Job Title: Regional Programs & Influencing Manager
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Regional Director
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 Regional Programs & Influencing Manager facilitates the development and implementation of the Worldwide Influencing Network within the HECA region and at national level in line with the Worldwide Influencing Network (WIN) transformational goals, the WIN National Influencing Standards and the regional vision for 2020 programmes.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Development of Influential Programmes and Campaigns through a One-Programme Approach: 50%
· In line with vision 2020 develop a clear strategy for the transformation of programming in the HECA region towards influencing, supporting countries (DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda) to transform their programme strategies, resourcing strategies, partnerships, ways of working and ensuring adequate capacity to facilitate the change.
· Work in line with the programme vision for the region, and the individual OCSs for the countries, guide and support countries to develop influencing programmes that show the leap that is expected in our programme ambition.
· Identify and organise support for the translation of the OCSs into effective v2020 programme designs and standards
· Support country leadership to develop appropriate ways of working that will ensure that they are externally focused and tuned to developments within their context ensuring the development of appropriate behaviours for influencing.
· Support countries to identify critical influencing capacity gaps in country level long-term development and humanitarian programming, advocacy and campaigns teams and develop a plan of action that can support the development of such capacities.
· In line with country and regional ambitions to engage with campaign initiatives, facilitate the development and implementation of advocacy and campaigns at the country and regional level, ensuring regional and global linkages.
· Consistent with WIN standards, and the hallmarks of regional programmes, ensure that countries embed the standards in their country strategies and operating models and are regularly reviewing compliance to such standards.
· Consistently explore opportunities for regional and multi-country influencing/ advocacy and campaigns engagement/programmes that add value to the achievement of the programme goals in the region
· Support influencing in fragile states by building peer learning platforms
· Support capacity building across countries and at the regional level.
One Programme Influencing Support, including program leverage, campaigns and advocacy: 50%
· Provide guidance to country teams on good practice around power analysis, evidence based advocacy, public campaigning, effective messaging, risk assessment and ensuring the creation of clear and accessible tools and resources for teams to maximize their program impact through WIN
· Work in close collaboration with the global Digital WIN and ICT for programmes teams, and the regional media lead, explore the use of digital technology in our campaigning and programmes, supporting countries to scale up their ambitions in this area.
· Support countries to develop a wide range of influencing strategies that include advocacy and campaigns, effective networks, and partnerships with multiple stakeholders for the effective delivery of influencing goals ensuring linkages at regional and global level.
· Provide high level technical advice and support to managers, and facilitate the development of quality policy papers.
· Support in-country networks and regional networks to establish an environment of learning and sharing across the region, such that a knowledge management culture is encouraged and implemented and local capacity building occurs
· Stay abreast of and adjust to changing circumstances and understandings regarding international interventions and practices and anticipate, analyse and manage highly complex and diverse public policy issues and programme strategy, ensuring that the region’s ideas and approaches include the latest thinking
· Promote a culture shift in how advocacy, humanitarian, long term development and public engagement staff bring their skills together to achieve change at national level.
· Ensure adequate resourcing allocated within budgets to scale up influencing including advocacy and campaigns at national and regional level and support initiatives for resource mobilisation.
· Promote the integration of women’s rights into national influencing including programme and advocacy and campaigning strategies.
· Steer the development and implementation of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning within national and regional influencing and campaigning initiatives, and in programs in general. Build relationships with external stakeholders and allies including donors, government representatives and other civil society organisations to increase influencing impact.
· Mobilise relevant global financial and staff advocacy and campaign resources in support for national and regional influencing strategies in a timely fashion
· Strengthen the relevance, legitimacy and downward accountability of our global influencing initiatives
· Build meaningful links between local to global (also south-south)
· Provide and facilitate high level influencing support to regional programmes
· Provide fundraising support from an influencing perspective – ensuring that every funding proposal has a strong influencing component to it.
· Support the OI Regional Director in external representation, regional level representation and external engagement as required.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
· Broad knowledge and understanding of the economic, political and social causes and dynamics of poverty, vulnerability and inequality and a familiarity with policy issues related to the creation or reduction of poverty, vulnerability and inequality
· Broad understanding of what represents sustainable and effective development action
· Ability to think and act strategically and understand the relationship between national and regional programmes and the global objectives of Oxfam
· Proven commitment to and hands-on knowledge of Oxfam’s One Programme approach
· Proven experience of leading and/or supporting others to design and deliver advocacy and campaigns, programme and research and policy work in one or more countries in the global south
· In-depth experience of leading or working with team(s) in the global south to enhance influencing capacity and impact
· Multi-year work experience in more than one country in the region
· Excellent inter-personal and collaboration skills, particularly in cross-cultural contexts
· Excellent written skills to support fundraising proposals
· Proven experience of capacity strengthening and advisory work
· Ability to address gender issues and women’s rights in the design/delivery of influencing work
· Very strong analytical and conceptual thinking skills; able to understand highly complex issues and translate them into simple, workable actions and plans.
· Superb judgement that ensures the delivery of a coherent strategy and policy, and grows Oxfam’s reputation across the region
· Excellent communication and influencing skills, with experience of external representation strategies, lobbying, advocacy and campaigning
· Collaborative ways of working as part of a leadership team
· A high level of energy, stamina and flexibility. Ability to adjust to constantly changing situations while maintaining focus on delivery and follow-through, often working under pressure and to tight deadlines
· Fluency in written and spoken English is essential.
· May need to work after hours or at the weekends.
· Ability to travel frequently and at short notice, including to remote and difficult locations
· Decisiveness: We are comfortable to make transparent decisions and to adapt decision making modes to the context and needs.
· Influencing: We have the ability to engage with diverse stakeholders in a way that leads to increased impact for the organization. We spot opportunities to influence effectively and where there are no opportunities we have the ability to create them in a respectful and impactful manner.
· 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.
· Agility, Complexity, and Ambiguity: We scan the environment, anticipate changes, are comfortable with lack of clarity and deal with a large number of elements interacting in diverse and unpredictable ways.
· Systems Thinking: We view problems as parts of an overall system and in their relation to the whole system, rather than reacting to a specific part, outcome or event in isolation. We focus on cyclical rather than linear cause and effect. By consistently practicing systems thinking we are aware of and manage well unintended consequences of organisational decisions and actions.
· Strategic Thinking and Judgment: We use judgment, weighing risk against the imperative to act. We make decisions consistent with organizational strategies and values.
· Vision Setting: We have the ability to identify and lead visionary initiatives that are beneficial for our organization and we set high-level direction through a visioning process that engages the organization and diverse external stakeholders.
· 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 and curriculum vitae with a daytime telephone contact using the link below quoting the position reference.
Deadline: 11th November, 2016
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