Safeguarding Consultant

Country: Nigeria
Organization: Girl Effect
Closing date: 19 Mar 2020

Job Title: Safeguarding Consultant

Reporting Lines: Country Director with dotted line management to Global Lead for Safeguarding

Location: Abuja

Contract: 2-5 months (2-3 days a week)

Other: Competitive package, dependent on skills and experience

About Girl Effect

We’re a creative non-profit, empowering girls to change their lives. Started by the Nike Foundation, we are experts in media, mobile, brand and international development: a unique mix of skills that we use to solve global problems in a different way.

We work across the world in places where girls are marginalized and vulnerable. We create for young people in ways they love and interact with. And it’s all delivered through the media and mobile tech they use every day – from apps that build skills, to TV dramas that explore vital issues, to magazines written by girls.

The context of the role

Girl Effect is looking for a safeguarding and gender technical expert for immediate recruitment to lead on our work in Nigeria and with the global team based in London. Based in Nigeria, the Safeguarding Advisor will drive the implementation of Girl Effect’s safeguarding policy ensuring strict adherence, providing thought leadership in Safeguarding and that Girl Effect remains up to date on the latest thinking, developments and evidence in the fields of safeguarding. This is an urgent recruitment with short timelines. The successful post holder will be required to resume immediately.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Implementation of the Safeguarding policy and procedures

  2. In collaboration with the Global Safeguarding Team, to ensure that the Safeguarding Policy is adapted to the local context and is reviewed and updated on an annual basis

  3. Work closely with staff across Girl Effect Nigeria (GEN) including the Country Director to implement the safeguarding policy and procedures and ensure that safeguarding is prioritised across all initiatives and functions

  4. With support from GE London (GEL), develop and deliver training to all Girl Effect Nigeria staff and establish a programme of on-going capacity building for staff tailored to their specific area of work

  5. Ensure all new recruits receive a safeguarding induction within their first month of employment

  6. Ensure all implementing partners receive a detailed briefing on Girl Effect’s Safeguarding Requirements within the TEGA programme and ensure that a written Safeguarding Agreement is in place.

  7. Work with GEL TEGA and safeguarding teams to ensure partners develop robust risk assessments and risk management plans.

2) Overseeing reporting and response procedures

  • Ensure that there are clear, well understood reporting and response procedures at both a country level and within each initiative/product

  • Ensure that reporting procedures are clearly understood by all staff, partners, contractors, visitors and by children and young people themselves. This will include providing briefings, training or developing materials for dissemination, including the development of child-friendly materials.

  • With the support of GEL Safeguarding and GEN CD, act as the safeguarding focal point for staff whenever safeguarding concerns arise and ensuring cases are escalated when appropriate,

  • Providing GEN and partner staff with training on completing Cause for Concern forms and effectively managing the case to ensure actions taken prioritise the best interest of the child

  • Ensure that safeguarding concerns are documented and regularly analysed to inform organisational learning and improve safeguarding practice

3) Advise on the design and development of new products and initiatives

  • Contribute to the design and development of new products and initiatives to ensure that safeguarding measures are built in to ensure risks are identified and mitigation measures are built into all activities.

  • Work with the Evidence team to provide technical support on safeguarding and child protection in relation to monitoring, evaluation, learning and research initiatives.

Essential experience

  1. Technical and practical knowledge and experience on child and young people’s safeguarding.

  2. Experience in developing and implementing organizational child protection or safeguarding policies and procedures

  3. Skilled in designing, facilitating and evaluating training in different organisational contexts.

  4. Desirable – Experience in safeguarding on online (e.g. on mobile and social networks)


  1. Proactive and influence positive change across the organisation.

  2. Able to manage sensitive issues and maintain the highest levels of confidentiality

  3. Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to work across departments

  4. Strong communication skills both written and verbal

  5. Ability to be flexible within a fast paced, changing environment

  6. Commitment to realising the potential of girls and to the vision and values of Girl Effect **

How to apply:

Please apply by submitting your CV and covering letter to [email protected]

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