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Safeguarding Advisor-Humanitarian Surge Team

About the role

We are currently looking for a Safeguarding Advisor to join our team. The Safeguarding Advisor will work functional leads to produce a plan to mitigate the key risks, likely to include building the capacity of rapidly recruited staff and new partners, identifying and ensuring integration with other programme sectors, ensuring that Safeguarding issues are raised and addressed in real-time, and work with MEAL to develop an effective child-friendly and inclusive reporting mechanism. The plan will be aligned with Save the Children’s Safeguarding standard, Core Safeguarding Operational Activities and minimum requirements and will ensure any reports of violations are reported and responded to correctly, via Datix. This role will also work closely with the Media/Comms team members, to ensure safeguarding measures are in place in relation to all media, communications work, including but not limited to content gathering, and media visits and full consent processes are followed. This will include supporting media/comms team to do risk assessments; brief visiting media and content gathers, feed into TORs and any other action required to adequately protect child participants and adults at risk.

The Safeguarding Advisor will provide regular updates on safeguarding and escalate any safeguarding issues to the SMT. He/she will also input into key funding proposals to ensure that Safeguarding risk mitigations are in place, and activities appropriately resourced.

The Safeguarding Advisor will provide guidance and, on the job, safeguarding coaching and mentoring for all staff, and will provide technical support to the relevant functions to embed safeguarding within their day-to-day operations to manage and mitigate risks. This includes ensuring partners, volunteers and suppliers who have direct contact with children and adults at risk are aware of their safeguarding responsibility, obligations to prevent harm and report and respond to any suspicions and concerns of exploitation, abuse or harm. The post holder will link with Child Protection, GBV, Child Rights Governance, Gender, Health and other relevant colleagues within Save the Children and other NGOs, to ensure a coherent child-centered, survivor and rights approach to safeguarding is applied, particularly to the prevention and response to any safeguarding concerns. The Safeguarding Advisor will receive support from the Regional Safeguarding Director, Regional HR Directors and the Centre Safeguarding Humanitarian Lead- the International Safeguarding Director. The post holder will also provide capacity strengthening support to the existing SG focal points on the ground and take part in multi-agency groups such as the PSEA taskforce, where active, relevant clusters, and work proactively with other active NGOs, especially regarding any joint reporting mechanisms or referral pathways, awareness and prevention interventions.

Proficiency in English & French is a must and working knowledge of a second language (Spanish, or Arabic) is highly desirable. 

About us 

The Global Expertise and Humanitarian Surge Platform (GEHSP) is Save the Children's global humanitarian surge, technical expertise and new business development deployment management function, operating o behalf of both members and SCI. It is dedicated to identifying, developing and deploying skilled and experienced talent from across the movement to meet the needs of our domestic and international programmes and humanitarian responses. Our vision is to help to improve the quality, timeliness, and effectiveness of our humanitarian responses and programmes; directly contributing to Save the Children's capability to deliver the best outcomes for children and their families.

About HST
HSTs work alongside country, regional and member teams to support the scale up and management of international and domestic emergency responses, enabling positive change for children. The role of the surge staff varies depending on the needs of the response and could include: 

  • deploying in the first days or hours following a natural disaster or crisis to lead the first phase of a response to sudden onset emergency. 
  • supporting ongoing emergency response and recovery work through providing advice, guidance and expertise in a specific skill area. 
  • providing short term interim cover for country office staff.  
  • supporting delivery of capacity building initiatives. 

For more information about the requirements and role’s scope and purpose, please check the attached Job Description.  

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. This role can be based anywhere and is offered on the basis of compliance hiring.  

How to apply
Please attach a copy of your CV, cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at 

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. 

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy. 


Job Description

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6 Dec 2023

20 Dec 2023 - 08:08 CET


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