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HR Investigator (0817)


HR Investigator (0817)

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Organization: Oxfam GB

Location: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Occupational Groups:

Human Resources

Closing Date: 2021-09-26

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

Do you have experience of carrying out investigations which are sensitive and complex in an HR or similar background?

Do you have the analytical skills to assess information and make recommendations to prepare and present high quality case reports?

Do you have empathy and the ability to establish a rapport and build trust quickly with a range of stakeholders?

If the answer is yes, then we would like to hear from you.

The Role

Working within the Integrity & Ethics division, you will conduct investigations into whistleblowing and HR complaints raised in the 27 countries where Oxfam GB operates. You will collaborate extensively with management teams and operational HR colleagues and work alongside colleagues from our Anti-Fraud & Corruption and Safeguarding Teams.

You will carry out high quality investigations, conduct witness interviews, gather evidence and present findings and recommendations in reports and verbally. You will ensure that employees are treated fairly through the process and that investigations and protected disclosures are handled in line with Oxfam policy, legal and regulatory requirements.

You may be required to work out of normal office hours for your location as we work across differing time zones and working weeks.

Please note: we are keen to increase the diversity of our team and the postholder may be able to work in a country other than the UK, and where they have the legal right to reside and work, providing Oxfam GB has a legal presence and capacity to recruit in that location. Oxfam is not able to provide any relocation costs or visa sponsorship for this role.

If you would like to apply from out of the UK, we would be pleased to have a chat with you to discuss this further before submitting your application. Please email Annabel Beach at or Rula Sukkar at to arrange a chat.

What we are looking for

We’re looking for a candidate who cares about Oxfam’s mission to end poverty and is personally aligned to the values of empowerment, accountability and inclusion and our feminist principles.

An ideal candidate for the role will also have:

  • Investigations experience gained in an HR or similar background
  • Knowledge of employment law and application of other relevant laws and legal principles
  • Practical experience of resolving complex employee relations issues
  • Empathy and ability to establish a rapport and build trust quickly with a range of stakeholders
  • High standard of written and spoken English as this is the main business language for Integrity & Ethics teams and across Oxfam GB
  • Analytical skills to identify risks, use data and evidence to prepare case reports, and ability to weigh up and make recommendations when there are unknowns and different possible solutions
  • Good organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Influencing skills
  • Emotional resilience to cope with a varied case load and a range of stakeholder needs and organisational pressures

We offer

This role will give you an opportunity to work with a group of passionate people that are specialists in their field with fair pay and competitive benefits package.


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 believe this role can work well as partially home-based.

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.

How to apply

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.

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