Job advert ACF Canada: Senior Safeguarding Advisor

Categories: News / Vacancies / No CommentsPosted on: December 11, 2019

 Job title Senior Safeguarding Advisor
Department Operations
Job Location Action Against Hunger/Action contre la Faim – Canada
Direct supervisor Associate Director
Location Toronto, Canada
Type of position Full Time – 1 year


Created in 1979, Action Against Hunger is a non-governmental organisation that aims to provide solutions to hunger. Our mission is to save lives by eliminating hunger through the prevention, detection and treatment of under-nutrition, particularly during and after emergency situations linked to conflicts or natural disasters. Action Against Hunger focuses on the promotion of gender equality and the prevention and mitigation of gender-based violence nutrition, health and healthcare practices; food security and livelihoods; water, sanitation and hygiene and advocacy. Action Against Hunger is committed to uphold the principles of gender equality, dignity and empowerment in all its operations and put people and communities at the heart of its work.


Living up to our commitment to support the rights and dignity of the people we work, Action Against Hunger Canada is looking for an experienced Senior Safeguarding Advisor to supervise the coordination of our proactive efforts to improve our accountability to the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA).

The ideal candidate will have:

• A strong understanding of gender equality, gender-based violence (GBV) and PSEA;

• Strong experience in policy and procedures development, as well training design and facilitation;

• Knowledge of international standards related to PSEA and GBV;

• Familiarity with organizational behavior, workplace violence and harassment, social work, psychological first aid and survivor-centred approach principles;

• A strong ability to apply creative and out of the box thinking to generate lasting change;

• Proven communication skills and abilities to manage relations with a diversity of stakeholders.

The role will specifically aim to strengthen Action Against Hunger’s international PSEA policies, systems, procedures and practices across its entire Network promoting a survivor-centred approach.

This position will focus on the following:

1. Harmonization of Action Against Hunger’s international policies and procedures.

2. Supervision of awareness-raising and capacity development efforts.

3. Coordination of Action Against Hunger’s investigation capacities.


Under the direct supervision of Action Against Hunger Canada’s Associate Director, the responsibilities of the Sr. Safeguarding Advisor will be:


• Conduct a mapping exercise and a gap analysis study of Action Against Hunger’s existing PSEA systems and the current state of implementation.

• Revise and adapt existing policies and procedures in line with international standards on PSEA and promoting a survivor-centred approach.

• Develop tools and technical guidance to operationalize existing/revised policies.

• Create specific guidance for the creation of adequate, safe and accessible reporting mechanisms.

• Lead the reflection towards common key policy positions on specific related issues.

• Establish and maintain strong working relationships with Mental Health Care and Practices Advisors and Human Resource Directors in the Action Against Hunger Network to ensure their participation, insight and technical advice.


• Develop sensitization tools and training modules ensuring the dissemination of existing/revised PSEA policies and procedures and placing the issues of power at the centre of PSEA action.

• Support offices across the Network to create awareness-raising and capacity development plans for their teams on PSEA.

• Manage the requests for PSEA trainings coming from offices across the Network.


• Supervise the development of a harmonized Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for PSEA investigations adopting a survivor-centred approach.

• Collaborate on the identification and adaptation of an investigation training package to operationalize the SOP.

• Support the creation, maintenance and training of an internal and external roster of qualified investigators on PSEA for the Network.

• Conduct PSEA investigations when and where required within the Network.

• Manage the requests for investigations and coordinate the deployment of investigators.

• Ensure continuous technical training of and support to investigators.

• Respond to PSEA investigation requests formulated by offices.


• Design and implement an adequate monitoring framework, including tools and indicators, to monitor cases and measure the organization’s progress.

• Manage adequate reporting on Action Against Hunger’s progress and management of SEA cases, both internally and externally.


• Maintain constant communications with various internal stakeholders and working groups.

• Represent Action Against Hunger in relevant global forums and mechanisms relevant to PSEA.

• Ensure appropriate and transparent communication to institutional donors, partners and the public on Action Against Hunger’s management of SEA cases.


• Ensure the application of all relevant performance management processes for the project team including establishment of performance objectives, regular feedback and performance appraisals.

• Conduct relevant capacity building and coaching for the project team.


• Attend planning sessions, team meetings and annual performance reviews as required.

• Pro-active exchange and collaboration with Action Against Hunger Canada team members and the International Network.

• Ensure an on-going process of personal professional development and learning.

• Other duties as assigned.


• The position is based in Toronto, Canada

• Staff work a five-day, 37.5-hour work week.


• The Sr. Safeguarding Advisor will be required to travel frequently to Action Against Hunger international field offices and/or headquarters in Europe, USA and India.


• Master’s degree in relevant discipline in a field related to social sciences, development, gender studies, social work and/or equivalent experience gained.

• Minimum of 5 years of experience in the fields of gender equality, GBV, PSEA, organizational behavior or social work.

• Demonstrated practical experience working on SEA, harassment and/or GBV issues.


• Demonstrated commitment to Gender Equality and solid understanding of the complexity of GBV and PSEA in humanitarian contexts.

• Knowledge of international norms and standards related to PSEA, GBV and other international accountability mechanisms.

• Significant experience in policy and procedure design and implementation.

• Solid understanding and commitment to humanitarian principles.

• Proven skills in design and facilitation of training for adults.

• Knowledge of survivor-centred approach principles in investigation and counseling.

• Strong verbal and written communication skills including demonstration of cultural awareness, diplomacy and tact.

• Ability to work independently and under tight deadlines, and to multi-task.

• Positive attitude and strong analytical, interpersonal and coordination skills.

• Strong organisational and planning skills and results oriented.

• Excellent knowledge of MS Office Applications.


• Fluency in the French language.

• Fluency in the Spanish language.

• Experience working in humanitarian, development and/or multicultural contexts an asset.

Action Against Hunger Canada is committed to promoting the well being of people around the world and focuses its efforts on saving the lives through the elimination of hunger. Action Against Hunger Canada has a zero-tolerance policy for any behavior violating our code of conduct, including workplace violence, harassment and sexual harassment, any form of exploitation and abuse, corruption, fraud and any behavior lacking integrity. Action Against Hunger actively recruits new team members who demonstrate a commitment to our organizational values and principals.

We actively welcome applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities and others who may contribute to our organizational diversity and who share our values. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us as soon as possible of any particular adaptive measures you might require.

All employment offers with Action Against Hunger Canada are conditional upon the receipt of satisfactory references and the signing our code of conduct and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Policy. Certain positions may be subject to appropriate screening checks.

If you are interested in this position, please apply online by January 3rd, 2020. To access the job advert online to apply click here.

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