Regional Programs & Influencing Manager NGO Careers – Oxfam




Organisation: Oxfam
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Regional
Director
About Oxfam:
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 affiliates networked
together in more than 90 countries committed to ridding the world of poverty
and injustice. To achieve this, we support local projects in developing
countries, we lobby governments and companies to take into account the
interests of the poorest people and we campaign to involve citizens in our
work. We implement our programs by working with local NGO partners and civil
society organizations and engaging with private sector and governments. Oxfam
employs over 6,000 people worldwide in more than 90 countries. In Uganda, our
program is anchored on three broad themes deliberately focused on Women’s Rights:
Resilient Livelihoods, Governance and Accountability and Humanitarian
Preparedness and Response.
Job Summary: The Regional
Programs & Influencing Manager facilitates the development and
implementation of the Worldwide Influencing Network within the HECA region and
at national level in line with the Worldwide Influencing Network (WIN)
transformational goals, the WIN National Influencing Standards and the regional
vision for 2020 programmes.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
Development of Influential Programmes and Campaigns through a
One-Programme Approach: 50%
·        
In
line with vision 2020 develop a clear strategy for the transformation of
programming in the HECA region towards influencing, supporting countries
(DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia
and Uganda) to transform their programme strategies, resourcing strategies,
partnerships, ways of working and ensuring adequate capacity to facilitate the
change.
·        
Work
in line with the programme vision for the region, and the individual
OCSs for the countries, guide and support countries to develop influencing
programmes that show the leap that is expected in our programme ambition.
·        
Identify
and organise support for the translation of the OCSs into effective v2020
programme designs and standards
·        
Support
country leadership to develop appropriate ways of working that will ensure that
they are externally focused and tuned to developments within their
context ensuring the development of appropriate behaviours for influencing.
·        
Support
countries to identify critical influencing capacity gaps in country level
long-term development and humanitarian programming, advocacy and
campaigns teams and develop a plan of action that can support the development
of such capacities.
·        
In
line with country and regional ambitions to engage with campaign
initiatives, facilitate the development and implementation of advocacy and
campaigns at the country and regional level, ensuring regional and global
linkages.
·        
Consistent
with WIN standards, and the hallmarks of regional programmes, ensure
that countries embed the standards in their country strategies and operating
models and are regularly reviewing compliance to such standards.
·        
Consistently
explore opportunities for regional and multi-country influencing/ advocacy
and campaigns engagement/programmes that add value to the achievement of the
programme goals in the region
·        
Support
influencing in fragile states by building peer learning platforms
·        
Support
capacity building across countries and at the regional level.
One Programme Influencing Support, including program leverage,
campaigns and advocacy: 50%
·        
Provide
guidance to country teams on good practice around power analysis, evidence
based advocacy, public campaigning, effective messaging, risk assessment
and ensuring the creation of clear and accessible tools and resources for teams
to maximize their program impact through WIN
·        
Work
in close collaboration with the global Digital WIN and ICT for programmes
teams, and the regional media lead, explore the use of digital
technology in our campaigning and programmes, supporting countries to scale up
their ambitions in this area.
·        
Support
countries to develop a wide range of influencing strategies that include
advocacy and campaigns, effective networks, and partnerships with
multiple stakeholders for the effective delivery of influencing goals ensuring
linkages at regional and global level.
·        
Provide
high level technical advice and support to managers, and facilitate the
development of quality policy papers.
·        
Support
in-country networks and regional networks to establish an environment of
learning and sharing across the region, such that a knowledge management
culture is encouraged and implemented and local capacity building occurs
·        
Stay
abreast of and adjust to changing circumstances and understandings regarding
international interventions and practices and anticipate, analyse and
manage highly complex and diverse public policy issues and programme strategy,
ensuring that the region’s ideas and approaches include the latest thinking
·        
Promote
a culture shift in how advocacy, humanitarian, long term development and public
engagement staff bring their skills together to achieve change at
national level.
·        
Ensure
adequate resourcing allocated within budgets to scale up influencing including
advocacy and campaigns at national and regional level and support initiatives
for resource mobilisation.
·        
Promote
the integration of women’s rights into national influencing including programme
and advocacy and campaigning strategies.
·        
Steer
the development and implementation of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
within national and regional influencing and campaigning initiatives,
and in programs in general. Build relationships with external stakeholders and
allies including donors, government representatives and other civil society
organisations to increase influencing impact.
·        
Mobilise
relevant global financial and staff advocacy and campaign resources in support
for national and regional influencing strategies in a timely fashion
·        
Strengthen
the relevance, legitimacy and downward accountability of our global influencing
initiatives
·        
Build
meaningful links between local to global (also south-south)
·        
Provide
and facilitate high level influencing support to regional programmes
·        
Provide
fundraising support from an influencing perspective – ensuring that every
funding proposal has a strong influencing component to it.
·        
Support
the OI Regional Director in external representation, regional level representation
and external engagement as required.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
Broad
knowledge and understanding of the economic, political and social causes and
dynamics of poverty, vulnerability and inequality and a familiarity with
policy issues related to the creation or reduction of poverty, vulnerability
and inequality
·        
Broad
understanding of what represents sustainable and effective development action
·        
Ability
to think and act strategically and understand the relationship between national
and regional programmes and the global objectives of Oxfam
·        
Proven
commitment to and hands-on knowledge of Oxfam’s One Programme approach
·        
Proven
experience of leading and/or supporting others to design and deliver
advocacy and campaigns, programme and research and policy work in one or more
countries in the global south
·        
In-depth
experience of leading or working with team(s) in the global south to enhance
influencing capacity and impact
·        
Multi-year
work experience in more than one country in the region
·        
Excellent
inter-personal and collaboration skills, particularly in cross-cultural
contexts
·        
Excellent
written skills to support fundraising proposals
·        
Proven
experience of capacity strengthening and advisory work
·        
Ability
to address gender issues and women’s rights in the design/delivery of
influencing work
·        
Very
strong analytical and conceptual thinking skills; able to understand highly
complex issues and translate them into simple, workable actions and
plans.
·        
Superb
judgement that ensures the delivery of a coherent strategy and policy, and
grows Oxfam’s reputation across the region
·        
Excellent
communication and influencing skills, with experience of external representation
strategies, lobbying, advocacy and campaigning
·        
Collaborative
ways of working as part of a leadership team
·        
A
high level of energy, stamina and flexibility. Ability to adjust to constantly
changing situations while maintaining focus on delivery and
follow-through, often working under pressure and to tight deadlines
·        
Fluency
in written and spoken English is essential.
·        
May
need to work after hours or at the weekends.
·        
Ability
to travel frequently and at short notice, including to remote and
difficult locations
Personal Competencies:
·        
Decisiveness:
We are comfortable to make transparent decisions and to adapt decision making
modes to the context and needs.
·        
Influencing: We have the ability to
engage with diverse stakeholders in a way that leads to increased impact for
the organization. We spot opportunities to influence effectively and where
there are no opportunities we have the ability to create them in a respectful
and impactful manner.
·        
Humility: We put ‘we’ before ‘me’
and place an emphasis on the power of the collective, nurture the team and play
to the strengths of each individual. We are not concerned with hierarchical
power, and we engage with, trust and value the knowledge and expertise of
others across all levels of the organization.
·        
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.
·        
Vision Setting: We have the ability
to identify and lead visionary initiatives that are beneficial for our
organization and we set high-level direction through a visioning process that
engages the organization and diverse external stakeholders.
·        
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:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their
applications and curriculum vitae with a daytime telephone contact using the
link below quoting the position reference.
Deadline: 11th
November, 2016

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