OXFAM NOVIB Global Program Manager

Oxfam obtained institutional donor funding for the program 'Empowering Local and National Humanitarian Actors' (ELNHA), starting 1st January (3 years). ELNHA's program's ambition is to strengthen local capacities and empower capable local and national humanitarian actors to play a leading role in humanitarian work in their country. It concerns a multi-country and multi-million program being implemented in Bangladesh, Uganda and at the international level.
Oxfam is looking for an energetic, solid and experienced Program Manager who is able to effectively manage teams remotely, generate energy, manoeuvre through internal and external challenges and time pressures. A Manager who is good at negotiating relationships with courage, flexibility and self-confidence and above all will ensure that the entire project is delivered on time, to high quality and in compliance with donor requirements.
The Program Manager provides a functional management steer to the Project Team that consists of:
  • Global Team, partly based in The Hague : 1 MEAL officer, 1 Policy Lead, 1 Finance Coordinator;
  • Uganda : 1 Project Manager (Oxfam Novib);
  • Bangladesh : 1 Project Manager (Oxfam Great Britain);
  • Technical Advisors on: Humanitarian Capacity Building, Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods, Emergency WASH and Cash transfers. This technical expertise will be drawn from Oxfam's Global Humanitarian Team ( the "GHT") dedicated to this project for agreed % time.
The program aims to achieve three objectives. First, strengthen the capacity of local and national humanitarian actors, so they are equiped to lead humanitarian action in their countries.
Second, give local and national humanitarian actors the voice to create a strong domestic humanitarian agenda by giving them the opportunity to design and implement quality humanitarian programs.
Third, create more space for local and national humanitarian actors by influencing other international NGOs and donors to contribute to this systemic change.
The 6-month inception phase of the project includes a stakeholder analysis to identify key humanitarian actors and existing humanitarian capacities in Bangladesh and Uganda and develop a local actors' agenda and action plan to address capacity gaps. The implementation phase will support selected local humanitarian actors to implement their agenda towards strengthened humanitarian capacity. A Capacity Development Fund will be set up in support of this purpose. In addition Oxfam will share its long-term operational experience with local and national humanitarian actors as required.
Main tasks and responsibilities
  • You are responsible for managing ELNHA's implementation and financial management in a succesful, timely and quality manner. You are accountable for the programme budget;
  • You are responsible for developing and implementing, together with the Project Team, realistic work plans and will ensure good communication within the Project Team ;
  • You are responsible for managing the Project Team's human resources efficiently and for the knowledge sharing and synergy between the (temporarily assigned) employees and the program;
  • You are responsible for monitoring and reporting on achievement of agreed outcomes and target;
  • You will ensure content and and financial progress reports are of good quality and comply with Oxfam's standards and the donor's expectations and requirements. You will coordinate the production and consolidation of narrative and financial reports and audits;
  • You coordinate the required input from other parties involved in the program such as Oxfam Novib's Country Office in Uganda, Oxfam Great-Britain's Country Office in Bangladesh, the Global Humanitarian Team (Oxford-based), , local and national actors and other stakeholders;
  • You coordinate cross-learning between Uganda, Bangladesh and the global level and institutionalise harmonised best practices and produce documentation of evidence and learning;
  • You contribute to fundraising for related projects;
  • You encourage the development of innovative ways of working and mechanisms which promote delegated decision-making, leadership and autonomy to local humanitarian actors in a way that these are replicable in Oxfam and the humanitarian sector;
  • You network with other international agencies involved in the local leadership agenda in order to share learning, increase effectiveness and contribute to influencing.
Required skills and experience:
  • Masters degree in a relevant field;
  • You can demonstrate 5 years experience in managing complex international projects/programs;
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, prioritise, meet deadlines, and hold self and others to account;
  • Proven analytical, strategic planning, project design, project cycle and financial management skills;
  • Sound understanding of monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) principles and practice ;
  • Proven people management skills, with experience in managing multi-disciplinary teams, supporting and coaching individuals from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds;
  • Strong communication and influencing skills, with proven ability to build relationships with a diverse range of local, national and global stakeholders;
  • Have experience in working with institutional donors and fundraising ;
  • Experience with capacity development approaches and affinity with promoting local leadership;
  • Understanding of international humanitarian aid systems and agencies, and the roles and responsibilities of local and national actors in humanitarian response;
  • Awareness of humanitarian sector quality standards and codes such as the Core Humanitarian Standards, NGO/Red Cross Code of Conduct, SPHERE and Oxfam International polices and best practice;
  • Willingness to travel regularly to Bangladesh, Uganda;
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written.
Oxfam Novib provides you with a competitive, fair and comprehensive pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donor. We offer a gross monthly salary in the range from EU 2,942 to EU 4,528 based on 36 hours a week.
Are you interested? Email your letter of application and CV, mentioning reference number 5-315 before March 18th, 2016 to jobs@oxfamnovib.nl, to the attention of Koen Hubben, International HR Advisor. For questions you can contact Nienke Smidtman, Manager Humanitarian Team, available at +31(0)70-3421978 or +31(0)627656782.
For more information see: www.oxfamnovib.nl and www.facebook.com/oxfamnovib
Applicants must be Nationals of a European Union member state or have a valid work permit for the European Union.