Safeguarding Advisor

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 12 September 2019
  • Sierra Leone | Lagos, Nigeria | Nairobi, Kenya | Bamako, Mali | Conakry, Guinea | Hargeysa, Somalia
  • Closing on 26 September 2019
  • Proposal

Job Description

The Opportunity

*Contingent on proposal award -If awarded can be based in (Kenya, Somaliland/ Somalia, Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Mali)*

Plan International seeks an outstanding Safeguarding Advisor to provide safeguarding technical support to the design, implementation and monitoring of the anticipated Supporting the Africa Led Movement to End FGM Programme which will be implemented across 6 countries (Kenya, Somaliland/ Somalia, Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Mali) with an expected budget of approximately £35 million over five years.

The project will focus on accelerating the pace of change to end FGM and achieving results at scale. The programme looks at achieving change at scale in the chosen countries, but also reinforcing this with a more global approach to grassroots networks and campaigns/advocacy. The programme will deliver community-level projects to end FGM by changing attitudes and behaviours towards harmful practices, empowering communities to protect the safety, rights and choices of women and girls.


  • Provide safeguarding advice across the consortium during programme design/co-creation phase and implementation to support the successful integration of safeguarding into operations.
  • Develop a programme safeguarding framework based on Plan safeguarding minimum standards and monitor its timely implementation.
  • Ensure the well-functioning and alignment of the safeguarding incident reporting system with Plan in country safeguarding reporting mechanisms.
  • Where needed, provide support and advice in dealing with alleged cases of safeguarding abuses and concerns including initiating, assisting with any necessary investigations and survivor’s care in line with appropriate policies and procedures.
  • Contribute to the development of safeguarding tools, guidelines, training modules and awareness raising material in collaboration with the COs, safeguarding focal points and local implementing partners.
  • Provide support to in country safeguarding focal point to deliver safeguarding training with staff and partners and to develop and integrate safeguarding in partners due diligence assessment.
  • Support M&E colleagues in formulating relevant safeguarding indicators and support process of adapting programming to ensure that interventions maintain a positive impact and do no harm.
  • Review and strengthen safeguarding systems and processes within the team and partners and conduct safeguarding supervision visits in intervention areas.
  • Collaborate with and provide advice to key teams to ensure that safeguarding risk identification and management strategies are developed for sensitive activities
  • Review on a regular basis the safeguarding risk register to make sure that new risks are identified, and mitigation measures planned and implemented
  • Support and contribute to the writing of the inception report to the donor and other regular reports to be produced throughout the programme
  • Present to various audiences on the safeguarding aspects of the programme design and implementation and support the process of dissemination of learning.
  • Support the development of safeguarding costed annual workplans, as needed.

The Person

In order to succeed in the challenging and varied role, you will have extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Extensive technical knowledge in thematic area of Safeguarding and protection, including knowledge of current trends and policies;
  • Experience of developing and implementing safeguarding frameworks, including for large complex projects, at country and/or regional level,
  • Experience in implementing community level social norms and FGM/HTP interventions and/ or acting as a technical advisor to such programmes an advantage
  • Experience in case management is a strong advantage
  • Experience of working with/ through partners, including building technical capacity of implementing partner organisations
  • Experience of working in one or several of the proposed countries and strong understanding of context and contextual challenges faced by communities in the country is an advantage
  • Strong public presentation skills and ability to represent the programme to a variety of audiences ranging from government representatives, donor, academic institutions, civil society, community representatives, and other as required.
  • Advanced report writing skills.
  • Diploma and language
  • Advanced degree in a relevant field, for example, Gender Studies, Development Studies, or Sociology
  • Fluency in English
  • Knowledge of French/Arabic/local languages would be an advantage
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, and Outlook

Type of Role: 5-year fixed term contract - contingent on proposal award

Salary: Competitive salary available

Reports to: Country Director

Location: Based in one of the programme countries (Kenya, Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Mali, Somaliland/ Somalia) – TBC at the later stage. Travel to programme participant countries required (up to 50%)

Closing Date: 26th Spetember 2019

Anticipated Interview date: Week commencing 7th October

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted.A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Child Protection Policy.

As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children’s rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse.

That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe.

We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk. Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community.

About the Organization

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

More information

Role Profile (Plan GH template) - Safeguarding Advisor .docx

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