Consultancy -Development of an Oxfam in Africa Safeguarding Strategic Framework 2022-2024 At Oxfam

Oxfam plans to bring all the platforms in Africa under one leadership and with this transformation into a new a new entity on the African continent, we begin from the premise that we have a duty and obligation to ensure that a culture of safeguarding and safe programming must continue to be embedded across the programme and operations portfolio of the new continental entity. By so doing we also take the view that a focus on prevention is a more sustainable way to move forward on safeguarding, demonstrate best practices in terms of prevention work, through engagement and early reporting, effective community feedback mechanisms, and working with partners on safeguarding so that we can share across the region and beyond.

With the establishment of the one Africa in Africa Unit[1], this is an excellent opportunity to ensure there is a coordinated, focused and inclusive safeguarding framework that is aligned to the new Africa strategy, providing guidance on how to further strengthen safeguarding work on the continent right from the start.

The need therefore is for a strategic framework that will help to define how Oxfam in Africa can continue sustainably and effectively address these persistent and emerging issues, to ensure the highest standard of staff, partner and beneficiary safety and protection from SEA and child abuse cannot be over emphasized. The goal is to harmonise the efforts and work across the continent. Despite having one global safeguarding and culture strategic framework, its application in the different regions has been shaped by the different contextual realities and this will require some level of harmonisation.

Subsequently, Oxfam is looking for a consultant, with specialist knowledge in the subject matter, who will engage stakeholders, synthesize available information on safeguarding and develop an overarching and inclusive safeguarding strategic framework which will provide guidance to the One Africa platform, including the country programmes in Africa in implementing commitments that Oxfam has agreed to.

The key deliverables are:

i. Concept note and work plan

ii. Africa safeguarding strategic framework

iii. A monitoring and evaluation framework for the strategic framework

*The Assignment

The scope of work for the Consultant will include but not limited to:

· Familiarization with Oxfam’s global safeguarding commitments and strategic priorities, to ensure relevance and appropriateness of the framework.

· The framework should be based on available safeguarding evidence, including what works in PSEA, emerging safeguarding issues, needs and priorities of key stakeholders, including the affected communities in humanitarian and development contexts and of victims/survivors in on the African continent.

· It should adopt a risk management approach to enable proactive safeguarding risk identification and mitigation at all levels, including the programme/project cycle

· It should highlight how to work with other external development actors and stakeholders to ensure a joined-up global approach to safeguarding

Please read the Terms of Reference for more information and how to apply.

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Note: All offers will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.

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

[1] The Africa Unit, expected to go live on 1st April 20202, will be comprised of the current 3 Africa regional platforms (HECA, WAF and SAF which became a cluster) and the Pan Africa Programme, including the Addis AU Advocacy Office.

How to apply

Your proposal, which should not exceed five (5) pages in length (excluding annexes), should be sent by email to by 15 December, 2021.

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