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The Role:


Oxfam Iraq is looking for



The Deputy Country Director – Programmes is responsible for developing a long-term vision and strategic planning to achieve significant impact through high-quality programming and leadership. The role involves supporting the partnership team, and leading where appropriate, strategic engagement with partners. The successful candidate coordinates and oversees the delivery of agreed plans and programmes, integrating humanitarian response and development programmes with policy and advocacy based on the Oxfam One programme approach.

The Deputy Country Director – Programmes must be able to deal with complex, non-routine, and unexpected management tasks and problems. They represent Oxfam in coordination meetings and critical external relationships with municipalities and governance structures, humanitarian stakeholders, and interagency coordination. The successful candidate shows an ability to analyze and communicate complex information to a wide audience. The individual must also demonstrate decision-making that is strategic and operational, requiring significant levels of judgment based on technical and management experience, and a range of external and internal factors.

The Deputy Country Director – Programmes must demonstrate well-developed abilities to motivate and persuade at many levels and recognize the support required to manage change. They are a role model for their team in this process. The role impacts and influences within the country programme and influences the diverse internal/external target audiences both at the country and above the country level, requiring proven communication, facilitation, and representation skills.

The individual will manage a significant number of staff and have budgetary responsibility for multiple programmes, involving strong operational management experience and capability. They will provide specialist advice to country and regional management on humanitarian and development issues and possibly interface with the media/public on humanitarian and development issues. In-depth knowledge of the principles underlying the key purpose and role of programme leadership, coordination and management is required to make decisions affecting the team and which may impact more widely in the division/programme.




Strategic Direction and Leadership

·         Develop Oxfam’s long-term vision and provide a clear strategic direction for the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Oxfam’s programme under its three strategic goals that span the humanitarian and development continuum and ensure strong linkages to influencing work in Iraq.

·         Work with the CD to develop Oxfam’s Country Operating Plans and Budget and support the CD in monitoring overall performance against and delivery of the Country Strategy in Iraq.

·         Support and maintain strategic alliances and partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders including national and local authorities, donors, multilateral agencies, partners, as well as within Oxfam confederation (partner affiliates, knowledge hubs, Global Humanitarian Team, etc.)

·         Maintain an analysis of the evolving country context and use this to inform interventions.

·         Provide leadership and management on Oxfam’s programming in Iraq, including fundraising, appropriate allocation and management of resources, programming quality, accountability, and performance management.

  • Remain up-to-date, and aware of ongoing contextual and funding trends in the region and provide regular updates on these trends and analysis of how they may affect Oxfam programming.


Programme design, implementation, and quality

·         In coordination with programme team and under the guidance of the Country Director, to lead on developing country programme strategies, objectives, and activity plans.

·         Responsible for, in close collaboration with the funding department, and the Thematic programme team, lead on programme design and proposal development, ensuring full participation of influencing department and support departments.

·         The DCD-P maintains the overview of the programme funding pipeline and needs, clearly communicating Programme funding needs and priorities, maintaining, and developing new and existing donor relationships.

·         Ensure programme quality implementation of programmes in a consultative, participative, and transparent and gender sensitive way.

·         Work with the DCD-Support to ensure that budgets/projections are drawn up for all activities, and that costs are kept within budgets and programmes are cost-efficient, providing a monthly financial projection.

·         Responsible for ensuring that Oxfam meets all contractual obligations and achieves high quality proposal and donor reporting on time.

·         Take measures to limit risks to the programme , including security, safeguarding, reputational, financial and harm to beneficiaries.

·         Ensure that learning is incorporated into on-going and new programmes.

·         Ensure adherence to Oxfam’s policies and programme standards including humanitarian standards as well as compliance with Oxfam’s Common Approach to MEL and Social Accountability (CAMSA) and partnership principles.

·         Ensure ongoing constructive relationships with partners and allies, and work with diverse teams to strengthen partner capacity, adopting a strategic, proactive perspective on how to achieve partner led approaches to achieve sustainable change.

·         Support the Oxfam in Iraq in relevant programme research and knowledge generation ensuring the integration of cross cutting, regional and global issues.

·         Provide guidance to the programme team regarding tools and strategies to ensure that programming is based on input from communities, a thorough understanding of the context, and technical best practices.

·         Work with colleagues in country program, region and HQ to identify funding opportunities and develop competitive, responsive proposals that meet internal standards, apply Oxfam’s strategy/ies and are donor compliant; meet with donors to discuss current and potential funding opportunities.


Financial Management

·         As a senior budget holder for the country programme, ensure timely spending, compliance, and procedural controls are rolled out across the country programme.

·         Through the provision of leadership support to the in-country grants team, and in close collaboration with the Finance Team, develop evidenced based and cost-effective funding applications.



person specification

Most importantly, every individual at Oxfam GB needs to be able to:

  • Live our values of INCLUSION, ACCOUNTABILITY, EMPOWERMENT, COURAGE, SOLIDARITY and EQUALITY (read more about these here).


  • Ensure you commit to our ORGANISATIONAL ATTRIBUTES (including adhering to the Code of Conduct):

1. Be committed to our feminist principles, and to applying them in your day-to-day behaviour and your work. Be ready to keep learning, with accountability to those who experience oppression as a result of their identities, such as their gender, race/ethnicity, disability, class, or LGBTQIA identity."

