About SOS Children’s Villages International
SOS Children’s Villages International is the umbrella organisation for the global federation of SOS Children’s Villages. As a non-governmental social development organisation, we support children without parental care and families in difficult living conditions through services in care, education, health and emergency relief, and we advocate for the rights of children and young people, in alliance with a great diversity of partners. We work in 136 countries and territories, reaching over one million children, young people, families and caregivers each year.
SOS Children’s Villages strives to create and ensure a safe environment for everyone who engages with us internally or externally. An environment that does not expose children, young people and adults to harm, sexual exploitation and abuse. As a Child-focused organisation, people are the focus of organisational safeguarding aspirations. Our care approach is distinct in that it provides 24-hour direct primary care to tens of thousands of children and young people through a system of primary caregivers directly employed by SOS CV.
To support us with this important responsibility, we are looking for a committed Global Safeguarding Director.
The Safeguarding Department fulfils its purpose in the following key aspects:
Safeguarding children and adults from abuse by leading and championing the safeguarding priority, strategies and action plans to ensure safeguarding is mainstreamed across all parts of the Federation.
Building and fostering organisational capacity across the federation to live, understand and respond to international safeguarding concepts; through, but not limited to, developing and supporting the implementation of relevant policies, practices, capacity building, awareness raising and other activities for prevention of harm, sexual exploitation, abuse, fraud and corruption wherever people engage with SOS Children’s Villages.
In particular, taking ownership of the incident management process and related environment necessary to support a robust management response and actions when dealing with allegations made. SOS CV is strongly guided by and committed to “Do no Harm” principle and applies a victim/survivor-centred approach.
In cooperation with relevant safeguarding functions building and leading a network of experts across the federation in support of timely and professional response to safeguarding incidents. This is done in conjunction with the independent audit and investigations unit and in liaison with the SOS Ombuds system and with respective safeguarding functions, including those who provide services to victims/survivors as necessary.
Monitoring, evaluating and reporting on progress in delivery of strategies, outcomes and learning to Governance, Leadership and Management.
Participating in, sharing with and learning from external networks to improve internal practice and to influence sector-wide thinking and initiatives and facilitating relevant knowledge management.
Ensuring the financial capacity to deliver on our mission, we also take responsibility to protect the integrity of the use of assets and financial means; this in turn will safeguard the trust of donors and individual givers supporting our cause.
Therefore, the Safeguarding Department, with people being at the centre of its consideration, expands its scope of People Safeguarding and includes an oversight responsibility for Anti-Corruption and Asset Protection; this should allow for strong alignment of processes and required policies with the aim to protect organisational assets to keep them free from fraud and corruption.
Purpose of the role
The purpose of the role is to deliver on the SOS Federation’s Safeguarding responsibility and accountability in line with its defined expected outputs.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Global leadership of Safeguarding
Supporting management and others across the Federation to build a safe environment
Monitoring, evaluation, learning and reporting
Leads and keeps oversight of Anti-Corruption and Asset Protection
Management of staff and other resources
Skills and Experience
Essential Functional Competencies
Expert competency level
Advanced competency level
Desirable Functional Competencies
Advanced competency level
In accordance with the organisation’s child protection policy, this position will be subject to applicable background checks, including criminal record checks. The successful candidate will be required to understand and sign the SOS Code of Conduct.
What We Stand For: **
SOS Children’s Villages is committed to creating and maintaining a caring and protective environment, which promotes its core values, and prevents and addresses child abuse and exploitation. We strongly condemn all forms of child abuse and exploitation, be it within or outside of our organisation, and always respond to any case of proven, alleged or attempted abuse within our sphere of influence according to its nature. Efforts ensure that mechanisms are in place to raise awareness, aid prevention, encourage reporting and ease response. They range from human resource development actions such as training and counselling to measures such as suspension, dismissal, and legal action SOS Children’s Villages is committed to creating and maintaining a safe working environment for our staff, the children and young people and the communities that we work for. The organisation prohibits harassment, exploitation and abuses by or of any employee, supervisor, manager, child, young people, community, contractor, applicant, or other individual with whom SOS Children’s Villages employees come into contact by virtue of their work. All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our prevention and protection against Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse policy. In addition, SOS Children’s Villages apply a zero-tolerance concerning any fraud situation.
Location: Innsbruck, Vienna (Austria), Dakar (Senegal), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Nairobi (Kenya), London (UK), Skopje (Macedonia). Other locations where SOS has a registered presence may be considered. Work permits in the preferred work locations would be desirable.
Reports to: CEO
Direct reports: Head of Child Safeguarding, Head of Adult Safeguarding, People Safeguarding Environment Coordinator, Head of Anti-Corruption and Asset Protection
Indirect reports: Child Safeguarding Team, Adult Safeguarding Team, Asset Protection Team
How to Apply
Closing date: 12th February 2023.
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