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Safeguarding Communications & Engagement Lead

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Safeguarding Communications & Engagement Lead inLondon, UK orany existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office worldwide.

Role Purpose:

Context – Save the Children is a leading global Child Rights organisation.Making Save the Children safe for children and adults is a global strategic objective for the entire organisation. This role is based in Save the Children International (“SCI”), which is the international implementing arm of Save the Children. SCI reaches 40+ million children across five regional offices (“RO”) and 56 Country Offices (“CO”) through the collective effort of 17.000 staff, ca. 30.000 volunteers and +1.000 partners.

Our mission is to serve the most marginalised communities in the world. The safeguarding team exists to ensure that the organisation has effective prevention and response systems to ensure that no child or adult is harmed by action or in-action by the organisation or its representatives. Safe Programming depends on a robust, dynamic and accountable safeguarding culture, and to build this culture we need to build engagement with Safeguarding issues and drive behaviour change among our staff, volunteers and partners to strengthen protections for children and communities.

This recently created role will be instrumental in creating a step-change in how we manage our internal and external communication, awareness raising and engagement on safeguarding. An exciting opportunity to have global impact where it truly matters.

The objectives of this Role – The Communications & EngagementLeadwill use her/his communication and/or behaviour change expertise to develop and execute a communication and engagement strategy for safeguarding globally. This includes identifying the various audiences (both internal and external – from children and their families and communities to staff, volunteers, partners and our donors), messages, touch points and channels. This includes developing awareness materials in plain language, inclusive and accessible formats that can be adapted to different contexts and audiences. The goal is to transition from a static awareness raising approach based primarily on one-off training/induction and decentralised awareness materials to an integrated, targeted and dynamic communication approach that drives behaviour change and lays the foundation of a safeguarding culture. The role will have close interaction with the centre and regional safeguarding specialists, and in particular the safeguarding behavioural change specialist, and Save the Children members worldwide and will be the business partner of SCI departments that have a strong communication component.

The role can be based anywhere in the world as long as it is in a country where Save the Children operates, and can be home based.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.



  • Commitment to SCI values and child rights
  • Knowledge and competencies in applying social behaviour communication and change techniques and methodology.
  • Experience in external and internal, commercial or corporate communications
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and track record in developing comms and capacity building materials
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in order to deal tactfully and sensitively with a wide range of people in a large organisation, very often at a distance, with plain, inclusive and non-discriminatory language.
  • Strong interpersonal, negotiation and diplomacy skills and ability to bring people from different cultures onboard
  • Excellent facilitation skills
  • Ability to organise own work efficiently, prioritise, and deliver multiple tasks to tight deadlines
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Fluency in English
  • Excellent networking / relationship building and influencing capabilities
  • Basic Excel skills to capture, organise and consolidate data
  • Ability to quickly learn and adapt


  • Marketing experience
  • Social media / online comms. experience
  • Deep understanding and commitment to child rights, human rights, SGBV , inclusion issues and practice in development sector
  • Good understanding of safeguarding
  • Knowledge of Save the Children’s key sectors
  • Knowledge of international humanitarian systems, institutions and donors.
  • Experience in analysing and presenting data
  • Spanish, French or Arabic language capabilities
  • Working knowledge of MS Office; Photo and video editing software /communication / visualisation software such as PowerBI, Tableau etc.

We can offer circa £44,700 per annum (If based in UK) with an option of flexible working hours. If the role is based outside of the UK, National T&C (including pay) will apply.

This role can be based in London or any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office location on approval, provided the successful candidate has proof of eligibility to work from the preferred location.

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The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your salary expectations. 

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

Job Description

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Job description

24 Nov 2022

8 Dec 2022 - 03:00 EAT


Child Safeguarding



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