Senior Safety Officer – Gambella 65 views

Job Description

Please note that it will be a rolling base recruitment

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.

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.


Since the early 1970s, we have been working to address the underlying causes of poverty and marginalization by focusing on developing sustainable livelihoods, providing water and sanitation, agriculture, climate research, gender, and humanitarian issues.

Job details

DIVISION: OperationsTEAM: Finance Team
LOCATION: GambelaCONTRACT TYPE: Fixed Term, 6 Month with possibility of extension
GRADE: D2 National                                                    JOB FAMILY:  Programme
SALARY: As per Oxfam pay scaleHOURS: 37.5 hours per week

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. This is a full-time role; however, Oxfam offers various flexible arrangements which candidates can discuss with the Recruiting Manager at the interview stage


Safety professionals and other staff tasked with safety matters, supported by programme/project managers and other Oxfam staff are to ensure that all Oxfam working locations have the capacity to effectively support the management of safety risks in order to enable Oxfam to effectively meet its programme objectives.


To ensure that the Country Safety Strategy is developed, implemented, monitored, and reviewed in line with Oxfam policies, standards, and requirements.

To support Oxfam Ethiopia programmes’ capacity to manage safety risks effectively providing for effective implementation of programme objectives.

To secure specialist advice and support on a safety management to the Country Director, other programme/project managers, and staff.

POST HOLDER REPORTS TOHumanitarian Programme Manager
Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Analysis & Safety Risk Assessment – 20%

  • Support context & situation analysis and risk assessments in existing and potential areas of humanitarian intervention.
  • Develop practical advice and recommendations to the Response Manager and other Oxfam staff on risk prevention and mitigation measures.
  • Provide for accounting of safety incidents and their mapping for identification of safety trends and patterns.
  • Ensure regular analytical reporting to the Response Manager and other staff as applicable.

Core Safety Related Responsibilities – 40 %

  • Support the development of safety strategies (acceptance, protection, and deterrence) in line with Oxfam safety policy, requirements, and protocols.
  • Coordinate and support day-to-day safety risk management, including monitoring situation; gathering and sharing information; implementing Safety Standard Operating Procedures and risk prevention and mitigation measures; and reporting.
  • Advise and support the Response Manager, program managers, and other staff on safety matters.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with partners, local authorities, armed actors, and other relevant stakeholders for information gathering and providing for safe and secure environment.
  • Review the Local Safety Management Plan (LSMP) and Welcome Pack and other specific safety documentation to ensure safety protocols and procedures are relevant and up to date.
  • Support proper contingency planning, including incident management, emergency relocation, evacuation, and hibernation.
  • Support the Response Manager and other senior staff in managing safety incidents.
  • Lead on incident reporting, including via Oxfam Security Incident Reporting Information System (OSIRIS).

Safety Awareness and Training – 40 %

  • Lead on the development of safety awareness and culture among Oxfam personnel and partners.
  • Provide for timely and efficient dissemination of important safety information to program staff, including via regular information updates, safety briefings and inductions.
  • Improve all staff safety skills, including via delivering pertinent training.
  • Identify long-term and immediate requirements for staff training on safety matters and support their implementation.
  • Ensure that all newcomers and visitors receive safety induction.

Job Requirements

Person Specification

Most importantly, every individual at Oxfam GB needs to be able to:


Our Values

  • Equality: We believe everyone has the right to be treated fairly and to have the same rights and opportunities.
  • Empowerment: We acknowledge and seek to expand people’s agency over their lives and the decisions that impact them.
  • Solidarity: We join hands, support, and collaborate across boundaries in working towards a just and sustainable world.
  • Inclusiveness: We embrace diversity and difference and value the perspectives and contributions of all people and communities in their fight against poverty and injustice.
  • Accountability: We take responsibility for our actions and inaction and hold ourselves accountable to the people we work with and for.
  • Courage: We speak truth to power and act with conviction on the justice of our causes.


1. Be committed to equal opportunities: demonstrating sensitivity to cultural differences and gender equality.


2. Be willing to learn and apply gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity and inclusion across all aspects of your work.


3. Be committed to undertaking Oxfam’s safeguarding training and adhering to relevant policies, to ensure all people who come into Oxfam are as safe as possible.


  • Ensure you actively ADOPT OXFAM’S FEMINIST LEADERSHIP APPROACH and apply the principles and twelve practices in your work. Read more about this here:

Read this guide to find out more about what our values, organizational attributes and feminist leadership approach mean for how we work

For this role, we have selected two of the most relevant feminist Leadership practices for this role 

1 Systems Thinking

Mutual accountability

Relationship Building

Experience, Knowledge & Competencies


  • BSc Degree in Political science and International Relations or political science / peace building and Conflict Resolution from recognized college/University or related qualification which can added value to the post
  • Proven expertise in Ethiopia safety context along with good understanding of Gambella Region safety environment and dynamics.
  • At least five years of practical experience in safety risk management in hostile and/or challenging environments.
  • Good influencing, communication, interpersonal, and negotiating skills with internal and external audiences including in complex and stressful environments.
  • Established experience of training, including field-based training.
  • Ability to work under pressure and not lose sight of strategic priorities.
  • Capacity to be on standby 24/7 and ready to travel at a short notice.
  • Good knowledge of English, Amharic, and local languages.


  • At least two years of practical experience in safety risk management in the context of UN or NGO humanitarian operations.
  • Knowledge of other than mentioned above spoken languages and/or dialects in Ethiopia.

Oxfam Behaviour Competencies and Commitments:

  • Decisiveness – We are comfortable to make transparent decisions and to adapt decision making modes to the context and needs.
  • Humility – We put ‘we’ before ‘me’ and place an emphasis on the power of the collective, nurture the team and play to the strengths of each individual. We are not concerned with hierarchical power, and we engage with, trust and value the knowledge and expertise of others across all levels of the organization.
  • Relationship Building – We understand the importance of building relationship, within and outside the organization. We have the ability to engage with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in ways that lead to increased impact for the organization.
  • Mutual Accountability – We can explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our organizational values.  We are ready to be held to account for what we do and how we behave, as we are also holding others to account in a consistent manner.
  • Agility, Complexity, and Ambiguity – We scan the environment, anticipate changes, are comfortable with lack of clarity and deal with a large number of elements interacting in diverse and unpredictable ways.
  • Systems Thinking – We view problems as parts of an overall system and in their relation to the whole system, rather than reacting to a specific part, outcome, or event in isolation. We focus on cyclical rather than linear cause and effect. By consistently practicing systems thinking we are aware of and manage well unintended consequences of organizational decisions and actions.
  • Strategic Thinking and Judgment – We use judgment, weighing risk against the imperative to act. We make decisions consistent with organizational strategies and values.
  • Vision Setting – We have the ability to identify and lead visionary initiatives that are beneficial for our organization, and we set high-level direction through a visioning process that engages the organization and diverse external stakeholders.
  • Self-Awareness – We are able to develop a high degree of self-awareness around our own strengths and weaknesses and our impact on others. Our self-awareness enables us to moderate and self-regulate our behaviours to control and channel our impulses for good purposes.

Key Attributes:

  • Strict adherence to Oxfam’s principles and values as well as the promotion of gender justice and women’s rights
  • Understanding of and commitment to equity; diversity; gender; child safety; and staff health and wellbeing principles.

Organisational Values:

  • Accountability – Our purpose-driven, results-focused approach means we take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions.
  • Empowerment – Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen.
  • Inclusiveness – We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.

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