Senior Officer, Safeguarding

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Together with its member National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the IFRC is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Movement). The core values of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntarism, unity, and universality serve as the foundation for the IFRC’s activities.

IFRC is led by its Secretary General and has its Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Headquarters is organized into three main Divisions:

  • National Society Development and Operations Coordination;
  • Global Relations, Humanitarian Diplomacy, and Digitalization; and
  • Management Policy, Strategy, and Corporate Services.

The IFRC maintains five regional offices, one each in the Americas, the Middle East and North Africa, Asia Pacific, Africa, and Africa. Additionally, the IFRC has national delegations and country cluster delegations all across the world. The IFRC Secretariat is made up of the Geneva Headquarters and the field structure (regional, cluster, and country).

Since 1990, the International Fund for Refugee Cooperation (IFRC) has maintained a constant presence in Afghanistan to assist the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) with organizational growth, outreach, auxiliary roles, humanitarian diplomacy, partnership building, humanitarian response operations, and longer-term programming. In order for the IFRC network to reach its full potential as a trustworthy, accountable, and engaged global humanitarian actor and to carry out an agreed-upon agenda, it is imperative that it coordinate and support the activities of its member National Societies. In accordance with an existing Movement Cooperation Agreement, the IFRC Secretariat collaborates with the ICRC on movement coordination and cooperation.

The IFRC is assisting ARCS in expanding its humanitarian response while also supporting longer-term programs in Afghanistan due to the enormous humanitarian needs there. The IFRC will provide funding for ARCS programming in 2023 under the following three headings: Pillar 1 will focus on addressing urgent humanitarian needs; Pillar 2 will assist recovery and serve as a bridge to development; and Pillar 3 will improve local response capacity.


  • Vacancy No.S02883
  • Contract TypeNational
  • Application Deadline22-May-2023
  • Duty StationKabul, Afghanistan
  • Duration13

The Safeguarding Officer will primarily concentrate on the prevention of and response to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and misconduct related to child safeguarding. The Safeguarding Officer will report to the Manager for Compliance, Risk Management & Safeguarding and operate under the technical guidance of the Head of Safeguarding. In order to support and expand the availability of SEA-inclusive complaint mechanisms and efficient referral pathways for victims/survivors, the role will prioritize community engagement and support. To that end, it will require close collaboration with Community Engagement and Accountability (CEA) colleagues, as well as communication with other units such as Protection, Gender, and Inclusion (PGI) and Office of Internal Audit and Investigations (OIAI), in order to create and deliver safeguarding communications. also comprises development

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • In particular, vulnerable cohorts, such as children and widows, should be informed about PSEAH and child safety. Evaluate and validate the present availability, reach, inclusiveness, and efficacy of communications with impacted groups serviced by IFRC-supported operations and programs.
  • Map and confirm availability and accessibility of SEA-inclusive complaint mechanisms in sites of IFRC-supported operations and programs.
  • In locations of IFRC-supported operations and programs, identify and confirm the availability and accessibility of standard victim/survivor support and referral pathways, including medical/psychosocial/places of safety, legal, and livelihood, and map out and confirm whether these are shared by IASC and the Protection Cluster (GBV/Child Protection Area of Responsibility) or stand-alone.
  • Develop a safeguarding strategy and work plan to address identified gaps as well as build upon opportunities identified in the mapping exercise and available PSEA Network initiatives, capacities, and lessons learned.
  • Create a capacity-building and initial training plan for the IFRC network’s staff in Afghanistan with a focus on initiatives affecting affected populations to support better understanding and socialization of the role and responsibilities of the Red Cross Red Crescent as well as in protecting recipient communities from SEA and child safeguarding breaches.
  • To assist the establishment of trust and successful adoption of feedback and complaint mechanisms connected to SEA in IFRC-supported operations and programs, promote and publicize the significance of community participation and inclusion in the creation of these systems.



  • University degree or equivalent qualifying experience relevant to safeguarding
  • Certified training in safeguarding, protection, or gender


  • Post-graduate qualification in an area suitable for safeguarding



  • At least 5 years prior experience within Afghanistan in an area relevant to safeguarding, including gender, accountability to affected populations, community organization/facilitation, social work, international humanitarian aid, and/or development
  • Experience in PSEA, protection, gender, and/or inclusion as part of the design and/or delivery of humanitarian programs
  • Working with adults and children in vulnerable situations
  • Working with partner organizations


  • A good understanding of both development and humanitarian issues
  • Experience producing reports and other documentation for a range of audiences
  • Experience coordinating complex projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Experience in developing and implementing learning processes
  • Willingness to work outside of office hours, during emergencies, and when necessary
  • Ensures inclusive practice and promotes diversity

Knowledge, Skills, and Languages

  • Up-to-date knowledge of good practices in safeguarding/PSEA, protection, accountability to affected populations and/or gender issues
  • Building and maintaining partnerships and relationships
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders to influence practice
  • Skills in active listening, empathy, communication, and influencing 
  • Training and coaching skills 
  • Attention to detail
  • Self-supporting in computers and internet-based tools
  • Knowledge of the Red Cross and Red Crescent International Movement


  • Fluently spoken and written English
  • Knowledge of Dari and Pashto 

How to Apply

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