Consultant - Safeguarding

Consultancies London, London Edinburgh, United Kingdom


Project Location(s):  Europe, with on-site dates in the London, Edinburgh and The Hague office locations expected.


Recent events have highlighted the need for increased support for Mercy Corps commitment to safeguarding, particularly from the perspective of our European obligations and responsibilities.  The Board of Directors have taken action to dedicate additional resources to this commitment with the intent of creating more robust oversight, stronger policies and procedures and incorporating emerging safeguarding trends and best practices.

Purpose / Project Description:

The purpose of this project is to conduct a comprehensive review of Mercy Corps’ commitment to safeguarding from the perspective of our European commitments and responsibilities.  This engagement will bring clarity to the extent we are meeting those commitments, identify gaps in existing policies and procedures and inform the future direction of Mercy Corps’ safeguarding commitment.

Consultant Activities:

The Consultant will:

  • Review Safeguarding emerging and best practices, with a particular emphasis on applicability to international humanitarian and development work.
  • Review Safeguarding obligations for major European donors.
  • Consult with team members and partners to understand current internal Safeguarding processes, both in terms of how they function operationally but also how they are experienced.
  • Review existing Safeguarding policies and procedures.

Consultant Deliverables:

The Consultant will:

  • Draft a report summarizing Mercy Corps’ Safeguarding posture, with a particular focus on our European responsibilities, including:
    • Emerging trends and best practices;
    • Gaps in Mercy Corps’ current approach;
    • Recommended actions requiring immediate attention;
    • Recommended next steps that can be phased in within a longer timeframe.
  • Refine the scope of work for a European Safeguarding Advisor role, which would be responsible for implementing the report’s recommendations and coordination of European safeguarding responsibilities on an ongoing basis.

Timeframe / Schedule: 

Both deliverables are to be completed over two months from the start of the consultancy.

The Consultant will report to:

HR Director, Europe

The Consultant will work closely with:

Director of Compliance, Governance and Risk

Members of the European Senior Leadership Team (ESLT)

Europe-based team members

Members of Mercy Corps’ Safeguarding, Ethics and Community Accountability and Reporting Mechanisms (CARM) teams. 

Stakeholders in Europe-funded field programmes.