Safeguarding Practice and Development Manager

  • Contract
  • Remote
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Salary: TBD


Position: Safeguarding Practice And Development Manager


LOCATION: Any location where Oxfam has an office and is able to establish a contract of employment

CONTRACT TYPE: 4 years fixed term (with possibility to extent)


DEPARTMENT and TEAM:Operations, Safeguarding Team

SALARY: to be confirmed, depending on contract location

HOURS (FTE): Ful-time (hours dependent on the contracting location)


We believe flexible working is key to building the organisation of the future, and we’re open to talking through the type of flexible arrangements that might work for you. We think this role would work particularly well as fully or partially home-based.


Oxfam is committed to equality, diversity, and inclusiveness because we believe that these core values drive our mission and help us attract and retain the best possible staff, drawing from the greatest possible pool of talented candidates.


The Operations Department provides efficient and safe operational functions and support, grounded in Feminist Principles that enable Oxfam International to play its role of effectively convening thought leadership and standard setting in the Oxfam Confederation.


To ensure that Oxfam continues to be a safe, accountable, and feminist organisation, safeguarding is integrated in all aspects of our work. A global safeguarding network has been established to lead, strengthen and drive the Confederation’s safeguarding work. Oxfam International’s Safeguarding team forms part of and leads this network, to ensure that confederation-wide safeguarding policies, procedures, tools, standards and training materials are in place. The team further coordinates, aligns and ensures the consistent delivery of Oxfam’s safeguarding commitments across Oxfam activities to create an environment free from abuse, exploitation and neglect.


The post-holder will specifically manage Oxfam’s ongoing efforts to develop and review One-Oxfam safeguarding policies and procedures. The other main purpose of the role is to raise awareness, build capacity and improve safeguarding practices by leading a fit-for-purpose global safeguarding Learning andDevelopment (L&D) strategy and implementation plan.Both aspects have a strong focus on ongoing engagement and communication with the safeguarding network and other key internal and external stakeholders.

ROLE REPORTS TO: Oxfam International Head of Safeguarding

ROLES REPORTING TO THIS POST: Currently no direct reports


Oi Safeguarding team members, Safeguarding Leads, Global and Regional Safeguarding Advisors, Safeguarding Focal Points, Country and Regional platforms, HR and IT colleagues.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES (Technical, Leadership, Project Management)

Safeguarding policies and procedures

  • Develop and review One-Oxfam safeguarding policies and procedures to ensure that they are of a high standard in line with international safeguarding best practice and legal obligations.
  • Consistently engage with the wider safeguarding network and other key internal and external stakeholders in order to translate operational issues into policy themes and safeguarding messages.
  • Scope and analyse available safeguarding resources, data, trends, audit findings and other feedback to guide safeguarding policy decisions and inform strategic direction.
  • Collaboratively manage the portfolio of existing safeguarding policies and procedures to ensure they are regularly reviewed and appropriately linked to other existing documents across the Oxfam confederation.

Safeguarding Learning and Development

  • Develop and coordinate the delivery of high quality and relevant safeguarding training material tailored to a wide variety of audiences (leaders, staff, partners, communities etc.). This specifically includes the management of Oxfam’s all-staff online safeguarding courses as well as other training of trainers, webinars, online resources, and modular training materials.
  • Monitor and provide regular impact reports on the activities on training, capacity building and learning in coordination with the safeguarding network.
  • Provide expert advice and support to the Oxfam confederation to contribute to ongoing and high-quality safeguarding Learning and Development initiatives.

Communication, engagement and influencing

  • Manage and implement an up-to-date safeguarding communication plan with consistent key messages across the confederation, particularly in relation to newly developed and reviewed safeguarding material and key international safeguarding thematic days, an internal newsletter, and our online communication platforms.
  • Actively network and engage with internal and external stakeholders in order to shape and influence decision making around safeguarding, learning and development investments, planning and prioritisation.


Most importantly, every individual at Oxfam International Secretariat needs to be able to:

  • Live our values of INCLUSION, ACCOUNTABILITY, EMPOWERMENT, COURAGE, SOLIDARITY and EQUALITY (read more about these here)
  • Ensure you commit to our ORGANISATIONAL ATTRIBUTES (including adhering to the Code of Conduct):

1. Be committed to our feminist principles, and to applying them in your day-to-day behaviour and your work. Be ready to keep learning, with accountability to those who experience oppression as a result of their identities, such as their gender, race/ethnicity, disability, class, or LGBTQIA identity.”

2. Be committed to undertaking Oxfam’s safeguarding training and adhering to relevant policies, to ensure all people who come into Oxfam are as safe as possible.


– Self-Awareness
– Enabling
– Agility, Complexity, and Ambiguity

In addition:
– Demonstrated experience working on (safeguarding) policy or process development in large and complex organisations within an international context;
– Demonstrated experience of having managed and developed (safeguarding) training and learning activities to diverse and large audiences.
Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated and work independently with a high degree of professionalism, to achieve objectives, as well as work collaboratively within a team;
Demonstrated ability to develop effective professional networks with a range of peers within an organisation, and externally, in order to influence, progress an agenda, ensure relevance and best practice, and make an impact;
Excellent communication skills, including excellent written and spoken English, and demonstrated ability to produce professional materials, communication and written reports.

Ability to speak another language (Spanish, French, Arabic) in addition to English.
– Experience engaging with communities and local partners on Safeguarding related topics.
– Experience working in regional and country offices in the development or humanitarian sectors.

SAFER RECRUITMENT: 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 promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. 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. Offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which caninclude criminal records and terrorism finance checks

How to apply

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Closing date: 22 Jan 2023