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Safeguarding Advisor, East Africa, West Africa, and Great Lakes Regions

Nairobi (Kenya)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
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Requisition ID: req7569

Job Title: Safeguarding Advisor, East Africa, West Africa, and Great Lakes Regions

Sector: Compliance

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Not Applicable

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Job Description

The Safeguarding Advisor, East Africa, West Africa, and Great Lakes Regions is responsible for the IRC’s coordinated global approach to protect beneficiaries from exploitation and abuse by IRC staff, and to protect IRC staff from sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence across our country and emergency programs in the East Africa, West Africa, and Great Lakes Regions. This includes: (1) prevention through the implementation of appropriate policies/procedures, trainings, and communications in line with the Safeguarding Strategy and Action Plan; (2) working with country and regional staff, Human Resources, and technical advisors and experts on a coordinated approach to safeguarding; (3) the continued development and monitoring of client and staff reporting mechanisms in country programs in collaboration with the Ethics and Compliance Unit; (4) ensuring that lessons learned and remediation following assessments, reviews and investigations are incorporated, in cooperation with country programs and regional offices; and (5) providing other forms of country facing support to support the successful building of a safeguarding culture of prevention and response in our country and emergency programs in the East Africa, West Africa, and Great Lakes Regions.

Reporting to the Director of Safeguarding, this role will work closely with Human Resources, Gender Equality Unit, Violence Prevention and Abuse Unit (VPRU), Ethics and Compliance Unit (ECU), and other IRC functional units in the context of our programs in the East Africa, West Africa, and Great Lakes Regions.

Job Overview

The Safeguarding Advisor, East Africa, West Africa, and Great Lakes Regions will work under the direct supervision of the Director of Safeguarding. S/he will be responsible for advising and coordinating the effective implementation of IRC’s safeguarding strategy and action plan across IRC’s country programs in East Africa, West Africa, and Great Lakes Regions. This will include: technical advice, capacity building (training, communications), material development, and other forms of direct country support.

As the role covers 19 country programs in the East Africa, West Africa, and Great Lakes Regions, some of this support will be remote. It is anticipated that up to 50% of the Safeguarding Advisor’s time will require travel to country programs.

Major Responsibilities

  • Support and monitor the implementation of IRC safeguarding strategy for country programs and partners in the East Africa, West Africa, and Great Lakes Regions
  • Support the roll-out of safeguarding capacity building materials for the East Africa, West Africa, and Great Lakes Regions, including delivery of trainings and other technical support related to safeguarding during field visits
  • Support development of country-level Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for responding to safeguarding violations, working closely with IRC operations and programs teams on the ground, and in particular with VPRU program leads where those exist
  • Review and support enhancement of country program and partner complaints response mechanisms for clients relating to any type of alleged misconduct in collaboration with ECU investigation team and Client Responsiveness team
  • Support and build capacity of Safeguarding Leads and other safeguarding personnel and focal points in the Africa country programs
  • Coordinate and work with Human Resources, Gender Equality Unit, VPRU, ECU, and other key partners, to develop and implement an enhanced and comprehensive safeguarding approach for the IRC across our country programs in the East Africa, West Africa, and Great Lakes Regions
  • Represent safeguarding team at public events, regional or country meetings, with donors, and other opportunities as requested
  • Share good practices, ideas, and materials between country programs, and with HQ for globalization and further sharing

Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in relevant field relating to humanitarian action, protection, sexual violence, or training
  • At least 5 years of relevant program and/or safeguarding experience with an international humanitarian 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
  • Experience working with GBV, Protection, or Child Protection related programs is an asset
  • 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
  • Excellent spoken and technical writing ability in French and English is a requirement
  • 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
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of time

 

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