EFSVL TEAM LEADER – AMHARA

Job Description

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OUR WORK IN ETHIOPIA

Since the early 1970s, we have been working to address the underlying causes of poverty and marginalization by focusing on developing sustainable livelihoods, providing water and sanitation, agriculture, climate research, gender, and humanitarian issues.                                       

Job details
DIVISION: OperationsTEAM: Program Team
LOCATION: AmharaCONTRACT TYPE: Fixed Term(1 years)
GRADE D 1, NationalJOB FAMILY:  Programme
SALARY:- As per the Oxfam benefit PackageHOURS: 37.5 hours per week
FLEXIBILE WORKINGWe believe flexible working is key to building the Oxfam of the future, so we’re open to talking through the type of flexible arrangements which might work for you. This is a full-time role; however, Oxfam offers various flexible arrangements which candidates can discuss with the Recruiting Manager at the interview stage
TEAM PURPOSE:The Northern Ethiopia Response is composed of national and international staff with wide experience in developing and implementing WASH, EFSVL, Protection and Gender programmes.The EFSVL Team leader will manage the EFSVL team at field level (based in Woldia /Kobo) and oversee the implementation of Emergency Food Security & Vulnerable Livelihood activities as well as contribute to livelihoods and economic recovery of the vulnerable IDP communities affected by the armed conflict, desert locust infestation and Covid-19 in Tigray region of Ethiopia, EFSVL Team leader will also work directly with Oxfam beneficiaries, partners and other stakeholders to ensure people affected by the crisis get timely, sufficient and appropriate humanitarian assistance.Job Purpose:-The EFSVL Team leader will be responsible for the effective management of the EFVSL interventions including cash transfers and Market assessment, relationships with the partner organisation, manage the intervention throughout the project cycle, including budget management (including expenditure planning and expenditure monitoring), lead in preparing and developing high quality programme plans, including MEAL and procurement plans, progress and donor reports, ensure appropriate monitoring and project quality, and enhance internal and external learning and representation.Dimensions: –Work patterns are not routine and often high pressureRequired to make sound technical judgments regularly within agreed processes using technical knowledge, a good understanding of the team, context, and the facilities available to the team.Communication largely with internal staffs, also with some external contacts / target audiences to support operational work.Analysis and internal communication of the locally relevant context to inform appropriate planningSupervises the work of contractors, service provider partners and junior staff often in area of own specialism (livestock and pastoral livelihoods).Contributing to project/ programme budget planning and monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (MEAL) system of OxfamEnsures the effective planning and delivery of projects and / or defined areas of programme, including working with partnersProblem solving activities related to a defined area, such as a limited geographical area or limited programme sectional area using professional or technical knowledgeMakes complex technical information accessible and useable by non-specialists within a defined area.Some negotiation and representation with local authorities- Veterinary and Agriculture BureausDevelop a shared analysis of local issues, contacts, and key players
POST HOLDER REPORTS TOProgramme Coordinator
JOBS REPORTING TO THIS POST All EFSVL Amhara based staff
BUDGET RESPONSIBILITYNo
KEY RESPONSIBILITIESTechnical Expertise and Programme Development (30%)To lead the implementation of EFSVL programme components in areas where Oxfam is responding to a humanitarian crisis, in line with Oxfam policy and agreed standards (as per approved project plans). This includes undertaking rapid needs assessments, scoping, designing, implementing, and monitoring the EFSVL programme.Play a strong leadership role within the EFSVL team in area of response, managing an EFSVL team and working closely with Partner staff, where applicableEnsure a regular analysis of assessment, monitoring and project data is fed into project implementation, by Providing information/data on expressed beneficiary needs, context information, local authorities’ policies, and plans.Ensure that risk management and contingency planning is included at all stages of the programmes.To prepare Concept Notes and draft proposals for funding as required. Prepare Sitreps, interim and other reports (e.g.: Interim, final, Weekly Market Monitoring, etc.)To contribute in preparing final report for donors and prepare operational report for Oxfam .Qualitative Programme & Partner Management (30%)Support the EFSVL team in the field and MEAL team during Monitoring activities (beneficiary verification/validation activity, compliant data collection, exit interviews, PDMs, etc.) and provide timely updates on the overall food security and livelihoods situation in the agreed area, especially of the communities impacted by the armed conflict.Ensures that maximum professionalism and accountability is adopted by partners, service providers and vendors in his/her sector of competency; Ensures and facilitates beneficiaries and other stakeholders to have the maximum access to Oxfam Complaint and feedback systems. Actively seek out, communicate, and address both positive and negative feedback about Oxfam projects while implementing community engagement activities.Ensuring the EFSVL team are working closely and proactively with the MEAL, logistics and finance teams and adhering to required procedures in implementing program activities on a timely, transparent, and accountable manner.Increase partner participation, design quality capacity building plans for partners, and facilitate a true partnership with those with whom we workSupport and promote programme quality and project strengthening activities e.g. data management, project quality meetings, learning events and partnership reviews.To encourage mainstreaming of gender into livelihoods early recovery programming by increasing knowledge of the staff, community structures and beneficiary communities through trainings/awareness raising activities and incorporating gender data in program monitoring and design.To gather and manage program information effectively, ensuring accurate, easily accessible records maintenance and filing by programme team memberPeople & Financial Management & Capacity Building (40%)Managing, supporting, coordinating and appraising EFSVL staff appropriately, effectively and according to policy and procedures to increase understanding and build capacity on livelihoods and food security issues within the team and with partners where necessaryIdentify capacity needs of partners and/or country programme staff and develop training, capacity building activities to meet their needs develop (or adapt existing) guidelines and training materials.Identify and support staffing needs, including recruitmentActively participate in monthly financial review meetings to plan and monitor the budget expenditure, review procurement and spending plans, and ensure funds are spent within the time frame acceptable to Oxfam and the donor and ensuring rules and regulations of Oxfam are adhered to;Review actual financial performance against the budget and explain variances on a regular basis.Lead on initiating relevant procurement processes, with support from Logistics, in line with programme spending and procurement planning.Ensure implementation of security regulations within the team External Representation & CoordinationTo coordinate with other agencies, particularly those undertaking EFSVL programmes including Food Distributions, UTC, CFW, Vouchers, livelihood protection and promotion activities including agricultural and livestock support.In coordination with Management, to represent Oxfam in Cluster meetings and in meetings with government or other NGOsFacilitate effective working relations with colleagues around communications, policy and advocacy issues and concerns, ensuring evidence-based programmatic input into policy and media messaging.Engage with relevant partners, including private sector actors and local authorities, to influence stakeholders and shape priorities.         Perform any other assignment given by the line managerperson specificationMost importantly, every individual at Oxfam GB needs to be able to: Live our values of INCLUSION, ACCOUNTABILITY, EMPOWERMENT, SOLIDARITY, COURAGE AND EQUALITYOur ValuesEquality: We believe everyone has the right to be treated fairly and to have the same rights and opportunities.Empowerment: We acknowledge and seek to expand people’s agency over their lives and the decisions that impact them.Solidarity: We join hands, support, and collaborate across boundaries in working towards a just and sustainable world.Inclusiveness: We embrace diversity and difference and value the perspectives and contributions of all people and communities in their fight against poverty and injustice.Accountability: We take responsibility for our action and inaction and hold ourselves accountable to the people we work with and for.Courage: We speak truth to power and act with conviction on the justice of our causesEnsure you commit to our THREE ORGANISATIONAL ATTRIBUTES:1. Be committed to equal opportunities: demonstrating sensitivity to culture differences and gender equality.2. Be willing to learn and apply gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity and inclusion across all aspects of your work.3. Be committed to undertaking Oxfam’s safeguarding training and adhering to relevant policies, to ensure all people who come into Oxfam are as safe as possible.Ensure you actively ADOPT OXFAM’S FEMINIST LEADERSHIP APPROACH and applying the principles and twelve practices in your work. Read more about this here:Read this guide to find out more about what our values, organisational attributes and feminist leadership approach mean for how we workFor this role, we have selected two of the most relevant feminist Leadership practices for this role (which you can read more about here:1 Self-AwarenessMutual accountabilityStrategic Thinking and JudgmentExperience, Knowledge & Competencies

