Oxfam is a confederation of 17 Affiliates committed to creating a just world without poverty. In Nigeria Oxfam works in the areas of Economic Justice/Sustainable Livelihoods, Humanitarian programming to save lives, Advancing Gender Justice and Good governance, adopting a right based approach.
We are recruiting to fill the following positions below:
Job Title: Humanitarian Program Manager
Req ID: 1264
Location: Maiduguri, North-East Nigeria
- Over the past year, Boko Haram (BH) has intensified attacks which have spread from North-East Nigeria to Cameroon, Chad and Niger, affecting some 20 million people. Suicide bombings and raids targeting civilians in villages and in cities around the Lake Chad basin have caused widespread trauma, prevented people from accessing essential services and destroyed infrastructure.
- Across the region, over 2.8 million people are displaced; most of who are sheltered by communities that count among the world’s most vulnerable. The combined effect of growing insecurity, fast population growth and severe vulnerability resulting from a changing climate, environmental degradation, poverty and under-investment in social services is translating into record numbers of people in need of emergency relief.
- There are 9.2 million in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of violence committed by Boko Haram; Nigeria is hosting 7m, Cameroon 1.5m, Niger 460.000 and Chad 257.000. There has been widespread violence against civilians not only by BH but the military operations against the group have also caused serious protection risks and violations. Women and girls kidnapped by Boko Haram have been subjected to physical and psychological abuse, forced marriage, sexual slavery or forced labour. Boys have been forcibly enrolled as combatants and young girls used as suicide bombers. Boko Haram has targeted health facilities and schools, forcing health care workers and teachers to flee from where they are most needed.
- The increasing number of attacks and arrival of displaced children have placed an additional burden on already weak health and education systems. Insecurity, displacement, disrupted agricultural activities and cross-border trade continue to undermine communities’ livelihoods and have resulted in a sharp rise in food insecurity.
- Some 4.4 million people facing severe food insecurity urgently need support in the region, 90 per cent of them in north-east Nigeria, with 50,000 people in Phase 5, the highest level of food insecurity under the Cadre Harmonisé classification. Throughout the region, an estimated 223.000 severely acutely malnourished children could die if not urgently assisted.
- The Humanitarian Program Manager will provide overall management and leadership of the Nigeria Humanitarian response, in accordance with Oxfam standards and in coordination with the technical leads.
- S/He will be responsible for ensuring the elaboration and implementation of the response strategy, operational plans and global budget.
- He will provide a coherent integrated response; financial and human resources security; an appropriate campaign/advocacy dimension.
Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
- Supports the implementation of country humanitarian strategy and the coordination of periodic operational plans and budgets of the country and its programs, monitoring progress towards achieving program objectives – also measures outcome and impact against recognized indicators.
- Ensures that the response strategy (speed, scale, contextually appropriated, integrated) is in line with Oxfam’s overall strategic ambitions, external commitments and Oxfam’s brand as a lead humanitarian actor.
- Contributes and provides leadership to the overall One Oxfam response, by reinforcing strategies with communication and advocacy.
- Supports and maintains oversight of financial and people resourcing for the Nigeria response
- Participates in regional level response coordination where necessary, ensuring follow up of agreed actions and necessary support from others for Nigeria (e.g. HR, Funding, MEAL, others).
- Maintains effective partner grants and reports monitoring system, ensures adherence to Oxfam policies and procedures on partner management Represents Oxfam to government officials, Consortium, international organisations and NGOS and others stakeholders.
- Ensures staff safety and security procedures are monitored, updated and implemented. This will include an analysis of the risks and the threats to staff working on Oxfam programmes.
- Recruits and manages staff in line with Oxfam policies, ensuring that they have the necessary induction, training and support as required.
Skills, Experience and Knowledge
- First degree in a relevant field
- A minimum of 5 years of experience in similar roles – specifically in managing humanitarian and development programs funded by different donors.
- Significant leadership and management experience in the development and delivery of high quality program, influencing and humanitarian strategy, with and through partners or directly, in one or more challenging locations (humanitarian WASH, protection and/or EFSL programs).
- Experience with people management;
- Experience of managing complex change processes and relationships involving a wide range of both internal and external multi-cultural stakeholders;
- A high degree of self awareness and an understanding of how to drive and support excellent team performance and individual development in line with Oxfam’s values and policies.
- Proven track record of leading and motivating multi disciplinary, partially geographically remote teams and operations across a number of locations.
- Good knowledge of developing and implementing monitoring systems to track the effectiveness of programs and an ability to build cooperative, professional relationships with donors, partners and peer organisations.
- Excellent personal communication skills, in written and verbal English.
- Good interpersonal, influencing, diplomacy negotiating skills.
