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Lead, Safe from Harm Operations Unit

Safe from Harm Department
Operation Area:
Apply by:
25 Feb 2024

Role Description

Job title: Lead of Safe from Harm Operations Unit (SHOT), Safe from Harm Department 

Nature of engagement: Volunteer contract   

Duration: From April 2024 until the end of the project in December 2027  

Team size: To be determined in the course of the work 

The role of the Safe from Harm Operations Unit is to work with the other units in the Safe from Harm Department (Listening Ear, Learning and Knowledge Management, and Access and Inclusion) and WOSM’s Safe from Harm team to prepare the Safe from Harm regime and programme for the Jamboree, including Standard Operating Procedures and adult and participant learning, to minimise the probability that Safe from Harm incidents will occur, and to lead the response to any that do occur, including collecting evidence, identifying and interviewing perpetrators, making recommendations about what should happen to them, supporting those who experience incidents, and liaising on Safe from Harm with contingents and other Jamboree departments, as well as external partners such as the police and social services. Record keeping and reporting are also part of the unit’s responsibilities. 

The applicant should have experience of Safe from Harm operations at a world or regional Scout event, the ability to maintain composure when dealing with emotionally challenging situations, ability to show empathy to victims and witnesses without becoming emotionally involved, an inquiring and objective mind, and excellent communication and diplomatic skills when dealing with contingents and external partners. In addition, the person should be non-judgmental, open to the cultures of other countries, adaptable and able to understand differences, to enable unbiased assessment and prompt resolution of Safe from Harm incidents. 

Applicant Profile

Applicants from Poland for this role should meet the following requirements: 

  • membership of the Polish Scouting & Guiding Association (ZHP) 
  • completed leader’s service in the previous year and an opinion of the relevant Regional Commissioner or Chief Commissioner 
  • positive experience of projects at least at regional level (domestic) 
  • ability to communicate freely in spoken and written English  
  • have Listening Ear training OR professional background in psychology or social services 

Applicants from abroad for this role should meet the following requirements: 

  • membership of one of the organisations belonging to the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) 
  • a favourable opinion from their International Commissioner 
  • positive experience of major events at international level 
  • ability to communicate freely in spoken and written English 
  • have Listening Ear training OR professional background in psychology or social services

Candidate who will be selected for this role is expected to participate in the next JPT Meeting, which will take place in Gdańsk between 19-21 April 2024.

Knowledge and Skills

  • demonstrating a high level of competence and personal culture 
  • ability to work with volunteers and staff of the Jamboree and members of its contingents 
  • knowledge of how Scouting works in the world 
  • ability to collaborate and build a positive relationship with colleagues 
  • ability to lead and work in a group 
  • efficiency, motivation, self-reliance and proactivity, going hand in hand with good organisational skills 
  • ability to make recommendations and decisions in difficult circumstances and act on them impartially and promptly 
  • integrity and a strong sense of ethics in all actions and decisions 
  • knowledge of Outlook 365, MS Word, Excel and willingness to learn and use Sharepoint, Teams and Slack 
  • ability to create a database in Excel 
  • organisational skills 
  • ability to create and communicate user friendly materials 

How to Apply

The application should be submitted through the platform no later than 23:59 CET (UTC+01:00) on 25 February 2024 and should include:

  • A Curriculum Vitae that includes both your professional and scouting experience. The CV should be in English and indicate the candidate’s e-mail and mobile contact details. We recommend using the Europass standard format (
  • A cover letter of no more than 4 paragraphs describing your experience, skills and the rationale for your application (in English).
  • An endorsement letter from your International Commissioner that includes their favorable opinion on your profile and application for this role. Candidates from Poland should request the endorsement from the Regional Commissioner or Chief Commissioner

All candidates who sent in their application correctly and on time will be contacted after the application deadline. A decision on the composition of the team is expected no later than the end of March 2024. 

Click the button below to access the recruitment platform and submit your application. If you have any questions regarding the recruitment, please don’t hesitate to take contact at [email protected].

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Organising Committee for the
26th World Scout Jamboree

Za murami 2-10
80-823 Gdańsk, Poland
[email protected]


Organising Committee for
the 26th World Scout Jamboree

Za murami 2-10, 80-823 Gdańsk, Poland
[email protected]
The Organising Committee for the XXVI World Scout Jamboree has been established by Związek Harcerstwa Polskiego as a foundation under the Host Organisation Agreement, providing a legal entity for the planning and delivery of the World Scout Jamboree Poland 2027. The foundation is registered in the National Court Register held by the District Court Gdańsk-Północ in Gdańsk under the number KRS 0001022285. It has a tax identification number of PL-583-347-28-08 and a statistical number REGON 52467170500000. The foundation’s legal seat is located at Za murami 2-10, 80-823 Gdańsk, Poland.