Senegal: International Child Safeguarding Director West & Central Africa

Organization: Save the Children
Country: Senegal
Closing date: 16 Feb 2017

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with c15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We’re changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.

Contract length: 3 years

The role

Making Save the Children safe for children is a global strategic objective for the entire organisation.

We have an aligned global Child Safeguarding strategy across the 17,000 strong employees within Save the Children International and our 30 plus member’s organisations which comprise of another 8,000 employees. In addition, Child Safeguarding is a core Strategic Initiative as part of our 2016-2018 strategy. This role sits as part of a team of regional International Child Safeguarding, one in each of our 5 regions.

At Regional and Country Office level, Child Safeguarding is underpinned by a global set of standards which are assessed annually as well as through KPI’s which are reported against on a quarterly basis. In addition, the region has been supported by internal and external audit processes which have identified areas which need to be strengthened.

This regional role will focus on enabling Country offices to develop and resource their own action plans in order to deliver on this challenging set of requirements. The post will provide oversight and technical expertise in issues requiring the reporting of and responding to any alleged Child Safeguarding breaches. This is essential in order to ensure that our people and our programmes are safe for children and fit for purpose.

This role will need to combine innovative capacity building and development with robust compliance and accountability as well as aspects of high level advocacy.

The role will also need to ensure that this work is embedded within and interconnected with the priorities of the Regional Leadership team and thus requires a post holder of seniority and depth of experience who will work with other senior colleagues from other high risk disciplines such as Fraud Prevention and Safety and Security.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal job descriptions, be able to vary working hours accordingly and lead regional safeguarding responses.

Qualifications and experience

Education to degree standard with a professional qualification in a relevant field

Essential Experience

  • Deep experience of child protection/child safeguarding practice within developing/fragile countries
  • Leadership experience within an INGO, a complex large NGO, ministry or similar other organisation working with vulnerable communities and children or with similar experience within Save the Children
  • Strong track record of influencing and working in partnership with senior leaders and key influencers
  • Experience of working on investigations and or disciplinary investigations
  • Multi disciplinary experience of working successfully with senior managers in other parts of own/partner’s organisation to deliver major operational change with a track record of delivering results to high standards
  • Extensive experience of building personal internal and external networks at senior level.
  • Extensive experience of planning and undertaking training programmes/workshops in child protection/safeguarding at a range of levels (e.g. field workers, mangers, senior managers and decision makers)
  • Proven ability in terms of verbal communication and report writing in English language
  • Proven ability in terms of verbal communication, training and report writing in French language

Desirable Experience

  • Experience of leading and undertaking complex child protection/safeguarding investigations and or disciplinary investigations
  • Senior experience of a lead role in national/international advocacy or policy work either in the field of Child Protection/Safeguarding or Child’s Rights to achieve policy change
  • Experience of leadership, coordination and participation within professional networks
  • Evidence of professional expertise, personal development and learning in the field of child care
  • Experience of working within hostile and challenging environments
  • Experience of work related travel in challenging environments

Essential Skills

  • Inspirational people and leadership skills
  • Excellent communication and presentational skills
  • In depth understanding of children’s issues within developing countries
  • Demonstrable commitment to Children’s Rights
  • Ability to manage and maximise the benefits of cultural diversity
  • Self sufficient, pro active self motivating work styles
  • Ability to prioritise and deal with competing demands
  • Ability to provide long distance support and establish supportive relationships and networks
  • Ability to deliver results against demanding timetables and in the face of competing demands
  • Ability to travel and work within challenging environments
  • The resilience and personal circumstances to be able to travel within a region and to a lesser extent internationally, for an indicative minimum period of approximately 100 days a year, in some cases involving long journeys and often at short notice
  • Awareness of own strengths and weaknesses and evidence of commitment to self-managed personal development

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

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Please apply in English or French using your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

How to apply:

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