Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is currently seeking a talented professional for the role of a Regional Safeguarding Advisor.
Reporting to a member of the Area Office Management Team with dotted line responsibility to the Director of Human Resources and the Global Head of Safeguarding, this position will lead the respective operational approach to fulfilling Habitat’s safeguarding commitments for the region as well as contribute to enhancing Habitat’s global technical capacity within Safeguarding.
The Regional Safeguarding Advisor will lead the regional safeguarding planning and implementation across the region, supporting significant capacity building and bolstering compliance with Habitat’s Safeguarding Standards within all respective operating entities.
This will include coordinating capacity building, promoting safe programming, enhancing safe partnerships, delivering trainings, establishing metrics, meeting donor compliance, risk management, supporting the mainstreaming of safeguarding throughout operations, especially when engaging directly with communities and through partners.
Additionally, this role will focus on global capability enhancement through working closely with the global safeguarding team to develop systems / procedures and enhance standards.
Key Responsibilities :
Champion safeguarding policies and accompanying policy guidance support materials, including strong advocacy for safeguarding across all levels of business to promote a culture of safeguarding.
Provide quality and accessible advice, support and guidance to managers and staff through supporting the effort for adequate safeguarding measures are integrated into office operations, processes and programs as outlined by Habitat’s Safeguarding Standards and other core documents.
Act as a reporting avenue for safeguarding related issues, concerns or experiences and foster an environment where all potential safeguarding misconducts are reported as per Habitat’s Safeguarding Policy.
Represents Habitat regionally in safeguarding matters.
Drive safeguarding regional strategy.
Establish safeguarding implementation plan / annual plan for the region and monitors progress against plan.
Regional Capacity Building
Create, support, and nurture a network of safeguarding focal points across the region at the country and program levels.
Collaborate with and provide advice to key teams and / or departments within the offices to promote fulfillment of that safeguarding risk analysis, including risk identification and management strategies of the country’s processes, procedures and activities and appropriate mitigating actions are developed.
Partner with the program team to enhance safeguarding awareness-raising in communities where Habitat operates and the MEAL team for raising awareness around community reporting mechanisms.
Support program teams in building partner capacity in the areas of safeguarding.
Lead safeguarding training delivery for the region.
Safeguarding standards are applied throughout the region.
Manages the overall compliance to Habitat’s Safeguarding Standards with support from leadership, including coordination of capacity building and assessments of regional entities.
Undertake and or support the development of local safeguarding procedures in line with mapping of local external environment (legislation, cultural considerations, etc.) and global guidelines.
Project and Proposal Development
Operate as technical partners on safeguarding matters in regards to program design, proposal formulation, donor compliance, etc.
With respect to safeguarding investigations, provide advice on case assessment and recommendations, and support fact-gathering under as needed based on consultation with the investigations team.
Success Criteria :
Level of compliance by the Area Office and respective country programs within the region with Habitat’s Safeguarding Standards.
Progress made against regional strategy development and roll-out.
Capacity building efforts resulting in strengthen safeguarding within Habitat operations.
Level of safer programming integration occurring throughout Habitat operations.
Quality of support given to staff when safeguarding concerns arise.
Ability to influence Habitat’s culture to work towards a speak up culture.
Key Requirements :
Bachelors degree level of education in relevant field.
5 years previous experience of development / humanitarian work, or related work.
5+ years of safeguarding experience or experience in a similar field such as protection, child protection, SGBV - preferably in an international non-profit organization.
3+ years of safeguarding investigation experience, desired.
Experience dealing with sensitive matters - highly confidential and discrete and ability to build / maintain trust.
Experienced trainer, facilitator and mediator.
Experienced in change management and project management skills.
Must have a high level of resilience with the ability to be impartial and remain calm under difficult circumstances.
Must be able to impartial in the most challenging situations.
Must have excellent problem solving, and decision-making skills.
Excellent report writing and presentation skills.
Active support of HFHI Values :
Humility We are part of something bigger than ourselves.
Courage We do what’s right, even when it is difficult or unpopular.
Accountability We take personal responsibility for Habitat’s mission.
Safeguarding : HFHI requires that all employees take seriously their ethical responsibilities to safeguarding our intended beneficiaries, their communities, and all those with whom we work.
Managers at all levels have responsibilities to support and develop systems that create and maintain an environment that prevents harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse, safeguards the rights of beneficiaries and community members (especially children), and promotes the implementation of Habitat for Humanity’s code of conduct.
Experience adhering to safeguarding compliance requirements from donors.