Humanitarian Preparedness and Response Manager NGO Careers – Oxfam


Job Title:    Humanitarian Preparedness and
Response Manager


Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Head of Programs


About US:

Oxfam is a global
movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. We
are an international confederation of 19 organizations (affiliates) working
together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian,
development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries. In Uganda, our program
is anchored on three broad themes deliberately focused on Women’s Rights:
Governance and Accountability, Resilient Livelihoods and Humanitarian
Preparedness and Response.


Job Summary:  The Humanitarian Preparedness and Response
Manager is responsible for the strategic development and management of the
humanitarian preparedness and response program and contribute to the nexus
programming. The incumbent supports Oxfam’s humanitarian impact locally,
regionally, continentally and globally through ensuring program alignment to
the key strategic objectives and program standards. The jobholder supports
resource mobilisation for humanitarian/ resilience elements of the strategy


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Provide thought

thought leadership on the Humanitarian preparedness and response thematic area,
staying up to date with the latest thinking, undertake/lead hazard,
vulnerability and capacity as well as emergency needs assessments and
resilience research; and spend time in reflective consideration to develop a
comprehensive understanding of humanitarian work and how this contributes to
addressing inequality and injustice in Uganda.

planning and delivery of an impactful partner led humanitarian program that
contributes to the principle of one program in Uganda, seeking synergy with the
other themes (Resilient livelihoods; Governance & accountability) and
addressing women’s and other vulnerable person’s rights

with DRR/CCA and other humanitarian related coalitions and networks to
influence national, regional and international Actors’ policies and
practices  on resilience, climate change
and humanitarian work.  This will involve
adopting a strategic, proactive perspective to save life and ensure sustainable

evidence to feed into the Oxfam regional and global ‘saving lives work, Rights
in Crisis (RiC) Campaign including influencing regional actors to secure peace
and security in the region.

Program support and

closely with the Head of Program and the Program Quality & Learning Co-ordinator
to ensure an appropriate, effective and transparent Program Quality &
learning system and processes are in place for the humanitarian program to
deliver on the Oxfam Country Strategy (OCS). 
Through this, enable and facilitate other humanitarian actors to learn
from best practice and Oxfam standards demonstrated through humanitarian work

closely with the Head of Program, Human Resources Manager and Security Focal
Person/Logs Coordinator to ensure an appropriate risk and security management
framework for program, staff and assets. This also involves supporting training
for staff and partners on security/risk management and safety

closely with Finance and Operations Manager to ensure all humanitarian finance
and other resources are efficiently managed and all pertinent donor
requirements are strictly observed.

Partner Capacity
building and relationship management                        

initiatives to build humanitarian preparedness and response delivery capacities
of identified partner agencies and communities in disaster prone areas in the

with and maintain relationships with national and local government structures
responsible for disaster management (OPM, and DDMCs).

technical support and guidance to the development of established regional and
national Humanitarian Platforms for local actors

with ELNHA team to document lessons and use these to identify opportunities for
replication projects and or integration into ongoing initiatives

Program management
and resource mobilisation         

Lead the
process of assessment, program design and resourcing, preparation of concept
notes and support to proposal writing for emergencies requiring scale-up or
especially sensitive response.  To
deliver this, the Humanitarian Manager will work in consultation with the Head
of Program, the Country Director and the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator,

coordination with the country management team and the Regional Humanitarian
Coordinator, ensure that Oxfam and its partners has the necessary capacity to
meet the management, logistical and technical requirements of any humanitarian
programme undertaken and to ensure effective coordination of Oxfam’s response
with all stakeholders, including the government of Uganda’s response mechanisms

with the Program Funding Manager to raise funds for the humanitarian program
objectives through the development of emergency assistance  appeals, fundable resilience and recovery
concepts and by assisting in the development of donor proposals, budget
submissions and other necessary activities

Lead the
development, implementation and review of security management and contingency
plans in line with Confederation standards, policies and procedures

manage humanitarian program budgets, emergency supply pipelines and utilisation
of contingency stocks

closely with the Media & Communications Officer  to prepare regular SITREPS, provide update
information, briefings and publicity on humanitarian work

People management
and team leadership                            

humanitarian preparedness and response teams, consultants and researchers as
required, in accordance with Oxfam policy and procedures

teams exhibit a high level of competencies in accordance with applicable humanitarian
principles and standards


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

ideal candidate for the Oxfam Humanitarian Preparedness and Response Manager
job placement job must hold a Master’s Degree in a relevant field including
Social Work & Social  Administration,
Public Health, Disaster Management, International Relations, and Project
Planning and Management.

to analyse a broad range of contextual information and synthesize quickly to
develop response actions

to engage and influence organisational 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

analytical and conceptual thinking, high level research, project management knowledge
and skills and experience using appropriate participatory tools and
methodologies for needs assessment, programme development, implementation,
monitoring and evaluation

to cope  with extreme pressure and often
endure insecure and hostile working environments

knowledge and experience of implementing 
humanitarian and resilience programs in 
the field of WASH, Food security and livelihoods (EFSVL) and Protection,
with solid understanding of the relevant issues derived from field practice

emergency program management knowledge with ability to ensure consistent
quality against international humanitarian and Oxfam standards

on Early Warning Systems (EWS) based on sound local and global contextual
analysis and international benchmarks

thorough understanding of Ugandan Political Context and the Government Policies
on Disaster Preparedness and Response as well as DRR and Climate Change
Adaptation strategies.  Additionally, a
good knowledge of the functionality of relevant disaster management structures
and other key Institutions at national and sub-national levels

to and good knowledge of working with networks, coalitions and a partnership
approach across the spectrum of Oxfam’s work, including innovative approaches
to influence humanitarian actions

and facilitation of advocacy and campaign strategies and plans development and
successfully achieving external impact and change. Reasonable experience in
undertaking media presentations 

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

humanitarian program management experience of over 10 years at a strategic
level in a complex environment  involving
provision of  clarity and focus of vision
and impact and decision making and the delivery of agreed results

Political  alertness to changes in the humanitarian
context 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

exposure to the development and implementation of early warning systems (EWS)
and coordination with relevant Government structures on disaster management.

organisational and personal management skills

personal communication skills

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


How to Apply:

All candidates
should apply online at the link below.




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