SOS Children`s Villages is hiring an
SOS Children’s Villages International (SOS CVI) is the umbrella organization for the global federation of SOS Children’s Villages. As a non-governmental social development organization, we support children without parental care and families in difficult living conditions through services in care, education, health and emergency relief, and we advocate for the rights of children and young people, in alliance with a great diversity of partners. We work in 136 countries and territories, reaching over one million children, young people, families and caregivers each year.
To support us with this important responsibility and duty we are now looking for five committed professionals to make up the:
OMBUDS BOARD (F/M/D)
Location: Global (virtual, remote)
Duration: Four-year term
Type of contract: Board appointment
To realise SOS Children’s Villages’ commitment to establishing an Ombudsperson system for children and others affected by abuse, SOS Children’s Villages International is implementing an Ombuds Office across all member associations and the General Secretariat that is independent from SOS Children’s Villages International. The Ombuds Office is comprised of National Ombuds; Regional Ombuds; Global Ombuds; Representatives: Staff and Children and Young People; and an Ombuds Office Coordinator. All roles and qualities are informed by children and young people. The Ombuds Office is selected by and accountable to the Ombuds Board.
SOS Children’s Villages' Leadership Selection Committee of the International Senate is establishing an Ombuds Board comprised of five leading professionals. Board members must be available about 40 hours per year on a pro bono basis and serve a four-year term.
Main activities of the Ombuds Board:
What We Stand For: **
SOS Children’s Villages is committed to creating and maintaining a caring and protective environment, which promotes its core values, and prevents and addresses child abuse and exploitation. We strongly condemn all forms of child abuse and exploitation, be it within or outside of our organization, and always respond to any case of proven, alleged or attempted abuse within our sphere of influence according to its nature. Efforts ensure that mechanisms are in place to raise awareness, aid prevention, encourage reporting and ease response. They range from human resource development actions such as training and counselling to measures such as suspension, dismissal, and legal action.
SOS Children’s Villages is committed to creating and maintaining a safe working environment for our staff, the children and young people and the communities that we work for. The organization prohibits harassment, exploitation and abuses by or of any employee, supervisor, manager, child, young people, community, contractor, applicant, or other individual with whom SOS Children’s Villages employees come into contact by virtue of their work. All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our prevention and protection against Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse policy.
In addition, SOS Children’s Villages apply a zero tolerance concerning any fraud situation. The organization does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.
How to apply
To apply for this role, please submit the following before 23 January 2023 at midnight CET at OMBUDS BOARD (F/M/D) in Vienna | Careers at IO Vienna (icims.com)
*Successful candidates will have to submit a criminal record certificate, current within the last three years. In accordance with the organisation’s child protection policy, these positions will be subject to applicable background checks, including criminal record checks. Board member will be required to understand and sign the SOS Code of Conduct.
******To protect the independence of the Ombuds Office, this position is not open to SOS Children's Villages employees, Boards Members or those who have been employed by or on boards with SOS Children's Villages within the last six months.
Only successful candidates will be contacted. Female candidates are strongly encouraged