Salary: £48,418 – £56,130 per annum

Location: Birmingham (Hybrid)

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: Full Time

The Vacancy

Islamic Relief Worldwide is an independent humanitarian and development organisation, serving humanity for over 40 years. With an active presence in over 30 countries across the globe, we strive to make the world a better and fairer place for those affected by poverty, conflict and natural disasters.

IRW’s Office of General Counsel Division is recruiting for the position of ‘Safeguarding Manager’ to join its dynamic team based out of its offices in either Birmingham or London. The organisation operates to a hybrid working model.

The Safeguarding Manager will help develop, shape, oversee and implement IRW’s global safeguarding framework and strategy aimed at promoting and embedding a working culture and environment rooted in safeguarding values and principles. Their responsibilities will include aligning policies with global standards and integrating safeguarding throughout all organisational divisions. The team is instrumental in upholding high ethical standards and prioritising the safety and well-being of all stakeholders associated with IRW’s mission.

The post-holder will strategically oversee and implement safeguarding case management and investigations within IRW, collaborating with Country Offices and, as necessary, with the broader IRW global network. The role will also entail providing capacity-building support to country programmes and strengthening survivor support mechanisms. Drawing insights from past cases, they will address safeguarding systems gaps and communicate crucial information to Thematic Leads and Programme Development teams.

The successful candidate must have or be:

  • Proven track record in national or international roles focused on Safeguarding or Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA).
  • Experience operating in humanitarian settings or similar international sectors, involving collaboration with diverse stakeholders, authorities, and international partners.
  • In-depth knowledge of sector trends pertaining to safeguarding, PSEA, and nuanced approaches to sensitive programming.
  • Experience of designing and delivering training sessions for diverse stakeholders, staff, and local teams.
  • Educational background up to degree level, complemented by a recognised qualification in safeguarding, preferably with hands-on experience in conducting investigations.
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity, recognising the impact of cultural differences on safeguarding practices.
  • Proven expertise in leading and reporting on complex safeguarding cases and matters across diverse global contexts.
  • Successful track record of managing teams both in physical and remote settings.
  • Strong analytical abilities to identify risk, assess situations and develop appropriate safeguarding strategies and interventions.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proactive in supporting the development of the safeguarding team and fostering relationships within IRW and with external stakeholders and partners.
  • Ability to maintain professional standards and oversee sensitive safeguarding matters with a composed approach.
  • Proficient in processing, analysing, and reporting on complex qualitative and quantitative safeguarding data.
  • Ability to make sound decisions quickly, particularly in crisis or high stress situations.
  • High level of discretion and integrity in handling sensitive and confidential information related to safeguarding cases.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality while ensuring appropriate reporting and escalation of concerns.
  • Skilled in preparing materials and reports in clear and accessible English.
  • Competent in agile working, utilising case management tools, software, and other technologies.

For more information, please click on the Documents tab above to view the full Job Description.

If you are talented, reliable, service-minded, resilient and a highly motivated professional looking for a meaningful career, with a strong commitment to IRW’s mission and values of sincerity, excellence, compassion, social justice and custodianship, please apply by completing our online application form.

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PLEASE NOTE: Interviews are expected to take place on 18/06/2024.

Pre-employment Checks:

Any employment with Islamic Relief will be subject to the following checks:

  • screening clearance
  • proof of eligibility to live and work within the UK
  • criminal records check
  • receipt of satisfactory references

Please note, for UK-based roles, we are only able to accept applications from candidates who are eligible to work in the UK. We are unable to progress applications which would require sponsorship.

Our values and commitment to safeguarding

IRW is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom IRW engages. IRW expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organization.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records checks. IRW also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.

In line with this 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 his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

Islamic Relief is an equal opportunities employer

How to apply

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