Vacancy at Oxfam Novib: Country Director Nigeria

Oxfam Novib is an international confederation of 17 organizations (affiliates) committed to creating a just world without poverty. In Nigeria Oxfam works in the areas of Economic Justice/Sustainable Livelihoods, Humanitarian Programming to save lives, Advancing Gender Justice and Good Governance, adopting a right based approach.Job Title: Country Director Nigeria (2281)Contract Length: 4 yearsLocation: The position is to be based in Abuja, NigeriaStart date: Selected candidate is expected to start by October 15th, the latest. About the roleThis is an exciting opportunity to work in a Senior leadership role with Oxfam in Nigeria.Characterized by fragility, a fast growing population with the largest population of youth in the world, Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy but the country economy is overly reliant on oil and gas revenues. It faces many development challenges particularly inequality in terms of income and opportunities, lack or inadequate access to basic social services, a challenging humanitarian and security context, with one of the largest and worst humanitarian crisis in Africa affecting all countries of the Lake Chad Basin (Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon).The Country Director for Nigeria will lead the country Programme and contribute and implement Oxfam’s Global Strategy and Nigeria Country Strategy, by providing vision and strategic direction to all of Oxfam’s work in the Country. This includes Oxfam’s humanitarian responses, long term development Programme design and implementation, advocacy and policy and influencing.He/She will also be responsible, with support from change groups and the Regional Director, to implement the Oxfam 2020 Vision which aims to create a stronger Oxfam that is globally coordinated and relevant in every country in which we work. This may involve planning, developing and implementing the vision so that Oxfam in Nigeria will become an independent Oxfam Affiliate. JOB PURPOSETo contribute and implement Oxfam’s Global Strategy, by providing vision and strategic direction to all of Oxfam’s work in the Country. This includes Oxfam’s humanitarian responses, long term development programme design and implementation, advocacy and policy and influencing. Responsible and accountable for the strategic direction and effective management of the Country programming ensuring development, continued improvement in quality and impact of programmes and effective financial and human resource management in line with Oxfam Policy. The Country Director will be responsible, with support from change groups and the Regional Director, to implement the Oxfam 2020 Vision which aims to create a stronger Oxfam that is globally coordinated and relevant in every country in which we work. This may involve planning, developing and implementing the vision so Oxfam’s in Nigeria will become an independent Oxfam Affiliate.CONTEXT AND OXFAM PROGRAMME IN NIGERIACountry contextWith approximately 184 million inhabitants, Nigeria is Africa’s most populated country and has one of the largest populations of youth in the world. Nigeria is also Africa’s biggest oil exporter and has the largest natural gas reserves on the continent. Consequently, the country economy is overly reliant on oil and gas revenues.Nigeria faces many development challenges. Inequality, in terms of income and opportunities, has been growing rapidly and has adversely affected poverty reduction. According to UNDP, almost ⅔ or 62.8% of the population is living in poverty with lack or inadequate access to basic social services including health, education, and water. Women make up 80% people living in poverty.Over the past few years, terrorist attacks perpetrated by the Boko Haram insurgent group in in the northeast have resulted in the death of thousands of people and an estimated of 1.8 million displaced people. This situation crisis has led to one of the largest and worse humanitarian crisis in Africa affecting all countries of the Lake Chad Basin (Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon).Oxfam ProgrammeOur vision is of a secure and prosperous Nigeria, where the benefits from economic growth are shared so the basic needs of all people are met; where the rights of women are respected; where all people, especially the youth, can participate in decision making and influence the policies that impact on their lives; and where public and private sector institutions are accountable and transparent. Oxfam Country Strategy (2015 – 2019) focuses on four areas: (1) saving lives, (2) sustainable incomes for the poor, (3) women’s economic, social and political rights and (4) active citizenship and governance.KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIESAccountabilityAccountable to the West Africa Regional Director, for the delivery, effective management (which includes budgets and plan), monitoring and evaluation, learning from the programme. Shaped by advice and guidance from the Country Governance Group (CGG).Strategy development and implementationTo be responsible for developing the country strategic plan with the support of the Regional Director and Country Governance Group (CGG), having taken on board their views and feedback.Provides strategic leadership and management of Oxfam’s programme in country including all development, advocacy, and humanitarian programming to maximise our influence and impact.Successfully lead the design, communication and implementation of the One Oxfam Structure, in a participatory process with the support of the Change Management Task Force.People ManagementLine manage the Country Leadership Team and manage the work in the country which will include: staff, budgets, funding and programme, ensuring that managers in country are in accordance with Oxfam’s policies and procedures, including but not limited to the Code of Conduct, Performance Management, Security, Health and Safety and local legislation. Creates and supports an environment which results in strong partnerships, influence, knowledge sharing and innovation.Responsible for Talent management and development of Oxfam staff. Public EngagementTakes the lead in representing Oxfam and the country programme nationally and globally. Builds influential relationships and develops networks for effective change, both internally and externally, and is committed to maximising our influencing capability.Accountable for ensuring that appropriate tools and technology are in place to allow a strong flow of positive and consistent programme content to influence and communicate with internal audiences and external stakeholders including but not limited to government, media, donors, nongovernmental sector and supporters.Programme and DeliveryWork closely with partners in country to develop and deliver high quality programmes.Play an active role in drawing on learning from across Oxfam and external sources and sharing evidenced based learning with others.Ensures overall leadership of disaster preparedness, mitigation and management including humanitarian response activities for Category 1 / 2 / 3 emergencies consulting the Global Humanitarian Team for advice and support.Access and use shared services for advice and support.Contribute to and maximise use of the Knowledge networks to share strategic thinking and learning more widely as well as within the Country Team to ensure that programming builds on learning and is evidence based, innovative and agile to respond to opportunities for change.Develop appropriate strategies to seek out and maintain funding sources. Accountable for all donor relations and contract management in country.Oversee the Nigeria Complaints and Response Mechanism, ensuring that timely feedback is provided to those using the system and that proper investigations are carried out for serious complaints.  

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