Head of Programs NGO Careers – Oxfam


Job Title:        Head of Programs


Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Country


About US:

Oxfam is a global
movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. We
are an international confederation of 19 organizations (affiliates) working
together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian,
development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries. In Uganda, our program
is anchored on three broad themes deliberately focused on Women’s Rights:
Governance and Accountability, Resilient Livelihoods and Humanitarian
Preparedness and Response.


Job Summary:  The Head of Programs is 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 mobilization. The incumbent ensures
that the promotion of women’s rights is at the heart of all Oxfam in Uganda’s
program work


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Lead program
development and delivery: 40%

  • Ensures the delivery of a country program with demonstrable impact
    and is  accountable for overall
    program quality and learning
  • Working with the PQ & L Coordinator, develop, implement and
    embed,  a knowledge management
    system, that will ensure the sharing of knowledge across the program,
    other country programs, and the broader confederation
  • Oversees the development of program and project improvement plans,
    to ensure effective and timely implementation of the projects and program
  • Builds strong synergy between development and humanitarian
    programming ensuring that resilient thinking, humanitarian planning and as
    necessary response meet Oxfam standards.
  • Ensures that Women’s rights are protected and promoted in all of
    Oxfam’s work in Uganda
  • Working closely with the program funding manager, identify opportunities
    for funding  to ensure the financial
    sustainability of country programme 
    of Oxfam in Uganda
  • Directs and coordinates external program engagement
  • Oversee the partner portfolio, with specific reference to the
    identification of both implementing and strategic partners, and building
    and maintaining these relationships

management and thought leadership: 30

  • Under the leadership of the CD, coordinates programme strategy
  • To provide strategic and technical leadership in the design, development,
    planning  budgeting, and
    implementation and monitoring of the OCS
  • Initiate, coordinate  and lead
    Oxfam’s ONE Program in Uganda ensuring it delivers on the OCS vision and
    objectives and championing the new ways of working embodied in the OCS
  • Deputise for the Country Director as required
  • Participate  in the annual
    budget process, leading on the program budget process, and provide ongoing
    oversight of program budgets

People Development
and Management: 30%

  • Manage and Coordinate the program team to deliver on the OCS,
    providing leadership, Inspiration and guidance and ensuring that the
    management of the team is in line with Oxfam’s HR policies and procedures.
  • The HoP, with support from HR, 
    will manage the life cycle of individuals within the team from pre-recruitment
    to exit, including performance management processes, and working with HR
    on issues such as disciplinary matters.
  • As a key member of the CMT, support the Country Director steer
    organisational learning  for
    effective delivery taking into account Oxfam’s new ways of working.


  • Eager and required to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values (click
    here) as well as the promotion of gender justice and women’s rights (click
  • Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity,
    gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing principles.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The applicant must hold a Master’s degree in Project Management,
    Public/Business Administration, Sociology/Psychology or other related
  • A minimum of 10 years experience managing humanitarian and
    development programs
  • Influencing experience and ability to develop organisational
    networks and associations
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience of development programs,
    humanitarian response and advocacy and campaigning.
  • Knowledge of capacity building, learning and development activities
    and how to create a learning and sharing environment with a strong
    knowledge management basis
  • Politically astute, with a good understanding of key external
    organisations, how they operate and make decisions, and the country
    development context
  • Commitment to and knowledge of creating a partner-led operational
    environment, with an ability to create an internal Oxfam approach that is
    focussed on developing and supporting partner organisations to achieve
    direct impact and results relating to Oxfam’s objectives
  • Knowledge of, and experience in working with donors
  • Proven track record on strong people management skills


Key Attributes:

  • Good managerial skills to co-ordinate the Uganda program team to
    deliver on the OCS objectives.
  • Ability to coach on the building of strong, credible relationships
    with international and local NGOs, government associations, business
    leaders and communities
  • Excellent inter personal communication skills, in written and verbal
    English, with high impact influencing and persuasive skills. Able to use
    different approaches to achieve followership.
  • Ability to adjust to constantly changing situations while
    maintaining focus on delivery and follow-through
  • Ability to cultivate knowledge based relations with different
    stakeholders  going beyond grant
    based relations (strategic partnerships)
  • Strong analytical and conceptual thinking skills; able to understand
    complex issues and translate them into simple, workable actions and plans
  • Ability to think strategically, work creatively, effectively and in
    an innovative manner
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s overall aims and policies and experience of
    promoting women’s rights and those of marginalised people in all aspects
    of Oxfam’s work in Uganda.
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and
    gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities.
  • Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about
    the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and
    diversity for all aspects of development work.
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s safeguarding policies to ensure all people who
    come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible.


How to Apply:

All candidates
should apply online at the link below.




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