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Organization: Oxfam GB
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 16 Jan 2018






Oxfam has been working in Ethiopia since 1974, devoted to empowering people against poverty. In 2015-16, the organization consolidated its efforts to meet the needs of the most vulnerable and has reached close to one million people across Ethiopia with life-saving humanitarian assistance. Oxfam’s Humanitarian programme currently operates through five field bases with more than 150 staff – four in Somali region (Jijiga, Daghabur, Kebredehar, and Warder), and Gambella. The development team currently operates in Oromia, Amhara, Tigray and Somali region.

The current humanitarian programme primarily includes CAT 1 drought response as follows: (i) 25 Million GBP drought response with a target of benefitting 1,000,000 people (Programme Focus WASH and EFSVL with gender and cross protection as cross-cutting) in Somali region both direct and through partners; (ii) 5 Million GBP response to South Sudan Refugee Crisis in Gambella with a target of benefitting close to 100,000 people (Programme Focus WASH and EFSVL with gender and cross protection as cross-cutting). In addition, Oxfam has multiple emergency preparedness programme focusing on self and partners’ capacity building.

The role

The Humanitarian Programme Coordinator will provide overall leadership to the design, implementation, management, and coordination of effective and appropriate large-scale humanitarian interventions. This includes country humanitarian strategic management, representation, coordination, programme management, advocacy and programme support at senior levels.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Provide strategic and effective leadership in pulling together Oxfam’s humanitarian response and any scale-up of the same: this include but is not limited to coordination within Oxfam nationally, regionally and globally on humanitarian issues but also to take or ensure an appropriate leading coordination role in the overall national/local response as can be expected with regards to Oxfam’s size and technical expertise;
  • Develop and manage an appropriate response to humanitarian crises in line with agreed standards (e.g. Core Humanitarian Standards, Code of Conduct; SPHERE, Oxfam Gender Policy etc.) and Oxfam’s best practice;
  • Participate as a member of the Country Management Team (CMT) in the overall planning and strategic management of Oxfam – Ethiopia;
  • Within and beyond Ethiopia, develop and maintain a network of Humanitarian actors and issues. Represent Oxfam to donors and diplomatic missions and communicate Oxfam public policy and advocacy positions as and when appropriate to institutions, government, international, UN national and local organizations as required;
  • Work with team members to link humanitarian programmes to another programming, including advocacy and longer-term programmes;
  • Lead the design and development of appropriate contingency plans, and related preparedness and mitigation strategies, including capacity building initiatives, to ensure Oxfam’s humanitarian mandate can be met at all times;

Skills and Competencies required:

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To be successful in this role you should have:

  • Post Graduate Degree or Degree with equivalent work experience from a recognized University/college in International Development or any other related area that can bring added value to the job.
  • Relevant international experience of 7 – 10 years for Postgraduate holders, or 10 years + for degree holders, including budgeting, planning, programme cycle management, preferably in an international NGO/operational UN agency/equivalent, out of which at least 5 years should be supervisory/managerial experience.
  • Extensive experience in large scale humanitarian programming at senior level and humanitarian management in complex, insecure environments.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Oxfam WASH and Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods programming in emergencies, humanitarian response, complex emergencies, conflict resolution and international humanitarian law.
  • Experience of implementing gendered humanitarian interventions and mainstreaming protection in humanitarian interventions.
  • Excellent communicator with strong written and reporting skills, and an excellent ability to influence verbally to persuade with diplomacy and tact.
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a cross-cultural setting with a number of long-distance working relationships across time zones.
  • Experience in fast-paced and difficult emergency contexts.
  • Adaptable in approach to work with a willingness to work under pressure in a demanding environment.
  • Initiative and motivation to work independently and develop solutions to problems. Highly flexible in style with the ability to produce creative and pragmatic solutions to complex problems.
  • Proven ability to work with multi-million budgets mobilized from diverse range of donors, including monitoring and evaluation and reporting.

How to apply:

This is a great opportunity for dedicated and dynamic professionals. If you believe you are the candidate we are looking for, please submit your application and CV including a day time contact by applying online at Ref: INT4086 before the closing date:**16**th January 2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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