Safeguarding Manager (CHR0237)

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



John Smith House
John Smith Drive
United Kingdom



Oxfam's work is guided by the above values of empowerment, accountability and inclusiveness. It is essential that in all our work we uphold the highest standard of conduct in our staff, volunteers, partners, and other associates. We have a duty of care to protect anyone who comes into contact with our work, particularly our beneficiaries, from sexual exploitation or abuse.

Safeguarding (also known internationally as PSEA) is the work we do to ensure that all allegations of this nature are taken seriously; that there are serious consequences for those who carry our these abuses; and to promote a safe environment in which we are all responsible for challenging abuse and exploitation.

Oxfam’s People Team are a growing team and are dedicated to expanding our expertise in regard to safeguarding adults and children from all kinds of abuse. Oxfam GB’s unique, dedicated Safeguarding team pioneers work to address all safeguarding issues. Therefore, Oxfam seeks to recruit a Safeguarding Manager.

The Role:

Reporting to the Head of Global Safeguarding and overseeing Safeguarding Advisors, the Safeguarding Manager will be responsible for the following:

  • Lead and manage the safeguarding advisors and team.
  • Lead the safeguarding practice within the team and at Oxfam sites worldwide.
  • Provide specialist advice and guidance to the organisation on sexual exploitation and abuse allegations, at all times taking into consideration the potential risks to personal safety for those involved.
  • Produce high-quality reports to managers at all levels.
  • Design and deliver effective strategies, projects, and tools for countering sexual exploitation and abuse across Oxfam.
  • Design and deliver training, awareness raising and other capacity building activities for staff, volunteers, and others across Oxfam
  • Improve the effectiveness of sexual exploitation and abuse deterrence, prevention, detection and response in the organisation, working with Country Safeguarding Focal Points.
  • Research and develop innovative approaches to countering sexual exploitation and abuse.
  • Represent Oxfam at professional groups (e.g. the IASC AAP/PSEA Task Team).
  • Work with colleagues to incorporate best practice into risk and control activities.
  • Support the Head of Global Safeguarding to promote best practice across the Oxfam Confederation, including supporting with the Oxfam International Safeguarding Task force and internal and external reviews taking place

What we’re looking for:

We are looking for a dynamic and credible leader with the following:

  • Experience of conducting safeguarding investigations
  • Demonstrable interest in working to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse
  • Demonstrable interest in working with survivors of sexual violence
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders and influence using a variety of different styles, taking into account cultural differences
  • Commitment to upholding and modelling Oxfam’s values, demonstrating integrity, diplomacy, professionalism, reliability and resilience at all times
  • Empathy for the challenges survivors face in reporting and the pressures an investigation places on all stakeholders, including the alleged perpetrator and management
  • Experience working within an international context, working in an NGO or UN context or working in challenging field locations e.g. refugee camps (desirable)
  • Able and willing to travel globally, including to hardship environments and at short notice, spending up to 50% of their time deployed in other countries (desirable)
  • Proficiency in another language, particularly French, Spanish, Arabic or Portuguese (desirable)

Additional Information:

Location: Oxford (Oxfam House)

Hours: 36 hours

Salary: £41,000-£48,000 gross per annum, subject to experience

Job Type: Open-ended

Closing Date: 23rd August 2018

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

How to apply:

This is a challenging opportunity for a dedicated and highly motivated professional, with a strong commitment to Oxfam’s values and beliefs. If you believe you are the candidate we are looking for, please download the full job profile and apply online via the link below:

Oxfam is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those that are suitable to work within our values and are recruited to work for us.

Oxfam International is an equal opportunities employer, committed to diversity within the workplace.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted