Safeguarding and PSHEA Specialist, Mano River Cluster


Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years and are now active in more than 70 countries.

We believe in the power and potential of every child and young people.  We recognize that the abuse and exploitation of children and young people occurs throughout the world and in all societies and includes physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect. Furthermore, children and young people may be vulnerable and at risk due to, for example, reasons of gender, sexual orientation, disability and age, or illness.   All children and young people have equal rights to protection.

The Opportunity

This is an exciting time for the Mano River Cluster as our countries (Senegal, Guinea and Guinea Bissau) are implementing their country strategy from 2020 to 2025.

Our global strategy defines who we are, why we exist, the change we want to see in the world and how we will contribute to making change happen. It underpins everything we do, guiding all our work in all parts of the federation.

To achieve greater change in children’s lives we are dramatically transforming how we operate, and we need bold, forward-thinking and innovative individuals to steer our country operations, driving change and delivering results that will allow us to transform the lives of 100 million girls globally.

Therefore, the Safeguarding and PSHEA Specialist has the responsibility to ensure the countries of the mano river cluster (Senegal, Guinea and Guinea Bissau) are fully committed to providing a safe, protective, and supportive environment for all children, young people including adult program participants and intend that their welfare will at all times be the paramount consideration.  Furthermore, it will support managements, standards owners, focal points and staff to seriously promote safe and protective practices for children, young people including program beneficiaries and to protect them from all forms of harm.

Do you have what it takes?

As the Safeguarding and PSHEA Specialist for the Mano River Cluster, you will drive Plan International’s safeguarding and PSHEA work, setting overall direction, ensuring accountability for meeting demanding targets and maintaining alignment with the safeguarding and PSHEA standards:

  • You will provide technical and professional advice and support to Child and Youth Safeguarding Focal Points within Plan International Nigeria, empowering them to take full ownership of their role and strengthen the implementation of the policy and procedures within their departments and Programs.
  • You will design, develop and conduct specific projects and activities in relation to ensuring a robust child and youth safeguarding framework across Plan International Nigeria
  • You will lead and promote a culture commitment to attain the Plan International Standards on keeping children and young people safe, ensuring it remains alive, current and reflects emerging risks in the sector.
  • You will initiate, support and contribute to the design, development and/or delivering of training on keeping children and Young People safe and protected for various modalities (self-directed, online, face to face) and for various audiences (staff, managers, partners, children) to ensure high levels of understanding and awareness on the organization’s commitment to and framework for keeping children and young people safe, including reporting and responding to concerns.
  • You will support resource mobilization efforts of proposal writing and participate in the follow-up and evaluation of grant-funded projects.
  • You will contribute to the the identification of Child and Youth Safeguarding opportunities and risks through knowledge of the organisation’s internal environment including its operations, capability of people and resources, the needs and expectations of key stake holders, its activities and interventions and the external developments in the sector and decides what CYSP processes, procedures or controls are needed and should be developed to ensure opportunities are exploited and risks mitigated.
  • You will give high quality technical advice often under pressure and in response to policy and procedure implementation, issues and breaches including when the impact of the advice may challenge the behaviour or management style of senior managers and may challenge the risk appetite or response of the organisation.

For a detailed job description, please click on the below link: Safeguarding and PSHEA Specialist, Mano River Cluster

How to apply?

This is a local contract position open to all applicants with no restriction to the nationality.  Females’ candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

To apply, click on the link and send by 9th March 2021 your application with:

  • A comprehensive cover letter
  • A comprehensive and clear CV that includes the contact of two of your references, one of whom should be your current employer.

Location: Based in any country of the mano river cluster (Senegal, Guinea or Guinea Bissau)

Type of Role: 1-year fix term contract, renewable based on performance

Reports to:  Senegal and Mano River Director

Grade: E – Competitive local contract and salary scale

Closing Date: 9th March 2021

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy.

As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children’s rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk. 

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for. Our organisation is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on any grounds. We foster an organisational culture that embraces and exemplifies our commitment to gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion while supporting staff to adopt good practice, positive attitudes and principles of gender equality and inclusio

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