Safeguarding Advisor

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Organization: War Child UK
Closing date: 29 May 2022

War Child UK is seeking an experienced Safeguarding specialist to conduct investigations, develop policy and trainings, support Safeguarding coordinators in country offices, and work with staff and programmes across the organisation to mainstream and embed safe practices in all our activities. Reporting to the Head of Safeguarding, the Safeguarding Advisor role transforms the culture and understanding of safeguarding, PSEA, and how to keep children and communities safe in all of our programmes. The Safeguarding Team works closely with other the Programme Quality team and other stakeholders throughout the organisation and provides guidance and mentorship to in-country Safeguarding Coordinators. The position is based in UK with up to 40% travel to War Child UK countries.

Your role

The Safeguarding Advisor at WCUK supports the development and roll-out of policy, development of tools, strengthening capacity and learning, and improving measures to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse and child abuse across WCUK programmes. The Safeguarding Advisor will provide guidance and support to country-based safeguarding coordinators, and work with the Head of Safeguarding to develop innovative approaches to embed a safer culture. The Safeguarding Advisor will engage with external networks to ensure that WCUK operates in line with best practice and is at the forefront of safeguarding in the sector.

The Safeguarding advisor will work with colleagues in the UK and Country teams to ensure that WCUK programmes are safe for children and communities, identifying risks and mitigation strategies, investigating safeguarding allegations when required, and developing policies and procedures to strengthen systems within the organisation. The post holder must have a strong knowledge of safeguarding, PSEA, and child safeguarding.

Your responsibilities

  • Provide advice, support and training to country leadership, staff, focal points and partners
  • Support country Safeguarding coordinators to develop and deliver training, support and progress safeguarding action plans, map survivor support, engage with partners and other NGOs.
  • Design and deliver effective strategies, projects, and tools for countering child abuse, sexual exploitation and abuse across WCUK.
  • Work with key stakeholders to improve the effectiveness of sexual exploitation and abuse deterrence, prevention, detection and response in the organisation.
  • Research and develop innovative approaches to countering sexual exploitation and abuse. Support the Head of Safeguarding to promote best practice across WCUK
  • Lead independent investigations into allegations of child abuse, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and sexual abuse in accordance with agreed WCUK procedures.
  • Provide oversight to safeguarding coordinators conducting safeguarding investigations and support safeguarding coordinators to develop investigation skills.
  • Communicate effectively with survivors, complainants/reporters, witnesses, subject of concerns and other internal and external stakeholders.
  • Support safeguarding coordinators to develop networks in country to allow for an agile response in investigations and identify sources of GBV, PSEA, and Protection support.
  • Responsible for creating a culture committed to the safeguarding of children, and adults and compliant to WCUK’s Child Safeguarding and Adults at Risk policies

These duties provide a framework for the role and should not be regarded as a definitive list. Other reasonable duties may be required consistent with the grade of the role.

You are

  • Experienced in conducting investigations into child abuse and sexual exploitation and abuse
  • Knowledgeable about PSEA and child safeguarding
  • Experienced working within an international context or with INGOs
  • Experienced in delivering training and providing mentorship to colleagues.
  • Interested in working to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse and working with survivors of sexual violence.
  • Able to work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders and influence using a variety of different styles, considering cultural differences.
  • Able and willing to travel globally, including to hardship environments and at short notice.

Able to work with a high degree of confidentiality

How to apply

How to apply

  • Please download the application form here:
  • Submit a completed application form and a recent copy of your CV to by 11:59pm on 29/05/2022
  • Due to limited resources, we will contact only the shortlisted candidates
  • Interviews will be held shortly thereafter
  • If you have any questions about reasonable adjustments before or during your application, we welcome the opportunity to talk about what we can do to fairly adapt our process for you. Please share what you’re comfortable with to help us put the right support in place, by emailing Anything you tell us will be kept completely confidential by our HR team.

We are unable to provide sponsorship for this post. In order to apply, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in UK where this role is based