WISH2ACTION Safeguarding Advisor (Role 1: Africa)
WISH2ACTION Safeguarding Advisor (Role 1: Africa, Role 2: Asia)
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
Fixed term to end August 2021
The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is the leading global NGO in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). It is currently working in more than 170 countries in the world. The Africa Regional Office (IPPFARO) is one of IPPF’s six regional offices.
“Women’s Integrated Sexual Health” (WISH) is IPPF's new flagship health programme to transform the lives of millions of women and girls. Funded by DFID, WISH will provide integrated and holistic healthcare to 2.2m additional users of contraception across 16 countries in Africa and South Asia from 2018-2021.
Through a consortium of five internationally recognised organisations and 11 IPPF Member Associations led by IPPF, the WISH programme will provide a comprehensive, integrated approach to ensure equitable access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The programme will prioritise the most underserved women and girls, particularly youth under 20, the very poor, and marginalized populations (including people with disability, people displaced or affected by humanitarian crisis, and people living in hard-to-reach areas).
The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is recruiting for 2 Safeguarding Advisors to join the WISH2ACTION project, working as an essential part of a team of highly-skilled professionals dedicated to IPPF’s vision.
This is an excellent opportunity to utilize your skills at conducting Safeguarding investigations, designing and delivering capacity building initiatives for a extremely worthy cause, as a key part of the WISH2ACTION team. You will be developing and leading on the delivery of your regions annual Safeguarding work plan, acting as a key source of support, guidance and expertise for your region.
In this position, you will support the Senior Safeguarding Advisor with the development and delivery of the safeguarding framework across International Planned Parenthood Federation.You will also provide training, leadership and expert professional advice in safeguarding to their region to ensure that safeguarding is an integral part of all the work IPPF does in their regions.
You will have excellent communication skills, especially active listening with strong facilitation and presentation skills and a high degree of organisational ability, working well under pressure and to deadlines. You will also have excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively with people from different countries and cultures.
1. JOB PURPOSE
The Safeguarding Advisor reports to the Regional Director for matters related to the development and implementation of the annual regional work plan and the regional dimension of safeguarding. They have a dotted reporting line to:
1) the Senior Safeguarding Advisor for matters related to the implementation of the IPPF Safeguarding framework, giving safeguarding advice, and all technical aspects relating to safeguarding
2) the WISH Executive Director for matters related to fulfilling contractual safeguarding requirements under “Women’s Integrated Sexual Health” (WISH) which is IPPF’s new flagship health programme to transform the lives of millions of women and girls. Funded by DFID, WISH will provide integrated and holistic healthcare to 2.2m additional users across 16 countries in Africa and South Asia from 2018-2021.
This position will support the Senior Safeguarding Advisor with the development and delivery of the safeguarding framework across International Planned Parenthood Federation. They will also provide training, leadership and expert professional advice in safeguarding to their region to ensure that safeguarding is an integral part of all the work IPPF does in their regions.
As part of the advisor’s responsibilities and role they will support the safeguarding requirements and roll out of the contractual safeguarding requirements of the 16-member associations, consortium partners and team who are part of the DFID WISH Lots 1 and 2 with reference to DFID’s code of conduct.
2. KEY TASKS
1. Act as a key source of support, guidance and expertise on safeguarding in their regions.
2. Support the continued development and implementation of the IPPF safeguarding framework and its review process within their region.
3. Support and embed a culture of shared responsibility towards safeguarding IPPF beneficiaries, volunteers, trustees and staff from abuse, exploitation and harassment across their regions.
4. Develop and lead on the delivery of their region’s annual safeguarding work plan.
5. Co-manage their Regional Incident Reporting Unit with the relevant HR staff member and maintain oversight and scrutiny of the safeguarding and incident logs in their regions to ensure safeguarding and related risks are assessed, monitored and promptly reported and escalated in accordance with our policies and processes.
6. Support where required the development of investigation Terms of Reference, giving special consideration to risk management and overcoming barriers to disclosure.
