Oxfam GB Extractives Strategist Jobs in Kenya

Oxfam GB Extractives Strategist Jobs in Kenya

Job Purpose

  • Lead in the Extractives programme design and implementation which includes managing projects, raising resources for the programme as well as piloting innovations and innovative programme approaches.

  • A key role for the Extractives strategist will be in identifying, working with and building key strategic partnerships, coalitions and networks and supporting partners with capacity building on the thematic area.

  • The Extractives strategist will be required to collaborate with the other programme thematic areas and link with the campaigns team, policy influencing and Knowledge Hubs nationally and globally.

  • The role may require management of programme or project staff.**

    Key Responsibilities

    Programme design, implementation and resourcing 40%

  • Provides thought leadership on the programme focus and contributing to the thematic area, staying up to date with the latest thinking, undertaking and commissioning research and analysis and spending time to develop a comprehensive understanding of the theme how it contributes to and can be delivered to challenge poverty and Inequality in the country and East Africa.

  • Ensures effective implementation of the programme design by consistently ensuring that the design is aligned to the Country Strategy and is relevant to the current context; as well as ensuring that the thematic projects are delivered on time and to high quality standards.

  • Working closely with the Program Funding Relationship Manager and the Director Programmes in relevant fundraising activities, through the development of fundable concepts (at all levels including programme development with partners) and by taking lead in the development of donor proposals, budget submissions and other necessary activities to secure funding for programme objectives.

  • Deliver an integrated Extractives Industries program with impact that contributes to the principle of one program by seeking synergy with the other thematic areas

  • Ensure that women’s rights are developed and protected in the program, that gender analysis is applied to all extractives industries programming in Kenya, developing understanding of potential impacts (positive and negative) of the extractive industries on gender and ensuring that programme interventions have been designed with gendered lens

  • Participates in the budget process by designing and effectively managing the Extractives Industries programme budget

    • Working closely with the Director – Programmes and the MEAL Advisor ensures that an effective, transparent and robust monitoring, evaluation, learning and accountability system and processes are in place to ensure that the program delivers on the OCS

    • Assesses and advises the Country Director and Director – Programmes on risk emerging from the programme.

    Partnership and coalition building, networking and support 30%

  • Develops a comprehensive understanding of Oxfam’s partnership approach, including work with coalitions and networks, adopting a strategic, proactive perspective on how to achieve partner led approaches to achieve sustainable change.

  • Develops and facilitates links with civil society, the private sector and governments, initiating contacts and building associations that can be used to enhance Oxfam’s work, and identifying key partners to collaborate with on the delivery of the program.

  • Coordinates and mobilises technical and capacity building support for the program partners, accompanying them and ensuring high quality of programming.

  • Identifies and channels appropriate technical and material resources to the partners.

  • Ensures compliance with donor requirements, managing internal and external relationships to minimise disallowances and deviations from plan.

  • Assesses and advises the Country Director and Director – Programmes on risk emerging from the programme.

    Research, knowledge generation, campaigns and policy influencing 20%

  • Develop written analysis and learning material for publication for the purpose of the Oil and Gas platform, Oxfam and wider civil society analysis and learn.

  • Providing technical contribution, with campaigns and colleagues and through innovative approaches develop appropriate influencing materials for consumption by targeted groups Source and analyse essential publications for relevant
    content, summary and distribution for internal, external audiences and donors.

  • Support the development of a joint advocacy strategy and plan with allies and implement Oxfam’s role in the plan.

  • Provide regular information, briefings and publicity on the Extractives Industries program activities that supports relevant policy formulation as well as profile the programme work to potential donors.

  • Collects and analyses programme information to produce timely, accurate progress reports for multiple audiences – partners, internal teams, donors and other external audiences.

  • Ensures that adequate monitoring and evaluation systems, processes and tools are in place to manage programmes and to achieve the intended programme objectives.

  • Ensures research, learning and advice is disseminated widely, internal and externally, for maximum impact.

    Human resource management 10%

  • Manage staff, consultants and researchers as required, in accordance with Oxfam policy and procedures

    Technical Skills, Knowledge and Experience


  • Professional/Technical qualifications – Undergraduate/Postgraduate in a development related field e.g. International Development, Development Studies, Sociology, Economics or at least 5 years’ experience in a similar programme role.

  • Ability to engage and influence both development and corporate direction, contributing to and following it as appropriate and the ongoing development of program policy and quality to enhance the impact of Oxfam’s work

  • Ability to build a people’s movement around the program theme and inspire followership

  • Proven analytical and conceptual thinking, high level research, project management knowledge and skills and experience using participatory tools and methodologies for assessment, programme identification, implementation, monitoring and evaluation


  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience of implementing Extractive Industries including Oil and Gas, Energy, Mining programs and initiatives, ideally built on mature understanding of relevant issues derived from field experience

  • Strong programme management and quality knowledge, with ability to ensure consistent quality against standards and to implement effective monitoring and evaluation systems to assess and adjust performance

  • Commitment to and good knowledge of working with networks, coalitions and a partnership approach across the spectrum of Oxfam’s work, including innovative approaches to capacity strengthening

  • Good knowledge of and experience in developing advocacy and campaign strategies and plans and successfully achieving external impact and change.

  • Good knowledge of and experience with donor funding environment and good financial management skills, with experience of project budgeting and controlling financial risks

    Experience **

  • Proven management experience at a strategic level in a complex, dispersed organisation with evidence of leading, facilitating and integrating a specific area of expertise across a wide network, providing clarity and focus of vision and impact, strategic planning and decision making and the delivery of agreed results

  • Excellent knowledge of the Kenya socio-political and economic environment and issues, supported by personal exposure through having worked and lived there

  • Politically astute, with high impact influencing and persuasive skills and personal gravitas to gain respect and build and maintain strong, credible relationships, with internal and external stakeholders at all levels

  • Strong organisational and personal management skills, with ability to prioritise work issues to meet deadlines with minimal supervision and adjust to constantly changing situations while maintaining focus on delivery and follow-through

  • Excellent personal communication skills.

  • A high level of self-awareness, initiative, sound judgement, personal energy and flexibility.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Oxfam GB Extractives Strategist Jobs in Kenya

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