Safeguarding Technical Advisor

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 24 August 2019
  • Maryland, United States
  • Closing on 22 October 2019

Job Description

CRS is committed to creating and maintaining an environment which promotes its core value of human dignity and prevents the harassment, abuse and exploitation of its employees, partners, volunteers and program participants.

CRS has recently created a new Ethics Unit, with a mandate for the prevention and response to ethical violations of fraud, corruption and all forms of harassment, exploitation and abuse, including in the workplace. Working within the newly created unit, the Safeguarding Technical Advisor II will be a focal point of technical expertise in CRS and will provide technical support on both Safeguarding prevention programs and investigations of Safeguarding violations.

* Working under the supervision of the Director of Safeguarding, and working closely with the Ethics Unit training team, and global CRS subject matter experts (SMEs), co-lead on the design and implementation of a training and a capacity building plan for CRS staff and partners on Safeguarding;
* Lead/support in the delivery of targeted trainings for regional and country program staff and partners;
* Lead/co-lead safeguarding assessments with regional and country program teams and support in the development of action plans for strengthening prevention/response based on results;
* Support country programs in conducting partner assessments and in the development of safeguarding capacity building plans with partners;
* Support colleagues in Ethics Unit and in Country Programs on conducting investigations of safeguarding violations;
* Support Country Programs to develop additional in-county reporting mechanisms for staff and program participants that maximizes access to the most vulnerable and links up to the agency’s centralized reporting mechanisms.
* Support regions and CPs to develop capacity of designated safeguarding focal points;
* Contribute to the development of internal and external reports on CRS’ overall safeguarding efforts and case statistics/analytics.
* In coordination with Safeguarding Director and Safeguarding STA, continually monitor safeguarding strategy roll-out, ensuring that safeguarding policies, reporting mechanisms and complaint handling procedures are adequate, clearly communicated, understood and accessible to all.
* Through coordinated efforts with the Director of Safeguarding, Safeguarding STA and SWG members, contribute to an external network with relevant communities of practice including donors, partners, and sector-specific advocacy groups, actively participating in external forums, and closely tracking trends related to safeguarding.

* Master’s degree in relevant field of study.
* Five or more years of relevant, international experience (safeguarding, protection) in an advisory or management role with progressive responsibilities. NGO experience preferred.
* Experience implementing safeguarding policies and practices related to staff (internal) and/or partners (external).
* Experience in conducting objective investigations of staff misconduct.
* Provide oversight and direction to staff by using effective interpersonal and communication skills; influence others both within and outside of functional areas of responsibility.
* Extensive experience creating and rolling out culturally sensitive training and capacity-building programs, materials, and communications.
* Experience in mentoring, coaching, facilitation and training applying adult learning principles and practices.
* Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.

Required Languages – English.

Second language preferred: French, Spanish, Arabic.

Travel – anticipated travel in a given year 30-50%.

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.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.

Location(s): USA - Maryland - International Telecommuter

About the Organization

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS's Agriculture and Livelihoods team supports farming communities using our Pathway to Prosperity approach, which enables rural families to increase their productivity within sustainable landscapes, achieve a living income and build more resilient communities.

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