2. 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.




Experience, Knowledge & Competencies


•       A proven record of effective leadership, especially in conflict/post-conflict contexts. Ability to challenge, motivate and develop a team through periods of programme change.

•       Ability to work with significant levels of autonomy and make prompt and sound decisions.

•       Proven analytical skills and ability to work with others to develop strategy into action and communicate and influence this to a wider audience.

•       Knowledge and experience of promoting gender equity, and an active commitment to promoting the interests of marginalized people in all aspects of programme work.

•       Experience in programme planning, and competent use of project management tools.

•       The ability to meet agreed deadlines in a stressful and fast-paced environment, will be critical.

•       Proven experience in effective management of complex humanitarian situations, including managing finances, staff and funding of the programme (contract design and management).

•       Experience in managing staff: challenging, motivating, developing and inspiring team members

•       Evidence of professional excellence in related sectors (Livelihoods, WASH, Gender, Protection and Advocacy).

•       Sensitivity to cultural differences, and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.

•       High-level interpersonal and communications skills.

•       Ability to influence and liaise effectively with key stakeholders and representation in high profile environments.

•       Fluency in written and spoken English is essential.

•       Sympathy with the aims and objectives of Oxfam.

•       Commitment to humanitarian principles and action.

•       Commitment to Oxfam’s equal opportunity and gender policies.


Feminist Leadership approach

•       Self-Awareness Able to develop a high degree of self-awareness around our own strengths and weaknesses and our impact on others. Our self-awareness enables us to moderate and self-regulate our behaviours to control and channel our impulses for good purposes. We self-moderate appropriately to different context thereby optimizing our ability to achieve goals

•       Vision Setting We have the ability to identify and lead visionary initiatives that are beneficial for our organisation and we set high-level direction through a visioning process that engages the organisation and diverse external stakeholders. Clarity in our communication of vision allows others to focus on delivery and their contribution to the wider changes we seek.

•       Strategic Thinking and Judgment We use judgment, weighing risk against the imperative to act. We make decisions consistent with organisational strategies and values.

•       Mutual accountability We can explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our
organisational values. We are ready to be held to account for our actions and how we behave, as we are also holding others to account in a consistent manner.

•       Influencing We have the ability to engage with diverse stakeholders in a way that leads to increased impact for the organisation We spot opportunities to influence effectively and where there are no opportunities we have the ability to create them in a respectful and impactful manner.

•       Enabling We all work to effectively empower and enable others to deliver the organisations goals through creating conditions of success. We passionately invest in others by developing their careers, not only their skills for the job. We give more freedom and demonstrate belief and trust, underpinned with appropriate support.


At the interview, shortlisted candidates will also be assessed on our values and organisational attributes, as outlined above. 


•       Arabic language skills are highly desirable.

•       Knowledge of the Iraqi and Middle Eastern context

•       Knowledge and understanding of Oxfam's programmes in emergencies and development.



Safer recruitment: All offers of employment are subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks (which can include counterterrorism, safeguarding and criminal records checks). You can find out what this means here.


What we are looking for:


We’re looking for a candidate who cares about Oxfam's mission to end poverty and is personally aligned to our feminist principles and values of empowerment, accountability and inclusion in all you do.




We offer:


We offer a competitive salary and a range of additional benefits to staff including flexible working options, a generous pension scheme, annual leave, additional leave allowances, company sick pay, life assurance and a range of other benefits. 


From the day you join Oxfam, we invite you to stretch and learn in your role. Our wide range of Learning & Development opportunities includes in-house courses, e-learning modules, on-the-job learning opportunities, coaching and mentoring, and much more. 


You can read more about all Oxfam has to offer here.




We 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. 


How to apply:


As part of your online application, please upload your up-to-date CV and Cover Letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.  



Our values and commitment to safeguarding


Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom Oxfam GB engages. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.


The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.


All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Oxfam GB also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.  In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.


We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.


About us


Oxfam is a global community who believe poverty isn’t inevitable. It’s an injustice that can be overcome. We are shop volunteers, women’s right activists, marathon runners, aid workers, coffee farmers, street fundraisers, goat herders, policy experts, campaigners, water engineers and more. And we won’t stop until everyone can live life without poverty for good.


Oxfam GB is a member of international confederation of 21 organisations working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries. 


A thriving diverse Oxfam:


It’s people power that brings about change. To play our part as a global organisation working to overcome poverty and inequality, we need equality, diversity and inclusion across our community of staff, partners and volunteers. Together, we’re committed to becoming a more diverse workforce, better able to tackle the global challenges that face our world today.


To do that:

  • We need to dismantle the unequal power structures that exist everywhere, this including Oxfam and the wider development and charity sectors.
  • We need an inclusive Oxfam where everyone can bring who they are to our work and feels celebrated for the differences they bring.
  • We want and need everyone, and that means we need you.




  • Location:
    Iraq - Baghdad, Iraq - Erbil
  • Hours:
    40 Hours per week
  • Salary:
    As per Oxfam salary Scale
  • Region:
  • Job Family:
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  • Grade:
  • Job Type:
    Fixed Term
  • Closing Date:
    25 April 2024
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