East Africa Food Crisis Response Manager At Oxfam


Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect, and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.

We are an international confederation of 19 organizations (affiliates) working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development, and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.

Who We Are

Our vision is to contribute to a transformed and stable Horn, East and Central Africa (HECA) region, where people exercise their right to challenge power and have dignity and security to drive transformative change in their lived experiences.

The HECA is facing its driest conditions in 40 years, while South Sudan has suffered a fifth consecutive year of severe flooding. Prolonged drought and extreme flooding, on top of conflict, locusts and climate change, have devastated harvests and rangelands and triggered a dramatic inflation of food prices. The affected populations are struggling to access food, and more than 20 million people are facing severe food insecurity. Oxfam continues to provide assistance including cash transfers, emergency food and livelihood assistance packages, and WASH assistance (clean water, sanitation facilities and hygiene promotion). Response plans were already in place for all countries, but we are reviewing them to ensure they are consistent with Oxfam’s commitments and expectations. At the moment, the combined target for the responses is 733,000 people and the budget gap is over 20 million Euros. Oxfam had already started responding in Somalia, Kenya and South Sudan since 2021. Responses in Kenya are partner-led, whereas 60% of the response in Somalia are implemented with partners. Oxfam in South Sudan is working with one partner and in Ethiopia, the emergency phase of the response will be directly implemented by Oxfam.

The Role

To provide adequate management, direction and support to Oxfam’s East Africa food security response in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan. The postholder will be the Operational lead for the Response.

The position is accountable to the Regional Director HECA or his/her designate.

The person

We are looking for a dynamic and committed individual with the following:

  • Post Graduate Degree or Degree with equivalent work experience from a recognised 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 post graduate 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.
  • Excellent value-based people management skills, with proven ability to lead multi-cultural with integrity and professionalism always.
  • Extensive experience in large-scale humanitarian and resilience programming at senior levels, including both in sudden-onset disasters and in complex, insecure environments.
  • Experience of working with and influencing government at senior levels.
  • Knowledge of and experience of working with and influencing donors, UN and the cluster system at senior levels.
  • Commitment to and experience of working with local partners, including women rights organizations, and civil society networks and provide strategic support to gradually increase their influence and programme portfolios.
  • Knowledge and understanding of WASH, Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods, Gender and Protection programming in humanitarian response and resilience programming.
  • Experience of implementing gendered humanitarian interventions and mainstreaming of other key programme quality themes such as accountability to local populations in humanitarian and resilience interventions.
  • Commitment to and knowledge of working with networks and a partnership approach across the spectrum of Oxfam’s work, including innovative approaches to influence humanitarian actions
  • Excellent communicator with strong written and reporting skills, and an excellent ability to influence verbally to persuade with diplomacy and tact.
  • Ability to work strategically and cooperatively with a number of different in and out of country stakeholders and working relationships.
  • Adaptable in approach to work with a willingness to work under pressure in a demanding environment.

· Proven ability to work with multi-million budgets, including monitoring and evaluation and reporting.

Our offer

At Oxfam, we believe that every aspect of our work can lead to a positive outcome. If you have the same opinion, together with the ability to meet the challenges involved, this role offers scope for immense personal fulfilment – as well as outstanding opportunities to develop your career. **

Oxfam is committed to providing a competitive compensation package based on a 36-hour work week.

How to apply

If you believe your qualifications meet the requirements, please apply using the link Closing date: 05 April 2022

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, and adults. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

Note: All offers of will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

How to apply

Please click on the “apply” button to start the application process. Please upload an up-to-date CV and a covering letter, clearly explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.

Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be shortlisted – usually within 2 weeks of the closing date.

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