Head Of Program


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The Country Office in Somalia/Somaliland is currently recruiting for a
Head Of Program
Somaliland Nationals
Fulltime/ 40 hours a week
Based in Hargeisa,Somaliland with frequency travel to the field
Shaping a stronger Oxfam for people living in poverty.
Job Purpose 
The Head of Program (HoP) will be responsible for the long-term program management, program quality and accountability of the country Programs and for ensuring the Oxfam Somalia program responds to current development trends in Somalia. The HoP will have a direct line report to the CD and be a member of the Senior Management Team. The HoP will also develop a strong culture and practice of high quality program implementation, monitoring, evaluation, accountability, reporting, information and learning in the country to enhance Program quality and in so doing, the delivery and impact of the Oxfam Country Strategy.
Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

Assessment and programme/activity design:
Strategic management and thought leadership

Work with Senior Management Team (SMT) members to shape and embed the country vision and leadership on Program quality
Work with CMT to develop strong plans for improving country Program quality within in alignment with Oxfam Vision 2020

Under the leadership of the CD, leads Program strategy development and implementation of long term development goals of Oxfam Country Strategy (OCS) to achieve significant impact

To provide overall strategic and technical leadership in the design, development, planning, budgeting, and implementation of the OCS
Initiate, coordinate and lead Oxfam’s one program approach in Somalia ensuring development program delivers on the OCS vision and objectives and championing the new ways of working embodied in the OCS with special focus on innovation, sustainability and impact for long term development programs
Ensures that Women’s rights are protected and promoted in all of Oxfam’s work in Somalia
Deputise for the Country Director as and when required
Participate in the annual budget process, leading on the program budget process, Country Operating Planning, and monitor program budgets as per standards
Develop and facilitate links with civil society (including non-implementing partners), the private sector, academic /knowledge institutions 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 Programs
To play active role in lobby and advocacy on issues related to development Programs through personal contacts and co-ordination of allies.
Participate in and contribute to the strengthening of Senior Management Team
Involve collaboration with other country/regional staff, departments (Policy, Appeals,
Increase the profile of country program by proper documentation, representation and developing and sharing of various communications products
Demonstrate innovative approach is adopted in strategy implementation and design innovative programs by using latest technological options and disseminate the learning across
Provide thought leadership to the program for testing innovative models and Program sustainability across development Programs
Monitor and scan context with proper contextual and political economy analysis to guide program strategy and its impact
Program development and delivery
Ensures the delivery of a country Program with demonstrable impact and is accountable for ensuring that the Program meets overall Program quality and learning standards
Manages and is accountable for Program budget including responding to high level management and variance reports
Maintain active, supportive and coordinated communication with MEAL and Knowledge hub colleagues in the regions and globally
Oversees the development of program and project improvement plans, to ensure effective and timely implementation of the projects and Program
Working with the MEAL Specialists, 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
Working closely with the Funding Coordinator, identify opportunities for funding to ensure the financial sustainability of country Program of Oxfam in Somalia
Pro-active fundraising and maintenance of current donor and counterpart relations and with potential donors (both multilateral and bilateral donors) and ensure country strategy is properly funded.
Develop 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 towards sustainable change
Oversee the partner portfolio and Partner’s Capacity Building with specific reference to the identification of both implementing and strategic partners, and building and maintaining these relationships
Leads the development of country level Program reporting including donor reports– facilitating Program Managers and other team members contributions to reporting, consolidating Program reports and providing high level strategic analysis of Program impact
Ensure that Oxfam’s programs are in compliance with donor contractual obligations and that all reporting is of good quality and is done in a timely manner
Directs and coordinates external program engagement
Ensures development of cost effective and realistic budgets and monitor Program expenditure to ensure budgets are adhered to and Programs and projects are implemented as per budget and on time
Ensures the implementation of appropriate financial controls for the Program
Plans and objectives contribute to broader Program strategy and can involve collaboration with other departments
Ensure that the program is implemented in a consultative, participative, transparent and gender sensitive way.
Represent Oxfam in various forums in country to raise the profile of the organization and influence outcomes in line with country strategy.
Ensure Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning frameworks are developed for each program and implemented to achieve impact
Ensures effective use of SAP and other internal systems and take initiatives to improve learning and sharing of Program experience (within the Program and beyond), including cross Program learning
Develop Program policies and objectives; with input from policy adviser, in line with and supporting Oxfam International agreed lines and achieve advocacy results
People development and management
Leads human resources planning for the Program team
Ensures that team members have access to staff development opportunities, identifies and addresses capacity gaps and provides ongoing counselling and support to team members
Manage and support 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.
With support from Human Resources Manager, manages the life cycle of individuals within the team from pre-recruitment to exit, including performance management processes, people’s development and working with HR on issues such as disciplinary matters among others.
Develop and maintain a healthy environment for the team, coordinating timely discussions on strategic programming issues and supporting staff members reflect the institutional values and code of conduct in their relationships with partner organizations and key stakeholders.
Draft own and team objectives and agree with line manager, and to ensure that objectives contribute to country, regional team goals and Divisional strategy and will
Technical Skills, Experience & Knowledge
Good managerial skills to co-ordinate the Somalia 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 personal communication skills, in written and verbal English Able to use different approaches to achieve followership.
Ability to adjust to constantly changing situations while maintaining focus on delivery and follow-through
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 for Program design and implementation
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 Somalia.
Proven analytical and conceptual thinking, high level research, project management knowledge and skills and experience using participatory tools and methodologies for assessment, Program identification, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
Comprehensive knowledge and experience of development Programs and advocacy and campaigning.
Strong understanding of Somalia Country context including security and governance environment across the country
Demonstrated capacity to deliver rights based, innovative and youth and women empowerment programming
Knowledge of capacity building, learning and development activities and how to create a learning and sharing environment with a strong knowledge management basis
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
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
Extensive management experience at a senior management level in a national or international organisation
Influencing experience and ability to develop organisational networks and associations
Flexibility in terms of travel and working hours is a requirement of this role with the possibility of working away from the office as and when desired.


Language, English and local Somali
Experience or knowledge of Somalia/Somaliland and/or regional dynamics.

We offer
A competitive, fair and comprehensive pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors.
Oxfam is committed to gender balance and diversity. Women, persons with disabilities and persons belonging to minority groups are encouraged to apply.
Application Procedure:
Please apply the position by clicking the Apply button. Application Deadline on 29thJuly 2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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