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Regional Safeguarding Advisor at Oxfam

  • Full Time
  • Malawi
  • Salary: 00


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

This is a 2 years fixed term opportunity. We are looking for a passionate and dynamic person, you must be a national or permit holder of any of these countries in Southern Africa: Malawi/Mozambique/Zambia/Zimbabwe.

The Role

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
•    Provide advice and guidance on sexual exploitation and abuse allegations, at all times taking into consideration the potential risks to personal safety for those involved
•    Design and deliver effective strategies, projects, and tools for countering sexual exploitation and abuse across Oxfam with a special focus in the region where based
•    Design and deliver training, awareness raising and other capacity building activities for staff, volunteers, partner organizations with a focus in the countries where based, with an option to also perform global trainings
•    Backstop SAF safeguarding focal points whenever required and keep them updated skills-wise.
•    Assess and help design community feedback mechanisms, in particular for humanitarian programming
•    Carry out high-quality lawful investigations at Oxfam sites worldwide, taking time to build trust with survivors of sexual exploitation and abuse, so they feel empowered to report.
•    Produce high-quality reports to managers at all levels.
•    Develop specific assessments and trainings adapted to the needs of partners and allies in a given region
•    Improve the effectiveness of sexual exploitation and abuse deterrence, prevention, detection and response in the organisation, working with Country Safeguarding Focal Points.
•    Research and develop innovative approaches to countering sexual exploitation and abuse.
•    Represent Oxfam at professional groups (e.g. the IASC AAP/PSEA Task Team) in the region and in coordination with Head of Global Safeguarding.
•    Work with colleagues to incorporate best practice into risk and control activities.
•    Contribute to Oxfam’s risk management processes and follow all Oxfam sexual exploitation and abuse processes and procedures.
•    Support the Head of Global Safeguarding to promote best practice across the Oxfam Confederation, including supporting with the Oxfam International Safeguarding Task force and internal and external reviews taking place
•    Contribute to the objectives of the wider Assurance and Risk Management function.
•    Connect with, and contribute to, Safeguarding groups and forums in the wider iNGO community sharing and learning best practice
•    Culture – take safeguarding beyond donor projects and organizational compliance to a transformational agenda that shapes new culture among staff, partners and target groups
•    Resourcing – ensure that all projects are appropriately fundraising for and delivering safeguarding and safe programming actions.

What we are looking for

    Experience of
o    conducting sexual exploitation and abuse investigations
o    working within an international context
o    working in an NGO or UN context
    Skilled in identifying and mitigating risks
    Strong facilitation and presentation skills
    Commitment to upholding and modelling Oxfam’s values, demonstrating integrity, diplomacy, professionalism, reliability and resilience at all times.
    Able to work professionally and with a high degree of confidentiality at all times.
    Ability to quickly build personal rapport and trust
    Empathy for the challenges survivors face in reporting and the pressures an investigation places on all stakeholders, including the alleged perpetrator and management.
    Excellent written and spoken English
    Experience of working in challenging field locations e.g. refugee camps
    Strong IT skills
    High degree of organisational ability, working well under pressure and to deadlines.
    Strong and clear communicator and public speaker, capable of delivering messages appropriately to a variety of audiences, building a sense of passion and engagement.
    Excellent self-awareness and understanding of the need for self-care

We offer

This role will give you an opportunity to make a difference in Southern Africa and you will have training and career development opportunities, we offer fair pay and competitive benefits package based on the country national pay structure.


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. We think this role would work particularly well as a partially home-based role or job share.


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.

Method Of Application

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

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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