Senior Technical Specialist: Safeguarding

Social Development Direct

United kingdom, United Kingdom

The Senior Technical Specialist (Safeguarding) role sits within the Technical Team at SDDirect, a cutting edge and growing international social development organisation. It is a senior-level technical leadership role in a leading international consultancy and research organisation in the field of social development. The role will be a permanent position.

This position will play a key role in a senior staff consultant position with the SDDirect Technical Team delivering technical work across our safeguarding portfolio and beyond. This will include desk-based and in-country work, such as supporting programme design and providing technical assistance.

This is an exciting opportunity to recruit a Safeguarding Senior Technical Specialist (STS) to support work across the portfolio. We are seeking candidates who will thrive in a smaller, specialist consultancy organisation in the international development sector. Please read on to learn more about the role and kind of applicants we are looking for.

Summary of role

  • Reports to: Head of Portfolio (Safeguarding)
  • Location: This is envisaged as a UK-based role. Preference will be given to candidates with eligibility to work in the UK.
  • Our London Head Office works on a hybrid basis – we are open to flexible working.
  • Non-UK based candidates may also apply and will be considered. 
  • Travel: Flexibility to travel on assignments internationally. 
  • Appointment term: Full-time or part-time
  • Remuneration Package: £50,000 - £55,000 per annum

Person Specification


  • A university degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. international development, politics, political economy, human rights, public administration, public policy, sociology, gender studies, etc.) or equivalent
  • Relevant experience (at least 7 years) with some international/overseas experience) related to safeguarding in developing countries, working with multilateral, bilateral or non-governmental development organisations
  • Strong understanding of safeguarding, gender equality and social inclusion issues
  • Experience in implementing international development contracts on behalf of a multilateral or bilateral organisations
  • Experience in providing capacity development support to a range of audiences on safeguarding
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentational skills and an ability to communicate complex ideas to a range of audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong organisational skills, attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated analytical skills
  • A clear commitment to human rights, gender equality and social justice
  • A self-starter and strong team player
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Ability to travel internationally and to work legally in the UK

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