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Project Officer Right to Food (R2F) Non-profit Careers - Oxfam

Organisation: Oxfam
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Resilient Livelihood Thematic Manager

About Oxfam:
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 affiliates networked together in more than 90 countries committed to ridding the world of poverty and injustice. To achieve this, we support local projects in developing countries, we lobby governments and companies to take into account the interests of the poorest people and we campaign to involve citizens in our work. We implement our programs by working with local NGO partners and civil society organizations and engaging with private sector and governments. Oxfam employs over 6,000 people worldwide in more than 90 countries. In Uganda, our program is anchored on three broad themes deliberately focused on Women’s Rights: Resilient Livelihoods, Governance and Accountability and Humanitarian Preparedness and Response.

Job Summary: The Project Officer Right to Food (R2F) will be responsible for the strategic development and management of the country program. The incumbent supports Oxfam’s impact locally, regionally, continentally and globally through ensuring program alignment to the key strategic objectives and program standards. The jobholder supports resource mobilisation, specifically for humanitarian/ resilience elements of the strategy. The incumbent is responsible for the promotion of women’s rights is at the heart of all Oxfam in Uganda’s program work. The overall responsibility is project management for all aspects of the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the Right to Food project. The officer will be responsible for planning and implementing project strategies and activities as well as supervising and actively participate in ME&L processes. She/he will also participate in documenting experiences and writing implementation reports. She/he shall be responsible for management of relationships with sub grant partners.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Provide Program Support: 40%
  • Work in close collaboration with both the Resilient Livelihood Manager,  support processes and partner involvement in community based planning and citizen centered programming as well as in taking forward agreed influencing actions. 
  • Ensure the R2F project is implemented by partners as a single project.
  • Ensure R2F project is linked to the broader resilience livelihood theme as well as to  both governance and accountability and humanitarian work of Oxfam  and that Women’s rights is at the core.
  • Ensure sound analysis of current policy trends and support its inclusion in program choices.
  • Gather information about different initiatives by CSOs and ensure they are captured in project implementation design as well as advising on how R2F interventions or any other Oxfam interventions can collaborate with such efforts.
  • Build close working relationships with F4D project and build synergies for complementarity, support and learning.
  • Support the resilient Livelihood manager to develop and implement an effective resilient  program that puts  women at  the centre.
  • Identify and analyses relevant research products and recommend how the R2F project can utilize them.
  • Support Oxfam teams and partners in setting up a research agenda, conducting the research and dissemination of the research products.
  • Ensure that project reporting timelines and project benchmarks are adhered to.
  • Compile project narrative reports from partners and ensure it complies with Oxfam reporting standards.
  • Offer any other support to the program teams especially in areas of research, show casing, advocacy, campaigns, fund raising and  public engagements in the spirit of a one program approach
2. Support Partners: 40%
  • Ensure all the R2F partners are implementing the project as a single project and help coordinate the different activities of partners.
  • Ensure that all the partners produce activity reports and keep them in an organized manner.
  • Support partners in identifying capacity gaps and recommending capacity enhancement plans.
  • Ensure that partner organizations work in accordance with Oxfam  standards and objectives.
  • Support NGOs partners in program/project development through technical advice on participatory community engagement, district level consultation and project design
  • Conduct regular performance assessments and reviews of partner organisations, to ensure that the capacity building program is delivering agreed results, making necessary adjustments as circumstances change
  • Hold and/or participate in regular meetings with partner organisations, and stakeholders  to ensure that the working relationship between them and Oxfam is positive, open and conducive to the successful achievement of agreed objectives.
  • Carry out regular and mutually agreed review visits to partners and other NGOs and provide guidance on enhancing the quality of programmes.
  • Ensure that all action points/ recommendations agreed upon with partners during programme reviews are followed through during programme implementation.
  • Support Program Administrator on development and management of MoUs with Partners and ensure disbursement of funds is done in a timely manner.
3. Implement the MEAL System: 20%
  • Work in liaison with PQ & L Coordinator and thematic manager to ensure that the MEL Framework is effectively adopted by the partners and that monitoring data is well managed and readily available for programme quality control
  • In charge of implementing systems and procedures for better management of partner organisations, especially for monitoring and reporting.
  • Work closely with the grant receiving NGO partners to mutually agree on detailed operational plans, budgets, indicators as well as monitoring, evaluation and learning framework in line with OCS plans and theory of change.
  • Ensure there is proper documentation of all monitoring and evaluation activities and actions taken to make redress where such actions are recommended.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the Oxfam Project Officer Right to Food (R2F) career opportunity should preferably hold a degree in Agricultural economics, Rural Development, Business Development, Economics or any other relevant field. A master’s degree in the relevant field will be added advantage
  • At least three years working experience in a holistic livelihoods improvement program with practical experience in Agriculture, socio-economic development, monitoring and evaluations.
  • Three years’ experience in managing partnerships, and organizational capacity building of local organizations
  • Excellent listening, communication and writing skills
  • Ability to interpret donor regulations on all context of grant management and transactions
  • Broad working knowledge of programming skills, program evaluation and impact measurement.
  • Demonstrated ability in promoting pro-poor demand driven business development and rural financial services.
  • Demonstrated interest and understanding of key concepts such as small scale enterprise development, micro finance and marketing
  • Good organisational and personal management skills, with ability to prioritise work issues to meet deadlines with minimal supervision and ability to adjust to constantly changing situations while maintaining focus on delivery and follow-through;
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of a “Rights Based Approach”;
  • Proven capacity to ensure project implementation in accordance with agreed frameworks and timelines.
  • Excellent analytical and conceptual skills, commitment to “non-directive” styles of working and open minded.
  • Demonstrated ability to be results driven, have excellent prioritisation skills and be committed to meeting deadlines.
  • Willingness to work after working hours and ability to develop work plans.
  • Sharp analytical mind for external context analysis and ability to relate them to Oxfam and partner programs.
  • Ability to conduct gender analysis and apply a gender lense in all program/project interventions
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience of implementing livelihood programs and initiatives, ideally built on mature understanding of relevant issues derived from field experience
  • Knowledge on food security interventions and promoting the right to food
  • Knowledge on the seed system, promoting farmers’ seed rights and seed sovereignty
  • Knowledge on land rights programming
  • Knowledge of climate change adaptation
  • Commitment to and good knowledge of working with networks, coalitions and a partnership approach, including innovative approaches to capacity strengthening.
  • Knowledge of  advocacy, campaigns and lobbying in a diverse socio political set up.
  • Good knowledge of active citizenship and constraints to their participation in decision making processes.
  • Working knowledge of Uganda’s civil society dynamics and key stakeholders in civil society.
  • Knowledge of programme development and delivery approaches, tools, methodologies and best practices
  • Proven knowledge of and experience with donor funding environment and good financial and project management skills;
  • Knowledge of women’s rights

