Friday, March 09, 2012

Oxfam jobs in Nairobi, Kenya

Oxfam’s Kenya Programme is a complex programme that incorporates both rapid and slow onset emergencies as well as longer term development and policy work. Oxfam Kenya Programme applies a one programme approach which means it has multiple activities that support a holistic approach to humanitarian, development and advocacy for long lasting change in poverty reduction.

Oxfam in Kenya works in the north, principally in Turkana, Dadaab and Wajir, the Nairobi informal settlements and on national level advocacy and coordination issues in multi stakeholder fora. In Kenya, Oxfam aims to help 1.3 million people with clean water, cash initiatives and veterinary support people’s livestock. To this end, we are seeking to fill the following positions:

Program Coordinator

Location: Lodwar, Turkana
Contract: Open ended; National Level C2

This is a senior position reporting to the Arid & Semi Arid Land (ASAL) Coordinator. The Programme Coordinator will take overall management of the Turkana program with a specific focus to program development, innovation, representation and advocacy and Monitoring Evaluation Accountability & Learning (MEAL).
  • The post holder will work in close liaison with the Turkana team to ensure compliance with donor requirements in procurement, financial management reporting and in line with Oxfam’s internal procedures and minimum standards.
  • You will work closely with the Turkana, Nairobi based teams and technical specialists and support the proposal and project development in line with overall strategy.
  • In collaboration with members of the field team, you will monitor the overall status of key environmental, social, economic and political indicators and participate in making recommendations for adjustment in strategy or project elements as necessary.
  • The post holder will ensure coordination between Oxfam and other organisations (particularly Government line ministries, other NGOs, the UN and The Diocese of Lodwar).
  • In addition to support all programme staff to collaborate effectively in district initiatives as these align to Oxfam’s ASAL programme strategy and strategic local and national alliances.
  • The incumbent of this position is expected to ensure effective security management in line with Security Guidelines, Standard Operating Procedures and Oxfam’s Security Policy. You will report regularly to the ASAL Coordinator through sitreps and progress reports and informally as required. To be successful in this role, you will, you will have a minimum of a first degree in social sciences, coupled with in-depth experience of managing development and/or humanitarian projects.
  • Exposure to the NGO working environment is essential. You will have proven leadership and management skills, demonstrating an ability to communicate and delegate effectively within a diverse, committed and motivated team and ability to work independently as required.
  • Proven ability to analyse complex external contexts, monitor change and translate into appropriate planning and action in line with a good understanding of Disaster Risk Reduction, and when necessary, ensuring appropriate application of standards in humanitarian response is essential.
  • You will demonstrate the ability to identify and implement opportunities for innovation.
  • Equally important is your diplomacy, influencing and negotiating skills and ability to build good relations both internally and externally.
Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Officer

Location: Nairobi
Contract: Fixed Term 4 months; National Level D1
  • The Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Officer will serve as Oxfam Kenya Humanitarian Advocacy and communication lead and will be expected to lead on developing and delivering Oxfam’s humanitarian related policy analysis, strategy and messages.
  • The post holder will engage in networking activities; building relationships with Nairobi based humanitarian agencies and in the field to continually inform, challenge, and improve advocacy messaging and tactics.
  • S/he will undertake advocacy and lobbying as required with incountry organizations such as the Government of Kenya, the UN, donors and embassies, support the Country Director, Policy & Advocacy Advisor, the ASAL co-ordinator, in their representational roles as well as ensure that the advocacy and communication work on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and humanitarian issues is coherent and supports the strategic goals of the team.
  • The incumbent of this position will be expected to support the development and implementation of humanitarian media and communication strategy as well as undertake and commission policy research as appropriate and agreed with line manager.
  • To be successful in this role, you will have a university education in political science, international law, international development, communications or an equivalent qualification, experience in emergency situations with a demonstrated understanding of context, dilemmas, challenges and ways of working, have a track record in advocacy management coupled with experience in influencing government, donors, and other organisations through representation and/or advocacy, especially national governments and multilateral bodies such as the United Nations.
  • You will be expected to have a strong understanding of humanitarian principles and international humanitarian law, experience in communication and media engagement work, as well as experience in adopting different ways of working in challenging contexts for advocacy.
Programme Officer - Climate Change

Location: Nairobi
Contract: Open Ended; National Level D1
  • The Climate Change Officer will coordinate technical support in the implementation of climate change related disasters in programs, which reflects Oxfam’s poverty, gender and rights based focus, linking work with other organisations.
  • The post holder will work closely with and support Kenya Programme and it’s partners on climate change in line with the Programme’s strategic direction.
  • You will ensure that Oxfam’s climate change response in Kenya is informed by and supports existing good practices; contributes to Oxfam International’s global initiatives to climate change and improves Oxfam’s global advocacy alliance building around climate change.
  • You will manage information documentation and dissemination for learning within and without the programme.
  • To be successful in this role you will have a degree in social science, environmental sciences or other development related field, with proven effective work experience in climate change work coupled with extensive experience in advocacy and networking.
  • You will have strong analytical skills; competence in participatory learning and action approaches.
  • Exposure to the NGO working environment is essential.
  • You will be required to have well developed interpersonal and team skills, good written and spoken English as well as be organised and able to keep clear and concise records.
To apply

If you believe you fit the profile, please submit your application and CV detailing your experience for the post, including daytime telephone contact and two referees, preferably your current line managers to

kenyajobs@oxfam.org.uk by 23rd March 2012.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organization

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