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Annual Salary and Benefits | According to Experience
Internal Job Grade | 6
Contract type | Fixed Terms – Renewable, subject to funding
Reporting to | Country Representative- Humanitarian Program Manager
Staff reporting directly to this post | Three project officers; one MEAL officer
Key relationships/interactions | Oxfam Technical advisors, Oxfam Country Management Team; Donor Agencies including SIDA, ECHO, WFP and UNHCR, Senior Consultants, Local Authorities, other INGOs
Location | Sahrawi refugee camps - Tindouf - Algeria
This position is open to national candidates with demonstrated experience; women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Shaping a stronger Oxfam for people living in poverty.
Oxfam in Algeria – Sahrawi Refugee Camps
Oxfam has operated in the Sahrawi refugee camps since 1975 and has established itself as a key humanitarian actor in the area. Oxfam has developed a multi-sectoral approach spanning WaSH, Food Security and Youth, with a cross-cutting commitment to advocacy and to the humanitarian, development and peace nexus.
To reduce widespread dependence on humanitarian aid, especially food distributions, and to encourage more sustainable and efficient access to nutrition, Oxfam is working with over 500 Sahrawi refugee families to improve small-scale, agro-ecological farming. Oxfam seeks to establish self-sustaining associations of farmers to collectively sell their produce on the local market. Through its support to families, Oxfam is piloting several water-efficient, innovative irrigation techniques to optimize agricultural production in the harsh desert environment.
The majority of Sahrawi refugees remain dependent on humanitarian aid while the nutrition status worsens across the camps. Oxfam’s food security programme promotes access of vulnerable refugees to fresh produce, in complementary to the WFP dry food basket. In conjunction with broad distributions, Oxfam maintains its distribution of gluten-free flour to the celiac population in the camps.
Oxfam's program to strengthen the Food Security and Nutrition of refugees has for years focused on food distributions, especially fresh produce, awareness raising on good food consumption and conservation practices and supporting local agricultural production. At the same time, Oxfam has engaged in livelihoods support, particularly related to agri-business, to promote business opportunities which improve self sufficiency and food security.
In order to complement its action in strengthening Food and Nutritional Security for refugees, Oxfam in Algeria is seeking a Food Security and Livelihoods Program Manager, to contribute and lead on setting up the various field activities of the Food Security and Livelihoods Department.
Under the hierarchical responsibility of the Country Representative-Humanitarian Program Manager (CR-HPM) the Food Security and Livelihoods Program Manager will coordinate Oxfam's food security department in the Sahrawi refugee camps, he/she will be responsible for coordinating food assistance projects, implementing activities that strengthen local agricultural production, the implementation/piloting of new innovative production techniques and other sustainable and experimental agriculture projects, and developing, consolidating, and managing Oxfam’s livelihoods component:
- In close coordination with the funding manager, draft and review internal and external FSL reports and FSL project proposals; Ensure the integration of cross-cutting gender approaches and the management of identified risks when writing project proposals, in collaboration with the Senior Gender and Protection Officer
- Monitoring of indicators and activities, in close collaboration with the MEAL manager and adaptations of food security project plans
- Advise and engage in capacity building of partners/beneficiaries
- Capitalization of the experiences developed in the projects
Project Management and Monitoring and Evaluation
- Ensure effective management of the various FSL programmatic component using well-established project management tools; streamline within department
- Develop and ensure the application of action plans and the methods of implementing food security and livelihoods projects in close collaboration with the CR-HPM, the Field Coordinator, Finance manager, and the logistics department coordinator while ensuring project deliverables and overall consistency of the project
- Lead on developing logical framework for FSL components, including developing indicators and tracking tools for activities and programs
- Provide steer for department’s research component
- Lead on the development of research tools (needs analyses, monitoring and evaluation), in collaboration with local authorities, fundraising manager, MEAL manager, and country representative, to ensure that department’s activities are guided by accurate and usable datasets
Financial Management and Administration
- Ensures budget monitoring and HR management of the food security and livelihoods program in accordance with the procedures established by Oxfam in collaboration with HR, Finance, and Logistics departments
- Acts as budget holder for FSL department and ensures regular revisions of budget and proper tracking of spending, in collaboration with the finance department
- Ensures close follow-up of the team and leads on HR management within the department
- Supervises the work, carries out regular goal setting and performance evaluations
- Leads on diagnosing training and continuous education needs for staff and ensures that needs are addressed by HR department and by the Country Representative
- Ensures that safeguarding policies are streamlined within the department.
- Represent Oxfam to key stakeholders, including local authorities, UN agencies, institutional donors, and government agencies as needed
- Represent Oxfam at food security coordination meetings and other FSL related working groups, meetings with authorities, visits from donors and partners
- Lead in the identification of partners and actors for the implementation of activities, in line with Oxfam policies and procedures
- Assess possibilities, needs and opportunities for local partnerships
- Act as Oxfam’s thematic lead, particularly when liaising with donors, humanitarian actors, and during donor visits
- Support the Country Representative in partnership negotiation by providing technical advice and input
- Work flexibly and take on additional tasks as may be delegated to meet programmatic objectives.
- Participate in team and internal coordination meetings and in workshops organized at country level.
- Take necessary actions to ensure that Food Security activities adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values as well as the promotion of gender justice and women's rights.
Education & Experience:
- At least 5 years of experience in managing projects, preferably focused on food security and livelihoods.
- Experience in leading departments for at least two years; experience as member of country management teams desired.
- University level in agronomy, environmental sciences, biology or any other relevant discipline.
- Deep knowledge of project management is a must (at least 3 years)
- Good knowledge of humanitarian aid and/or development
- Experience in team management
- Knowledge of food security and/or nutrition is an asset
- Practical experience of 5 years, including field experience, in the field of humanitarian cooperation
- Knowledge of donor reporting rules and compliance.
- Good synthesis, analysis and writing skills
- Fluency in English and French mandatory (at least B2 level); Arabic highly desired; Spanish a plus.
- Pro-activity, creativity, autonomy, and ability to work under pressure
- Ability to adapt to difficult situations and to work in precarious conditions
- 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.
- Good facilitation skills and able to accommodate different views, understanding and experience of participants.
- Accountability – Our purpose-driven, results-focused approach means we take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions.
- Empowerment – Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen.
- Inclusiveness – We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.
How to apply
If you believe your qualifications meet the requirements, please send you CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile to Algeria.firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 12/03/2023
Due to the volume of applications, we receive, regrettably, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted- usually within 3 weeks of the closing date.
Key Behavioral Competencies
(based on Oxfam’s Leadership Model)
We are comfortable to make transparent decisions and to adapt decision making modes to the context and needs.
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.
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 organization.
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 organizational 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.
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.
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.