External Advert-Safeguarding Adviser At Oxfam

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

That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like saving lives, governance and peace building, education, land rights and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.

We are an international confederation of 19 organizations (affiliates) working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.

All our work is led by three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness. To read more about our values please click here  https://www.oxfam.org/en/explore/how-oxfam-fights-poverty

The Role

Oxfam has been working in South Sudan since 1983. Our Programmatic Strategy concentrates on saving lives, Resilient Livelihoods, Advancing Gender Justice and Good Governance and Active Citizenship through a full spectrum platform that includes humanitarian response, recovery and resilience, long term development and policy and advocacy. Oxfam currently operates via six area offices in nine former states (Upper Nile, Jonglei, Lakes, Eastern Equatoria, Central Equatoria, Western Equatoria and Western Bahr-el-Ghazal, and Northern Bahr el Gazal. It also works in partnership with several national organisations and community groups.

Position: Safeguarding Adviser

Location: Juba-South Sudan

Contract Type: Fixed Term **

Number of post: 1

Duration of Contract: (01) Year with possibility of Extension

Key Responsibilities:

· Respond to and where appropriate support the OGB safeguarding team to investigate all allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse

· Providing professional safeguarding advice to senior managers.

· Influencing the development of strategy and supporting and delivering its operational implementation.

· Developing solutions to diverse and complex safeguarding problems within organisational policy.

· Interpreting and applying operational and specialist information from a variety of sources.

· Contributing to and influencing operational planning and ensure that SG plans are adequately resourced.

· Influencing managers, staff and volunteers and developing effective networks with external bodies, i.e. participate in and contribute to PSEA/safeguarding networks, GBV Sub cluster, and/or Protection cluster/network meetings.

· Ensuring Safeguarding investigation protocols are performed to a high standard and consistently checked for their relevance and standards.

· Implementing Safeguarding best practice which is legally compliant.

· Member of country senior management team with responsibility for advising senior managers and other technical teams on SG related issues and processes

· Initiate set-up and manage PSEA group convening relevant focal points in INGOs operating in South Sudan and/or play key role in engaging with the existing one

· Design and deliver training in line with safeguarding shared service materials on awareness raising and other capacity building activities for staff, volunteers, and others across Oxfam in South Sudan.

· Provide support and guidance to staff/others on safeguarding policies and procedures, including reporting mechanisms and the safeguarding case management process.

· Support and work alongside Safeguarding Focal Points in developing training, awareness raising measures, reporting mechanisms and other safeguarding procedures

· Sensitively receive complaints and refer all of them within 24 hours to the Safeguarding Team at Oxfam GB

· Support Oxfam GB’s Safeguarding Team with Safeguarding Investigations

· Support the Country Team in developing an understanding of the information needs of Oxfam staff, counterparts and beneficiaries in relation to safeguarding.

· Support and work alongside the relevant Technical Teams e.g. Gender, Protection, Human Resources and the Safeguarding Team at Oxfam GB and Regional Safeguarding Advisor HECA to create and maintain information on local referral pathways for survivors (to include medical, psychosocial, legal, security).

· Facilitate access to first line support for survivors and witnesses, including referral to medical, psychosocial, legal and security services.

· Work with technical teams to engage the community and Partners on the design of accessible Safeguarding reporting mechanisms and raise awareness of these reporting mechanisms in the community.

· Support Oxfam GB Safeguarding Advisors to conduct risk assessments in country

· Support Program Teams to mitigate Safeguarding risks in program activities (including reviewing programme risk assessments)

· In collaboration with Human Resources, promote amongst employees (including managers) best Safeguarding practice, awareness of Safeguarding policies and procedures including safer recruitment, as well as reporting options

· Support Country Director, Oxfam GB Safeguarding Team and Regional Safeguarding Advisors to shape Oxfam South Sudan’s Safeguarding strategy, implement safeguarding policies, and report back to Country Leadership Team on progress.

· Report Safeguarding initiatives carried out, such as training and awareness-raising to the Country Director and Oxfam GB Safeguarding Team


• Minimum of10 years of HR/OD Management experience in a leadership position in an international setting with a proven track record and a degree level education (from a recognized university) in a relevant subject.

• Experience of leading and managing conflict resolution.

• Experience of developing and managing budgets.

• Ability to reflect and effect a gender and diversity sensitive human resources policy.

• Able to function in high pressure situations while maintaining emotional control.

• Good written and spoken English

• Standard keyboard skills with knowledge of Microsoft suite

• Ability to work cooperatively in a cross-cultural setting, fast-paced and difficult emergency context


· Required to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values as well as the promotion of gender justice and women’s rights

Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing principles


Able to influence and inspire confidence using professional knowledge and expertise

Understanding of trends and developments in the relevant field

Proven experience in working in Humanitarian context

Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities.

Experience of developing and working with HR Information Systems

How to apply

Deadline for submission of applications is 14 April 2021. Interested Applicants should send soft copies of their CVs and Cover letters to [email protected].

NB: Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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 https://www.oxfam.org.uk/what-we-do/about-us/how-we-work/our-goals-and-values are recruited to work for us.

Oxfam is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those that are suitable to work within our values are recruited to work for us. This post is subject to a range of screening checks.

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.

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