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  • Country Director at Oxfam GB

  • Posted on: 1 November, 2019 Deadline: 23 November, 2019
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  • 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.

    Country Director


    Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

    • Provides strategic leadership and management of Oxfam’s program in country including all development, and humanitarian programming to maximise our influence and impact
    • Accountable to the Horn East and Central Africa (HECA) Regional Director for the delivery, effective management and monitoring, evaluation and learning of the programme against the annual budget and plan. Accountable to the Country Governance Group (CGG) for strategic oversight, programme accountability and affiliation process where appropriate.
    • Ensures overall leadership of disaster preparedness, mitigation and management including humanitarian response activities for Category 1 / 2 / 3 emergencies.
    • Manages the Country Leadership Team and Line manages the work in the country: staff, budget, funding and program.
    • To ensure that the HR Management in the Country is in line with Oxfam Human Resource Policies and procedures including but not limited to the Code of Conduct, Security and Health and Safety.
    • Creates and supports an environment which results in strong partnerships, government relations, knowledge sharing and innovation.
    • Takes the lead in representing Oxfam and the country program nationally and globally. Builds influential relationships and is committed to developing networks for impactful change.
    • Works with the Country Governance Group to ensure that appropriate strategy is created to seek out and maintain new funding sources to support program implementation. Accountable for all donor relations and contract management in country.
    • Working closely with other affiliates with strong interest in the country in order to develop and deliver high quality programmes.
    • Play an active role in drawing on learning from across Oxfam and external sources and sharing evidenced based learning with others.
    • Accesses and uses shared services appropriately and responsibly where applicable.
    • Successfully lead the design, communication and implementation of the One Oxfam Stakeholder Structure, in a participatory process with the support of the Change Management Task Force.
    • Ensure compliance with the INGOs operating requirements as per the Kenya laws and guidelines.

    Technical Skills, Experience & Knowledge

    • Management and Leadership
    • Proven track record of leading and motivating multi-disciplinary, geographically remote teams and operations across several locations
    • Significant senior leadership and management experience in the development and delivery of programs, external relations and humanitarian strategy, with and through partners or directly, in one or more challenging locations.
    • Experience of managing complex change processes and relationships involving a wide range of both internal and external multi-cultural stakeholders across a variety of disciplines and geographical areas.
    • 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.
    • Demonstrable understanding of both long-term development, resilience and humanitarian contexts and application of humanitarian principles.
    • Representation and Communication
    • Proven track record of success in representing an organization with partners, government agencies, private sector organizations, media and donors at senior level: nationally and globally.
    • Proven track record of strong relationship building with government leaders and agencies.
    • Proven track record of success in influencing.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to motivate, influence and negotiate.
    • Finance and Funding
    • Ability to maximise fundraising from diverse institutions, both local and international.
    • High level financial and asset management skills to steer the operational budget across a number of locations.
    • Risk
    • Experience of managing security, risk and legal compliance within an INGO context
    • Proven track record of making sound judgements in uncertain and pressurised situations.
    • Strategic Analytics
    • Ability to manage the development of, and contribute to, the high-level analysis of factors driving poverty, marginalization and vulnerability in developing country contexts. The ability to ‘think politically’ understanding motivations, pressures, power dynamics and challenges faced by colleagues, partners, decision makers and other actors; and the ability to generate effective strategies to influence them.

    Proven analytical skills, with the ability to be:

    • Able to take and manage calculated risks based on evidence based assumptions.
    • Able to think strategically, to maximise adaptability and agility
    • encourage forward thinking, new ideas and learning from experience beyond the country program context while acting within a global framework
    • Good level of IT literacy and an understanding of how new developments in technology can positively contribute to the aims of an INGO


    Committed to a rights based approach including an active commitment to putting women’s rights at the heart of all we do as well as the rights of other marginalized people in all aspects of an organization’s work.


    Ability to travel away from home (up to 50%)


    Proficiency in English

    Method of Application

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

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