Re-advertised Area Manager Northeast (INT9972)

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Job Overview

DIVISION: Operations International  TEAM: Global Programme, Iraq

LOCATION: Diyala                       CONTRACT TYPE: Fixed Term, 1 year

GRADE: C 1                                  JOB FAMILY: Programme Technical

SALARY: As per Oxfam Scale             HOURS: 40 hours per week

TEAM PURPOSE: To effectively lead, manage and drive the Oxfam in Iraq working with other stakeholders across Oxfam


To represent, manage and ensure the effective implementation of Oxfam Iraq country programme in her/his

specific area of operations. S/he ensures that programmes are delivered on time, to budget and to the sector and

Oxfam standards, in addition that policies are implemented, and strategies are adjusted according to the local context, key standards of reporting, programme quality and accountability are met, and that there is adequate

integration of various sectors (Gender Justice, Economic Justice, Climate Justice, Innovation and Protection) and

that programmes are well coordinated with all external stakeholders.

The post holder is responsible for ensuring the timely delivery of an integrated Oxfam response in line with donor

contracts, adhering to the overall Iraq Response and technical sub-strategies

The Area Manager is a member of the Iraq-country programme coordination structure expected to be committed to Oxfam’s vision and values and lead with integrity always. S/he represents Oxfam at senior levels with local authorities, the UN, donors, local partners, and other external stakeholders in her/his area of operations.

S/he will be based in Diyala with travels within the region. S/he will be closely working with partners, the programme technical teams at the field office and the Programme

Management Unit.


JOBS REPORTING TO THIS POST Team in the specific response locations, including program, support and security functions

BUDGET RESPONSIBILITY As per the secured area portfolio


Programme Management

  • Assume overall management of all Oxfam programmes in Northeast region and deliver on Oxfam’s charter for change commitments and internal LHL strategy with regards to partnerships
  • Ensure that key Oxfam policies are implemented, and strategies are adjusted according to the local context.
  • facilitate the work of country level technical coordinators to ensure standards of reporting, programme quality and accountability are met
  • Coordinate across the teams to ensure proper support to the partners is given in line with Oxfam’s approach to partnering
  • Ensure the implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems within the area programme and field teams.
  • Lead/support on proposal development/design in coordination with Deputy Country Director – Programme, Thematic Leads, Business Development Manager and Deputy Country Director – Support or Business Development Manager.
  • Ensure timely and regular budget monitoring and management of the programme, including supporting the development of quality reporting against objectives and budgets through setting up of robust management arrangements.
  • Lead or participate in assessments of emergency situations within focal area, reporting back with clear recommendations, an analysis of needs and gaps and strategy, proposals, and budgets for Oxfam’s response.
  • Oversee the preparation of high quality and timely reports on programme activities for internal and external use, including institutional donor reports. Ensuring quality and timely narrative and financial reporting to Oxfam and donors.
  • Lead on safe programming (do no harm) risk mitigation within their area of operation, utilizing Oxfam global level Safe Programming approach and tools

Risk Management

  • Manage the duty managers in each location, and travel regularly between all project sites to ensure joined up approach and manage risks
  • Ensure mitigation of fraud and corruption and safeguarding risks through comprehensive risk management plans
  • In collaboration with the Country Director, with support from the security officers, is responsible for security and safety of all Oxfam staff, assets, and premises in his/her specific geographical location
  • In collaboration with security focal point, s/he ensures that the security plans and protocols are up- to-date, and that everyone knows and understands their content

Staff & Team management

  • In line with Oxfam performance management procedures, line manage technical team leaders and heads of support teams in the specific location; ensuring that overall performance management is in place and used effectively
  • Ensure that recruitment and management of field staff is in accordance with Oxfam procedure and policies, including performance management, appropriate induction, and opportunities and training for capacity development.
  • Ensure the programme design integrates capacity building of staff and local partners, and that realistic hand-over arrangements are planned for early on.

Humanitarian Strategy and Planning

  • Operationalise the overall Iraq Response in her/his specific location with relevant government departments, local and international partners.
  • Work closely with local partner organisations and other key actors on contingency planning and preparedness
  • Lead on area level strategy development, implementation, monitoring and reviews where relevant and under the overall leadership of the Country Director.

Supporting Programme Quality and Implementation

  • Proactively raise programmatic issues for direct programme action and advocacy, supporting

Oxfam’s response on wider policy and practice change.

  • Proactively ensure that gender equity, quality and accountability issues are taken into account in

all aspects of Oxfam’s work.

  • Pro-actively engage technical leads to oversee technical aspects of programming at field level, to ensure Oxfam deliver work to the highest standard
  • Promote Oxfam’s Community Engagement approach and facilitate trainings on this
  • Promote and understand Oxfam’s partnership principles and ensure that clear MOU’s, strategic and operational plans are in place for partner organisations and implemented.

Advocating and communicating on Oxfam’s work

  • Represent and develop good relationships with authorities and other agencies, be proactive in ensuring that Oxfam develops and maintains a positive profile.
  • Ensure that Oxfam’s Programme is coordinated with those of other organisations and with the


  • Keep informed of relevant programme issues and contribute to wider programme learning.
  • Advocate on key issues at provincial level and feed into external advocacy initiatives at national, regional and global level as required.
  • Work closely with the Policy, Advocacy and Communications Manager (PAC) to operationalise the PAC Strategy at provincial level and suggest and develop focus areas for advocacy work.
  • Keep informed of relevant programme issues and initiate and contribute to wider programme learning – also by initiating and facilitating programme learning events and evaluations.
  • Reporting internally on key advocacy issues that support programming.
  • Represent Oxfam internally to country staff, modelling core competencies and behaviors of Oxfam humanitarian staff (“leading by example”)
  • inspiring managers to help staff grow into Oxfam’s organizational culture.
  • Post holder is also expected to promote this behavior within the teams s/he supervises or oversees.


  • Required to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values as well as the promotion of gender justice and women’s rights, and inclusion
  • Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing


  • Undertake any reasonable duty and tasks that may arise from time to time.

Qualifications & Preferred Skills


  • Experience of working collaboratively with a wide variety of organizations in different geographic areas including


    agencies, CSOs, NGOs, and private sector institutions.

  • A team player with strong interpersonal skills and a highly developed ability to work in multicultural settings and with community groups of varying backgrounds (Moro, IPs, migrants); developed capacity for tact, diplomacy and negotiation
  • An understanding of gender issues and experience in applying gender analysis in planning, monitoring, and evaluation with a commitment to mainstreaming gender and diversity equity
  • issues as well as a commitment to neutrality & impartiality
  • Good planning skills, with initiative, able to exercise sound judgment and can manage multiple tasks

    in an effective, pro-active and timely manner.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, creatively, innovatively and effectively within teams

    (sometimes multi-cultural) and agreed framework, as an individual that requires less to no supervision

    Key Attributes:

  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to

    equal opportunities.

  • Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of
  • gender/gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity for all aspects of development work.
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s safeguarding policies to ensure all people who come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible.

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