Safeguarding Consultant

Remote | Part-time / Temporary

Malala Fund seeks a consultant with technical expertise in feminist safeguarding and duty of care to assess our in-country safeguarding regulatory frameworks; our current partners’ safe practices to make recommendations for the roll-out of a partners’ capacity building on safeguarding and duty of care system for all Malala Fund funded projects.

About Malala Fund

Malala Fund is working toward a world where every girl receives 12 years of free, safe, quality education. The girls we serve have high goals for themselves – and we have high expectations for leaders who can help them. Malala Fund is building a movement of education activists who, like Malala, speak truth to power around the world.

Our Programming

In January 2017, Malala Fund launched the Education Champions Network to expand the work of developing country advocates and educators and speed up progress towards girls’ secondary education around the world. Barriers keeping girls out of school — like poverty, war and gender discrimination — differ among countries and among communities. Local education “Champions” understand challenges in their communities and are best placed to identify, innovate and advocate for policy and programmatic solutions. But these women and men often lack the funding, support networks and opportunities to collaborate that can increase their impact.

The Malala Fund Education Champions Network seeks to fill this gap by investing in and connecting girls’ education Champions to each other and to the tools, training and partners to spark social and systemic change. This funding includes efforts to improve the local, provincial, and national policy environment for girls’ education, and advocacy to scale up promising girls’ education project models to reach more beneficiaries. The global Champions Network is organised around chapters in each of the target countries or regions, including in, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, and Pakistan. National level Champions Network chapter activities are coordinated by local Malala Fund staff.

Some of the Champion’s initiatives bring them in close contact with vulnerable populations, especially girls in the age group of 15-18 years. Some Malala Fund supported initiatives involve enrollment and retention in schools, building leadership and engaging with girls and other community members around social norms affecting education.

Over the next five years, Malala Fund will also help develop the next generation of young advocates who can shape local, national and global action for education and equality. We have just launched a new programme of grantmaking, training and movement-building focused on girls and young women. At the local level, we will offer a fellowship track to a small number of girls, ages 15-21, in each of Malala Fund’s programme countries or regions. Fellowships will be open to girls who show promise as education advocates and provide one to two years of intensive training.

Our commitment to duty of care

Malala Fund is committed to ensuring the safety of those involved in our work. We commit to being an organisation that welcomes, celebrates and supports individuals in all their diversity. We recognise that we are at our most powerful when our internal and external work is informed by the different backgrounds, identities and lived experiences that make up our world; when staff are respected, heard and valued; and when our programmes and advocacy promotes justice and equity for girls in all their diversity.

Our duty of care is our responsibility for health, safety, wellbeing and rights of our staff, partners, advocates and activists, and to ensure children, young people and at-risk adults in all their diversity are not subjected to any forms of harm, abuse or exploitation as a result of their association with us through placing appropriate safeguarding measures.

Malala Fund has a zero-tolerance approach to abuse and exploitation by any of our staff, representatives or partners. We commit to ensuring that those who work with Malala Fund or on our behalf are able to work in an environment that is free from harm.

Scope of work

Malala Fund seeks a consultant with technical expertise in feminist safeguarding and duty of care to assess and evaluate our current partners’ safe practices to make recommendations for capacity building support. We believe our partners should have their own relevant and locally contextualised processes and procedures for safeguarding, which we will seek to learn about and support.

Under a contractual relationship with Malala Fund, the consultant’s duties will include:

  • Review contexts of where our partners operate:

    • Assessing national regulatory framework and legal environment for child protection and safeguarding in all of the countries that Malala Fund is operating.
    • Exploring how the extent to which these are implemented, identifying gaps & potential areas of risk within the legal/regulatory framework
  • Review safe practices currently in use by our partners and the extent to which these are documented and embedded:

    • Conducting conversations with all of our current partners to understand where they are at in their safeguarding journey.
    • Assessing the strengths and positive practices of partners’ current safeguarding policies and procedures against Malala Fund’s safeguarding standard which can act as a foundation on which to build improvements. This will include reviewing the current levels of understanding of our Champions and grantees about safeguarding measures and local procedures of reporting.
    • Assessing the risks that emerge from the gaps in current practices and where inadequate or undefined procedures exist.
  • Developing a capacity building plan:

    • Working closely with Malala Fund’s Programmes and Advocacy Team to develop a safeguarding capacity development plan and processes with comprehensive procedures and tools that address the unique needs of Malala Fund’s
    • Embedding national standards in the capacity development plan
    • Working with Malala Fund staff to roll-out the safeguarding approach to grantees and how to accompany and support our partners on their safeguarding journey

Contract Terms

The contract term will be from November 2020 — March 2021 and will include all of the above deliverables due on a schedule that is mutually agreed upon by Malala Fund and the consultant.

The consultant will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement with Malala Fund. All materials produced by the consultant for this contract will be the property of Malala Fund and branded as such. The consultant may not distribute any information or materials related to this contract or event without written permission from Malala Fund.

Desired Attributes

  1. Demonstrable track record of working on safeguarding — ideally this will include experience within the gender justice sector and across both domestic and international contexts, particularly in the countries that Malala Fund operates
  2. Solid knowledge and understanding of safeguarding legislation, standards of best practice and current thinking/trends in regard to working effectively with children, young people and at-risk adults
  3. Experience in facilitating training of personnel/staff of diverse backgrounds
  4. Deep understanding of and demonstrated commitment to feminist principles

Budget

The proposed budget and payment terms should include all of the consultants’ time and expenses to complete the deliverables in the timeframe provided. The consultant must be able to accept wire transfers from a U.S. bank.

Application Process

Consultants wishing to be considered for this review should submit a resume and a cover letter / expression of interest in response to this TOR. Submissions should be sent to programmes@malalafund.org with “Safeguarding Consultant” listed in the title.

In the cover letter, please include:

  • motivation for submitting the proposal
  • experience developing similar safeguarding procedures
  • understanding of women and girls’ empowerment sector
  • estimate budget

Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.