Safeguarding Officer

Full Time

Save the Children

Child Safeguarding:

Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post holder may require regular contact or access to children or young people

Role Purpose

Under the direct supervision of the area office HR & Safeguarding Manager, the post holder is expected to meet the safeguarding standard practices in the Area Office.

She/he will be responsible for assisting projects/programs/ and field offices to ensure compliance is met through community awareness, capacity-building training, conducting project risk assessment, and facilitating on the development of friendly materials. She/he will also be responsible for assisting in implementing safe program activities, establishing local reporting procedures, reporting, data management, and sharing learnings.

This role demands roving support for project offices at different locations under the field office for both humanitarian and development programs.


Reports to: AO- HR & Safeguarding Manager

Dimensions: Save the Children works in all regions of Ethiopia with a current staff complement of approximately 1900 and a current expenditure of approximately $190090+ million each year.

Staff directly reporting to this post: NA



  • Organizing and facilitate safeguarding (Child, Adult and Harassment) awareness for functions, project staff, partners, volunteers, project participants and other representatives (consultants, construction team, rental derivers, venders) for both humanitarian response and development programs.
  • Facilitate/ coordinate safeguarding induction for new joiners with significant focus of humanitarian response team and conduct ongoing refreshment training for staff, partner’s focal points on child safeguarding and PSEA.
  •  Ensure all projects are risk assessed, develop mitigation strategies, and recorded, monitor, and update the tracker on regular basis in collaboration with program managers and focal points at field level.
  • Identify project level contact person for project participants and ensure local safeguarding reporting procedure is updated and displayed in project implementation areas.
  • Ensure safeguarding concept and reporting procedure are well understood by project participants, staff, volunteers, partners, and representatives, and ensure safeguarding messages are displayed in the local language at the project level.
  • Conduct periodical assessment/survey on understanding and practice of safeguarding by project participants, staff, volunteers, partners and representatives and the effectiveness of existing reporting procedures.
  • Follow up on the volunteer recruitment process of projects and ensure the proper documentation is kept in the database/record in collaboration with HR and the project manager.
  • Conduct focus group discussions with children and adult project participants on safe programming and effective reporting procedures in collaboration with MEAL colleagues.
  • Report safeguarding incidents in the DATIX system timely and coordinate with the national safeguarding team for follow-up, preliminary data collection, participation in the investigation as relevant, and coordination referral mechanism as relevant.
  • Assess the child’s participation in events, and make sure the procedures are followed in collaboration with the event organizer.
  • Compile and submit monthly reports and plan on safeguarding activities to the safeguarding manager at the country office.
  • Support local partners on training, risk assessment, and other technical support as identified by the partner assessment, COSA.
  • Facilitate IEC materials translation into local languages, printing, editing, and disseminating messages for various groups and monitoring the understanding.
  • Facilitate the AO self-assessment process and follow the update status from all AO functional leads.
  • Mapping of service providers at project areas to ensure reported cases are referred to relevant stakeholders and updated periodically as relevant.
  • Participate in the kickoff meetings, and other relevant workshops/training facilitated at the field office and represent safeguarding appropriately this includes the regional PSEA network as available.
  • Participate in proposal development on safeguarding aspects whenever demands.
  • Organize a learning forum based on the identified risks, challenges, and best practices.
  • Attend in-house safeguarding and other relevant online and face-to-face training, webinars, meetings, workshops, and other relevant training/mentoring/coaching demands on the development plan as appropriate.
  • Take additional assignments when the demand arises by the supervisor including external representation.
  • Other assignments are provided by line managers.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, and achieving and role modeling Save the Children values.
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance, and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), take responsibility for their personal development, and encourage others to do the same
  • Widely shares their vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future-orientated, thinks strategically


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members, and external partners, and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks


Honest, encourages openness and transparency


  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Social sciences and three years of proven experience in child protection, Education, and social work. child safeguarding, gender, and other related field.
  • Experience in facilitation and coordination of training and workshops
  • Experience in conducting assessments, monitoring, and report writing
  • Practical experience on child participation in the intervention of program activities.
  • Strong computer skills, including the use of email, the Internet, and Microsoft Office
  • Fluency in written and spoken English


  • Experience in child safeguarding and PSEA
  • Experience in gender mainstreaming, GBV case management
  • Experience in humanitarian response programs
  • Skill in illustration design and publication
  • Good understanding of national laws and procedures
  • Speaking and writing in the local language

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Deadline: July 5, 2024

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