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 a life free from poverty.
Oxfam in Africa (OiA) embraces all the Oxfam stakeholders’ entities (countries, clusters, advocacy offices and affiliates) on the continent and seeks to enable and enhance impact through collaboration and integration.
The Africa platform will deliver Oxfam’s impact and Influence in Africa. The plural and robust leadership team will represent the different Oxfam stakeholders in the continent. It will include Oxfam in South Africa (OZA)’s Executive Director (as the only affiliate currently in the continent and the new ones will be included in due time), the Country Directors, SAF Cluster Director from the programmes in Africa who will be leading on specific themes/priorities within Oxfam in Africa and the Africa Platform Senior Leadership Team (SLT). There will be a collaboration with the North Africa cluster especially on the influencing work but no direct management relationship.
The Africa Platform aims for a collective leadership approach. The Senior Leadership Team (SLT) which comprises the Africa Director and their direct reports (the 2 Africa Deputy Directors [ADD]-, Director of Programme and Influencing, Head of People & Culture and Head of Business Operations); will be responsible for developing, implementing, and coherence of the Africa Horizon Planning. This team will ensure that the new ways of working, collaborative approach, brokering relations, and feminism principles guide the Africa Platform organisation and work in the continent. The SLT team will guarantee accountability towards 1) the people with and for whom we work, 2) partners and other external entities, 3) the Oxfam International Executive Leadership Team (OI-ELT), and whatever form of Africa Governance is established as part of ongoing governance reforms as well as other internal Oxfam entities. Programme impact, influencing and quality will be the core responsibility and accountability of the Programmes and Influencing Director, working together with their team, the two ADD, and the countries and cluster leadership on the continent. The Director is accountable for ensuring the development and proper monitoring of the Africa Humanitarian strategy while their direct report, the Head of Humanitarian, is responsible for the strategy development and implementation.
About the role
Oxfam in Africa is seeking a Programme and Influencing Director to provide strategic leadership, ensuring that Oxfam has a coherent, innovative and ambitious ONE programme, including humanitarian, and influencing strategy in line with the Oxfam 2030 global strategic framework
Reporting to the Africa Director, the position is also accountable for mobilizing key resources, alliances and partnerships to execute the strategy to save lives, build resilience and deliver impact at scale to reduce economic, climate and gender inequality in Africa. They are also accountable for Oxfam in Africa to remain relevant and add value in shaping key policies and practices with key decision-making bodies on the continent. They also have the accountability to ensure a data-driven, evidence-based, learning, reflective and storytelling organization across Africa. The Programmes and Influencing team working under the strategic leadership of the Director will oversee the development–of humanitarian-resilience nexus programming synergies and guarantees the humanitarian response support to countries and cluster is provided and meets Oxfam standards. They will lead on transformative partnerships, as well as programme quality, learning and accountability. The director and his/her team will ensure that the Africa Platform works closely with and contributes to Oxfam’s worldwide campaigns, ensuring that Oxfam empowers people across the Sub Sahara Region of Africa to take action on inequality, climate and gender justice and work together with the NAF team.
The Director of Programmes and Influencing will provide strategic leadership to the thematic leads in the programmes and influencing team that will lead in many of the areas like climate change, gender, economic justice, and the emerging digital world among others and will have competencies in these specific thematic areas linked to the global strategic goals and horizon themes. In addition, some roles will respond to the programmatic needs based on restricted funding coming into the platform. Programme quality will also be a key area of focus.
Leadership over Strategy Development & Execution and One Programme Approach
Human Resource Management
Programme Quality and Impact at Scale
Knowledge Management and Learning
Experience, Knowledge and Competencies
The most relevant Oxfam Leadership competencies for this role:
Location: Anywhere in Sub Saharan Africa where Oxfam is able to contract.
Contract/role length: 4 years fixed term
Salary: In line with Oxfam pay range (B1 international)
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Closing date: 14th May 2023
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