Job Description

About The Role

International Safeguarding Assurance Adviser
Location: Based from our head office in London/Flexible UK
Contract type: Permanent
Hours per week: 35
Salary: Circa £36K per annum (including ILW)

Can you use your knowledge and experience of humanitarian safeguarding to help ensure that our International safeguarding response activity is keeping our people safe through a survivor centred, consistent and coordinated approach?

The British Red Cross (BRC) are recruiting an International Safeguarding Assurance Adviser who will be available to British Red Cross staff, delegates and representatives. Taking a lead role in the international safeguarding culture, you will provide guidance, support and assurance that safeguarding concerns that do not take place on UK soil, are being dealt with appropriately at all levels.

Working in partnership with the senior leadership and stakeholders, you will provide support to our staff who have undertaken voluntary roles as International Safeguarding Officers, strengthening their role as local safeguarding ‘champions’, and work as part of our internal collaboration network that includes our HR leads, Performance and Accountability team and International Safeguarding International Safeguarding/PSEA Adviser, utilising their specialist knowledge as required and informing senior staff of relevant issues, standards and best practice.

In this rewarding role you will build awareness and maintain relationships across the International Directorate to ensure the Safeguarding Assurance role is used effectively and appropriately, building awareness and helping promote behaviours and practical actions to strengthen our culture of safeguarding.

The role location can be flexible or based out of our UK Office in London, however there will be a requirement for some travel within the UK with the possibility of some international travel also required.

You will also be expected to participate in an out of hours safeguarding support rota as required. The role will work closely across two directorates and so previous experience of working within a matrix management structure is desirable.

About the team

At the British Red Cross, we take the safeguarding of people at risk of abuse or harm very seriously. We have a specialist Safeguarding Assurance Team to provide standardised, high quality guidance and support to all of our people, and senior management, as required (including out of hours) to ensure that all safeguarding concerns are: responded to effectively; recorded accurately; and, actions arising from these concerns are completed in a timely and appropriate manner.

The role of International Safeguarding Assurance Adviser will sit within our International HR team as part of the People Directorate. The International HR team lead on deployment processes, duty of care and HR people partnering for our international staff, country offices and international management team.

What we’re looking for

In addition to your excellent knowledge of safeguarding and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, you will have experience of safeguarding children and adults at risk of abuse or harm in an international context (including referring to external agencies) and previous experience of leading safeguarding investigations and supporting serious/critical incidents.

You will have great administration and organisational skills. You’ll have the capacity to work under pressure and organise your workload to meet deadlines, and a high attention to detail, interpreting information and maintaining up-to-date and accurate records.

In addition to excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral), you will be able to build and maintain a network of International Safeguarding Champions, delivering training (remotely via Zoom or MS Teams and face to face when COVID-19 regulations allow)

(Please read the attached role profile for more information about this opportunity)

Closing date for application is 23.59 on Sunday, the 14th of March 2021 with interviews likely to be held shortly after this date, week commencing 22nd of March 2021 (via Zoom).   

What you’ll get in return

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, these include:

⦁ Accommodation while on deployment
⦁ Subsistence allowances while overseas
⦁ Travel to and from the country of posting, plus long service flights
⦁ Comprehensive insurance, including medical, personal effects and life insurance
⦁ Pre and post assignment medicals and access to excellent health and wellbeing benefits
⦁ Access to a pension, which you can join at any time during your contract
⦁ Generous leave entitlement (36 days incl. public holidays)

A little bit more about us… 

The British Red Cross help anyone, anywhere in the UK and overseas; get the support they need if crisis strikes.

Our organisation was born out of a desire to bring help without discrimination.
Impartiality and neutrality have been central values for the Red Cross since we started.

At the British Red Cross, we are looking for the best people to help us provide support to millions of people affected by crisis in the UK. We want our team to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, offering equal opportunities to everyone, regardless of; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

Diversity is something we celebrate, and we want you to be able to bring your authentic-self to the Red Cross. We want you to feel that you are in an inclusive environment, and a great position to help us spread the power of kindness.

In the British Red Cross we will not tolerate any form of misconduct, including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. We have a code of conduct in place, and are committed to creating a culture of integrity in the organisation where misconduct is not tolerated, situations of abuse are quickly investigated and perpetrators are dealt with effectively.

British Red Cross also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme for roles within the International Directorate. In line with the scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

If you are appointed to a role within BRC you will be subject to the organisation’s Code of Conduct, a copy of which you can find on our website.

As part of its recruitment and selection process the British Red Cross undertakes DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checking of all individuals who regularly work with or have access to children and vulnerable adults.

If driving is an essential requirement of the role, appropriate driver checks will be completed in line with current policy.

The British Red Cross, incorporated by Royal Charter 1908, is a charity registered in England and Wales (220949) and Scotland (SC037738).

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