Oxfam Head of Programs Jobs in Uganda

Oxfam Head of Programs Jobs in Uganda

Job/Team Purpose

  • Is responsible for the strategic development and management of the country program.

  • Supports Oxfam’s impact locally, regionally, continentally and globally through ensuring program alignment to the key strategic objectives and program standards.

  • Supports resource mobilisation

  • Ensures that the promotion of women’s rights is at the heart of all Oxfam in Uganda’s program work

    Job Responsibilities

    Strategic Management and Thought Leadership 30%

  • Under the leadership of the CD, coordinates programme strategy development

  • To provide strategic and technical leadership in the design, development, planning budgeting, and implementation and monitoring of the OCS

  • Initiate, coordinate and lead Oxfam’s ONE Program in Uganda ensuring it delivers on the OCS vision and objectives and championing the new ways of working embodied in the OCS

  • Deputise for the Country Director as required

  • Participate in the annual budget process, leading on the program budget process, and provide ongoing oversight of program budgets

    Lead Program Development and Delivery 40%

  • Ensures the delivery of a country program with demonstrable impact and is accountable for overall program quality and learning

  • Working with the PQ & L Coordinator, develop, implement and embed, a knowledge management system, that will ensure the sharing of knowledge across the program, other country programs, and the broader confederation

  • Oversees the development of program and project improvement plans, to ensure effective and timely implementation of the projects and program

  • Builds strong synergy between development and humanitarian programming ensuring that resilient thinking, humanitarian planning and as necessary response meet Oxfam standards.

  • Ensures that Women’s rights are protected and promoted in all of Oxfam’s work in Uganda

  • Working closely with the program funding manager, indentify opportunities for funding to ensure the financial sustainability of country programme of Oxfam in Uganda

  • Directs and coordinates external program engagement

  • Oversee the partner portfolio, with specific reference to the identification of both implementing and strategic partners, and building and maintaining these relationships

    People Development and Management 30%

  • Manage and Coordinate the program team to deliver on the OCS, providing leadership, Inspiration and guidance and ensuring that the management of the team is in line with Oxfam’s HR policies and procedures.

  • The HoP, with support from HR, will manage the life cycle of individuals within the team from pre-recruitment to exit, including performance management processes, and working with HR on issues such as disciplinary matters.

  • As a key member of the CMT, support the Country Director steer organisational learning for effective delivery taking into account Oxfam’s new ways of working.


  • Eager and required to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values (click here) as well as the promotion of gender justice and women’s rights (click here).

  • Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing principles.

    Job Requirements


  • Master’s degree in Project Management, Public/Business Administration, Sociology/Psychology or other related field

    Knowledge and Experience:

  • Influencing experience and ability to develop organisational networks and associations

  • A minimum of 10 years experience managing humanitarian and development programs

  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience of development programs, humanitarian response and advocacy and campaigning.

  • Knowledge of capacity building, learning and development activities and how to create a learning and sharing environment with a strong knowledge management basis

  • Politically astute, with a good understanding of key external organisations, how they operate and make decisions, and the country development context

  • Commitment to and knowledge of creating a partner-led operational environment, with an ability to create an internal Oxfam approach that is focussed on developing and supporting partner organisations to achieve direct impact and results relating to Oxfam’s objectives

  • Knowledge of, and experience in working with donors

  • Proven track record on strong people management skills

    Key Attributes:

  • Good managerial skills to co-ordinate the Uganda program team to deliver on the OCS objectives.

  • Ability to coach on the building of strong, credible relationships with international and local NGOs, government associations, business leaders and communities

  • Excellent inter personal communication skills, in written and verbal English, with high impact influencing and persuasive skills. Able to use different approaches to
    achieve followership.

  • Ability to adjust to constantly changing situations while maintaining focus on delivery and follow-through

  • Ability to cultivate knowledge based relations with different stakeholders going beyond grant based relations (strategic partnerships)

  • Strong analytical and conceptual thinking skills; able to understand complex issues and translate them into simple, workable actions and plans

  • Ability to think strategically, work creatively, effectively and in an innovative manner

  • Commitment to Oxfam’s overall aims and policies and experience of promoting women’s rights and those of marginalised people in all aspects of Oxfam’s work in Uganda.

  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities.

  • 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.

    Organisational Values:

  • 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.

    Key Behavioural Competencies

  • Decisiveness We are comfortable to make transparent decisions and to adapt decision making modes to the context and needs.

  • 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 organisation.

  • Listening 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 organisational 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.

  • Self-Awareness 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.

  • Enabling 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. We give more freedom and demonstrate belief and trust, underpinned with appropriate support.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Oxfam Head of Programs Jobs in Uganda

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