Safeguarding Specialist

  • Location
    The Hague, Netherlands
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 09

Position description

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.


  • 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.

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