Global SHEA and Safeguarding Lead At ActionAid

Global SHEA and Safeguarding Lead

Global Secretariat (GS) Hub in Johannesburg, South Africa / Nairobi, Kenya


starting salary of £50,672 per annum plus benefits

The Role:

The Global SHEA and Safeguarding Lead provides specialist leadership to the organisation in the development and implementation of strategies, policies and procedures to prevent and protect communities and rights holders, staff and other AA representatives from sexual exploitation and abuse perpetrated by ActionAid International (AAI) employees and representatives. ActionAid takes a feminist and survivor centred approach to SHEA and Safeguarding.

Who we’re looking for:

You should hold a Bachelor degree in Human Rights, Child Protection or relevant field. A Master’s degree is advantageous. You should also have excellent written and oral communications skills in English. An additional language would be an advantage

The successful candidate should have demonstrated and extensive experience, progressively responsible, working in safeguarding/PSEA, women/child protection programming or other related areas; demonstrated experience managing a team and/or managing a network; experience of handling complex investigations in a confidential and sensitive manner; extensive experience in building strong safeguarding and women/child protection systems and in delivering services to communities, including in emergencies; demonstrated experience to assess and analyse risks, staff members emotional, psychological and developmental needs; proven experience and ability to design and deliver training; competencies on monitoring and evaluating safeguarding mechanisms; experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in and ability to influence key decision makers and build a network within an organisation. ; excellent experience of presenting complex information in a succinct and compelling manner and the ability to work under pressure and willingness to work flexible hours in the event of emergencies.

We are looking for someone with good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate, influence and coach at all levels. You should have demonstrated and extensive knowledge of Safeguarding and the INGO sector. Essential skills include strong People management, including managing a team that have been exposed to trauma. Finally, the candidate should have demonstrated experience to assess and analyse risks, staff members emotional, psychological and developmental needs.

Fluency in English is essential and capability in other languages e.g Arabic, French, Spanish, Swahili is desired

What we offer:

ActionAid is committed to providing a welcoming, supportive workplace where we recognise a job well done, encourage close collaboration and sharing power, and where safeguarding standards and feminist leadership are exemplified everywhere. At ActionAid, you can look forward to a fair compensation package and a flexible working environment, including:

• A workplace that embraces intersectional feminist principles

• Generous maternity, paternity and adoption pay

How to apply

To start the application process please visit our website at:

Applications close on 3 May 2022. Please upload an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a covering letter, clearly explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.

Please check your application and make sure you meet all the essential criteria listed in the person specification. In addition, your application will be stronger if you meet at least some of the desirable criteria. If you do not meet at least all the essential criteria, please do not apply as we only consider candidates if they meet the essential criteria listed on the job description.

Due to high volumes of applications received, we can only correspond with short listed applicants. Should you not have received feedback on your application within two weeks of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful.

ActionAid International will not consider unsolicited candidates from recruitment agencies. We reserve the right to withdraw any of our vacancies at any time.

About us:

ActionAid is a global federation working for a world free from poverty and injustice.

ActionAid International welcomes applications from all sections of the community and promotes diversity. Suitably qualified women leaders and people of colour are encouraged to apply.