Organization: SOS Children’s Villages International

Locations: Addis Ababa

Deadline: Aug 02, 2022

Job Description


 (Job Ref: SOS/19/07)

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Position title              Regional Child Safeguarding Advisor

Working location       Addis Ababa

Direct Supervisor:       Head of Child Safeguarding

Region: East and Southern Africa (ESAF)

Context of the Organization

SOS Children’s Villages International (SOS CVI) is non-governmental and non-denominational organization working with communities, partners and states to ensure that the rights of all children are fulfilled in every society. SOS CVI is a global federation working to protect and care for children who have lost parental care, or who stand at risk of losing the care. We respect all religions and cultures and work with trusted partners in places where we can contribute to social development. Everything we do is made possible through the generous support of sponsors and donors, institutional and corporate partners, and loyal friends worldwide.

Envisioning that every child belongs to a family and grows up with love, respect and security, we exist to build families for children in need, we help them shape their own futures, and we share in the development of their communities. Everything we do is guided by the firm belief that no child should grow up alone and that we need to improve care for children who are at risk, enabling them to overcome precarious conditions and to succeed in life. To achieve our mission, our strategy for the upcoming decade focuses on ensuring the best care of children, innovation, and effective collaboration with more partners. Our core values guiding who we are and what we do include courage to take action, commitment to keep our promises, trust to believe in each other, and accountability to be reliable Partners.

Job Summary

This position supports programme development within the ESAF region focusing for countries under his/her direct supervision and advisory. As the main counterpart of national programmes staff, the Child Safeguarding Advisor builds capacity of and provides technical expertise to national Programme teams specifically on alternative care, programme planning and child care reforms.

As a member of the Programme Development team the Child Safeguarding Advisor provides quality technical leadership and advice for the design, implementation and monitoring of Child safeguarding in ESAF region; Provides technical guidance to NAs teams and ensures that high-quality activities are implemented in a timely manner; Leads on developing proposals and securing funding for child safeguarding related projects; Ensures the coordination of all Child safeguarding activities through active participation in coordination meetings and working groups; Ensures qualitative support to countries on child safeguarding, especially on sensitization, prevention, reporting and responding of cases, and monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the Child Protection Policy.

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Ensure development of clear regional strategies on child safeguarding. Based on review of child safeguarding data, advice from Director of Programs section, consultation with National Directors or, on occasion, based on request from National Associations, identifies the most egregious violation of child right and identifies the decision maker for the strategically chosen violation.
  • Coordinate, support and ensure the consistency of MA strategic and annual planning on child safeguarding for MA’s identified as priority countries for child safeguarding.
  • Conducts analysis of the unfolding dynamics of the Child safeguarding issues and identifies key players and decision-makers, noting that the key posts are fluid and change regularly.
  • Provides information, advice and expertise in the field of work, in line with the priorities
  • Finds information on important activities and events of the civil society, international organizations, NGOs and suggest to the Regional PD Director and the appropriate
  • Supports the office of Child Protections coordinators in the National Offices to organize face-to-face meetings with the decision maker or decision maker’s organization/political structure.
  • Liaises with partners, recommend, organize and prepare meetings with key potential partner organizations as agreed with the Director of Programming.
  • Leads the development of tools, systems and structures to support child  safeguarding programmes in the region by interpreting the organization’s policy frameworks and actively participate in to the development of the work on child safeguarding.
  • Consequent to the identification of decision makers provides advice to National Associations, or other high level bodies, on formulation of the advocacy message, the approach and the strategy to be undertaken.


  • Advanced university degree (at the master’s level) in an area of Law or Social Sciences.  Specialization in Child Protection, Child Rights or Human Rights will be an asset.
  • Familiarity with economic and social development processes and their effects on the advancement of children and the wellbeing of their family and impact on decisions for the protection of children.
  • Minimum of 12 years of technical and/or supervisory experience in Child Protection and Safeguarding, Child Rights or Human Rights Programmes. Significantly with Child protection and Safeguarding related Organizations.
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience within ESAF region and ability to travel as required and in difficult
  • Capacity to develop and coordinate networks of individuals and institutions in a team approach that provide programme support to SOS Children’s Villages International and counterpart staff.
  • A proven administration and management of human beings carrying out complex analytical and programme development activities related to Child Protection and Safeguarding.
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas as well as to transfer knowledge and skills
  • Leadership, organizational and managerial abilities and good analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.
  • Ability to work in international, regional and multicultural environments
  • Training skills on Child protection and Safeguarding related programmes.
  • Ability to develop and implement programmes and projects, and to coordinate activities.
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.
  • Up to date computer knowledge is required.
  • Proven ability to get along well with others and work as part of a team.

We offer

  • A diverse range of interesting tasks in a leading INGO multicultural working environment
  • As a responsible employer we provide a range of training schemes and encourage educational enhancement
  • A salary that will be commensurate with experience and qualifications


How to Apply

If you believe you are the right candidate for the above position, please send your application letter, detailed curriculum vitae (CV), and photocopies of academic certificates, and names and contact details of three referees.

Applications that are late, or do not have CV or certificates attached, will be disqualified. Previous applicants need not reapply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Applications including at least three traceable referees should be sent electronically through OR Applications including at least three traceable referees should be sent electronically to: HROD ESAF OR ICIIMS


“SOS Children’s Villages International holds strict child safeguarding principles and a zero-tolerance policy for conducts of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse in the workplace and other places where the organization’s activities are rendered.  Parallel to technical competence, recruitment, selection and hiring decisions will give due emphasize to assessing candidates value congruence and thorough background checks, police clearance reference check processes”.  

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.