, US and UK governments. The Forum is not a registered organisation, but an independently run entity, hosted by a Member Organisation – Mines Advisory Group (MAG), from 22 September 2020.

The Job

The Research & Communications Assistant will support GISF’s Research Advisor in the production of high-quality publications. The Assistant will also contribute to creating effective communications around research publications and other aspects of GISF’s work.

Key Responsibilities

Support the development and completion of research projects:

  • Lead on targeted research projects (e.g. the development of a glossary of security risk management, write summary briefs for existing GISF publications, etc.) as agreed with the Research Advisor
  • Proofread new publications and support the Research Advisor’s work on translations of existing research papers
  • Assist the Research Advisor with research outputs (undertake literature review, support the creation of diagrams/visuals, adapt existing content to online training format…)
  • Support the Research Advisor to measure and increase the impact of GISF research (contribute to create strategic communication, liaise with members, etc).
  • Participate to source new engagement opportunities with external stakeholders (e.g. research institutes, universities, think tanks and NGOs) to promote and develop GISF research
  • Write, source and edit blogs for the GISF website

Support the creation and implementation of GISF Communication plan:

  • Contribute to the development of GISF Communication plan and implement plans for specific GISF publications, events and awareness campaigns (including key messages and activities tailored to relevant audiences)
  • Work with the GISF team to develop copy that explains and promotes GISF’s purpose, research and activities (for the GISF website, marketing materials, etc.)
  • Maintain GISF’s social media presence (e.g. Twitter and LinkedIn) and support in the dissemination of GISF outputs (e.g. podcasts, research, webinars) through various platforms.

Contribute to the design and maintenance of GISF communications tools:

  • Design original communications materials such as flyers, social media graphics, newsletters, blog mail-outs (using Mailerlite) and presentation templates using graphic design software (Canva Premium) to promote GISF research and activities
  • Liaise with external stakeholders (designers, video producers, etc.) on the development of new research publications and marketing materials
  • Support ongoing improvement of GISF website and library (adding resources to the themes, developing new sections, finding graphics, photographs, liaising with GISF website provider)
  • Support the creation and editing of podcasts and webinars (using software such as Audacity and iMovie)

Learning and Development Opportunities

  • Opportunity to feed into and develop original content with guidance from the GISF Research Advisor (through blogs or research)
  • Opportunity to engage with and meet various stakeholders within the GISF network (academics, security managers of various international NGOs, etc)
  • Guidance and support on improving project management skills and experience, including budget management
  • Opportunity to attend humanitarian and development sector events (at ODI, Frontline Club, etc.) as well as events and workshops restricted to GISF members

Essential Skills/Experience

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, and excellent attention to details
  • Excellent command of English
  • Ability to summarise information and present it through clear and persuasive writing or visual representations
  • Ability to think analytically, critically and creatively
  • Confident user of digital technology and tools (particularly social media platforms)
  • Independency in work and flexibility to changing priorities
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Interest in the humanitarian and development sector
  • Ability to collaborate within a team environment
  • Sound knowledge of Microsoft Office applications

Desirable Skills/Experience

  • Editing experience
  • Graphic design skills and video editing/multimedia skills (or motivation to develop them)
  • Additional language skills (especially Arabic or Spanish)
  • Motivated self-starter and ability to take initiatives

How to Apply

To apply for this post please send your CV and a cover letter outlining how your skills and experiences match those in the job description as well as your interest for the role, to the GISF Administrator, Justina Amenu (

As this post is UK-based, non-EU nationals will require current and valid permission to work in the UK.

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