- The Partner Safeguarding Advisor will provide technical support and advice to regional, CP and partner staff on the implementation of the Partner Safeguarding Procedures and Minimum Standards.
- The position will play a key role in developing and adapting training workshops, webinars and technical safeguarding resources for CRS and partners staff
Roles and Key Responsibilities:
- Support the development, evaluation and revision of a partner safeguarding capacity building toolkit (building on the PSEA Toolkit) which includes guidance materials, tools and templates for partners in line with CRS’ Partner Minimum Standards for Safeguarding
- Support the development, evaluation and revision of an interactive online training module for CP-level Partner Safeguarding Focal Points and an orientation session for partners on the partner safeguarding procedures
- Facilitate technical trainings to country Partner Safeguarding Focal Points and relevant partner staff
- Provide technical support and assist country program teams in the implementation of the Partner Safeguarding Procedures, Minimum Standards and partner safeguarding capacity building plans
- Provide technical support to CP teams, remotely and on-site, to strengthen the safeguarding capacity of their partners
- Manage the Partner Safeguarding Teams Site for Partner Safeguarding Focal Points: upload CRS guidance documents and industry guidelines, share relevant updates from CPs and peer agencies, reply to questions from CP staff and provide regular updates to CP level Partner Safeguarding Focal Points
- Support the development and implementation of a community of practice on Partner Safeguarding: this includes bi-monthly calls or webinars and learning events to discuss and document the implementation of the Partner Safeguarding Procedures and associated tools and trainings.
- Lead/support the development of and continuous management of a database tracking the implementation of the Partner Safeguarding Procedures and partner capacity strengthening initiatives at CP level
- Document and promote the sharing of learning, best practices and experience on partner safeguarding
- Support the documentation, analysis, evaluation and report writing of the Partner Safeguarding Assessment Pilot
Typical Background, Experience and Requirements
- Minimum of five years of experience in the humanitarian or development sector
- At least 2 years of experience in the field of protection or safeguarding
- University degree in Social Work, Development Studies, Gender Studies, Psychology or Project Management
- Experience facilitating collaboration between partners and different departments and country programs
- Experience in developing and conducting face-to-face and online trainings in safeguarding and/or protection
- Experience in mentoring and coaching staff and/or partner staff
- Experience of having worked for or with CBOs and local NGOs
- Strong relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings
- Good technical writing skills
- Solid organizational/time management skills: the ability to be flexible and work well in a fast-paced multi-tasking team environment
- Strong analytical skills, strong computer skills including facility with standard desktop applications.
- Proactive and resourceful; a problem solver who seeks to find constructive solutions within compliance and policy requirements
Required Languages - Fluency in English required. French, Arabic or Spanish is an advantage.
Travel - travel will vary; 30% anticipated travel in given year
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Promotes the integration of a survivor centered approach in all areas of their work
- Contributes to safeguarding risk assessment and mitigation strategies in relation to areas of their work
- Promotes widespread awareness and where applicable, use of safeguarding reporting channels throughout their work
- Knowledge of industry safeguarding/sexual exploitation and abuse principles and standards
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, representation, and networking skills
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff) These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
- Continuous Improvement & Innovation
- Builds Relationships
- Develops Talent
- Strategic Mindset
- Accountability & Stewardship
Supervisory Responsibilities: None
Work Conditions/Environment Conditions: Tele-commuting position
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: Regional Safeguarding Advisors; Safeguarding Senior Advisor; Safeguarding Director; Ethics Unit Regional Managers and Field Officers; Ethics Unit Director; Regional Directors/Deputy Directors; Country Representatives; Humanitarian Response; Partnership; MEAL (monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning); Risk and Compliance; Business Development; Protection Technical Advisors; Country Program Safeguarding Focal Points.
External: Caritas International (CI), InterAction, Humentum, CHS Alliance, other CI MO, NGO and UN Safeguarding Staff, Donor Safeguarding focal points.
***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
EOE/M/F/D/V - CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. (For all US and International positions)
Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.