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Oxfam Job Vacancies

 Various in Kenya Programme

Type of Contract:Fixed Term

Oxfam’s Kenya Programme is a complex programme that incorporates both rapid and slow onset emergencies as well as longer term development and policy work.

Oxfam Kenya applies a one programme approach which means it has multiple activities that support a holistic approach to humanitarian, development and advocacy for long lasting change in poverty reduction.

Oxfam in Kenya works in the north, principally in Turkana, Dadaab and Wajir, the Nairobi informal settlements and on national level advocacy and coordination issues in multi stakeholder fora.

Oxfam has launched its largest ever appeal in Africa in response to the massive food crisis facing more than 12 million people across Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. In Kenya, Oxfam aims to help 1.3 million people with clean water, cash initiatives and veterinary support people’s livestock.

To this end, we are seeking to fill the following positions:

Human Resources Manager

 Lodwar, Turkana

 Fixed term, 6 months; National Level D1

The Human Resources Manager will provide support and advice to managers within the drought response program and will be expected to assist with the development of solutions to diverse and complex problems and develop solutions to more complex problems.

The incumbent of this position will advise managers in the programme on interpretation of Oxfam HR policies and practices provide leadership and manage the recruitment and induction processes in collaboration with the line managers ensuring the HR policies and procedures are adhered to with considerations for flexibility where appropriate.

The post holder will provide leadership on HR related issues in the programme, advise line managers and other staff on HR business processes and support interpretation and application of HR policies and practices.

S/he will be responsible for managing and coordinating all administrative aspects of the staff in terms and conditions so as to ensure full compliance with Oxfam HR policies.

To be successful in this role, you will have a diploma in HR or Business Administration or related field, good knowledge of management of communication systems and office management as well as good organization, interpersonal and communication skills. You will have the ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision and have excellent leading, managing and negotiations skills.

Team Leader- Local Market and Trade

 Lodwar, Turkana

 Fixed term, 6 months; National Level D1

Attached to the drought response program, the Local Market and Trade advisor will be responsible for giving independent and professional advice to management and the local traders on market and trade issues, identify upcoming key trade issues and concerns for the local traders and ensure that concerns are effectively addressed.

In close collaboration with the emergency response manager, the post holder will assist in the timely preparation of responses to specific demands by the traders as well as advise the traders on the changing needs of the clients/buyers to enable create the balance between the supply and
demand in the market.

To be successful in this role, you will be required to have an understanding and extensive knowledge of the local markets and trade issues, processes and structures, have strong presentation, communication and reporting skills as well as possess the ability to build relationships with traders and implement solutions relating to local trade.

Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Officer


 Fixed Term 6 months; National Level D1

The Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Officer will serve as Oxfam Kenya Humanitarian Advocacy and communication lead and will be expected to lead on developing and delivering Oxfam’s humanitarian related policy analysis, strategy and messages.

The post holder will act as a primary point of contact on humanitarian advocacy and communication work with specific regard to Oxfam’s drought response program and will engage in networking activities; building relationships with Nairobi based humanitarian agencies and in the field to continually inform, challenge, and improve advocacy messaging and tactics.

S/he will undertake advocacy and lobbying as required with in-country organizations such as the Government of Kenya, the UN, donors, and embassies, support the Country Director, Policy & Advocacy Advisor, the ASAL co-ordinator, in their representational roles as well as ensure that the advocacy and communication work on DRR and humanitarian issues is coherent and supports the strategic goals of the team.

The incumbent of this position will be expected to support the development and implementation of humanitarian media and communication strategy and well as undertake and commission
policy research as appropriate and agreed with line manager.

To be successful in this role, you will have a university education in political science, international law, international development, communications or an equivalent qualification, experience in emergency situations with a demonstrated understanding of context, dilemmas, challenges and ways of working, have a track record in advocacy management coupled with experience in influencing government, donors, and other organisations through representation and/or advocacy, especially national governments and multilateral bodies such as the United Nations.

You will be expected to have a strong understanding of humanitarian principles and international humanitarian law, experience in communication and media engagement work, as well as experience in adopting different ways of working in challenging contexts for advocacy



 Fixed Term; 6 months; National Level D1

Attached the emergency response program (ERP), the logistician will be expected to maintain an overview of the logistics needs of the ERP and take responsibility for ensuring quality in logistics support across the programme.

The post holder will be required to ensure overall coordination and management of all logistic aspects of the ERP and ensure adherence to Oxfam logistic procedures as well as develop innovative program specific procedures where applicable.

The incumbent will be expected to work with programme managers/coordinators to identify logistics needs and develop strategies and operational plans to meet them, support managers and proactively be involved in other aspects of programme planning, such as proposal writing, budgeting as well as facilitate implementation of innovations that ensure effective logistics and properties management is in place at all times.

The post holder will advise on proper control systems across the supply chain, work closely with programme teams to ensure timely availability of all organisational logistical needs, ensure minimum standards are met across the supply chain management as well as capacity build other staff members, partners on minimum standards and ensures that logistics-related donor conditionality is met across the programme.

To be successful in this role you will have a degree in a relevant field, with proven experience in Humanitarian or development work. You will be required to have well developed interpersonal and team skills, good written and spoken English as well as be organised and able to keep clear and concise records.

Project Officer - Cash


 Fixed Term, 6 months; National Level D2

The project officer will take lead in the set up and implementation of systems to monitor and analyse the progress and impact of cash programming as well as monitor the changing external environment within the programme area as it relates to the delivery of the cash programme.

