Oxfam South Africa: Project Manager

Oxfam South Africa
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 13 October, 2017
Opportunity type: 

Oxfam South Africa is looking for a dynamic individual to fulfil the role of Project Manager for the Alfred Nzo District Development Initiative. The individual appointed to this role will be expected to provide leadership, coordinate and manage the development and delivery of advocacy work in the Alfred Nzo District and assigned bordering regions.

As a Project Manager, you will be responsible for the development of project plans specifying goals, strategy, and staffing, scheduling, identification of risks, contingency plans and allocation of available resources. Further you should be able to identify risks and provide solutions to ensure that projects are completed within specified time-frames.
Opportunity Closing Date: 13 October 2017
Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Contract Linked to Funding
Job Location: Eastern Cape
Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Proven analytical and conceptual thinking, particularly in research and policy analysis.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience of implementing advocacy programmes and initiatives
  • Understanding and familiarity with social mobilization, movement building and policy processes, ideally derived from personal experience.
  • Commitment to and good knowledge of working with a partnership approach including innovative approaches to capacity strengthening.
  • Strong organisational and personal management skills with the ability to prioritise work issues to meet deadlines with minimal supervision and adjust to constantly changing situations while maintaining focus on delivery and follow-through.
  • Excellent training and facilitation skills – the ability to build skills and confidence in a range of local actors in a technical area, to enable them to develop and implement advocacy, campaigns and policy engagement actions.
  • Excellent personal communication skills, in written and verbal English and ability to speak IsiXhosa, Zulu, Sotho other SA languages. (IsiXhosa and or IsiZulu are essentials)
  • Good knowledge of and experience with managing donor funded projects with experience in financial management, project budgeting, and budget monitoring (project management).
  • Experience of managing donor funded projects is an added advantage.
  • A high level of self-awareness, initiative, sound judgement, personal energy and flexibility.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and to work extra hours as necessary
  • Experience in building coalitions among the various stakeholders as well as negotiating authority to move the project forward
  • Ability to make decisions and to take independent action on matters directly affecting strategic goals.
  • Strong influencing skills to impact choices on immediate and long-term directions.
  • Understanding and effectively using established policies and procedures.


  • Good knowledge of and experience in developing, and implementing, advocacy and campaign strategies and plans and successfully achieving external impact and change.
  • Experience of and thorough understanding of a rights based approach, including conceptual clarity of power analysis.
  • Experience of working at local, national and regional level including some experience in media representation.
  • Understanding of gender, women’s rights and HIV and AIDS and their intersection with poverty and inequality.
  • Good knowledge of and experience with donor funding environment and strong financial management skills with experience of project budgeting and controlling financial risks.
  • Strong project management and quality knowledge, skills and experience with ability to use participatory tools and methodologies for assessment, programme identification, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, ensuring consistent quality against standards.


  • Academic qualifications: minimum undergraduate degree preferably in development studies, Policy, economics, Agricultural Economics, or human rights.
  • Minimum 5 years of increasingly responsible experience, with at least 3 years of managing increasingly complex projects.

Please send a Letter of Application stating the skills and approach that you would bring to the post with your CV/resume in strict confidence by email only to: ozahr@oxfam.org.za   
Enquiries relating to the role must be submitted to hradmin@oxfam.org.za . This e-mail must be used for applications submissions only. Applications submitted to this e-mail address will not be considered.
To learn more about Oxfam South Africa, please visit www.oxfam.org.za

Oxfam South Africa (OZA) reserves the right to not fill the position and / or to modify, remove or withdraw the job advert before the stipulated closing date. 

Oxfam South Africa is an equal opportunity employer and is determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.

This work opportunity is open to South African Nationals and individuals who have acquired permanent residency status in South Africa only.

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