- Commitment to equal opportunity and gender policies; sensitivity to cultural differences, and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.
- Commitment to Oxfam’s overall aims and policies and experience of promoting women’s rights and the interests of marginalized people in all aspects of Oxfam’s work.
- Knowledge or appreciation of Nigeria in terms of its political, economic and social trends plus a good understanding of the key development and humanitarian issues in the region.
- Ability to travel to remote programmatic sites within the country.
- Experience in managing funded projects and proven ability to write proposals and reports to main humanitarian donors (ECHO, DFID, OFDA, etc.)
- Self Awareness
- Vision Setting
- Agility, complexity and ambiguity
- Relationship building
A competitive and fair pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors. The salary range for this position is set in scale 9 with a salary range between € 3302,– to € 5082,– gross per month based on 40 hours a week.
Application Closing Date
24th April, 2017.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online
Job Title: WASH Coordinator
Req ID: 1461
Purpose of the Position
To provide strategic leadership and facilitate quality, gender-sensitive, accountable, and impact-focused emergency WaSH interventions in LCB NE humanitarian response, building on existing programming, as well as influencing policy and practice and representing Oxfam on WASH issues
Strategic Planning and Coordination:
- Define and shape strategic objectives and priorities for the WASH strategy and contribute to other strategies, involving collaboration with other programme units.
- Ensure that the strategy is informed by sound analysis, with consultations with teams and concerned stakeholders and are devised in promotion of Oxfam’s values, culture
- Overall responsible and focal point together with other coordinators in the scale up response in newly accessible areas.
- Provide strategic advisory support, linking up Oxfam GHT advisors, UN and other agencies in the WaSH sector based in Maiduguri
- Ensure that “lessons learned” from the emergency interventions in NE Nigeria is conveyed to the department to influence future policies and planning.
- Explore and develop strategic partners contributing to quality and scaling up of programmes:
- Liaise with donors on WASH technical issues of the programme (as required)
- Advocate on programmatic options and link in with policy/advocacy team as required.
Project design and implementation:
- To continuously assess the context, and design/adapt the programme and team composition as required by the context, ensuring that operational plans take into consideration risks
- Ensure a high quality, multi-sectoral approach, aiming at reaching appropriate minimum SPHERE and internal technical standards, with a focus on quality and accountability.
- Work closely with TLs to agree on operational plan and share process guidelines and systems to be used in emergency WASH to ensure that quality objectives are met.
- Support the preparation/ inception of projects, including recruitment of key WASH staff and activity planning as required.
- Lead the team direct and remotely (as appropriate) on assessments, compiling the report and leading on analysis and response plans
- Develop guidelines and tools with teams for implementation, and also to ensure compliance with established guidelines and standards.
- Endeavour to ensure a good working relationship with support functions, procurement planning, preparing supply requisitions, distribution plans, staffing requests, budgets etc in a timely manner
- Proactively ensure that gender equity issues are taken into account in all aspects of Oxfam’s work and encourage mainstreaming of gender into all programme aspects by increasing knowledge of the staff, community structures and beneficiary communities through trainings/ awareness raising activities and incorporating gender data in program monitoring and design.
- Ensure that the programme is accountable to beneficiaries through promoting their participation, providing them with information about programme activities and ensuring that beneficiary feedback is used effectively to adapt the programme.
- To represent Oxfam at national and state level Coordination meetings and other sub-sector meetings when needed or requested by NEPC.
Management of Oxfam staff:
- In line with Oxfam performance management procedures, matrix line manage PHE/PH TLs – ensuring that overall performance management is in place and used effectively by the team in the Yemen humanitarian programme.
- Build a strong team spirit and vision, ensuring that discussions on Oxfam country strategy, project implementation strategies, roll on WaSH strategies and detailed implementation planning are shared with the team, understood and implemented
- Ensure an internal coordination mechanism is in place (regular staff meeting and reporting) & feedback is provided to PMs and NEPC, HRco in a timely manner.
Monitoring, Evaluation, Review, and Learning:
- Close collaboration with MEAL Co and inputs/technical support on developing new MEAL tools to be used by the team to ensure that relevant information is being collected to inform strategy and implementation, and to ensure accountability and learning.
- With support from MEALco- guide and support field staff in effective on-going monitoring on project outcomes/impacts, and render technical advice for fine-tuning plans/modalities where required.
- Guide on technical standards in operation reports (internal/ for donors).
- Ensure project learning is captured, consolidated and disseminated.
- Incorporate best practices in projects, and guide program staff on sharing strategies, procedures, successes and lessons learnt at national level and if appropriate regional level with appropriate partners and within Oxfam.
