Closing date for applications: 24th September 2014 @ 17:00 BST
Interviews: Week beginning 13th October 2014
Job Title: Regional Director
Location: Southern Africa, preferably South Africa, with some degree of flexibility
Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract
Contract Length: 18 months
Salary and Benefits: Competitive Salary and Benefits Package
Purpose of the Job: To shape a stronger Oxfam for people living in poverty.
Oxfam, one of the leading global development organisations, mobilises the power of people against poverty. We are a diverse confederation of 17 strongly interconnected national affiliates working in over 90 countries, either directly, or with partners to enable transformational change, using a unique combination of long-term development, campaigning and humanitarian programmes. In the Southern Africa Region the threats to people living in poverty and to human rights are many, varied, and complex.
The Southern Africa region has experienced rapid economic growth over the recent years, but mainly by commodity boom and with massive and growing inequalities. Violence, discrimination and harmful cultural attitudes and practices against women remain a challenge, and support to livelihoods (climate justice, resilience and markets and value chains programmes) is key in a region where a good proportion of citizens rely on agriculture for survival and livelihood in a context where climate change and agro business harms smallholder farmers. In this context, Oxfam’s regional programme in Southern Africa seeks engagement with national governments, the private sector and SADC to be more accountable and responsive to vulnerability and inequality by entrenching human rights and promoting the active participation of women and men in policy-making and implementation.
Oxfam is currently undergoing a period of transformational change which envisions a future where we are a more interdependent network, driven more by knowledge, organised for more simplicity internally and more globally balanced. Oxfam strives to have affiliates in southern countries that can raise their own funds, run their own programs, make their own alliances with local people’s movements, and lobby their own governments and businesses.
In order to help drive and deliver this ambitious vision in Southern Africa, we are currently seeking an outstanding and distinctive Regional Director. This leader will have demonstrable strategic and creative leadership, management and coordination skills in a network setting, a multi-cultural worldview and understand the systemic challenges and strengths of being a global organisation. Excellent communication skills, including fluency in English and the language of the location of the post are essential.
Are you the exceptional leader we are looking for?
The Regional Director will contribute to and implement Oxfam’s Global strategy, by providing vision and strategic direction to all of Oxfam’s work in the Region. This includes Oxfam’s humanitarian responses, long term development programme design and implementation, advocacy and policy and influencing. They will be responsible and accountable for the strategic direction and effective management of the Region, ensuring development, continued improvement in quality and impact, and effective financial and human resource management in line with Oxfam Policy.
The focus of the Regional Director role will change over time from a management focus to one of increased facilitation and coordination of the Oxfam Country programmes as they move towards to contribute in shaping the future of Oxfam. This aims to create a stronger Oxfam that is globally coordinated and relevant in every country in which we work.
We particularly welcome applications from women and those from the global south, as they are under-represented at senior management level.
How to apply
To view the job description and for information on how to apply please go to the Oxfam International Website, found at: http://www.oxfam.org/en/jobs/secretariat
*Please note that applications that do not have a covering letter and Résumé/CV will not be considered (you will need to combine your Résumé/CV into one document before attaching it to your application)