Safeguarding Specialist

Oxfam Novib
Organisatie Oxfam Novib
Datum 12 feb 2019
Vervaldatum 25 feb 2019
Aantal uren 36 (1 FTE)
Plaats Den Haag

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can defeat poverty or any type of inequality or discrimination. We are an international confederation of 19 organizations (affiliates) working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries. All our work is led by three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness. To read more about our values please click here.
Oxfam aims to attract great talent that not only fits the job but also Oxfam’s high standard of values and principles, who shares and demonstrates Oxfam’s commitment to prevent and eradicate any type of misconduct including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, any other type of misuse of power or lack of integrity and financial misconduct. We are committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks, or integrity screenings/references relating to misconduct and disciplinary actions in prior employment.

Integrity at Oxfam Novib
Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of misconduct or unwanted behaviour at work, including child abuse, sexual misconduct, such as sexual harassment, abuse and exploitation, corruption, and any other unwanted behaviour through vigorous prevention, detection, and response work, offering support to survivors and holding those responsible to account. To ensure this, we have set up a dedicated Integrity Team. Additionally, 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 position
To further increase the quality of our response to allegations of misconduct, we are currently seeking a highly experienced and skilled professional to manage and/or investigate cases of child abuse, sexual misconduct or other unwanted behaviour that could emerge in our development and humanitarian settings, to build capacity of our staff and partners to act as case manager and/or investigator, and to contribute to the further development of Oxfam’s integrity strategies, policies and practices.

The Safeguarding Specialist will report to the Integrity Lead and will support the Integrity Lead in implementing Oxfam’s Integrity strategies and practices, in particular regarding misconduct investigations, reporting, and case management. The Safeguarding Specialist will step into the role of Case Manager and/or Safeguarding Investigator within Oxfam Novib and the 13 country offices where we hold the role of Executing Affiliate for the Oxfam confederation. She/he will also play a key role in working towards our vision: to excel in safeguarding expertise and become a leading force of Integrity and Safeguarding in the Development and Humanitarian Sector.

The Safeguarding Specialist will:

  • Act as a case manager and/or safeguarding investigator:

Facilitate and monitor the response to allegations of Child Abuse, Sexual Misconduct or other Unwanted Behaviour in complex development and humanitarian settings in line with applicable policies and procedures, including facilitating the setting up of investigation teams and/or leading investigations, controlling information flow, gathering, securing, recording, reviewing documentary and other evidence, monitoring and ensuring the quality of investigations, and advising investigation teams as needed; Guide (co-)investigators to ensure the effectiveness, efficiency, and quality of investigations in line with Oxfam Novib policies, procedures, Terms of References, and investigation plans, at all times taking into consideration the potential risks to personal safety for those involved; Review evidence, analyse facts, determine findings, and produce investigation reports with relevant recommendations; and Ensure that appropriate support and assistance is provided to the survivor and/or complainant and liaise with relevant counterparts as necessary.

  • Support development of safeguarding capacity, procedures, practices and tools:

Advise on development of safeguarding investigation policies, guidelines and protocols, and ensure they are performed to a high standard and consistently checked for their relevance and standards; Contribute to Oxfam’s risk management processes ensuring integration of safeguarding concerns and development of risk identification and safe programming tools; Support strengthening and development of Oxfam safeguarding and integrity network, including building capacity of and providing support to Oxfam in-country integrity focal points; Support organizational culture changes to continue strengthening ourselves as a value-based organization including the development and conducting of relevant training, awareness-raising and capacity building of Oxfam staff and partners; Support compliance with various reporting obligations and responsibilities to different stakeholders, including donors and/or national authorities as applicable; Support the further development and management of Oxfam’s safeguarding case database management system; Support engagement with other stakeholders (including Oxfam International and sector-wide) regarding integrity and safeguarding resources, policies and practices; and Any other tasks as assigned by the Integrity Lead.

Functie-eisen en profiel

  • You are an outstanding safeguarding specialist, this is a hands-on role.
  • You have an advanced university degree in international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, (international) law, social work or other social science field (or equivalent education) and relevant safeguarding investigation qualification/experience.
  • You have at least 3-5 years of proven experience in conducting and leading investigations of safeguarding allegations, including sexual misconduct allegations (such as sexual harassment, sexual exploitation or abuse) or allegations where the survivors are children, beneficiaries, or other potentially vulnerable populations.
  • You have sound knowledge of the theories, concepts and approaches relevant to safeguarding investigations and of investigation case management and administration, and have demonstrated experience with investigative and evidence gathering techniques, including conducting interviews with potentially traumatized or otherwise vulnerable individuals.
  • You have robust analytical skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • You have a track record in leading a team and providing advice and strategic direction to investigations being conducted by others, and developing relevant investigation tools or guidance.
  • You have an excellent understanding of the potential support needs of survivors, legal frameworks, and safeguarding best practices.
  • You have at least 3 years’ experience working in developing countries, or in close relation with developing countries and/or in humanitarian settings.
  • You are dedicated, compassionate, and have excellent interpersonal skills and are able to engage with people in all their diversity, regardless of people’s gender identities, sexes, sexual orientations, races, colours, religions, ethnicities, cultures, abilities, etc.
  • You take responsibility for incorporating a gender perspective in your work and understand how dynamics and structures of power affect individuals.
  • You are able and willing to travel globally, including to fragile and remote areas and at short notice, for approximately 3 weeks at a time.
  • Excellent written and spoken English and French.


  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Communication
  • Planning & organization
  • Teamwork Flexibility

Ons aanbod

  • Oxfam Novib is committed to providing you with a competitive, fair and comprehensive pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors.
  • This position is classified in scale 9. The gross salary range is between € 2.719,-- to € 4.183,-- on the basis of 36 hours per week. The position will be based in The Hague, The Netherlands.
  • Applicants for this contract must be Dutch nationals or nationals of a European Union member State or have a valid work permit for the European Union.

Informeren en solliciteren

More information and application procedure If you are interested, please upload your application via the ‘apply’ button below, no later than February 25, 2019. For more information about the position, you can contact Dieneke de Vos, Integrity Lead, at Applications received by email will not be processed. We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organization. Therefore, people of all gender identities, sexes, sexual orientations, races, colours, religions, cultures, abilities, etc. are eligible for this position.

Acquisition on the occasion of this vacancy is not appreciated.

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