Safeguarding Director At Oxfam

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

Do you have experience of leading staff engaging in PSEA or safeguarding work, with an international focus on child safeguarding or working in vulnerable communities?

Do you have a strong record of accomplishment of strategy development and implementation?

Do you have experience of influencing and enabling change through a broad range of stakeholders?

We are looking for a Safeguarding Director at a pivotal time of transition and change for the organisation.

We are expecting interviews to commence the week of 21st of February 2022.

What you’ll be doing:

In this role, you will be leading the Oxfam GB Safeguarding team and work in collaboration with Oxfam International Safeguarding colleagues to collectively deliver Oxfam’s safeguarding strategy and programme in order to protect those we work with from sexual exploitation and abuse perpetrated by Oxfam representatives. The work has a global mandate covering the UK trading division (630 shops), UK Offices (800+ staff) and International Division (where Oxfam GB leads in 27 countries).

To work in collaboration with Oxfam International and other Oxfam Affiliates within a network to develop and deliver consistent and effective policies and practice and evolve over time to become a shared service.

You’ll have:

We’re looking for a candidate who cares about Oxfam’s mission to end poverty and is personally aligned to the values of empowerment, accountability and inclusion in all you do and our feminist principles.

An ideal candidate for the role will also be/have:

  • Relevant qualification in a safeguarding related field and/or extensive experience in preventing, detecting, and responding to sexual abuse and exploitation
  • Experience of managing staff engaging in safeguarding casework, preferably with an international focus on child safeguarding or working in vulnerable communities
  • Extensive experience of safeguarding casework, liaison with regulatory authorities and the management of organisational responses.
  • A strong record of accomplishment of strategy development and implementation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and including experience of training or public speaking.
  • Excellent influencer with an ability to adapt influencing styles to different contexts, and deliver organisational change through others.


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. The working base and country of employment would be restricted to locations where Oxfam GB (OGB) is registered as a legal entity.

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 by complying with 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 our organisation.

Offers of employment within the open recruitment stages will be subject to one satisfactory internal reference from a current manager in line with current policy where the selected candidate is moving to a new Division and the role has significantly changed from their current post. Gaining an internal employment reference will not apply to those within ringfence selection or suitable alternative / redeployment situation which falls under Oxfam’s redundancy process.

Conditional offers made in selection stages may also be subject appropriate screening checks. Oxfam GB participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will take into account any live disciplinary sanctions a candidate may have when making the selection decision.

How to apply:

As part of your online application, please upload a copy of your CV and/or Cover Letter.

Oxfam GB is a Disability Confident Employer. Should you be unable to submit your application online and would prefer an alternative method please contact our recruitment team ( If you also want to discuss your application, please do contact us as well.

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 an 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.

In response to Covid-19 if you are offered a role where you are required to travel between countries please ensure you have been briefed by the Hiring Manager about any changes to working or precautions you should take as part of your role.

How to apply

Please apply here: