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Safeguarding Advisor, What Works 2 Consortium

Islamabad | Amman | Nairobi

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Islamabad | Amman | Nairobi
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Safeguarding and Accountability
  • Closing Date:
This role can be based in Kenya, Jordan or Pakistan. This is a global role and applicants from other IRC registered locations will also be considered.  
 
The Safeguarding Advisor, What Works 2 Consortium role represents a unique opportunity to build and implement safeguarding processes, structure, and learning through the duration of the 7-year FCDO funded What Works 2 project. The ‘What Works to Prevent Violence – Impact at Scale’ Programme will build on the success of its predecessor (‘What Works I’) to prevent and contribute to eliminating violence against women and girls (VAWG) by:

Systematically designing, implementing, and rigorously evaluating a range of approaches to scaling up violence
prevention efforts, translating proof-of-concept evidence into robust, largescale programmes and strategies;
Designing, piloting and testing new theory-driven violence prevention approaches (innovation);
Strengthening long-term capability and capacity to deliver cutting-edge, evidence-based violence prevention programmes across the programme’s grantees, the UK Government (principally FCDO), and developing country governments; and
Using evidence to influence a more effective, scaled-up global response to end VAWG.

Direct reporting will be into the Director for the What Works 2 Consortium. Dotting line reporting will be into the Director of Safeguarding, IRC, with additional routine reports to the What Works 2 Consortium Project Management Unit and Consortium member Safeguarding Leads.  

Job Overview
 
The work envisioned for this role will evolve over the duration of this project, beginning with the establishment of feminist, principled, and shared approaches to creating a culture of safeguarding within the consortium, as well as reporting and investigations procedures for the consortium. When the grants delivery phase of What Works 2 begins, the role will shift to focus on developing and implementing bottom up, southern led approaches to determining what safeguarding capacity looks like in smaller women-led feminist organizations. Building an evidence base of how safeguarding can be structured in smaller organizations, this role will be an essential contributor to countering the notion that safeguarding compliance must meet a list of requirements for safeguarding risks to be mitigated. Further, in documenting new southern led best practices for the implementation of safeguarding prevention and response, this role will fill significant knowledge gaps in the sector, contributing to the growing documentation of alternative approaches to safeguarding. 

As the role supports a large 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
 
Technical lead on safeguarding for the What Works 2 Consortium, in collaboration with the IRC and other consortium members
Build safeguarding structure, policy, principles, and process for the What Works 2 Consortium
Build and implement innovative feminist and southern focused approach to assessing safeguarding capacity of grantees through the What Works 2 project
Ensuring grantee partners are assessed for their understanding of safeguarding, design and deliver capacity building on safeguarding of grantees, using existing or bespoke materials
Document and publish best practices for safeguarding
Participate in relevant What Works 2 Consortium forums, working groups, and events to report on or document approaches to safeguarding
Support the processes and procedures designed 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
Track statistics on completed investigations as provided by consortium members and provide updates to the PMU. 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.
Provide safeguarding support, guidance, and oversight to the consortium members and grantee partners funded under WW2
Any other tasks, as agreed upon between the Safeguarding Advisor and other key stakeholders

Job requirements
 
Degree in relevant field relating to humanitarian action, protection, 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 5 years of relevant program and/or safeguarding experience 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.
Experience working with Gender Based Violence, 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. Experience conducting such sessions remotely will be a plus.
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.

All What Works staff commit to and uphold the Programme’s Feminist Principles throughout all aspects of their work.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, Equality and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies Adult Safeguarding, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
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