15 July 2016

Project Assistant Livelihood & Value Chain Non-profit Jobs - Oxfam

Organisation: Oxfam
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Resilient Livelihoods 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 Assistant Livelihood & Value Chain will be responsible for project management of all aspects of the implementation of the assigned livelihood projects. The incumbent will work closely with Oxfam’s partners to implement projects that are in line with Oxfam Uganda country policy and the one programme approach. The jobholder will also provide vital assistance to resilient livelihood manager in the implementation of the one programme approach in liaison with Oxfam partners.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Program delivery and Partner support: 70%
  • Work closely with the Resilience Programme Officer to support in the Implementation of the Resilient Livelihood theme in line with the Oxfam Country strategy (OCS) and organisational policies.
  • Ensure timely reporting of partners in compliance with donor and Oxfam procedures/reporting requirements; consolidate partner reports
  • Offer support in the preparation of the value chain project proposal documents, project summaries and project reviews.
  • Provide appropriate support to partners implementing livelihood projects in all aspects of project cycle management.
  • Ensure that partner organisations work in accordance with Oxfam standards and objectives
  • Conduct regular performance assessments and reviews of partner organisations and provide guidance on enhancing the quality of projects.
  • Actively participate in regular meetings with partner organisations and relevant value chain multi stakeholder platforms.
  • Ensure that all action points/ recommendations agreed upon with partners during project reviews are followed through during project implementation.
  • Ensure that partner project plans, proposals, work plans and budgets are developed in line with the OCS.
  • Support with partner contracting process, implement and monitor the agreements reached with the consortium or the implementing partners.
Implement the MEAL System: 30%
  • Closely work with the partners to mutually agree on detailed operational plans, budgets, indicators as well as monitoring, evaluation and learning framework.
  • Conduct regular monitoring visits to partners and ensure that reports are written on each visit and shared with the Resilient Livelihood Manager.
  • Actively contribute to organisational learning through systematic documentation, monitoring, evaluation and sharing of information with partners and the relevant programme teams.
  • Constructively support partners‟ management of projects in the various stages of project cycle management, from project appraisal to reporting.
  • Support the donor accountant to monitor partners’ financial reports and ensure that regular partner audits take place.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The ideal candidate must hold academic qualification in Agriculture Economics, Development Economics, Business administration and any other relevant academic qualification
  • At least three years of practical experience in livelihood programming and Agriculture Value Chain Development or other relevant fields.
  • Broad knowledge, understanding and experience of project/programme management cycle, and participatory appraisal techniques.
  • Knowledge of gender mainstreaming in development projects mainly in livelihoods projects and programmes
  • Knowledge of and experience with donor funding environment and good financial and project management skills;
  • Understanding of a “Rights Based Approach”;
  • Knowledge of food security practices, land rights, DRR and identifying and addressing vulnerability is added advantage.
  • Substantial experience of working in partnership/ capacity building of local institutions.
  • Excellent listening, communication and writing skills
  • Ability to prioritise work issues to meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to network and build effective partnerships on programmes/project activities to meet set goals and targets
  • Ability to develop work plans and write good reports

Personal 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: 21st July, 2016

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