PSEA/Senior Safeguarding Advisor

Closing date: 21 Nov 2019

Job Description

Experience in West Africa and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) highlight the importance of preventing and responding to abuse, exploitation, and violence that are exacerbated during disease outbreak and response. The government and humanitarian community in DRC have taken important steps toward the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA). The IRC and other actors are seeking to strengthen these efforts, recognizing the need for the establishment of safe, confidential reporting mechanisms for people who experience abuse; accountability and zero tolerance for perpetrators of SEA; equal access to all humanitarian goods and services for women and children; and the establishment of safe, confidential, accountable support services when they experience sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse.

As the PSEA/Senior Safeguarding Advisor at the IRC you will support humanitarian response leadership in North Kivu, DRC, to assess and strengthen community-based reporting and response mechanisms; and to ensure wide understanding of PSEA and reporting mechanisms within communities, and across humanitarian and response personnel engaged in the ongoing Ebola response.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Develop context-appropriate tools for community assessments regarding safeguarding capacity, and existing reporting mechanisms
  • With MoH and PSEA Taskforce members, undertake community assessments regarding safeguarding capacity, and existing reporting mechanisms
  • Lead inter-agency process to establish and roll-out basic standards for organizational actions to prevent and respond to safeguarding violations
  • Work with the IRC Child Protection and Women’s Protection and Empowerment teams to continue developing materials to build capacity of Ebola responders to prevent and respond to safeguarding violations; this includes awareness raising about the importance of safeguarding and ways beneficiaries can access reporting mechanisms and support
  • With MoH and PSEA Taskforce members, routinely monitor community engagement, understanding, and concerns regarding existing reporting mechanisms, with adjustments as necessary
  • Produce reports and analysis of progress and suitability of existing safeguarding measures in the Ebola response, for both internal and external audiences
  • Support the IRC country team to continue rollout and understanding of IRC policies and prevention measures related to safeguarding, including uptake of recommendations put forward through the PSEA Taskforce
  • Coordinate internally with the IRC Child Protection and Women’s Protection and Empowerment teams to ensure that inter-agency safeguarding efforts are informed and reinforced by specialized work with service providers; women, children and their communities
  • Follow the IRC Code of Conduct and policies, particularly related to Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Child Safeguarding


  • A minimum of three years of experience developing and training on guidance, standards, and materials relating to PSEA/safeguarding.
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating and leading effective joint work processes with UN agencies, local governments and communities.
  • The ability to communicate challenging topics in a clear, focused, and respectful manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify creative and appropriate solutions for the populations affected by crisis, considering factors including the context and an individual client’s developmental stage, gender and status.
  • Previous experience and/or collaboration in protection fields, particularly Child Protection and/or GBV, is an advantage.
  • French language skills are required.
  • Willingness to work in an Ebola affected region is required.

Working Environment:

The position will be based between Goma and Beni, with frequent travel in Ebola response area.

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