Job Requirements

Essential

  •  Degree in Agriculture, agroeconomics, Economics, Rural Development with relevant experience. 
  • Minimum of at least four (4) years in relief and /or development work with INGO / NGO/ or Government, and knowledge and experience of work in EFSVL interventions, including market based and cash transfer programmes (vouchers included), Experience of in-kind food or other items distributions;
  • Demonstrable experience of working on livestock and Pastoral livelihood support interventions: (cash transfer and other voucher-based interventions in the pastoral context, agricultural extension service delivery, crop and Livestock marketing skills, Gender and protection aspects mainstreaming in project intervention contexts, etc…).
  • Proven experience in designing, implementing, and monitoring UTC, CFW and Voucher programmes.   This includes designing all necessary formats and training staff in the implementing CTP
  • Proven experience in post distribution monitoring and price monitoring, market assessment and analysis, coaching and training national staff in technical, project cycle and managerial skills.
  • Experience of conducting assessments and surveys to support design and implementation choices
  • Experience and knowledge of Livelihoods asset protection and recovery activities in emergency and post-emergency situations.
  • Strong previous experience in working with partners and partner capacity building skills.
  • Good understanding of the sustainable livelihoods approach and related issues.
  • Experience in delivery cash and voucher programmes, including use of the ICT equipment and tracking and monitoring programmes. (e.g. LMMS, Mobenzi, Red Rose).
  • Experience in market analysis; with the capacity to conduct a market assessment survey, FGDs & KII.
  • Good understanding of cash transfer modalities and mechanisms with a knowledge of their development and specificities.
  • Experience in conflict-sensitive programming and the ability to influence and support partners in appreciating the importance of financial standards, procedures, and controls.
  • Demonstrated collaborative approach including working with Government officials with good negotiation skills, diplomacy, and tact.
  • Coordination skills with diverse audiences.
  • Clear understanding of, and commitment to, the aims and objectives of Oxfam and humanitarian protection standards and Oxfam Codes of Conduct, the Sphere Minimum Standards, gender, equity and diversity principles.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and team skills and proven ability to be flexible in demanding situation
  • Excellent command over written and spoken English mandatory and local language an advantage.
  • Willingness to travel at short notice, often in difficult circumstances
  • Experience in pastoral programmes/areas is highly desirable Fluency in spoken and written English

Desirable

  • Familiarity with the NGO Red Cross Code of Conduct, the People in Aid code and SPHERE minimum standards.
  • Experience of working effectively within a large international agency including previous experience with SIDA, ECHO, OFDA, UNICEF projects would be an added advantage
  • Experience of living/working in field setting with limited opportunities for leisure and extended working hours.

How to Apply

How to apply  

As part of your online application, please upload your up-to-date CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile through www.ethiojobs.net or using Oxfam’s internal /External application portal https://jobs.oxfam.org.uk / or  https://jobs.oxfam.org.uk/vacancy/17412/description on or before June 30, 2022. 

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