Head of Child Safeguarding and Protection

Centre for Sport and Human Rights
  • Location
    Remote, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jul 14

Position description

Under the direction of the Head of Child Rights, the Head of Child Safeguarding and Protection will manage projects under the CSHR’s Child Rights strategy. The post-holder will specifically take the lead in the management and implementation of strategies, approaches, activities and multi-sectoral partnerships of CSHR related to the child safeguarding and protection as presented in Outcome 2 of the strategy.

Roles and Responsibilities

Lead CSHR’s Child Safeguarding and Protection Work

  • Review (initially and periodically) the strategy and activities for the Child Rights workplan related to safeguarding and protection, providing feedback and recommendations.
  • Support, implement and monitor the implementation of the Centre’s child safeguarding and protection programme.
  • Raise awareness of sports bodies to the actions needed to implement the organisational changes required to embed protection for children within their scope of operations.
  • Prepare periodic reports, including those for sharing with partners, stakeholders and the Centre’s Advisory Council.
  • Monitor expenditure vs. budget, and advise of necessary actions for optimum use of available funds.
  • Support the process for evaluation the impact of CSHR’s work on child safeguarding and protection.

Technical Knowledge and Support

  • Maintain a digital database of information, resources and tools regarding child safeguarding and protection in sport and when gaps are identified, prepare or arrange for preparation of materials.
  • Provide, or arrange for the provision of, technical support on child safeguarding and protection.
  • Organise events and capacity building/ technical workshops for strategic partners.
  • Encourage and facilitate the evaluation of child safeguarding and protection programmes, projects and interventions in sport and the documentation of experiences.
  •  hare knowledge, build capacity, and increase accountability on child safeguarding and protection issues, in line with CSHR’s Child Rights Strategic Framework for Collective Action.

Partnerships and Collective Action

  • Identify and reach out to stakeholders who can contribute to and advance achievement of child safeguarding and protection in sport.
  • Build, maintain knowledge, and map stakeholders’ strategies/plans related to child safeguarding and protection in sport.
  • Establish and maintain relations and regular communications with sport organisations, governments, intergovernmental bodies, international organizations, affected groups, civil society, sponsors, and broadcasters to enhance collaboration and facilitate synergies and collective action related to child safeguarding and protection in sport, including through SDG 16.2 in Sport Initiative.

Communication and Advocacy

  • Identify opportunities for advocacy and lobbying with sport organisations, governments. Inter-governmental organisations, expert groups, civil society, affected groups.
  • Support the development and implementation public awareness campaign.
  • Ensure work on Child Safeguarding and Protection in Sport is communicated through websites and other forms of media, including social media.
  • Represent CSHR at relevant events and platforms.

Resource mobilization

  • Assist in the Identification of funding opportunities and support engagement and relationship building with donors in regard to child safeguarding and protection projects and initiatives.
  • Contribute to the development of concept notes and funding proposals.
  • Assist in preparing donor reports and other documentation that may be required by donors.


  • Contribute towards building CSHR as a leader in the field of child rights and sport.
  • Liaise with and support the mega-sporting events work of CSHR as it relates to child safeguarding and protection.
  • Support child safeguarding and protection components of Sporting Chance Forums.



  • University degree or equivalent in social sciences, sport management, international development, child protection, human/child rights, social work or related field.


  • Advanced university degree in social sciences, sport management, international development, child rights,child protection, social work or related field.



  • Minimum of eight years of progressively responsible, recent and relevant professional experience in programme management and network development at an international level;
  • Knowledge and experience in the fields of child safeguarding and/or protection.


  • 10-15 years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in programme management.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience in the fields of child safeguarding and/or protection, specifically in sport.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of child rights issues in the sport environment.
  • Experience working with sport bodies.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience in the application of UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and UNICEF Children’s Rights and Business Principles.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Strong knowledge of child rights.
  • Communication: excellent writing, speaking and presentation skills, including fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to analyse and synthesise large amounts of information.
  • Sound strategic thinking and planning skills, including the ability to think creatively, to innovate and to set priorities, create and manage work plans and monitor/evaluate progress.


  • Relating and networking skills including diplomacy and tact.
  • Understanding how to drive organizational change.
  • Knowledge of child protection within the context of sport and/or sport bodies.
  •  Proficiency in a second language, ideally Spanish, French or Arabic.

Personal Qualities


  • Demonstrable commitment to vision, values and principles of child rights in sport.
  • Strong drive for results.


  • Persuading and influencing: charismatic, credible, with strong negotiating skills.
  • Personal interest in sports.

Location ● Home based

● Permission to work in the country of location

● Have a suitable place of work which includes a stable internet connection.

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