Safeguarding Specialist

Country: South Sudan
Organization: Relief International
Closing date: 22 Aug 2021

Position: Safeguarding Specialist

Reports: Country Director with technical reporting line to the Global Safeguarding Manager

Location: Juba - South Sudan, with travel to field offices in country

Duration: 6 months will possible extension

About RI:

Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 20 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships, and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

RI believes that gender equality is a basic right for all people, and it is critical to directly address gender-based discrimination and promote gender equality in order to ensure sustainable development.

Position Summary:

As a member of the Senior Manager Team and under the supervision of County Director, the Safeguarding Specialist is responsible for leading the integration of Relief International safeguarding strategy into the country program. The Safeguarding Specialist will have direct liaison and support from the Global Safeguarding Manager based in the GSO team. The Safeguarding Specialist will play a key role in protecting RI staffs, adults in vulnerable situations and children from sexual exploitation, harassment, harm and abuse. They will be instrumental in embedding an organizational culture that is committed to protecting clients from harm.

The Safeguarding Specialist will also complete an annual risk assessment and safeguarding self-audits which maps the internal and external safeguarding risks present in their country, as well as details on legislation, support services etc.


Receive, report and support safeguarding incidents and concerns:

· Receive safeguarding concerns, assess the information to ascertain if immediate assistance is required.

· Report the incident to the GSO via the reporting mechanism.

· Carry out basic fact-finding/fact-checking with oversight from the Global Safeguarding Manager.

  • Where appropriate co-lead on investigations with the Safeguarding Team during investigations
  • Co-chair/lead meetings and/or panels regarding safeguarding incidents and communicate clearly with stakeholders, ensure risk management processes are undertaken, document all actions/decisions
  • Analyze and review reporting trends and themes in investigations in conjunction with the Global Safeguarding Manager

· Map and establish relationships with local support services and agencies to facilitate the referral of incidents

· Ensuring Country Director and SMT aware on our progress against the Country Safeguarding Strategy and taking appropriate actions as necessary.

Advocate for and raise awareness of safeguarding

· Contextualize Safeguarding awareness raising materials to ensure RI policies are understood in the South Sudanese context. This will include activities involving local leaders and councils in understanding ‘Safeguarding’ from the community context to strengthen local implementation of RI policies.

· Raise awareness with communities on the behaviour they should expect from RI staff and partners and how and when to report concerns.

· Raise awareness of safeguarding with staff and partners ensuring they understand their role and responsibility in protecting community members;

· Facilitate safeguarding workshops and training with communities, staff and partners

· Induct new staff ensuring they are socialized into the safeguarding policies and the safeguarding culture of the organization.

· Ensure the official Safeguarding Posters and other materials are displayed in all offices and programs

· Coordinate field focal points regarding requirements around awareness raising activities and support required

Lead the wider implementation of safeguarding policies and procedures and facilitate the structural embedding of safeguarding across country operations:

• Make sure that the Safeguarding Programme is aligned with existing commitments and standards for safeguarding in the humanitarian and development sector and is anchored in the ‘do no harm’ principle.

• Complete an annual country risk profiling exercise – mapping internal and external safeguarding risks.

• Lead an annual safeguarding self-audit - assessing how near or far the operation is from fulfilling its safeguarding commitments.

• Populate an annual safeguarding action plan. Using the findings of the self-audit to inform the actions to work towards in the following 12 months.

• Coordinate and work in partnership with other members of program delivery, including HR to ensure safeguarding is built into all aspects of country programs in with support of Global Safeguarding Manager

Learning & Development

· Assist in planning and delivering the safeguarding L&D interventions in collaboration with Human Resources department.

· Cooperate with the Program Managers to implement capacity building of the program staffs on safeguarding initiatives and motivate staff.

  • Works closely with each strategic lead and associated stakeholders to provide support and progresses the project plan;
  • Participates in external safeguarding networks to access resources and share best practice; i.e. Interaction PSEA group as the PSEA focal, Bond Safeguarding group, INGO Safeguarding Leads, Peer Safeguarding INGO group; and
  • Monitors, communicates, and reports on overall progress of the programme from safeguarding point of view and ensuring key stakeholders and senior leaders stay updated and informed.


This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.

  • A master’s degree or equivalent experience in a field related to humanitarian assistance and international development, law, political Science, development studies, gender studies, social work etc.
  • Knowledge on current legislation, statutory and other guidance with regards to safeguarding, child and adult protection,
  • 3‐5 years’ experience in protection and safeguarding program design and implementation in fragile context settings, experience in South Sudan would be desirable
  • Proven experience responding to and managing sensitive protection / safeguarding matters in a confidential manner
  • Experience developing protection and safeguarding resource materials, including guidance, tools, and best practices
  • Experience in providing training to staff on protection and safeguarding
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of organizational Code of Conduct, Child Protection Policy and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) policy
  • Knowledge of safeguarding investigation process and practice standards
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent knowledge on gender and diversity
  • Fluent spoken and written English.
  • Demonstrable coordination skills and able to build and sustain trust with individuals and teams.
  • A team builder with excellent people skills; culturally sensitive and has the ability and interest to identify and work with a multicultural team.
  • Previous experience in South Sudan a plus.

RI Values:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities. We value:

§ Integrity

§ Adaptability

§ Collaboration

§ Inclusivity

§ Sustainability

Living Conditions/Environmental Conditions

This position is based in Juba, South Sudan and requires up to (40%) travel to field office locations within the country, and offers an opportunity to join a diverse and open workplace, with a team committed to inclusion, innovation, and personal development. We also offer:

· Self-contained living accommodation (own bedroom, kitchenette and sitting area) in a very safe shared compound in Juba.

· 6-week R&R cycle with a financial contribution towards the R&R costs

· Very competitive compensation, Danger Pay and daily post differential among other benefits

· Access to RI’s award-winning learning management system with a wide menu of training resources, and internal/external training courses. **

How to Apply

Interested candidates are required to submit a detailed CV and cover letter latest by August 20th 2021. We greatly appreciate your interest in working with RI, but we’ll only be able to contact shortlisted candidates. Due to the urgency of this role, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and selected candidates interviewed prior to the closing date that may appear on any of the job boards where this vacancy is posted.

Relief International has a non-negotiable policy of ZERO TOLERANCE towards Safeguarding. All employees are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct, Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) ,Child Protection Policy and Human Trafficking Policy of Relief International.

RI is an Equal Opportunity Employer - EOE/M/F/D/V.

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