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  • Posted: Mar 17, 2021
    Deadline: Mar 28, 2021
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  • In Kenya, Oxfam works with others to alleviate poverty and inequality. We work with the most vulnerable communities in the dry and remote northern regions, and in the impoverished slums of the capital, Nairobi. In Kenya, the highest poverty levels are in the northern pastoralist districts - in some areas 95% of people fall below the poverty line. Like ...
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    Extractives Project Officer

    Annual Budget

    None

    Shaping a stronger Oxfam for people living in poverty

    Job Purpose

    The Extractives Project Officer will be a core member of the FAIR for ALL Programme under the Natural Resources Programme; which seeks to support and strengthen CSOs to play their diverse roles; as educators, mobilizers, creators and watchdogs to make trade and value chains FAIR for ALL. The key areas of focus for this role will be to, implement specific project activities through effective project management approaches; supporting partners to develop organisational capacity building to deliver high quality extractives programme; and to establish and maintain linkages with other thematic and programmatic areas, as well as with relevant state and non-state actors particularly at County level. The Extractives Project Officer will be required to support in the implementation of campaigning and influencing strategies, undertaking of research, monitoring, evaluation and learning as well as ensuring the programme takes into account gender equity, accountability and active citizenship.

    The Project Officer will also contribute to resource mobilization for co-financing of the projects to ensure that the programme is fully resourced.

    Key Responsibilities

    Programme Design, Implementation, Quality and Resourcing 40%

    • Ensure plans and objectives contribute to the broader country programme strategy and particularly on the Natural Resources Programme, as well as involve collaboration with other programmes.
    • Effective, timely and quality delivery of project activities and deliverables.
    • Continuously monitoring implementation of the project activities including budget tracking and prepare monthly and periodic report for sharing with Oxfam management, development partners and stakeholders.
    • Budget management oversight.
    • Ensure continuous coordination with the MEAL Advisor in implementing the monitoring and evaluation components of projects (for Oxfam and partners) and documenting the lessons learnt for their application, quality assurance and for adjustments to the project where necessary.
    • Support in initiating new programme strategies which help achieve impact on the programme objectives in close collaboration with Oxfam staff and other stakeholders.
    • Work with other Oxfam project/programme staff and partners in developing new program interventions and fundraising for project or programme financing.
    • Perform any other tasks related to the project which may be advised by the management from time to time.

    Partnership, capacity building and support 30%

    • Brokering, networking, and managing partner relations with project partners, strategic partners, coalitions, networks and County Governments and Assemblies in the project areas.
    • Support the partners in delivering the project targets and objectives including MEAL support, monitoring of partner project activities, review of work plans and budgets, facilitating linkages and learning as well as reporting.
    • Maintain regular communication and positive relationships with other Oxfam staff, the project partners and beneficiaries and stakeholders.
    • Ensure and coordinate regular monitoring, quality, review, and timely submission of partner narrative and financial reports.
    • Ensure compliance of Oxfam and donor requirements on project delivery and reporting by partners.

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    Research, Knowledge Generation and Management 30%

    • Implementation of specified components of the projects under the Natural Resources Programme that include influencing Extractives Sector regulations including policies, legislations, and decisions for the benefit of target beneficiaries.
    • Through technical guidance, to support relevant research, policy analysis and lobbying on
    • the various extractives sector policy & practice issues taking into consideration gender, inequality, and active citizenship.
       
      • To support partners on their influencing and campaigning strategies and activities.
      • To support the design and implementation of public offline and digital campaigns relevant to the programme.
      • To coordinate with the Communications and MEAL advisor on the documentation of the programme and partner information, learning and case stories for programme visibility and fundraising.
         
