GISF Research and Communications Manager

Location: London with flexibility to work from home

12 month FTC (with the possibility of extension)

Starting salary for this position is £40,416 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

We are looking for a Research and Communications Manager to lead on the production of relevant and original research papers and guides, to proactively respond to global humanitarian trends.

The Research and Communications Manager will develop and implement the communications strategy, ensuring an integrated research approach, promoting the use of evidence based recommendations, to enhance GISF’s position as a global centre of excellence for security risk management. This role will manage the Research and Communications team, to oversee GISF’s internal and external communications material, utilise social media platforms and ensure the GISF website is maintained, updated and expanded to remain a key global resource for security risk management for the humanitarian sector.

Additionally, the Research and Communications Manager will play a key role in GISF to promote and identify networking, coordination and capacity building opportunities and activities across the humanitarian sector, including NGO coordinating bodies, UN agencies, institutional donors and consultants.

The successful candidate will have experience of developing and implementing communication plans, including social media and website content, as well as a track record of success in policy and project development and research. You will have experience of field or head office level humanitarian programme or policy work. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential, to represent GISF externally and build strong working relationships. Familiarity with aspects of and approaches to security risk management would be advantageous.

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, equity 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 Research and Communications Manager Pack

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

  • Your suitability for the role and interest in joining GISF
  • Relevant research you have authored/contributed to
  • Your understanding of the security risk management challenges faced by humanitarian agencies
  • 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:         31st  March 2023

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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.