Programs Director For Southern Africa at Oxfam

Oxfam Nigeria

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

One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilizing the power of people against poverty. Around the world, Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. We save lives and help rebuild livelihoods when crisis strikes. And we campaign so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions that affect them. In all we do, Oxfam works with partner organizations and alongside vulnerable women and men to end the injustices that cause poverty.

implemented both development, and humanitarian and policy interventions to support practical and innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty. We work with local stakeholders to find lasting solutions to the root causes which keep people in poverty.

Oxfam is currently collaborating with the Government, international and local CSOs, UN Agencies, movements and other stakeholders.

Our vision for the region remains “a just and sustainable future for all people in Southern Africa”. We are committed to our mission to “fight inequality to end poverty and injustice”. Oxfam envisions Southern African countries to be free of extreme inequality and injustice; a society where citizens and particularly women across all age groups claim and exercise their rights and responsibilities and can influence decisions that affect their lives.

The Oxfam Southern Africa Strategy Framework outlines three core areas of work.

  • Just Economies – i.e., Agriculture & Food Systems, Transformation and Fiscal Justice & Resource Governance
  • Gender Justice – i.e., Women’s Transformative Leadership, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Sexual Reproductive Health Rights & Services (SRHRS) and Ending Violence Against Women & Girls (EVAWG)
  • Humanitarian Disaster Management – i.e. a strategic shift from response to anticipatory humanitarian action, focusing on the whole disaster management cycle that links to ongoing disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience building actions
  • Accountable governance is at the core of all our work, as we work to
  • Influence democratic values and promotion of civic space across the region

In 2021 the Southern Africa country offices were reorganised to become a single organisational entity with programming hubs in multiple locations across the region. The intention of the new SAF model was to become One Oxfam in Southern Africa. Our new way of working aims to: i) Drive the localisation agenda by supporting local partners’ leadership in our programs; 2) Broaden our impact as a region and have program reach that encompasses the SADC region; 3) Increase program management efficiency through consolidation of our business services and 4) Strengthen program coherence and synergies across the region.

The SAF Programs Director will be responsible and accountable for the strategic direction and effective management of the SAF regional program, ensuring development of the Partnership model, continued improvement in quality and impact of program and effective financial and human resource management in line with Oxfam Policy.

With support from the Oxfam in Africa Deputy Director/Oxfam International Global Programs Director (OI PD), the SAF Programs Director will implement the Oxfam 2030 Vision. This vision aims to create a stronger Oxfam that is globally coordinated and relevant in every location in which we work, as well as develop a stronger presence and influence of Oxfam across the SADC countries.

The SAF Programs Director has overall responsibility for the Oxfam International (OI) program in Southern Africa and is accountable to the SAF Regional Governance Group.

The position reports to the Oxfam in Africa Deputy Director.

The person

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

  • Significant senior leadership and management experience in the development and delivery of high-quality programs, influencing 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.
  • Proven track record of leading and motivating multi-disciplinary, geographically remote teams and operations across a number of locations.
  • Demonstrated experience in being a leader in promoting women’s rights and gender equity.
  • 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 track record of success in representing an organization with partners, government agencies, private sector organizations, media and donors at senior level: nationally and globally.
  • Ability to maximise fundraising from diverse institutions, both local and international.
  • High level financial and asset management skills to steer and efficiently manage the operational budget across a number of locations.
  • Experience of managing security, risk and legal compliance within an INGO context.
  • Proven track record of making sound judgements in uncertain and pressurised situations.
  • Demonstrable ability to convey complex messages in an appropriate manner to broad and diverse audiences.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to motivate, influence and negotiate.
  • Proficiency in English.
  • Spoken and written Portuguese language will be an added advantage.

How to apply

If you believe your qualifications meet the requirements, please apply using the link Closing date:12 May 2023


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