Safeguarding Officer

London, UK | Abuja, Nigeria | Islamabad, Pakistan | Full-time; Permanent

I. Position Summary

Malala Fund’s mission focuses on access to quality education for all girls, including the most marginalised. The intersectional nature of vulnerability for these girls means that we are intentional in the design of our programmes in order to ensure inclusion, positive outcomes and safeguarding of girls and vulnerable adults during programme implementation. We seek a dynamic individual who has a passion for changing the lives of marginalised girls, who will support co-creating with girls gender transformative futures, and who will work to ensure Malala Fund’s duty of care for girls’ safety, security, privacy and well-being.

The Safeguarding Officer will work under the Gender & Inclusion workstream in the Strategy and Learning Unit and support the contextualisation and implementation of the Duty of Care framework at national level in each of Malala Fund’s programme countries, as well as the implementation of Malala Fund safeguarding policy and procedures across programmes. The Officer will work with the Gender and Inclusion Manager to incorporate a feminist and decolonial approach to safeguarding.

Salary range: £49,000 to £52,000 | $70,000 to $74,200 USD

II. Responsibilities

Contextualised Implementation

  • Ensure the Duty of Care framework is contextualised to the national level and support adjustments and tailoring of the framework as needed.
  • Source national and regional support for safeguarding and ensure the appointment, readiness and coordination of country safeguarding focal points.
  • Work with country teams (and grantees as relevant) to undertake country-level mapping of relevant legislation and referral pathways relating to safeguarding.
  • Assess internal safeguarding prevention, report and response measures and readiness; coordinate periodic audits of safeguarding practice across key programme activities.
Capacity Building Support
  • Work with HR team to ensure staff are aware of their responsibilities around safeguarding through the design and delivery of safeguarding inductions and periodic safeguarding trainings.
  • Work with the Applied Learning team to roll-out and implement safeguarding training processes to grantees; provide individualised support to high-risk partners.
  • Deliver report handling and case management training for Decision Makers, including how to manage safeguarding issues and areas of ambiguity.
Risk Management
  • Support the Grants team to conduct safeguarding related due diligence on grant candidates during the pre-grant phase of grantmaking.
  • Monitor current and new Malala Fund programme initiatives to proactively identify risks to the safeguarding practices; work with staff to craft appropriate solutions and mitigation.
  • Support departments to complete the Departmental Risk Assessment Toolkit and identify mitigation actions/control measures.
  • Maintain an updated organisational safeguarding implementation plan based on departmental data that can be monitored by senior management.
Report and response
  • Promote and ensure that safe, confidential and appropriate channels are in place for Malala Fund staff to raise safeguarding and related concerns.
  • Work with Programmes staff to support grantees to enable and handle reports from the communities they work with.
  • Undertake a mapping exercise of resources that would be required to follow up on serious or complex safeguarding reports and maintain a list of contacts.
  • Work with the Safeguarding Lead to support the Case Manager for the reporting of safeguarding incidents both within the organisations and in relation to our programmes
  • Provide advisory support to decision makers on individual cases as required.

Organisational Culture

  • Upholds the values of Malala Fund.
  • Actively contributes to making Malala Fund a diverse and equitable workplace through inclusive practice and openness to different perspectives, cultures and ideas.
  • Maintains behaviour and conduct that uphold the highest standards for safeguarding, professionally and personally.
  • Acts as a role model for a ‘learning organisation’ culture by seeking insight and using problems as opportunities to learn.

III. Knowledge, Experience and Behaviours


  • Demonstrable experience working in a safeguarding capacity in a NGO, or practitioner experience of working in child protection or prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse and supporting survivors of sexual violence.
  • Extensive knowledge in international safeguarding standards (e.g. regulatory framework) and skills in translating them into regional and national contexts.
  • Capacity building skills, particularly experience in conducting training and learning sessions for partner organisations on improving their safe practices and safeguarding. Preference given to those that have experience in doing this remotely and through innovative ways.
  • Demonstrated empathy, communication, listening and interpersonal skills when working with children, young people, and adults who assume multiple identities
  • Ability to deal with confidential and sensitive information and experience of applying survivor centred approaches.
  • Strong intersectional feminism knowledge and skills
  • Ability to demonstrate genuine passion for safeguarding and commitment to ensuring the highest standards of practice
  • Strong commitment to Malala Fund’s mission, purpose and values.
  • Strong commitment to gender equality, anti-racism, anti-discrimination, decolonisation and social justice.
  • Strong commitment to professional development and continued learning.
  • Excellent team player with ability to work independently and in collaboration with colleagues at all levels across departments and external stakeholders.


  • Experience of conducting or supporting investigations.
  • Excellent team player with ability to work independently and in collaboration with colleagues at all levels across departments and external stakeholders.
  • Fluent in other languages than English, preferably the languages that are spoken in countries where Malala Fund is operating
  • Highly organised and able to work to deadlines.

Malala Fund is committed to racial equity and social justice. We actively seek applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities, to provide a wide range of perspectives, ideas, views and insights into the strategy, policies, culture and ambitions of Malala Fund. We would particularly welcome applications from candidates who have lived in countries in which Malala Fund is operating.

Note: This position is eligible for immigration sponsorship in the U.K.

IV. About Malala Fund

Registered as a public charity in the U.K. and U.S., Malala Fund is working toward a world where all girls can learn and lead. With more than 130 million girls out of school today, we're breaking down barriers that hold girls back.

Malala Fund advocates for resources and policy changes needed to give all girls a secondary education. The girls we serve have high goals for themselves and we have high expectations for leaders who can help them. We invest in local education leaders and front-line organisations — the people who best understand girls in their communities — in regions where most girls are missing out on secondary school. We give girls the tools they need to advocate for education and equality in their communities and a platform for the world to hear their voices. We believe girls should speak for themselves and tell leaders what they need to learn and achieve their potential.

V. How to Apply

Please submit your cv/resume and cover letter through the application link by 17 May 2022.

Please note that due to the very high number of applications we receive when positions are posted, we are only able to respond directly to candidates with whom we wish to move forward in the interview process.

Malala Fund is an inclusive organisation and welcomes applications from under-represented and intersectional groups including BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities. We are seeking people from different backgrounds, cultures, age, experience and identities, to provide a wide range of experience, ideas, views and insights into the strategy, policies, culture and ambitions of Malala Fund.

Malala Fund is committed to ensuring the safety of those involved in our work. Our first priority is protecting everyone who comes in direct or indirect contact with our organisation. 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. To this end, Malala Fund reserves the right to conduct background checks on prospective and current employees.