Oxfam Hiring Head Of Safeguarding

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

The Role:

Do you want a rewarding role trying to bring about positive change? Would you like a role where you work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds? 

Oxfam works globally with people committed to working together to overcome poverty and suffering.  We are looking for an experienced Head of Safeguarding to:

  • Lead the safeguarding team for Oxfam GB
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with safeguarding colleagues in Oxfam International and the Confederation
  • Contribute to the global safeguarding strategy

You will lead a team of professional investigators handling complaints relating to sexual misconduct. Key to the work of our team is preventing misconduct and abuse of power, so you will work closely with all levels of management across a large confederation.

What we are looking for:

We are looking for someone to bring to this role:

  • Experience of managing the performance of others and helping people to develop, grow and achieve their potential, including increasing diversity and inclusion in teams and / or workplaces, and creating positive change in work culture, processes and practices
  • Experience of complex misconduct investigations internationally
  • Experience of reporting to regulators and donors
  • Experience of public reporting and understanding of current best practice with regards to transparency and accountability.
  • Experience with managing risk and ensuring appropriate oversight at leadership and board level
  • Proven ability to build strong working relationships and collaborate to achieve workable solutions to complex problems
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; ideally good knowledge of another language such as French or Arabic

We offer:

This role will give you an opportunity to make a difference, by using your specialist skills and experience to improve Oxfam’s practices around the world. You will contribute to one of Oxfam’s  key strategic goals to become a safe, feminist and anti-racist organization.

We offer a competitive salary and a range of additional benefits to staff including flexible working options, generous pension scheme, annual leave, additional leave allowances, company sick pay, life assurance and a range of other benefits. 

From the day you join Oxfam we invite you to stretch and learn in your role. Our wide range of Learning & Development opportunities includes in-house courses, e-learning modules, on-the job learning opportunities, coaching and mentoring, and much more. 

You can read more about all Oxfam has to offer here.


We believe flexible working is key to building the Oxfam of the future, so we’re open to talking through the type of flexible arrangements which might work for you. 

How to apply:

As part of your online application, please upload your up to date CV and Cover Letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.  

Our values and commitment to safeguarding

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom Oxfam GB engages. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Oxfam GB also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.  In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

About us

Oxfam is a global community who believe poverty isn’t inevitable. It’s an injustice that can be overcome. We are shop volunteers, women’s right activists, marathon runners, aid workers, coffee farmers, street fundraisers, goat herders, policy experts, campaigners, water engineers and more. And we won’t stop until everyone can live life without poverty for good.

Oxfam GB is a member of international confederation of 21 organisations working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries. 

A thriving diverse Oxfam:

It’s people power that brings about change. To play our part as a global organisation working to overcome poverty and inequality, we need equality, diversity and inclusion across our community of staff, partners and volunteers. Together, we’re committed to becoming a more diverse workforce, better able to tackle the global challenges that face our world today.

To do that:

  • We need to dismantle the unequal power structures that exist everywhere, this including Oxfam and the wider development and charity sectors.
  • We need an inclusive Oxfam where everyone can bring who they are to our work and feels celebrated for the differences they bring.
  • We want and need everyone, and that means we need you.


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