Behavioural Competencies:
  • Humility: We put ‘we’ before ‘me’ and place an emphasis on the power of the collective, nurture the team and play to the strengths of each individual. We are not concerned with hierarchical power, and we engage with, trust and value the knowledge and expertise of others across all levels of the organization.
  • Relationship Building: We understand the importance of building relationship, within and outside the organization. We have the ability to engage with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in ways that lead to increased impact for the organisation.
  • Listening: We are good listeners who can see where deeper levels of thoughts and tacit assumptions differ. Our messages to others are clear, and consider different preferences.
  • Mutual Accountability: We can explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our organizational values.  We are ready to be held to account for what we do and how we behave, as we are also holding others to account in a consistent manner.
  • Self-Awareness: We are able to develop a high degree of self-awareness around our own strengths and weaknesses and our impact on others. Our self-awareness enables us to moderate and self-regulate our behaviors to control and channel our impulses for good purposes.
  • Enabling: We all work to effectively empower and enable others to deliver the organizations goals through creating conditions of success. We passionately invest in others by developing their careers, not only their skills for the job.  We provide freedom; demonstrate belief and trust provide appropriate support. We give more freedom and demonstrate belief and trust, underpinned with appropriate support.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their applications in writing, including a cover letter and curriculum vitae (Not exceeding 2MB) to the HR and Admin Coordinator at oxfamuganda-jobs@oxfamnovib.nl.

Deadline: 10th June, 2016

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