      • Required

        Technical Skills, Knowledge and Experience
        • Professional/Technical qualifications — a bachelor’s degree in Law, Development Studies, Social sciences, Financial and Project Management or governance-related field combination of education, experience, and training.
        • At least 3-5 years experience and knowledge working in oil, gas, and mineral areas in Kenya.
      • Knowledge and/or experience of project management and implementing extractive sector projects and initiatives, stakeholder engagements, with understanding of relevant County, National and Global issues.
      • Strong communication, analytical, and networking skills; writing must be easily adaptable to a variety of audiences.
      • Research and professional writing skills with demonstrated experience in managing and working with researchers and consultants including developing strong terms of reference and effective supervision.
      • A strong understanding of gender, women's rights, development issues and the political and economic context in the extractives sector.
    • Fund raising, donor reporting and budget management skills.
    • Commitment to and good knowledge of working with networks, coalitions and a partnership approach across the spectrum of Oxfam's work, including innovative approaches to capacity strengthening.**

    Desired

    • Proven experience working in a complex, dispersed organisation with evidence of facilitating and integrating a specific area of expertise across a wide network, contributing to vision setting and implementation with impact, some level of decision making and the delivery of agreed results.
    • Knowledge of and/or experience dealing with extractive industries including artisanal and small-scale mining, community and stake holder engagements and environmental issues
    • Politically astute, with high impact influencing and persuasive skills and personal gravitas to gain respect and build and maintain strong, credible relationships, with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
    • Demonstrated experience in managing partners including effective oversight and capacity building as well as mobilizing and organizing marginalized communities and groups to influence positive change to their lives.
    • Ability to communicate using Swahili language.

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    Key Behavioural Competencies (based on Oxfam’s Leadership Model)

    Competencies **

    Description

    Decisiveness

    We are comfortable to make transparent decisions and to adapt decision making modes to the context and needs.

    Influencing

    We have the ability to engage with diverse stakeholders in a way that leads to increased impact for the organisation We spot opportunities to influence effectively and where there are no opportunities we have the ability to create them in a respectful and impactful manner.

    Humility

    We put ‘we’ before ‘me’ and place an emphasis on the power of the collective, nurture the team and play to the strengths of each individual. We are not concerned with hierarchical power, and we engage with, trust and value the knowledge and expertise of others across all levels of the organization.

    Relationship Building

    We understand the importance of building relationship, within and outside the organization. We have the ability to engage with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in ways that lead to increased impact for the organisation.

    Listening

    We are good listeners who can see where deeper levels of thoughts and tacit assumptions differ. Our messages to others are clear and consider different preferences.

    Mutual Accountability

    We can explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our organizational values. We are ready to be held to account for what we do and how we behave, as we are also holding others to account in a consistent manner.

    Agility, Complexity, and Ambiguity

    We scan the environment, anticipate changes, are comfortable with lack of clarity and deal with a large number of elements interacting in diverse and unpredictable ways.

    Systems Thinking

    We view problems as parts of an overall system and in their relation to the whole system, rather than reacting to a specific part, outcome or event in isolation. We focus on cyclical rather than linear cause and effect. By consistently practicing systems thinking we are aware of and manage well unintended consequences of organisational decisions and actions.

    Strategic Thinking and Judgment

    We use judgment, weighing risk against the imperative to act. We make decisions consistent with organizational strategies and values.

    Vision Setting

    We have the ability to identify and lead visionary initiatives that are beneficial for our organization and we set high-level direction through a visioning process that engages the organization and diverse external stakeholders.

    Self-Awareness

    We are able to develop a high degree of self-awareness around our own strengths and weaknesses and our impact on others. Our self-awareness enables us to moderate and self-regulate our behaviors to control and channel our impulses for good purposes.

    Enabling

    We all work to effectively empower and enable others to deliver the organizations goals through creating conditions of success. We passionately invest in others by developing their careers, not only their skills for the job. We provide freedom; demonstrate belief and trust provide appropriate support. We give more freedom and demonstrate belief and trust, underpinned with appropriate support.

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    For full job description and how to apply please follow the link extractives officer

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Oxfam on jobs.oxfam.org.uk to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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