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Safeguarding Lead Americas
Country / Territory
Flexible Location
Flexible Location
Business Support Services
Job Category
Risk Management
Pay Band
Locally appointed Grade F
Vacancy Description
Pay Band F / Location: Mexico City, Buenos Aires or Bogota / Duration: Indefinite.
As our next Safeguarding Lead Americas, you will be responsible for supporting and contributing in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the British Council Safeguarding Programme in the Americas in accordance with the British Council Safeguarding Policy and in line with national legislations. We recognise that the care and welfare of children and vulnerable adults is paramount and that both have the right to protection from all forms of abuse, therefore this role plays an important part in the British Council operations. 

Further, as 10% of the role, to act as an effective lead for EDI (Equality, diversity and inclusion) for the Americas Region, lead the development of and oversee implementation of the regional EDI plan, ensuring active engagement by Regional Leadership Team members.

You should have:
  • Professional graduate or post graduate qualification in a safeguarding/ protection related field such as Social Work,Education, Law, Health or International Development. 
  • 3-5 year’ s experience in the safeguarding/protection sector including international experience.     
  • Sufficient safeguarding/ protection casework experience. 
  • Experience writing reports, making presentations to all types of audiences,chairing meetings, in raining content development and delivery, in professional analysis and judgement of cases.     
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish at CEF level of C1. 
As we all know, performing successfully in a post requires more than a suitable academic and working background; therefore, we are looking for you to demonstrate the behaviours that are key to our organisation, such as: Making it happen, Working together, Being accountable, Shaping the future, Connecting with others, Creating shared purpose.

The British Council is committed to keeping children and vulnerable adults safe. We engage annually with millions of children and vulnerable adults worldwide in a wide range of activities, both digital and offline, including learning English, taking Exams and participating in a broad span of Programmes and Projects and the Arts. These activities are organised by our staff and implementing partners and delivered on or off British Council premises, involving frequent and intermittent contact including overnight stays.  
Protecting children and vulnerable adults that encounter the British Council, whether directly or through our partners, therefore, is a top priority reflected in a zero-tolerance risk appetite for child protection and activities that put vulnerable adults in jeopardy.
As Americas region suffers from complex protection issues connected to political instability, difficult socio-economic contexts together with the highest rates of violence worldwide outside of active war zones, as declared by UN, the need for a safeguarding officer has been confirmed. This role will support in ensuring that a robust safeguarding framework is in place and promoted across all areas of the Americas operations.

The role will also work very closely with the British Council Global Safeguarding network, including regional safeguarding manager and the safeguarding focal points,Safeguarding centre of excellence as well as the cluster and regional management teams. The safeguarding team provides specialist advice across the organisation to prevent and respond to incidents of child/adult abuse, helping to ensure safe practice in our work with children and vulnerable adults. 

Role Profile Safeguarding Lead Americas 
British Council Behaviours
British Council Core skills

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If you are interested, please make sure to apply before the closing date: March 27, 2020 at 23:59 UK time.

After reviewing applications, you can be shortlisted for an interview or not, in either case we will notify you.  After the 1st interview, there could be a second interview stage or assessment. Once that is done, the panel makes a decision, we run a reference check process and then an offer is extended. In every stage we provide feedback via e-mail. Thanks so much for your patience!    

The British Council is committed to a policy of equality and to valuing diversity and is keen to reflect the diversity of the societies in which we work at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.  
The British Council has Disability Confident Employer Status. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific requirements or adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process. 
The British Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expects all of its partners to share this commitment. In line with the British Council’s safeguarding policies, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks. 

The British Council does not require any kind of payment for our recruitment processes.  All of our vacancies are posted in our jobs portal https://jobs.britishcouncil.org/ and in LinkedIn by direct members of staff.