Project Lead – Global PSHEA Implementation (f/m)


Location: Vienna or Innsbruck/Austria or in a location in one of our Regional Offices  


SOS Children’s Villages International is the umbrella organisation for the global federation of SOS Children’s Villages. As a non-governmental social development organisation we help children without parental care and families in difficult living conditions through services in care, education, health and emergency relief, and we advocate for children’s rights. We work in 136 countries and territories, reaching over one million children, young people, families and caregivers each year. 



The PSHEA Regulation on prevention and protection against sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse is based on our Code of Conduct, Child Protection Policy, Gender Equality Policy, and other parts of our integrity approach. It defines our focus on prevention to create and maintain a safe environment for all involved in the work of the federation. The regulation outlines our response mechanism to cases of suspected sexual misconduct towards any person, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, disability, religion or ethnic origin. 

The Project Lead is responsible for further defining the project charter and leading the project team in developing and guiding the global PSHEA Regulation implementation as approved by the International Senate in November 2020. During a pilot phase with selected regions and Member Associations, the project lead will collect learnings and experiences in order to develop a federation-wide PSHEA Regulation Implementation Guide, related tools and trainings as necessary.  

The goal is to build strong PSHEA structures with allocated roles, responsibilities and resources as well as reliable reporting and responding processes, aligned to the local context and resources. 


Tasks and Responsibilities 

Lead the development & implementation of the project

  • Set-up the PSHEA Project Charter 
  • Develop the orientation and training programs for program participants, partners, volunteers and staff in pilot member associations on PSHEA, in close cooperation with the Global Gender Expert and the Human Resources and Organisational Development (HROD) Functional Network 
  • Take a key expert advisory role in integrating the handling of SHEA incidents into the existing reporting and responding mechanisms, in close cooperation with the Regional Offices (IORs), the Child-Safeguarding and Integrity Compliance & Legal functional experts 
  • Ensure the overall project monitoring & reporting and provide reliable information to facilitate decision-making by the Management Team 

Networking & Learning

  • Strongly align with the gender network as well as the child safeguarding network in IORs 
  • Harvest learnings and experiences from Members Associations (Mas) who have already implemented a PSHEA approach 
  • Collect PSHEA Regulation implementation learnings from pilot MAs to support PSHEA Regulation implementation in the federation 
  • Set up a and maintain a PSHEA workspace to share ongoing progress, tools, guidelines, training concepts 

Collaborate as necessary with the functional experts and contribute to the development of implementation guides related to PSHEA aspects on

  • Safer recruitment and employee life cycle  
  • Safer programming and risk mitigation 
  • Strengthening organisational culture and developing a common 'moral compass.' 
  • Promoting Equality 


  • University degree or equivalent in NGO Management, MSc Human Resources or International law, or Social Science or other degree combined with substantive relevant experience 
  • A minimum of 10 years of progressive local and global relevant experience including designing and/or implementing safeguarding or gender-based violence programs and related initiatives such as training, awareness building, tools and process development, monitoring and evaluation; experience in leading and driving project and/or management of strategic initiatives in related subject areas across a global organisation preferably in an international NGO setting and with multiple stakeholders requirements 
  • Experience in designing culturally sensitive training concepts and related materials, and communications with a view of capacity building for a range of audiences 
  • Sound understanding and experience in creating, developing and implementing high quality policies, procedures and guidelines in a complex, diverse organisation 
  • Experience in a comprehensive safeguarding 360 knowhow application (e.g. prevention, policies, case management, education, creating a culture, reporting, inclusive of after care and support) (preferred) 
  • Experience of conducting investigations and managing the process of resolving complex safeguarding issues (preferred) 
  • Strong and up-to-date understanding of safeguarding donor requirements (preferred) 
  • Excellent command of English language skills (oral and written). Fluency in French or Spanish is an asset 


We offer 
  • A diverse range of interesting tasks in a leading INGO multicultural working environment 
  • As a responsible employer we provide a range of training schemes and encourage educational enhancement  
  • A salary that will be commensurate with experience and qualifications 
  • Opportunity to work from locations within our General Secretariat  


SOS Children’s Villages International welcomes diversity among candidates and particularly strives to ensure gender balance at management level.  


If you are interested in this position, please send your detailed e-mail application in English by 11 April 2021 (extended application deadline) at the latest to, SOS Children’s Villages International,