Director, Safeguarding and Security

Women for Women International

About the organization


Women for Women International works in some of the most dangerous places to be a woman. We serve women survivors of war in conflict and post-conflict areas around the world in 8 countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Eastern Congo, and Northern Nigeria. Our core belief is that stronger women build stronger nations; and with access to knowledge, resources, and a support network, a woman rebuilds her life and improves her community.

Our model works and we have the data to prove it. In our 26-year history, Women for Women International has reached over half a million women. The women we work with across 3 continents earn just $0.81 a day when we enroll them. At graduation, it’s $2.11, nearly tripled.

Our impact goes beyond income. The number of women who say at least one household member went to sleep hungry in the last four weeks has gone from 18% to 5%.



The Director, Safeguarding and Security is responsible for leading on the organizational initiatives to protect staff and participants from any harm and abuse and protect WfWI assets and operations from any damage.

He/she will be responsible for developing and maintaining organizational policies and procedures for safeguarding and security management. S/he provides advice to WfWI leadership and technical support to Country Offices Senior Management Teams in the implementation of safeguarding and security management frameworks and facilitates the training and capacity building of staff.


The preferred location for this position is Nairobi or London. Other locations in WfWI African and European offices may be considered.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Leads and manages global safeguarding initiatives and framework to prevent harm, exploitation and abuse including:

Prevention through the development and maintenance of appropriate policies/procedures, trainings and awareness initiatives,

Coordination of prevention programs and initiatives at all levels with program operations staff, HR, and external parties,

Managing reporting and responses mechanisms while ensuring privacy of all parties.

Overseeing the activities of the Safeguarding focal persons.

Coordinates proposals for safeguarding grants.

Maintains safeguarding, safety and security report tracker.


Skills and Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience.

Minimum of ten (10) years practical experience in security and safeguarding management with at least five (5) years in a leadership role (preferably in INGO security management).

Work and living experience in insecure and/or hostile environments a plus.

Ability to work within a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic team and understand the challenges of operating in insecure environments.

Experience of threat and risk assessment, incident reporting, incident mapping, information collation and analysis.

Ability to adapt to needs and balance demands of program participants and security actors while maintaining appropriate contextual NGO security advice and coordination.

Sound knowledge of humanitarian principles of impartiality and neutrality as outlined in the
Humanitarian Charter and the International Red Cross Code of Conduct.

Technical Competency in investigating and leading investigations.

Ability to train and coach staff in safeguarding, safety and security measures.

Application instructions

Organizational Values:

Adhere to WfWI Values, Code of Conduct, Safeguarding, Diversity Equity and Inclusion principles and related policies.

Application Instructions:

This position will be based in a country where WfWI operates and local nationals are encouraged to apply. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so please apply at your earliest convenience through our career page here:

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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