Senior Event Safeguarding Manager

As the organiser of some of the biggest and most iconic sport events in the world we lead the way in the sport and event industry.

We are now looking for a Senior Event Safeguarding Manager that is part of FIFA and supports us on our mission.

These are your key tasks:

  • Employ effective and efficient strategies to embed safeguarding and child protection practice within FIFA's tournament and events infrastructure, including embedding safeguarding requirements in to host country bidding processes and reviewing bid proposals to assess the proposed measures.

  • Working closely with the FIFA Tournaments and Event team and relevant Local Organising Committees, develop and ensure information about safeguarding arrangements and protocols for reporting and case-management are disseminated to participating member associations, teams and individual participants prior to and during a FIFA tournament or event.

  • Ensure that FIFA provides relevant advice, guidance, quality assurance and training as appropriate to the organization and its member associations in relation to safeguarding and child protection at FIFA's tournaments and events;

  • Provide on-site case-management support and coordination and act as the FIFA focal point for safeguarding at select FIFA competitions.

  • Liaise with FIFA Ethics, if needed, in managing a reported incident during a competition in consultation with the Safeguarding team and senior FIFA officials.

  • Provide training in advance of an event or competition to all FIFA staff (those that will be present at the designated tournament or event) to ensure they understand what action they should take if they have a concern or if a disclosure is made to them.

  • Oversee and ensure safeguarding training and education is part of the preparation of all qualifying teams for FIFA competitions.

  • Liaise with FIFA communications to respond to any media enquiries relating to an incident at a FIFA tournament or event and other relevant communications in consultation with the Head of Safeguarding and Child Protection and senior FIFA officials.

The specific competencies we require for this position are:

  • Proven experience of supporting others to develop robust safeguarding processes to prevent and manage safeguarding cases at international events and competitions.

  • Proven ability to monitor and report on progress achieved and any challenges faced.

  • Educated to degree level, or relevant experience to the same level of knowledge and expertise in relevant discipline (Social Work, Law, Safeguarding or Child Protection), preferably with a Masters degree, or Postgraduate qualification in a related discipline

  • An understanding of the global sporting landscape and safeguarding in sport

  • A strong professional background in social work, law, safeguarding and child protection within the statutory, sporting or voluntary sector and experience of applying that to different contexts, with at least 5 years' experience at a senior level in a sport organisation

  • Experience of working with and an understanding of statutory and voluntary agencies and infrastructures specific to safeguarding and child protection globally, including those that specifically relate to sport

  • Experience of training others in how to engage with these agencies

  • Proven significant experience of developing and delivering safeguarding training, especially in international contexts and culturally sensitive environments, to a wide range of audiences including senior level staff through to operational support level staff

  • Proven experience of developing and managing an event-based or “competition-time" safeguarding strategy or plan, including managing safeguarding cases as both before, during and after the competition or event itself

  • Previous experience in a global role with working relationships across regions.

  • Flexibility to adapt to unplanned circumstances and deliver.

  • Ability to work horizontally and collaboratively.

  • Ability to perform in a multicultural work environment.

  • Written and oral proficiency in English, and in addition any other of the official FIFA languages (German, Spanish, French). Spanish or French language skills preferred.

  • Willingness to travel for extended periods up to 40% of the year or depending on international competition schedules.