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Data Protection Officer

Oxfam GB
Oxford, Oxfordshire (Hybrid)
£49,601 - £58,940 per year
Job description

Data Protection Officer (2050)

Location: Oxford based (with flexibility to work from home within our hybrid working arrangements)

Hours: 36

Salary: £49,601 – 58,940 FTE

Job Type: Open ended

Closing Date: 14 June 2024


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

Do you have a strong understanding of GDPR and other data protection laws and practices?

Do you have experience managing risks around personal data in a large and complex organisation?

Do you have a track record of holding organisations accountable during difficult decisions?

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

The Role:

Oxfam GB and Oxfam International are looking for our new Data Protection Officer (DPO). This role is responsible for ensuring strong data protection and data rights are built into everything we do. It is a senior role which will have to balance its time between ensuring the organisation takes its responsibilities seriously as well as overseeing our obligations under GDPR.

It works alongside our Oxfam GB Data Protection Manager and team who handle operational data protection concerns, such as Subject Access Requests and minor breaches, allowing the DPO to focus on the big picture.

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 our feminist principles and values of empowerment, accountability and inclusion in all you do.

An ideal candidate for the role will also be / have:

  • Strong knowledge of data protection law, especially GDPR and other relevant EU legislation.
  • Experience in privacy and security risk assessment; well-versed in best practices for mitigating risks, including hands-on experience with privacy assessments, certifications, and information security standards.
  • Experience carrying out Data Privacy Impact Assessments to understand and mitigate the risks of complex projects.
  • Experience acting in an independent manner, which requires maturity, relationship skills, and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential tasks.
  • Familiarity with cybersecurity and information security risks and controls
  • Familiarity with data collection and storage processes
  • Experience communicating with regulators, such as the Information Commissioner’s Office or the Charity Commission.
  • Experience managing data sharing agreements with third-party organisations.
  • Experience in building staff and management capacity about data protection practices and requirements.
  • Critical thinking abilities to assess complex situations, identify gaps, and recommend solutions.
  • Experience staying informed about emerging technologies and their impact on data protection risks.

We offer:

We offer a competitive salary and a range of additional benefits to staff including flexible working options, generous pension scheme, annual leave, additional leave allowances, company sick pay, life assurance and a range of other benefits.

From the day you join Oxfam we invite you to stretch and learn in your role. Our wide range of Learning & Development opportunities includes in-house courses, e-learning modules, on-the job learning opportunities, coaching and mentoring, and much more.

You can read more about all Oxfam has to offer here.


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.

How to apply:

As part of your online application, please upload your up to date CV and Cover Letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.

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.

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.

A thriving diverse Oxfam:

It’s people power that brings about change. To play our part as a global organisation working to overcome poverty and inequality, we need equality, diversity and inclusion across our community of staff, partners and volunteers. Together, we’re committed to becoming a more diverse workforce, better able to tackle the global challenges that face our world today.

To do that:

  • We need to dismantle the unequal power structures that exist everywhere, this including Oxfam and the wider development and charity sectors.
  • We need an inclusive Oxfam where everyone can bring who they are to our work and feels celebrated for the differences they bring.
  • We want and need everyone, and that means we need you.


Posted on: 17 May 2024
Closed date: 14 June 2024 at 23:59
Job ref: 2050
Tags: Intl Development, IT