Oxfam NGO Job in Kenya

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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 many developing countries, Kenya is undergoing rapid urbanisation. It’s estimated that by 2050 half the Kenyan population will be living in urban areas. This high presents a myriad of challenges. 34% of the 17 million poor Kenyans are urban poor and most of them live in informal urban settlements. Oxfam in Kenya Since starting work in Kenya in 1963, Oxfam has: provided long-term development aid and emergency relief, for example supporting refugees; promoted peace and managed conflicts between communities; campaigned for better governance and equitable access to services. We aim to help citizens stand up for their rights, and we work with others from government, civil society, communities, international development actors and the private sector. Working with dry-land communities In Turkana and Wajir we develop market-based alternative and complementary livelihoods, supporting fishermen and traders. Working with poor urban communities In the capital, Nairobi, we work with partners to run water kiosks, “bio-centers” that turn human waste into usable energy and improve sanitation, and recycling plants for unemployed youth. Our social protection programs provide cash to help poor families cope with rising costs of food and water and kickstart small businesses. Peace-building and conflict management We focus on enhancing communities’ capacity to resolve conflicts and co-exist peacefully. We also influence national policy through the National Steering Committee on Peace-Building and Conflict Management, under the Office of the President. Climate change We’re working closely with others, supporting local civil society to hold the Government accountable for its response to climate change. We’re also generating relevant climate change data to inform advocacy positions locally and internationally. Governance All of Oxfam’s work in Kenya is rooted in promoting better governance – at local, regional and national levels – by strengthening poor people’s ability to defend and demand their rights. We work to ensure that our partners and the communities we work with have their voices and concerns heard, and that the Government fulfils its responsibilities to poor Kenyans
Responsibilities and Accountabilities
Management and Coordination
  • Under the auspices of the HECA Regional Director, heads the Program Management Unit (PMU) and is therefore responsible for the supervision and cohesion of the overall Program implementation in a successful, timely and qualitative manner.
  • Ensures good coordination and communication between the 3-different country – based Program Teams, makes link between the three Program Managers (PM) based in countries, generates energy and feed relationships between the countries, the grant holder (Oxfam Belgium), the OI HECA Regional Platform, OI Global Humanitarian Team (GHT) and the other Oxfam affiliates involved
  • Together with the Program Teams, is responsible for the definition and implementation of realistic and coherent work plans
  • Ensures compliance with the requirements of the donor, and ensures that the conditions in the MoUs between Oxfam Belgium and Oxfam in countries are met
  • Is responsible for the consolidation of interim and final reports as well as the proper monitoring and achievement of agreed outcomes and targets
  • Ensures narrative and financial progress reports are of good quality and comply with Oxfam’s standards and the donor’s expectations and requirements. He/she will coordinate the production of narrative reports, produce the consolidated version and check the coherence between the narrative and the expenses.
  • He/she coordinates the required inputs from all parties involved in the Program including the Oxfam Programs in Burundi, Tanzania and the DRC, the Global Humanitarian Team (GHT), local and national actors and other stakeholders;
  • He/she will coordinate cross – learning between the Oxfam Programs in Burundi, Tanzania and the DRC, the regional platform and GHT and institutionalize harmonized
    best practices and produce documentation of evidence and learning;
Thematic Guidance
As the Program focuses on DRR, the Program Coordinator is also expected to steer the three country teams on DRR thematic areas, supported by the DRR Global Adviser based in Brussels. He/she:
  • Brings thematic support to the Program implementation and supports gathering and sharing of good practice among country Programs integrating Disaster Risk Reduction with the support of the DRR global Adviser
  • Contributes to provide strategic analysis and guidance on DRR at regional level.
  • contributes to the development of emergency response strategies that help communities and national governments to be better prepared to natural disasters in the region.
  • contributes to influencing policies and practices: works with others to influence development and humanitarian policies and practices especially in disaster risk reduction, including our own Program policies, based on and learning from Program experience.
  • If needed, supports other regional and country DRR Programs in HECA when the project implementation allows
  • If needed, supports the writing of new projects/Programs proposals in the region
Technical Skills, Experience & Knowledge
Essential
  • Master degree in a relevant field required;
  • You can demonstrate 3 years’ experience in managing complex international projects/Programs;
  • Demonstrated DRR knowledge and at least one year experience in a DRR related position (adviser or Program Manager)
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, prioritize, meet deadlines, and hold self and others to account;
  • Proven analytical, strategic planning, project design, project cycle and financial management skills;
  • Strong communication and influencing skills, with proven ability to build relationships with a diverse range of local, national and global stakeholders;
  • Proven experience in supporting multi-disciplinary teams, and coaching individuals from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds;
  • Sound understanding of monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) principles and practice;
  • Experience in capacity building and capacity development approaches and affinity with promoting local leadership;
  • Understanding of international humanitarian aid systems and agencies, and the roles and responsibilities of local and national actors in humanitarian response;
  • Awareness about humanitarian sector quality standards and codes such as the Core Humanitarian Standards, NGO/Red Cross Code of Conduct, SPHERE and Oxfam International polices and best practice;
  • Willingness to travel regularly to the countries of implementation (and possibly Belgium)
Desirable
Languages:
  • English (required) both verbal and written.
  • French (required) both verbal and written.

How to Apply

If you believe your qualifications meet the requirements, please click on the “apply” button to start the application process. If you have any query regarding this position, please contact [email protected]

Oxfam International is an equal opportunities employer, committed to diversity within the workplace.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please note that applications that do not have a covering letter and Résumé/CV will not be considered (you will need to combine your Résumé/CV into one document before attaching it to your application) Thank you in advance for your interest in this position.

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