Job Description

Initially working from home

Unicef ensures more of the world’s children are vaccinated, educated and protected than any other organisation. We have done more to influence laws and policies to help protect children than anyone else. We get things done. And we’re not going to stop until the world is a safe place for all our children.

At Unicef UK we are concerned not only with what we achieve for children but also how we achieve it. We are committed to ensuring that everyone involved with us fully respects and upholds children’s human rights. We do this to ensure that all children, staff, volunteers and partners are protected from harm and that we create a safe, positive and supportive environment, where safeguarding best practice sits at the heart of all we do.

As our current Head of Safeguarding is moving across to support the global Unicef movement with their safeguarding work, we are looking to appoint someone new as Head of Safeguarding at Unicef UK. As strategic lead for safeguarding, you will ensure that we deliver best practice across all aspects of our work, and that everything we does is fully aligned with domestic and international regulatory frameworks, and sector-leading in ethos and approach.

You will also lead a team of specialists that make up the Safeguarding, Sports and Child Rights Unit, working with all teams across the organisation, the wider Unicef family, as well as major sporting bodies, to ensure that we are fully aligned with international policy and practice.

If you are an experienced safeguarding professional and passionate about making a positive difference to children in the UK and around the world, then act now and visit our website via the button below to apply online.

Closing date: 5pm, Monday 23 November 2020.

Interview date: Week commencing 30 November 2020.  Interviews will take place via video conferencing.

We are normally based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London but while our office is closed, this role will work from home or from wherever makes you happy.

We particularly welcome applications from black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, LGBTQ+ candidates, candidates with disabilities, and from men because we would like to increase the representation of these groups at this level at Unicef UK. We want to do this because we know greater diversity will lead to greater results for children.

Unicef UK promotes equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace. We make employment decisions by matching business needs with skills and experience of candidates, irrespective of age, disability (including hidden disabilities), gender, gender identity or gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

We are happy to talk about flexible working, personal growth, and to promote a workplace where you can be yourself and achieve success based only on your merit.

The successful candidate will be required to apply for a criminal records check. A criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us. This will depend on the nature of the role and the circumstances of your offences.

We only accept online applications as this saves us money, making more funds available for us to help ensure children’s rights.

If you require support in completing the online form or an application form in an alternative format, please contact Supporter Care on 0300 330 5580 during office hours.

If you do not hear from us within 14 days of the closing date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. Please note that we only provide feedback to shortlisted candidates.

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