Safeguarding in Emergencies Advisor

Country: Ukraine
Organization: Save the Children
Closing date: 18 Apr 2022

Safeguarding in Emergencies Advisor (SiE)


Reporting to the CD and working with the HR lead, all deployed sector leads (FSL, Education, Shelter, Health, Child protection) and, importantly, the existing Safeguarding Country Lead and focal points in-country. The deployed SG Advisor will support the response team to identify and mitigate safeguarding risks to children and adults in the affected populations. He/she will ensure awareness, prevention, as well as safe and accessible reporting mechanisms are place. In addition the SG Adviser will support the response team to respond to safeguarding risks and violations to programme participants and people in the affected populations , including (but not limited to) the risks of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment by Save the Children staff, volunteers and other INGO workers and partners, and the risks of unsafe programming. There will be a substantial reactive element, as this role will manage the response to safeguarding violation reports and concerns, working closely with, and building the capacity of, the existing focal points and key staff among the national staff.

The Safeguarding Advisor will work functional leads to produce a plan to mitigate the key risks, likely to include building the capacity of rapidly recruited staff and new partners, identifying and ensuring integration with other programme sectors, ensuring that Safeguarding issues are raised and addressed in real-time, and work with MEAL to develop an effective child-friendly and inclusive reporting mechanism. He/she will ensure the plan is aligned with Save the Children's Safeguarding standard and minimum requirements and that any reported violations are recorded and responded to correctly, via Datix. This role will also work closely with the Media/Communication/content team members, to ensure full consent processes are followed. This will include supporting media/communication/content team to do risk assessments; brief visiting media and content gathers, feed into TORs and any other action required to adequately protect child participants and adults at risk. .

The SG Adviser will provide regular updates on safeguarding and escalate any safeguarding issues to the SMT. He/she will also input into key funding proposals to ensure that Safeguarding risk mitigations are in place, and activities appropriately resourced.

The SG Advisor will provide guidance and on the job safeguarding coaching and mentoring for national and international staff, and provide technical support to the relevant functions to ensure partners, volunteers and suppliers who have direct contact with children and adults at risk. He/she will link with Child Protection, CRG, Gender colleagues within Save the Children and other NGOs, to ensure a coherent child-centred, survivor and rights approach to safeguarding is applied, particularly to the response to any safeguarding concerns. The Safeguarding Advisor will receive support from the Regional Safeguarding Director, Regional HR Directors and the Centre Safeguarding Humanitarian Lead- the International Safeguarding Director. He/she and will also provide capacity building support to the existing SG focal points on the ground and take part in multi-agency groups such as the PSEA taskforce, where active, relevant clusters, and work proactively with other active NGOs, especially regarding any joint reporting mechanisms or referral pathways, awareness and prevention interventions.


  • Support Team Leader and SMT in ensuring minimum standards of Safeguarding are met and mitigated.
  • Ensure that the SFP responds in real-time to safeguarding violations in an effective, robust and child-centred/survivor and rights approach
  • Ensure that case information is kept confidential, documented and filed/stored appropriately
  • Provide expertise to humanitarian colleagues and local staff to identify, analyse and act to mitigate key safeguarding risks to children and adults at risk in our programmes and programme areas, identifying groups who may be at higher risk (e.g. adolescent girls, people with disabilities, children without appropriate care, LGBTQ+, children on the move)
  • Identify and ensure integration with other programme sectors, ensuring that Safeguarding issues are raised and addressed in real-time - e.g. in the Mobile Health Unit, CFS's and Adolescent Friendly Spaces, and schools, cash and voucher programming, suppliers, construction.
  • Provide (or support the emergency response team to provide) child-friendly and inclusive information to children and families at programme sites around humanitarian principles, their rights, unacceptable behaviour, ways to report concerns
  • Provide expertise to funding proposals, ensuring that proposals include an amount for effective safeguarding (e.g. cost of printed materials, set up of community feedback and reporting mechanisms, community engagement, investigations and survivor care and after-support, and that they adhere to Save the Children's commitment to Safer Programming
  • Deliver Safeguarding training to emergency response team members who have not recently received it.
  • Deliver Safeguarding training along with SFPs and other relevant staff to partners and local support staff who may be in a position to report safeguarding violations among staff - especially (but not limited to) drivers, cleaners and cooks, community workers and volunteers
  • Work closely with MEAL to develop (or strengthen) adequate reporting mechanisms
  • Participate in relevant coordination mechanisms, including Clusters and PSEA networks and support the coordination of Safeguarding activities
  • Support the CP and GBV colleagues to set-up referral mechanisms that work for both CP and Safeguarding concerns. this will include mapping out and accessing quality of existing services
  • Ensure that lessons learned are captured and shared with the global Safeguarding team on a regular basis
  • Ensure key safeguarding risks are recorded (without confidential data) on the regular situation reports
  • Provide expertise to local focal points to develop a fully costed emergency response Safeguarding action plan and merge with the CO Safeguarding annual action plan.
  • Elaborate Safeguarding report for emergency with key actions and validate with Team leader, RSGD and provide brief safeguarding update for the country/regional update calls and member calls.



  • Experience of safeguarding in emergency , fragile state or development contexts, including experience of case management and investigations
  • Excellent knowledge of Safeguarding policies and practice
  • HEAT / Safety & Security Training for Insecure contexts or recognised equivalent
  • Strong safeguarding practitioner who can transfer skills to others
  • Good team member skills, including the ability to be part of and organise, support, manage and develop a small team;
  • Experience in designing and delivering training on Safeguarding, including , safer programming and strengthening the capacity of key stakeholders to prevent , detect and respond to Safeguarding issues and unsafe practice;
  • Good understanding and experience of supporting child and adult survivors and putting mechanisms in place ensure they access the relevant support available locally and are listen too.
  • Experience of working with partners and of using a participatory approach as well as of coordinating responses with a range of actors, including Government authorities, national/local organisations, NGOs, UN;
  • Ability to achieve results and maintain consistent high standards of professional behaviour and achievement, including when working alone;
  • Ability to manage stress, be flexible and accommodating in difficult and frustrating working circumstance;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Commitment to and understanding of child rights, as well as of Save the Children's aims, values and principles.


  • Fluency in local language of emergency
  • Good knowledge of and experience in using established inter-agency standards and guidelines in child protection, such as the Inter-agency Guiding Principles on Unaccompanied and Separated Children, IA Case Management Guidelines; ISAC PSEA Principles ; and others

Budget development and financial monitoring skills;

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. This Role is offered on the basis of International terms and conditions. Also, interviews will be held on ongoing basis, adverts will be closed once a person is identified.

For non- EU citizens; Visa is to be obtained.

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