Safeguarding Advisor

As the role supports a global consortium project, much of this support will be remote. It is anticipated that up to 30% of the Safeguarding Advisor’s time will require travel to conduct learning or capacity building opportunities.

Major Responsibilities

Within Consortium

Technical lead on safeguarding for the What Works 2 Consortium, in collaboration and co-production with the grantees, IRC, and other consortium members
In collaboration with consortium members, build safeguarding structure, policy, principles, and process for the What Works 2 Consortium, including data protection measures for information and reports collected through the duration of the What Works 2 project
Further ensure that safeguarding is integrated into all aspects of programme design and implementation, mainstreaming risk analysis, mitigation, and response
Support the processes and procedures designed by the consortium members to ensure that any allegations of safeguarding misconduct are timely reported to the affected consortium partner, who will review and determine whether and how any investigation should be conducted. As needed, support and guidance to the consortium partners on reporting mechanisms, case management, support referral pathways, and investigation pathways with a survivor and trauma informed lens, including documentation and sharing of lessons learned
Track statistics on completed investigations as provided by consortium members and provide updates to the PMU.
Document and publish best practices for safeguarding, based on learning that emerges throughout the project, including innovations in community driven safeguarding approaches, with aim to establishing a community of practice that will exist beyond the completion of the project
Participate in relevant What Works 2 Consortium forums, working groups, and events to report on or document approaches to safeguarding, including establishing a cross-consortium working group on safeguarding
In coordination with other capacity building functions, ensure a coordinated and supportive learning process for grantee partners
Any other tasks, as agreed upon between the Safeguarding Advisor and other key stakeholders

To Consortium Grantees

Build and implement an innovative feminist and southern focused approach to assessing safeguarding capacity of grantees through the What Works 2 project that balances donor compliance with partner led and focused approaches to safeguarding
Co-design and deliver capacity building on safeguarding in partnership with grantee partners, using existing or bespoke materials, with a recognition that each organization will need an individualized approach
Support as needed grantee partners to establish localized reporting mechanisms, case management, support referral pathways, and investigation pathways with a survivor and trauma informed lens
Where grantee partners do not have the capacity to conduct their own investigations, the Safeguarding Advisor will connect them to the IRC’s Ethics and Compliance Unit for investigation guidance and best practices, working with this function to understand trends and lessons learned in the context of the What Works 2 programme


Job requirements

Degree in relevant field relating to humanitarian and development action, protection, law, sexual violence, or training. Equivalent professional or lived experience will be equally regarded to educational background.
Contextual understanding of safeguarding in Africa, Latin America, or Asia is required. Lived experience in one of these regions is strongly preferred.
At least 10 years of relevant experience in a combination of safeguarding, community-based reporting mechanisms, gender based violence, protection, or child protection with a humanitarian or development organization.
Experience with client protection from abuse and exploitation, sexual violence in development and humanitarian contexts in conflict/refugee settings, and knowledge of international protection frameworks and mechanisms on safeguarding.
Capable of applying skills and knowledge in a range of capacities, including implementation, advisory /technical function, training and the transfer of technical knowledge and management skills to others.
Experience in conducting training, orientation and refresher sessions with diverse teams. Experience conducting such sessions remotely will be a plus.
Ability to facilitate continual learning processes for institutional reflection and behaviour change is a significant asset.
Excellent spoken and technical writing ability in English is a requirement. Additional languages, such as French, Arabic, Spanish, or Swahili, will be considered strong assets.
Proven track record in working with teams, excellent interpersonal skills, positive and professional attitude, and ability to lead and work well with diverse teams in a complex international environment and with multiple partners.


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