Global Child Safeguarding Advisor
'Expert in Child Safeguarding with strong networking and analytical skills that will be the voice of children in our work’
A Global Child Safeguarding Advisor is a new technical advisory role in War Child’s Office in Amsterdam. Global Child Safeguarding Advisor will lead on Child Safeguarding by implementing and reviewing policy and procedures, strengthening capacity and learning, and improving the safety, quality and accountability of the environment which children have access to in our programmes globally. Global Child Safeguarding Advisor will form part of a new Integrity and Safeguarding team and in this role you work closely with country based Child Safeguarding focal points and with Amsterdam office departments.
The position is based in Amsterdam with travel to our regional, country and field offices. We may consider applications from candidates who are resident in (and willing to work from) one of the countries where our international offices are situated, if they are eligible to work there.
Characteristics of your role:
- Be the first point of contact globally for the implementation of the Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures
- Actively promote that the safety and wellbeing of the child is paramount to all War Child activities, communications and programmes
- Be the voice of children – advocating for their rights and safety always within programmes, considering the risks of child abuse (emotional, sexual, neglect, physical and exploitation) and risks associated with unsafe programming
- Maintain confidentiality always to safeguard both the child and the alleged perpetrator. Only those who can further protect the child should be informed of the incident.
- Ongoing support to child safeguarding focal points (both in country offices and within Amsterdam’s Office departments) in performing their role (also through regular field support visits), by
- Conducting risk assessments and developing risk mitigation plans during programme/ project development.
- Ensuring communications and fundraising content collection processes and materials are in line with the safeguarding policy.
- Ensuring procurement procedures are in line with the child safeguarding policy.
- Ensuring recruitment and on-boarding processes actively promote child safeguarding.
- Developing additional guidance on working with implementing partners (including remotely), and participatory methods for working with children on safety and safeguarding
- Ensuring alignment of the existing child safeguarding policy and procedures with the broader integrity system which is under development
- Representing War Child in relevant global networks and ensuring alignment with developments and best-practise in the sector.
- Receiving incident reports and providing support to country office focal points in handling reported cases and maintaining incident and training trackers based on inputs from child safeguarding focal points
- Managing, conducting, or providing support to investigation of reported cases, as appropriate
- Providing regular updates to the Senior Management Team on the implementation of the child safeguarding policy, including for accountability to donors
- Support to HR in establishing structure for inductions, trainings and refresher trainings for all staff globally
- Training of child safeguarding focal points and senior management on their roles within safeguarding
- Developing additional learning materials as needed to develop capabilities across the organisation on recognising and mitigating risks, as well as identifying and managing concerns
- Support to learning manager in maintaining, reviewing and updating online learning on child safeguarding as needed.
- Develop guidelines for, and an annex to the Child Safeguarding Policy on, the safe management of children’s data across the organization globally
- Monitor effectiveness and compliance with the Child Safeguarding Policy through a self-audit on an annual basis
- Analyse trends in child safety and safeguarding and make recommendations on organisational improvements
- Review and revise the Child Safeguarding Policy within each strategic period.
- Post graduate degree in a specialist technical or professional field relevant to role (e.g. Education, Social Work, Child Protection, Child Rights, Psychology)
- Minimum 5 years of practical experience working with children in international development and humanitarian settings
- Demonstrable experience in developing and implementing child safeguarding policy and procedures for the delivery of high quality standards
- Skilled in designing and facilitating child safeguarding learning in different cultural and organisational contexts
- Demonstrable experience in gender, inclusion and conflict-sensitive programming
- Knowledge of managing and conducting incident investigations
- Strong analytical skills and experience in improving policy and practice
- Strong co-ordination and proactive leadership skills, and the ability to mentor and support staff
- Ability to manage conflict and handle sensitive issues with a results-driven approach
- Excellent skills in report-writing and documentation
- Willingness to travel, including to insecure/ remote places (depending on security)
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate and form effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, demonstrating patience, tact, diplomacy and sensitivity to culturally diverse environments
- Able to work in a small, dynamic organisation with limited resources
- Working knowledge of Arabic, French and/or Spanish is strongly desirable
- Available for 40 hours
- EU citizen/resident or eligible to work in EU.
- Salary range from €3193 – €4130 gross per month, based on 40 hours per week (the exact step determined by the years of your relevant working experience)
- 28 vacation days on full time basis (consisting of 26 vacation days plus 2 additional fixed free days)
- A pension scheme fully paid by War Child
- Monthly mobile phone contribution of € 25,-
- Reimbursement of your train costs (if you travel to work by train)
- Possibility to follow relevant trainings and/or courses and attend War Child’s events
- Pleasant working conditions, good atmosphere, great colleagues and of course the meaningful purpose of our work!
War Child is a dynamic organisation. We try to keep an informal ambiance within our office, with a lot of room for creativity, inspiration and self-initiative from employees. We practice what we preach: dynamic, innovative, integrity focused, and a drive to reach the highest possible results against the lowest possible costs. War Child offers a challenging job in an inspiring workplace in Amsterdam.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply before 13 October 2019. Make sure to upload your English CV (maximum of two pages) and cover letter by using the following hyperlink:
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The safety of children is essential to War Child. War Child does not tolerate or accept any form of abuse. This subject is addressed in our recruitment and selection procedures.
• Only applications received via our website are processed.
• If we appoint a suitable candidate before the given closing date, we reserve the right to remove the vacancy from our website before that date. In such a case, any responses received after that time are not processed.
• It could be that during our selection process the closing date for the vacancy is extended. If so, and you have not yet heard from us, your application will remain live.