7. Where required lead or coordinate safeguarding investigations, instructing internal or external investigators.
8. Support the implementation, rollout and learning review of IPPF SafeReport, IPPF’s external incident reporting service, in their region and gain feedback from Member Associations.
9. Develop and maintain effective communication and working relationships with the Member Associations and partners in their regions to ensure safeguarding processes are being embedded effectively and that safeguarding is considered in context of overall approach to risk management and mitigation.
10. Advise on and support the development and rollout of safeguarding training materials adapted for Member Associations. Where requested and resources are available, support the training roll out within Member Associations.
11. Work together with the IPPF safeguarding team to share learning and develop a consistent approach to safeguarding across the Federation.
12. Support Member Associations in the implementation of their policies and procedures, and meeting IPPF safeguarding standards
13. Ensure their region is kept informed of any changes to legislation or guidance through keeping an up-to-date understanding of current agendas, priorities and policies.
14. To ensure gender is effectively mainstreamed within the remit of the post and in line with IPPF’s Gender Equality Policy.
15. To build and maintain positive relationships with all members of staff, and contacts within and outside the Federation.
16. To become familiar with the Federation’s Health and Safety Programme and Guidelines for using Visual Display Units. To do everything possible to ensure a healthy and safe working environment, including following instructions and guidance.
17. To undertake such other reasonable duties as may be requested from time to time.
18. The candidate must demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding in local and international context and demonstrate a willingness to sign and adhere to IPPF’s Code of Conduct and Safeguarding Policies
- Be responsible for ensuring staff and volunteers (including trustees) in their region are appropriately trained and supported and have access to resources to ensure safeguarding issues are identified and actioned in accordance with our policies and processes.
- Be responsible for the continued review of their region’s safeguarding approaches, promoting person-centred safeguarding practices and ensuring continued compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.
- Responsible for the reporting of safeguarding incidents within Member Associations contracted to DFID with reference to the DFID code of conduct and contractual requirements. Work together with the Executive Director of WISH2 and the Project Director of WISH1 to support the communication and resolution of safeguarding issues within the project that meet DFID standards and protocols.
4. EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS
· Either a Bachelors degree in a relevant topic or evidence of qualification through experience
5. PROVEN ABILITY
· Experience of conducting safeguarding investigations
· Significant experience in the field of safeguarding, including demonstrable interest/experience in working to prevent exploitation and abuse of children and vulnerable adults
· Experience of risk management and skilled in identifying and mitigating risks
· Experience designing and delivering capacity building initiatives
· Experience working for an international NGO or UN agency
· Experience of designing and delivering safeguarding training in different settings for varied audiences, with the ability to adapt complex information according to the audience
· Proven experience in measuring the impact of training and implementation of safeguarding policies
· Track record of, and expertise in, developing safeguarding policies compliant with regulations and best practice
· Previous not-for-profit experience essential.
· Experience of working with a global membership organisation
· Experience of safeguarding in the international arena
· Experience of safeguarding in Sexual Reproductive Health, humanitarian sector or related sector.
· Knowledge and familiarity with DFID Safeguarding standards and Code of Conduct
· Experience of safeguarding in the workplace in relation to bullying and harassment.
· Relevant qualifications
· Excellent communication skills, especially active listening with strong facilitation and presentation skills
· High degree of organisational ability, working well under pressure and to deadlines
· Able to work professionally and with a high degree of confidentiality at all times
· Fluent in English (verbal and written) as well as the language of their region, e.g. French, Spanish, Arabic
· Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively with people from different countries and cultures
· Strong analytical skills.
· Excellent time management and organisational skills.
7. PERSONAL COMPETENCE
· Discretion in handling confidential information.
· Ability to quickly build personal rapport and trust
· Empathy for the challenges survivors face in reporting and the pressures an investigation places on all stakeholders, including the alleged perpetrator and management
· Excellent self-awareness and understanding of the need for self-care
· Willing to travel internationally up to 60 days a year.