Oxfam Regional Program Manager - Advocacy and Social Accountability Mechanism Jobs in Uganda

Oxfam Regional Program Manager - Advocacy and Social Accountability Mechanism Jobs in Uganda


The Advocacy and Social Accountability (ASA) funding mechanism was approved for establishment by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) in December 2017.

GPE’s aim is to strengthen national education systems to deliver stronger outcomes in the areas of learning and early childhood development, equity, gender equality, and inclusion.

GPE is the largest fund for education in the world and provides around $800million a year for education in developing country partners.

January 2019, GPE selected Oxfam IBIS as Grant Agent for the ASA mechanism, subject to final board approval end March 2019. The programme is forecast to run for at least 5 years, with the inception phase commencing imminently.

Oxfam IBIS’ Grant Agent role will be implemented primarily through a Global Management Unit (GMU) based in Copenhagen, and Regional Management Units (RMUs) in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Each RMU will be led by an expert Program Manager that will provide oversight of day-to-day operations across countries in the region, including management of staff, provision of technical advice, and quality assurance of reporting across the entire region.

What are we looking for

We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated Program Manager to lead the Regional Management Unit in Uganda of this large-scale, complex funding mechanism.

The candidate will be a senior professional with a proven track record in leadership and programme management.

The candidate will need to demonstrate strategic and leadership direction in one or a combination of the following areas: education policy, civil society, social accountability, campaigning and advocacy.

Job purpose

The candidate will be responsible for managing the Regional Management Unit (RMU), a team of 4 professionals working to ensure success of this complex funding mechanism.

They will work under the line management of the Global Programme Manager and implement the resources allocated to the team, ensuring support to the regional staff so they are able to provide comprehensive oversight and management of regional portfolios.

The candidate will lead strategic planning processes, be responsible for impeccably implementation of the programme according to agreed procedures and principles as well as represent Oxfam IBIS/ASA programme at regional level (including convening meetings and preparing the annual work plan).

The Program Manager will report to the Global Program Manager, ensuring that key information and lessons are shared between the region and Copenhagen-based staff.

Core details

Location is Kampala, Uganda. Our package is competitive and depending on experience. The contract is for three years with the possibility for extension.

The position is a full time role equivalent to 37 hrs./week. The role reports to the Global Program Manager (GMU). The post may involve regional travel – approximately 12-14 weeks/year. The post will require an Uganda work permit.

Key Responsibilities

  • Strategic planning of the ASA mechanism, in close conversation and collaboration with the GMU
  • Ensuring the monitoring and documenting progress of the regional ASA portfolio
  • Leading the RMU’s program management, including performance management of all Uganda based staff
  • Representing the RMU both at regional level and with the GMU
  • Day-to-day management of, and reporting to, the GMU (e.g., convening meetings and preparing the annual work plan)
  • Managing Regional Team enabling key information and lessons to be shared between the region and Copenhagen-based staff.
  • Relate to GCE and other learning partners at regional level
  • Overseeing the due diligence processes in the region making sure that all partners are evaluated and have approved improvement action plans

    Skills, Experience and Knowledge
  • The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the following essential skills, and it would be advantageous to demonstrate some or all of the desirable skills.


  • Master’s degree or significant experience in a relevant field (International Development, education policy, etc.)
  • Experience managing programmes of a similar size and complexity, preferably in
    the development sector
  • Ability to lead, inspire and manage multi-disciplinary teams in complex programmes
  • Experience of working with civil society in a partnership based approach
  • Strong verbal and written communications and language skills in preferably English, (French, and Portuguese would be an advantage).
  • Proven ability to analyse and synthesise complex issues
  • Very strong interpersonal skills, excellent stakeholder management
  • Ability to think critically and strategically
  • Demonstrated ability, tact, and sensitivity in working across institutional boundaries, business units, and teams in an effective and productive way
  • Some technical expertise in one of the following areas: education policy, civil society, social accountability, campaigning and advocacy
  • Risk management experience

  • Demonstrable experience working with an adaptive management approach, and an understanding of the challenges and opportunities

    Key attributes
  • 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.
  • At Oxfam our job descriptions provide a guide to what might be expected in the role. Along with our strategy the job description is used to help to shape specific objectives for employees.
  • Employees are supported to deliver these objectives and they are annually assessed against them as part of the Oxfam performance review process.
  • This job description is not incorporated into the employment contract.

    How to Apply
  • Please submit your application via the ‘send application’ button and include your motivation letter and CV.
  • Application deadline: 10th June 2019, at 23.59. Expected interview date: 24th June 2019.
  • Please note that only applications received using the link provided can be taken into consideration.
  • Start date: As soon as possible.
  • For further information about the position, please contact Antonio Cabral acb@oxfamibis.dk
  • Oxfam IBIS is committed to equal employment opportunity we therefore encourage everybody – irrespective of age, gender and of religious, sexual, national or ethnic affiliation – to apply for this position.
  • Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.
  • That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives.
  • When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.
  • We are an international confederation of 20 organisations (affiliates) working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.
  • All our work is led by three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness.
  • 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 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.
  • For more information and job application details, see; Oxfam Regional Program Manager - Advocacy and Social Accountability Mechanism Jobs in Uganda

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