Oxfam Country Director Jobs in Kenya

Oxfam Country Director Jobs in Kenya

  • Oxfam Country Strategy for Kenya was approved in 2015 for five years and will come to an end in March 2020.

  • Based on the current strategy, the programme has undergone a significant change process, adapting from a more direct approach to one of exclusively influencing.

  • Core programme thematic areas focus on Governance and Accountability, Natural Resources, Women’s Right and Humanitarian Systems Strengthening.

  • Building active citizens, campaigning and popular mobilization, innovation and strategic capacity building and working with non-traditional partners is a hallmark of the country programme

  • Oxfam Kenya advocates for a one programme approach and therefore works on a multitude of activities that support a holistic approach to humanitarian, development and campaigns such that long-lasting change happens whilst fulfilling Oxfam’s humanitarian mandate, within its increasingly influencing approach.

    The Role

  • The position is accountable to the Oxfam Regional Director for Horn, Eastern and Central Africa (HECA) for delivery, effective management (which includes budgets and planning), monitoring and evaluation, and learning from the program.

    Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Provides strategic leadership and management of Oxfam’s program in-country including all development, and humanitarian programming to maximise our influence and impact

  • Accountable to the Horn East and Central Africa (HECA) Regional Director for the delivery, effective management and monitoring, evaluation and learning of the programme against the annual budget and plan. Accountable to the Country Governance Group (CGG) for strategic oversight, programme accountability and affiliation process where appropriate.

  • Ensures overall leadership of disaster preparedness, mitigation and management including humanitarian response activities for Category 1 / 2 / 3 emergencies.

  • Manages the Country Leadership Team and Line manages the work in the country: staff, budget, funding and program.

  • To ensure that the HR Management in the Country is in line with Oxfam Human Resource Policies and procedures including but not limited to the Code of Conduct, Security and Health and Safety.

  • Creates and supports an environment which results in strong partnerships, government relations, knowledge sharing and innovation.

  • Takes the lead in representing Oxfam and the country program nationally and globally. Builds influential relationships and is committed to developing networks for impactful change.

  • Works with the Country Governance Group to ensure that an appropriate strategy is created to seek out and maintain new funding sources to support program implementation. Accountable for all donor relations and contract management in-country.

  • Working closely with other affiliates with a strong interest in the country in order to develop and deliver high-quality programmes.

  • Play an active role in drawing on learning from across Oxfam and external sources and sharing evidenced-based learning with others.

  • Accesses and uses shared services appropriately and responsibly where applicable.

  • Successfully lead the design, communication and implementation of the One Oxfam Stakeholder Structure, in a participatory process with the support of the Change Management Task Force.

  • Ensure compliance with the INGOs operating requirements as per the Kenya laws and guidelines.

    Technical Skills, Experience & Knowledge

    Management and Leadership

  • Proven track record of leading and motivating multi-disciplinary, geographically remote teams and operations across several locations

  • Significant senior leadership and management experience in the development and delivery of programs, external relations and humanitarian strategy, with and through partners or directly, in one or more challenging locations.

  • Experience of managing complex change processes and relationships involving a wide range of both internal and external multi-cultural stakeholders across a variety of disciplines and geographical areas.

  • A high degree of self-awareness and an understanding of how to drive and support excellent team performance and individual development in line with Oxfam’s values and policies.

  • Demonstrable understanding of both long-term development, resilience and humanitarian contexts and application of humanitarian principles.

    Representation and Communication

  • Proven track record of success in representing an organization with partners, government agencies, private sector organizations, media and donors at a senior level: nationally and globally.

  • Proven track record of strong relationship building with government
    leaders and agencies.

  • Proven track record of success in influencing.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to motivate, influence and negotiate.

    Finance and Funding

  • Ability to maximise fundraising from diverse institutions, both local and international.

  • High level financial and asset management skills to steer the operational budget across a number of locations.


  • Experience of managing security, risk and legal compliance within an INGO context
    Proven track record of making sound judgements in uncertain and pressurised situations.

    Strategic Analytics

  • Ability to manage the development of, and contribute to, the high-level analysis of factors driving poverty, marginalization and vulnerability in developing country contexts.

  • The ability to ‘think politically’
    understanding motivations, pressures, power dynamics and challenges faced by colleagues, partners, decision-makers and other actors; and the ability to generate effective strategies to influence them.

  • Proven analytical skills, with the ability to be:

  • Able to take and manage calculated risks based on evidence-based assumptions.

  • Able to think strategically, to maximise adaptability and agility

  • encourage forward-thinking, new ideas and learning from experience beyond the country

  • program context while acting within a global framework

  • Good level of IT literacy and an understanding of how new developments in technology can positively contribute to the aims of an INGO


  • Committed to a rights-based approach including an active commitment to putting women’s rights at the heart of all we do as well as the rights of other marginalized people in all aspects of an organization’s work.


  • Ability to travel away from home (up to 50%)


  • Proficiency in English

    How to apply

  • To apply for this role, kindly send through a Microsoft Word version of your CV and a cover letter detailing why you are suited to this role.

  • Please mark it for the attention of Gareth Griffiths, email address: applications@redseasearch.com. Please subject your email with the following reference: OI_CD_KEN

  • Please note that the interview dates for this role will be confirmed with you should your application be successful.

  • Oxfam International is an equal opportunities employer, committed to diversity within the workplace.

  • Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults.

  • Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.


  • All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.

  • Oxfam International Secretariat also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.

  • In line with this Scheme, if a job applicant has been employed by another member of the scheme, we will request information from that organization about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment.

  • By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

  • All our work is led by three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness.

  • Red Sea is committed to meeting the standards set out in their Equality and Diversity recruitment policy; this includes not discriminating under the Equality Act 2010 and building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce in encouraging equality and diversity.

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