Senior Program Manager (Humanitarian System Transformation through LHL) (INT10364)


Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.


Do you have experience of leading programs/project in an international humanitarian/development organization and/or global network and in complex international environments?


Do you have knowledge of the Local Humanitarian Leadership agenda and broader knowledge of how to influence humanitarian sector change at large?


Do you want to transform the humanitarian system through local humanitarian leadership?


If the answer is yes, then we would like to hear from you.


The Role:


Oxfam's Global Humanitarian Team is looking for a Senior Program Manager to lead the 'Humanitarian System Transformation through Local Humanitarian Leadership' Program. 

This position is subject to receipt of donor funding, however once that funding is finalised, the start date will be immediate. Please include your availability in your application. 

Contract length: Please note that this is a fixed term position until September 2027 in line with the donor-funded program. 

Location: Preferred location is Nairobi, Kenya. Alternatively, it may be possible to locate the role in one of the countries participating in the program or in a regional hub. Exact details are not yet confirmed, but may include DRC, Lebanon, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, Turkey or regional hubs within those time zones. 

Please indicate your preferred location and whether you have the right to work there on your application. 

Job Purpose: The Senior Program Manager (SPM) will technically lead and guide the “Humanitarian System Transformation through Local Humanitarian Leadership” Program (HST Program in short).

The SPM technically and strategically manages the implementation of the program with all involved stakeholders and financially coordinates with all stakeholders and the budget holder (including Oxfam Novib as contract holder, countries implementing the bulk of the program etc.). 

This 14 million Euro program, which runs for 42 months between 2024 and 2027, is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department for Stability and Humanitarian Aid, under the Strengthening the Humanitarian System Grant Policy Framework.

The main objective of the SPM role is to technically lead the successful delivery of a coherent program in partnership with various parts of the Oxfam confederation, local and national humanitarian actors, the program’s evidence partners, relevant stakeholders in the humanitarian sectors, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and others in 6 countries.


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.


An ideal candidate for the role will also be / have:

  • Extensive relevant working experience in a similar position in complex international environments; in a project-based international humanitarian/development organization and / or global network. Experience of leading multi-country and multi-stakeholder programs would be an advantage.
  • Sound knowledge of Local Humanitarian Leadership agenda and broader knowledge of how to influence humanitarian sector change at large. 
  • Experience managing programs/projects of a similar budget size. 
  • Strong organizational skills and a proven track record in the financial and administrative set-up, contract managing, coordinating and leading of external and internal processes of multi-million, multi-country projects and programs. 
  • Program Management skills, including Theory of Change methodology, process management, scheduling, project control, documentation development, risk management and quality management, monitoring and evaluation.  
  • The ability to work in a project-oriented manner in a changing organization, taking all the interests of the involved stakeholders seriously and remaining strongly focused on the end results. 
  • Ability to work independently, pro-actively and problem-solve; result-driven and customer focused; strong organizational skills and a structured approach. 
  • Writing and presentation skills for periodic reporting on process, outcome, output and deliverables. 
  • Strong skills in cooperation, negotiation, and motivation of team members and colleagues. 
  • Ability to work directly and over distance with colleagues / partners. 
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English. 
  • Ideally based in Nairobi, Kenya, but with significant amount of travel to the Program’s countries and other locations relevant to achieve the Program’s objectives. 

Please see the attached job description for full details.


We offer:

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered in line with local cost of living and national pay structures. Exact details to depend upon the country of work. 

We offer a range of additional benefits to staff including flexible working options, 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.




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    Competitive salary and benefits packages will be offered in line with local cost of living and national pay structures. Exact details to be confirmed by employing Affiliate. 
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  • Closing Date:
    26 May 2024
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