Getting the HR function right for safeguarding is vital. Not only in in order to prevent people joining the organisation who are unsuitable to work with children and communities, but also to discipline staff or others who breach policies and codes of conduct. This webinar will look at how recruitment can be strengthened through collaborations, with particular reference to smaller and less-resourced organisations. Gareth Price-Jones will discuss the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme, current practice and what may be holding people back around disclosure. Sarah Maguire will take a look at the broader issues around recruitment and suggest a few ideas for organisations facing obstacles in putting the best intentions into practice. Together, we will share ideas and create a pool of good practice.
Gareth Price-Jones, the Executive Secretary of the Steering Committee on Humanitarian Response, supports the SCHR Principals in setting and driving forward the SCHR agenda in line with its vision and mission. Since his first field deployment in 2001 Gareth has gained over 19 years’ senior experience in eleven countries, mainly in Asia, and has led INGO operational responses in a number of contexts including the 2005 Asian Tsunami, the 2010 Haiti Earthquake and in the Syrian conflict. He’s particularly passionate about contributing to longer-term, strategic global solutions to complex humanitarian problems, and is active in the humanitarian policy arena, based out of Geneva. He is an IASC Principal and currently represents NGO stakeholders on the Grand Bargain Facilitation Group. He also leads the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme, which prevents abusive staff moving between humanitarian organisations.
Sarah Maguire is DAI’s Global Director of Safeguarding, a role created in 2019 to strengthen DAI’s policies and practice regarding the prevention of and response to sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment. She is active in communities of practice and steering groups on preventing perpetrators of sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment from moving around the development sector with impunity. Before taking her current position, Sarah was Director of the Governance team in DAI’s U.K. office. Sarah started her human rights career as a practicing barrister in criminal defence, immigration, asylum, and family law before entering the field of international development. She has more than 20 years of experience at the country level, mostly in conflict-affected and fragile states, and international and policy experience with governments, nongovernmental organizations, and United Nations entities. Sarah has worked mainly across South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, implementing, managing, and evaluating programmes.