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Child Safeguarding Team Leader

Vienna (Austria) | Innsbruck

  • Organization: SOS Children’s Villages International
  • Location: Vienna (Austria) | Innsbruck
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-17

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Location: Innsbruck/ Vienna, Austria  


SOS Children’s Villages International is the umbrella organisation for the global federation of SOS Children’s Villages. As a non-governmental social development organisation we help children without parental care and families in difficult living conditions through services in care, education, health and emergency relief, and we advocate for children’s rights. We work in 136 countries and territories, reaching over one million children, young people, families and caregivers each year. 


Purpose of the position 

Reporting to the Head of Child Care & Safeguarding, the purpose of the position Team Leader Child Safeguarding is to advise, support, set standards and provide a framework in which line management can be held to account on fulfilling their safeguarding responsibilities. As such, the Team Leader for Child Safeguarding will be responsible for overseeing, coordinating, monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the new Child Safeguarding Policy and the 2022 to 2024 actions to strengthen child safeguarding. The Team Leader Child Safeguarding, in close cooperation with regional offices, support the anchoring of a child safeguarding approach fit for purpose across the SOS Children’s Villages federation in the General Secretariat, in member associations, with all staff, in all operations, functions, and programmes. The Team Leader Child Safeguarding will work closely with a diverse range of federation stakeholders to establish a positive safeguarding culture inspiring everyone to take up their responsibility to create a safe environment for children and young people. 


Tasks and Responsibilities 

  • Oversee, coordinate, monitor and report on the implementation of the 2022 to 2024 actions to strengthen child safeguarding.   
  • Manage the development, update and maintenance of child safeguarding policies, procedures and tools based on internal and external learnings. 
  • Monitor the implementation of the child safeguarding policy, sexual misconduct regulation and procedures throughout the federation, analyse results and trends, including child safeguarding surveys and audits.   
  • Advise, provide support and capacity building to managers, functions and teams at the General Secretariat and in the member associations on implementing the SOS Children’s Village safeguarding approach in all operations, functions and programmes to ensure fit-for-purpose and locally-led prevention measures and reporting and responding procedures.   
  • Ensure networking, exchange and learning on safeguarding topics throughout the federation through networks, including functional and safeguarding networks.   
  • Ensure timely safeguarding reporting to legal bodies within SOS Children’s Villages   
  • Oversee and monitor incident management in line with SOS Children’s Villages reporting and responding procedures putting children and young people at the centre of the response 
  • Set up, maintain and support capacity within SOS Children’s Villages International to deliver timely, safe and professional internal and external investigations.  
  • Support the creation of an organisational culture of safeguarding, accountability and compliance.    
  • Represent SOS Children’s Villages in relevant alternative care, development and aid sector safeguarding networks. 



  • University degree in social work, child and youth care, social studies, law, human rights (Master's degree desirable) 
  • Ten years of practical experience working with children and young people in local alternative care, community, aid or humanitarian settings 
  • At least five years of experience in case (incident) management, including sensitive handling of safeguarding allegations & investigations  
  • At least five years of experience in a management or supervisor role 
  • At least ten years of local and global alternative care, community, aid or humanitarian work experience implementing programmes including focusing on keeping children, young people or other vulnerable groups safe from abuse and harm 
  • Solid experience in policy development, capacity building, awareness-raising, monitoring and evaluation in a local and/or global organisation 
  • Experience in project management of strategic initiatives across an international development and aid NGO 
  • Ability to operate with high integrity, mature judgment and respect 
  • Ability to work under pressure in a complex environment   
  • Ability to engage with a complex network of stakeholders  
  • Ability to connect well with people in a global organisation verbally, in written form and through interpersonal skills.   
  • Fluent English language skills; French, Spanish, Russian and/or Arabic are an advantage 
  • A valid Austrian working permit or eligibility to work within the EU 


We offer 

  • A diverse range of interesting tasks in a leading INGO multicultural working environment 
  • As a responsible employer we provide a range of training schemes and encourage educational enhancement  
  • A salary that will be commensurate with experience and qualifications 


If you are interested in this position, please submit your application in English by 16 June 2021 at the latest.


SOS Children’s Villages International, 


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