Safeguarding Specialist

Full Time
Den Haag
Posted 7 days ago

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

Oxfam Novib is looking to strengthen its Integrity Team by appointing a Safeguarding Specialist with responsibility for managing investigations of cases involving child abuse, sexual misconduct and other unwanted behaviour (bullying/harassment/discrimination), advising on safeguarding policy developments, and conducting trainings to build the safeguarding incident management capacity of managers and staff. The Safeguarding Specialist will report to the Integrity Lead and will play an essential part in promoting good practice and help the organization reach the highest safeguarding standards for the communities where we work, our staff, volunteers and contractors.

The Safeguarding Specialist will:

  • Lead and oversee efficient, well-organised, survivor-centred investigations into safeguarding allegations, which ensures prompt pick up of new cases and appropriate actions taken, including the support provided to survivors/victims.
  • Implement improvements in the design of Oxfam Novib’s safeguarding investigations and prevention work through a holistic approach, including in the 13 country offices where we hold the role of Executing Affiliate for the Oxfam confederation.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders across the organisation to facilitate effective collaboration on safeguarding.
  • Feed into the delivery of safeguarding incident management training to Country Directors and Unit Managers, and other senior management staff as appropriate.

To be successful in this role, you will 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.
  • A background in working with children, youth and/or adults who have experienced harassment, abuse or exploitation.
  • Demonstrated experience in investigating cases of abuse or exploitation, 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.
  • Sound knowledge of the theories, concepts and approaches relevant to safeguarding investigations and of investigation case management and administration, including conducting interviews with potentially traumatized or otherwise vulnerable individuals.
  • Robust analytical skills, strong training and presentation skills.
  • Experience of the INGO sector/humanitarian and/or global development work, and/or working in the developing world.
  • Ability to display high levels of cultural and emotional intelligence.
  • Excellent understanding of the potential support needs of survivors, legal frameworks, and safeguarding best practices.
  • Ability and desire to undertake international travel including to fragile and remote areas and at short notice for approximately 1-3 weeks at a time.
  • Excellent resilience, self-awareness and understanding of the need for self-care.
  • Excellent written and spoken English and French.

What we offer

Oxfam Novib is committed to providing you with a competitive, fair, and comprehensive pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors. The salary range for this position is set in scale 9 with a salary range between € 2,782.- and € 4,280.- gross based on 36 hours a week. Flexible, remote and/or part-time working arrangements could be discussed with the hiring manager during the recruitment stage.


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.


Oxfam Novib reserves the right to appoint someone at a lower level than indicated commensurate with their experience, and/or not to appoint someone to this role.


More information and application procedure

If you are interested, please upload your application via the ‘apply’ button below, no later than April 22, 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.


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.