• Safeguarding & Complaints Coordinator

    Locations CA-ON-Burlington
    Posted Date 1 month ago(11/15/2019 9:11 AM)
    # of Openings
    End Date
    Canadian Rate
    CAD $30.77/Hr.
  • Overview

    World Renew has recently passed a suite of safeguarding policies, including a Complaints Policy. This position will support the rollout of this policy across the breadth of organization. This will be done by building and strengthening capacity on complaints handling throughout the organization, including supporting safeguarding and complaints focal points in their role, handling investigations and reporting on complaints. The position will also handle complaints received at the home office level (Grand Rapids and Burlington) and coordinate all investigation processes.
    Note: This position is expected to last for 1 year.


    1. Complaints Policy Compliance:
       a. Overseeing the implementation of the Complaints Policy, together with related procedures and guidelines, throughout the organization;
       b. Ensuring the communication of the key contents of the Complaints Policy, and other related policies, to all staff;
       c. Supporting and advising the Ministry Team Leaders on the establishment of relevant and contextualized complaints mechanisms in their regions.

    2. Capacity Development:
       a. Developing training material appropriate for a variety of audiences including but not limited to; general orientation for new staff, Complaints Focal Points, Partners
       b. Strengthening capacity of key staff on complaints handling to enable effective response to complaints, with a focus on building the capacity of all Safeguarding and Complaints Focal Points;
       c. Providing ongoing support and advice to Safeguarding and Complaints Focal Points on handling complaints, in general and in specific cases as requested.
       d. Convene a denomination safeguarding learning group to surface existing practices among agencies, share resources and plan joint activities.
       e. Committing to ensure own capacity is developed and strengthened in the area of complaints handling by attending relevant training sessions on a regular basis and keeping abreast of latest developments in the sector in relation to complaints handling.

    3. Handling Complaints:
       a. Handling complaints received at the Home Office by mail or through the complaints@worldrenew.net email inbox in coordination with the Complaints Handling Committee;
       b. Coordinating the functions of the Complaints Handling Committee, including calling meetings when needed; preparing relevant documentation and recommendations for discussion on specific complaints cases and handling investigations;
       c. Ensuring all information related to complaints is well documented, including a log of complaints, and that all information is kept secure with access restricted to authorized personnel only;
       d. Referring reports related to safeguarding issues (eg related to children or vulnerable adults) that do not constitute a complaint against World Renew, its staff or partners, to the relevant authorities or to organizations with the relevant expertise as necessary.
       e. Ensure appropriate cover is in place for handling complaints when on leave or unavailable for more than two days.

    4. Handling investigations:
       a. Coordinating all investigation processes, in coordination with the Complaints Handling Committee, including the timely appointment of investigation teams, support to the investigators where needed and enabling the presentation of the investigation team’s findings to the Hearing Committee.

    5. Reporting and Learning:
       a. Compiling an annual complaints report for the Senior Management Team (CPAC), including a global summary of the number and type of complaints received, along with information, where relevant, about how the complaint was handled and what lessons have been learned;
       b. Ensuring that the annual complaints report is submitted to the Board of Directors and made publicly available on the World Renew website;
       c. Document feedback and learning on the Complaints Policy during implementation to inform future revisions to the policy and guidelines.

    6. Perform other duties as assigned

    Supervisory Responsibilities



    1. Membership in a Christian church and agreement with the doctrine of the CRC signified by signing a covenant statement
    2. Demonstrated commitment to quality and accountability in the international development sector
    3. Proven ability to work on sensitive issues and able to maintain discretion and confidentiality
    4. Commitment to building capacity of colleagues through training events, development of resources and providing a mentoring approach
    5. Proactive and able to work independently with minimal supervision
    6. Demonstrated commitment to contribute to and promote a work environment that values diversity, inclusion and equity
    7. Committed to working towards gender equality, equity and justice in all aspects of our programming, plans, policies and organizational structure
    8. Able and willing to work collaboratively in a team setting
    9. Highly proficient in Microsoft Office software including MS Word, MS Excel and MS Power Point

    Additional Information

    1. At least a bachelor’s degree, in human resources, international development, political science or related specialty
    2. At least 3 years-experience in complaints handling, management of investigations, compliance and/or safeguarding is a requirement
    3. Experience working with vulnerable populations
    4. Prior experience in policy development is a definite asset

    Language Skills

    Fluency in English, both written and verbal, is required for this position; a working knowledge of Spanish and/or French is an asset.

    Physical Demands

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Extended time spent in front of a computer screen using electronic mail, reviewing data, and reports, and meeting teams virtually.

    Work Environment

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Occasional international travel to destinations with rough terrain, unreliable access to water and electricity, and increased exposure to illness.


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