Global Safeguarding Specialist Core Mission Capacity Building Volunteer

Be part of a dedicated team of safeguarding specialists working to strengthen safe spaces for girls and young women in diverse Member Organisations around the world!

As part of WAGGGSs vision and strategy to create more safe spaces where girls feel brave WAGGGS has developed a package of workshops and activities to support Member Organisations to strengthen their safeguarding policy and practice.  


Safe spaces are an essential foundation for quality girl guiding and scouting and are enabled by strong safeguarding and child protection policies and practices. In 2022 the Girl Experience team piloted a safeguarding capacity-building project designed for Member Oganisations to: 

  • Clarify a clear vision and scope for safeguarding in Member Organisations  
  • Identify steps to develop or strengthen safeguarding policy and/or practice 

Using a non-formal education approach the workshops use the course of a river to map the journey of safeguarding and consider key elements and issues to address in their safeguarding policy and practice. We use scenarios to think through real-world challenges; explore how to talk about safeguarding, define key terms and definitions; and consider how to make safeguarding ‘REAL’ so that it is relevant, engaging, accessible, and led by the Member Organisations needs and risks.  

The Role – Specialist Support  

The Girl Experience team is recruiting a team of voluntary safeguarding specialists to deliver this project and provide bespoke capacity-building support to Member Organisations who wish to strengthen their safeguarding policy and practice.  Key activities include:  

  • Work in a small team to deliver remote capacity-building support  
  • Facilitate a series of safeguarding workshops using non-formal education approaches 
  • Review, update and adapt resources and tools as necessary   
  • Provide additional follow-up support and guidance  

Time Commitment & Availability  

January - February: Recruitment and interviews with Girl Experience Leads Josephine Davies (Staff) and Mel Reoch (Lead Volunteer)  

March – April:  Induction and training provided on the project, workshops, and WAGGGS approach to facilitation and Non-Formal Education (approx. 4 hours commitment)  

May – June: First round of capacity building workshops delivered; applicants must be available to deliver three two-hour workshops over a period of 6-8 weeks (approx. 10hours commitment)  

July – Aug: *Provide ad-hoc support to the MO to deliver on their safeguarding improvement plan (developed at the end of workshop three) * 

September - October – November: *the second wave of capacity-building workshops delivered, as above.  

Who should apply?  

Knowledge & Experience

We are looking for applicants with the following experience 

Essential (you will have…) 

  • An understanding of safeguarding and/or child protection principles and practices and a willingness to learn more 
  • Worked in a support, capacity building, or project management role  
  • Implemented or put in place systems or training for keeping children and young people safe from harm 
  • Supported the development of policies or frameworks for reducing safety or welfare risks  


  • Experience designing and delivering effective safeguarding engagement and learning initiatives 
  • Worked in a cross-cultural, international setting  
  • An understanding of the challenges of implementing safeguarding in diverse contexts  
  • Good vision with an ability to think strategically, see the big picture and understand what is needed – to "think big and small"  

Skills & Values  

You will be…  

  • Able to communicate complex and sensitive topics in an accessible and engaging way  
  • Confident facilitating training online in small teams  
  • Motivated with a desire to learn and a commitment to improving safe and supportive spaces for children and young people in the Girl Guiding and Scouting Movement   
  • Able to commit to tasks and follow through  
  • Able to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner  

Leadership Mindset – in addition to the skills and experience above candidates should take the following approach to their work based on the WAGGGS Leadership Model.  

  • Be able to adapt to different contexts where safeguarding may be applied and understood in different terms to your own 
  • Always consider different perspectives and approaches and ensure you work in a way that is relevant, respectful of differences, and applicable in diverse contexts   
  • Always work to provide the best outcomes so that women and girls worldwide reach their fullest potential  
  • Respect for different contexts and frameworks within which child protection and safeguarding exist 

How to apply?  

If you feel that you have the essential things we are looking for, please send a short letter which explains  

  • Why you’re interested in this role  
  • How your skills and experience match the criteria above  
  • Any other relevant information  

Alternatively, if you would like to discuss the role in more detail, we would be happy to arrange a call from the 3rd of January. 

Please send all inquiries and applications to Josephine Oates (Girl Experience and Safeguarding Lead) and Mel Reoch (Lead Volunteer, Girl Experience) at We look forward to hearing from you.  

If you are NOT part of our WAGGGS Volunteers’ Pool yet but want to apply for this role, just follow the simple steps below before applying:

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