Communicating Oxfam’s work:
- Responsible for WASH contribution to Oxfam’s work, representing and developing good relationships with Ministry/departments/UN and other agencies, be proactive in ensuring that Oxfam develops and maintains a positive profile.
- Keep informed of relevant programme issues and context and to contribute to wider programme learning.
- Work together with the Technical Leads advocating on issues raised by programme team
- As and when requested lead on reporting writing and provide updates to WASH Sector
- You have a Bachelors/Masters degree in in a related discipline;
- Over 5 yrs + experience in emergency WASH programming preferably with Oxfam. This includes large scale up (sudden onset) programme design;
- Solid experience in working in conflict setting/remote operations and working in fragile and insecurity contexts;
- Excellent understanding of SPHERE and Oxfams internal min standards/tools;
- Able to influence/negotiate and advocate technical options and strategy to donors and team;
- Strategic development skills, with the ability to translate concepts easily into practical actions;
- Able to work remotely with team;
- Ability to develop and implement a robust, sustainable capacity building programme for national staff, local govt departments and local partners. Proven coaching and mentoring skills;
- Able to take initiative and have the ability to think outside the box (particularly when operating in complex emergency);
- Able to integrate gender/protection and PHP/EFSL for quality integrated response;
- Excellent English written skills.
What We Offer
Oxfam Novib is committed to providing you with a competitive, fair, and comprehensive pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors. The salary range for this position is set in scale 9 with a salary range between € 2962,– to € 4557,– gross based on 36 hours a week.
Application Closing Date
24th April, 2017.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online
Job Title: Grants and Compliance Advisor
- Manage the risks to Oxfam’s program and resources in the Lake Chad Basin CAT 1 humanitarian response, by monitoring the management of restricted donor contracts and ensuring high quality compliance management.
- This includes working closely with finance, logistics, funding and program staff in Nigeria, Niger and Chad to ensure and maintain a high standard of compliance.
- The Grants and Compliance Advisor will report to the Oxfam Germany Head of Humanitarian Aid. The position will be based in Maiduguri (Nigeria) with frequent travels to the other Oxfam offices within the Lake Chad region.
Responsibilities and Accountabilities
- Ensure relevant program, funding, logistics and finance staff are informed on restricted contracts with German donors including all relevant donor rules and regulations
- Support and provide quality control of all aspects of contract management of institutional funding contracts with German donors for the LCB response
- Review financial and narrative reports for compliance with Oxfam and donor requirements. This includes supporting and building restricted fund-management capacity and knowledge of donor requirements within Program, Finance and Logistics teams, with particular respect to funding allocations, exchange and interest rate issues and procurement rules
- Support Funding, Finance and Program teams to produce monthly spending reviews for each relevant donor contract. This includes ensuring proper allocation of spending to match funds available under the relevant contracts and avoid under spends
- Ensure smooth communication with the Humanitarian Team of Oxfam Germany
- Support proposal development for German donors
Technical Skills, Experience & Knowledge
- Degree from a recognized University/College in Business Administration, Finance, Economics, Statistics or any other related area that can bring added value to the job
- Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience for graduate holders, including budgeting, planning, program cycle management, preferably in an international NGO
- Knowledge in donor requirements and managing funds from German institutional donors
- Sound skills in capacity building in relation to fundraising and grants management
- Excellent in the use of computers and Microsoft Office, especially Excel
- Excellent personal communication skills, in written and verbal English and French, with high impact influencing and persuasive skills
- Good administrative and numerical skills and attention to detail
- Demonstrated organizational awareness and understanding of knowledge management
- Strong analytical and conceptual thinking skills; able to understand complex issues and translate them into simple, workable actions and plans
- Ability to adjust to constantly changing situations while maintaining focus on delivery and follow-through
- Ability to work in an tropical environment
- Commitment to Oxfam’s overall aims and policies and experience of promoting women’s rights and the interests of marginalized people in all aspects of Oxfam’s work
- Permission to work in Germany
- Fluency in written and spoken German is an advantage
- Sufficient knowledge of Oxfam’s priorities and development and humanitarian program work is an advantage
- Experience of working with Oxfam systems
- A job in a highly motivated team within an international NGO.
- An appropriate remuneration.
- This position is classified according to Oxfam Germany´s reward structure into level 14.
Application Closing Date
7th May, 2017.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their full applications with Cover letter, CV and certificates (if possible summarized in one PDF file and by indicating the source, where you read of our invitation to tender), to the Head of HR & Organization, Oxfam Deutschland, via the e-mail: [email protected]
- For further questions, please contact Mr. Wolfgang Prangl, Head of Humanitarian Aid, phone +49 30/45 30 69-504
- Interviews will take place in Berlin presumably by mid May 2017.