S/he will establish a framework for documenting learning from the cash interventions, so as to contribute towards organisational learning within Oxfam GB, ensure capacity building of local partners for the development and implementation of a high quality cash programme as well as support local partners to initiate activities that enhance awareness and acceptance of cash/food security interventions by the traditional structures.

The post holder will be required to produce regular reports to the Wajir Programme Coordinator on food security and livelihoods activities, ensure effective communication systems are maintained between the food security/livelihoods team and other units within the Kenya programme as well as represent Oxfam GB at certain meetings involving local government, and other stakeholders.

To be successful in this role, you must have a degree in Food Security or related field, have emergency experience ideally with an NGO at field level as well as understanding of and commitment to linking humanitarian programme design with longer-term community-based institution building and livelihoods approaches.

You will be required to have excellent analytical skills, proven ability to analyse complex humanitarian contexts, monitor change and translate into appropriate strategic planning and advocacy as well as well developed interpersonal and team skills and proven ability to be flexible in demanding situations

Demonstrated collaborative approach including working with Government officials with good negotiation skills, diplomacy and tact are all key for this role.

Media/Communication Officer


 Fixed term, 6 months; National Level D2

The media/communication officer will be responsible for the overall communication of Oxfam’s work, specifically, the drought response program in Wajir with the view to inform decision making amongst development partners, government and private sector to help achieve Oxfam’s goal of working with others to reduce poverty in Kenya.

The post holder will identify and support the communication needs of Oxfam’s partner network and beneficiaries, and help to raise the profile of partners and their key issues, and promote the voices of the communities in which Oxfam works.

The communication’s officer will act as the contact point to respond to the internal information needs of Oxfam staff at regional and headquarters level in relation to Oxfam’s interventions in Wajir as well as ensure the development of Oxfam publications including situation reports, information summaries.

In collaboration with the programs national Communication Officer, the incumbent of this position will accompany journalists on programme visits where appropriate, support events organization & coverage of Oxfam and partner activities such as campaigns in Wajir as well as produce multimedia stories on Oxfam and partner work in Wajir for Oxfam’s website.

To be successful in this role you will have a degree in a relevant field with proven experience of working in communications, public relations or media as well as demonstrable knowledge of humanitarian/development work.

You will have the ability to digest large amounts of complex information and produce clear, well written summaries, possess excellent English writing skills and working knowledge of Swahili as well as experience working with new media and communications technologies.

You will be expected to be a confident verbal communicator with representation skills, demonstrable ability to identify and write compelling human-interest stories as well as have the ability to present and package information in attractive, accessible formats.

Experience of working as a journalist/with the media in a media liaison role is desirable, whilst tenacity and drive for results, coupled with tactfulness are required for this role.

Monitoring, Evaluation Assessment and Learning (MEAL) Coordinators
2 Positions

 Lodwar and Nairobi

 Fixed term, 6 months; National Level C2 (Nairobi) and D1 (Lodwar)

The MEAL Coordinator will lead establish, train and lead a mobile MEAL unit and will be expected to recruit and train qualified field staff for carrying out regular monitoring and evaluation, review and develop tailor-made tools for the MEAL unit as well as support and ensure the design and implementation of baseline/midline/and other surveys according to specific work plans.

The post holder will ensure proper and timely MEAL activities and follow-up in the program and will be required to define and develop MEAL plans at program design stage together with program teams, provide a report of the qualitative and quantitative of the data collected on a monthly basis, ensure that project teams use appropriate methods/tools necessary for the achievement of program quality as well as establish and monitor a real time accountability mechanism across the emergency response program and capture best practices and lessons documentation.

The incumbent will promote and support ownership of MEAL by technical departments in the program and to this end will ensure that lessons in planning, monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment are documented, shared and considered in the design of new projects and technical plans and are discussed during periodic program reviews and ultimately fed into current work and future program development.

To be successful in this role, you will have specific knowledge and experience in the definition and implementation of MEAL system in emergencies, have good knowledge of humanitarian work and extended field experience in disaster contexts as well as posses good organizational and computer skills.

You will be required to have excellent communication and team working skills, be motivated to work for justice against poverty and suffering as well as the ability to show perseverance, persistence and patience.

Finance and Administration Manager


 Fixed term, 6 months; National Level D1

The Finance and Administration Manager will act as the lead person within the Wajir programme team for all financial, administrative and human resources policy and procedural matters and will be expected to liaise with the Nairobi Office concerning all Wajir programme and partner financial, administrative and HR issues.

The post holder consistently review the programme’s finance, administration and human resources management needs on a regular basis and make recommendations for changes to ensure best practice and provide regular capacity building of finance, administration and HR management skills to all existing and newly recruited staff as well as partner staffs.

The Manager will supervise the preparation of accurate and timely monthly floats, ensure clear internal audit trails and supervise the preparation/maintenance of accounts for external audits.

S/he will supervise assets management and provide a monthly asset register for the Wajir Programme, ensure the timely preparation of cash top up requests to the Nairobi Office in collaboration with the partnership officer, capacity-build local partners on financial management practices.

To be successful in this role, you will be have a degree in Finance, Accounting or related field, strong financial planning and analytical skills with the ability and assurance to analyse current needs and make recommendations for changes when necessary as well as excellent oral and written communications skills with fluent written and spoken English and Swahili.

You will also have the proven ability to work with grass roots communities and conduct capacity building activities in a culturally sensitive manner as well as a strong sense of integrity and personal commitment to Oxfam GB’s mission.

To apply

If you believe you fit the profile, please submit your application and CV detailing your experience for the post, including daytime telephone contact and two referees, preferably your current line managers to by 31st July 2011.

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