OXFAM AMERICA JOB DESCRIPTION
DATE: January 2019
TITLE: Program Officer, Power and Money
LOCATION: Washington, DC, with possible consideration of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique or Ghana
REPORTS TO: Associate Director, Extractive Industries
DURATION: 2 years with the possibility of extension
DEPARTMENT: Power and Money Theme
COORDINATES WITH: Oxfam country teams in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique and Ghana and regional teams in East Africa; Extractive Industries team; FAIR - Even It Up program; OUS Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Department; Institutional Support Department; Finance Department; Governance & Citizenship Knowledge Hub
PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Program Officer will be responsible for coordination and management of two multi-country, donor funded projects: “Strengthening Civil Society for Improved Fiscal Justice in East Africa (Kenya and Uganda)” and “Accountability through Active Citizenship: Improving Petroleum Governance in Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania.”
The Program Officer will be responsible for supporting the overall advocacy strategy and implementation of key project deliverables and outcomes on fiscal justice and extractive industries, supporting implementation of a MEL system across all five countries, and tracking financial reporting and other donor requirements to ensure sound management of both projects.
Manage multimillion-dollar restricted funds budget for project implementation and lead – as member of a five-country team – in fulfilling donor reporting requirements, including financial audits and funding requests.
Provide overall coordination and support effective implementation of donor funded projects in Oxfam country programs in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique and Ghana.
Coordinate workshops, strategy meetings and peer-to-peer exchanges at regional and global level for learning and program development.
Contribute to development and implementation of M&E plans, and guide MEL activities throughout the project, including monitoring and evaluation of partner and Oxfam performance.
Provide policy analysis and identify advocacy opportunities across countries, working closely with country and global communications and research teams and Oxfam Knowledge Hubs.
Identify and act on local to global influencing opportunities in DC with donors, government and other stakeholders; and coordinate high-level conference in Washington, DC to elevate fiscal and oil and gas issues with government, donors and media.
Support fundraising initiatives for country and regional programming, as necessary.
EXPECTATIONS FOR THE POSITION:
Stay abreast of professional standards, trends and issues affecting this set of responsibilities, demonstrating continuous learning of the field.
Develop positive working relationship and coordinate with Oxfam country teams in Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya and national level partners.
Work effectively and collaboratively in support of building a team-based culture of work, will perform all duties appropriately for a multi-cultural environment, treating all persons with dignity and respect, and will be familiar with and committed to Oxfam America mission and goals.
Will have an understanding of gender justice and diversity within key areas of responsibility and a commitment to promoting gender justice and diversity in our workplace and programs.
Within key areas of responsibility, will have a commitment to providing a safe environment for staff, partners, and beneficiaries, and a commitment to promoting safeguarding in our workplace, programs, and the communities we serve.
Must be comfortable and have flexibility with remote management structure.
Available for international travel up to 30% of the time.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in political science, government, international affairs, or a development-related discipline or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
EXPERIENCE AND CORE COMPETENCIES:
Strong project management skills.
At least three to five years of progressively responsible relevant experience, preferably related to governance, extractive industry issues, transparency and accountability, public finance, human rights, and gender.
Experience working with developing country NGOs, including oversight of project implementation.
High-level policy analysis skills.
Exceptional communication skills, diplomacy and tact. Experience working in cross-cultural and geographically dispersed teams.
Strong professional writing skills.
Experience with monitoring and evaluation.
Experience with bilateral donor requirements.
Experience managing multiple large grants; knowledge of finance and budget monitoring and tracking involving development assistance and project budgets.
Ability to communicate clearly and work cooperatively in a cross-cultural setting with a number of long- distance working relationships.
Flexible, creative and strategic thinker.
Ability to work under pressure.
Self-starter, able to work independently or with a team.
Master’s degree in relevant field.
Working knowledge of political and social contexts in one or more project focus countries.
Portuguese language skill is an advantage.
EXEMPT / DC UNION / BAND F