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Oxfam, one of the leading global development organizations, mobilizes 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 programs.


Req ID: 2241
Location: Abuja


Oxfam is implementing a Canadian-funded project in Nigeria. The LINE Project seeks to promote agriculture-driven economic growth and improve living conditions for 10,000 farming households (directly benefiting approximately 80,000 people), with a special focus on women and youth, in six (6) out of 20 Local Government Areas, over five (5) years. The project proposes to improve productivity by training farmers on improved agricultural practices, with a special focus on female farmers (60%) to help them overcome disparities in the distribution of household workloads, use of resources and sharing of the benefits of production.
The Project will support Bauchi State to establish youth business development centres and will provide skills training for women and youth to create jobs. In addition, farmers will be organized to work in collaboration with other interest groups, alliances and civil society groups to advocate, lobby and influence the Bauchi State Government to create an enabling environment that supports market-based agricultural value chain intervention.
The Project is aligned with two of the Government of Nigeria’s SDG targets: reduce by 30% the number of people living in poverty and promote gender equality and empower women; as well as its Agricultural Transformation Agenda, of which Bauchi State is a part.


Bauchi State, an agrarian state with 85% of its population dependent on agriculture, has a high poverty rate of 82% which translates to 3.5 million people out of a population of 4.2 million. Furthermore, it has a high unemployment rate.
The infant mortality rate is high due in large part to high food insecurity and malnutrition levels. Forty-one percent of children under the age of five are underweight, 51% are stunted and 25% are wasting (severely malnourished). Malnutrition is reported to be the underlying cause of 50% of morbidity and mortality of under-five children in Nigeria.

The ultimate outcome of the Project is to improve the livelihoods for 10,000 poor and vulnerable households in Bauchi State through increased farm productivity, enhanced market access, better nutrition, and improved/enhanced enabling environment for business development.
To achieve this, 60% of targeted farmers will be women and will be trained on good agricultural practices, provided access to financial and extension services, facilitated linkages with private sector partners and offered information on better nutrition.
Three high-level expected results will be achieved upon completion of the Project:

Increased yields in selected commodity and livestock value chains for women and men farmers and youth (60% women), which will be done through the mapping of farmer organizations, carrying out farmer cooperative development, training of farmers and developing value chains;
Improved business enabling environment that is responsive to the needs of farmers and youth. This will involve reviews of relevant laws and regulations guiding businesses in Bauchi state; reviews of laws guiding markets, taxation, standardization of commodity weights and measures and pricing so as to facilitate more functional and effective markets; and
Improved nutrition for vulnerable women and children. This will be achieved through training in home-based skills in nutritional diversification, carrying out promotional campaigns on nutritional options and nutritional behavioural changes through the use of handbills, pamphlets and brochures.

The Project Manager will be under the management of the Deputy Country Director and will be responsible for the LINE project management and support of the Field Team leader.
He or she will work as part of the Nigeria Country Office team for Oxfam Quebec and Oxfam Novib the Netherlands.

The Project Manager has the following responsibilities:
Overall management and support of the project in terms of organization, implementation, monitoring, reporting and content, ensuring overall coherence of approach and delivering on time, high quality outputs;
Provide methodological support, feedback, guidance, direction and perform appraisals;
Supervise in a supporting manner the design of capacity building plans and technical assistance;
Support multi-stakeholder consultations, negotiations, consensus building, using participatory and consultative processes;
Assure communication and visibility;
Ensure effective application of Results Based Management tools and implementation of monitoring, evaluation and learning strategies to ensure achievement of results. This includes the planning, budgeting, reporting and oversight of high quality project evaluations;
Ensure project compliance and effective progress reporting (financial and narrative);
Responsible for promotion of evaluation standards and quality assurance/control;
Undertake regular field visits (Bauchi) to support and ensure compliance and timely execution of the Project;
Ensure the coordination and appropriate functioning of the Project Steering Committee and Technical Advisory Committee;
Ensure regular communication with Global Affairs Canada in Nigeria.

Masters degree in Management, Social Sciences, Economics or a related field;
At least 10 years of experience in Livelihood and Nutrition (Community and local development) including agriculture and revision of regulatory framework;
At least 5 years of experience working with Global Affairs Canada in Results Based Management Programs or equivalent;
At least 5 years of international experience as Team Leader or Project Manager in technical assistance with long term positions in managing and conducting similar projects;
Significant experience in M&E systems and in matching learning and outcome/impact assessment to strategy and decision making
Demonstrated capacity in integrating gender equity and diversity in programing, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation and staff management.
Demonstrable ability in budget developing and monitoring and in management of financial resources.
Direct experience of working in a participatory and supporting manner with local stakeholders, preferably in the Nigeria context.
Experience in planning and designing capacity building and technical assistance programmes with partner institutions in multilevel governance (experience in Bauchi and Nigeria preferred);
Experience in multi-stakeholder consultations, negotiations and consensus building and participatory and consultative processes;
Experience in implementing communication and visibility action plans.
Strategic thinking and politically astute, with strong negotiation and influencing skills;
Languages: Fluent in spoken and written English and working knowledge of French is an asset

Oxfam (Novib) is committed to providing you with a competitive, fair, and comprehensive pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors.


Ref. No.: 2244
Location: Abuja, Nigeria (with frequent travel to the field offices in the North East)
Employment Type: Full-time
Duration: 12 months with a possibility to extend

This is a senior level role with huge autonomy. As a strong advisory person, it requires someone who is technically strong and has great networking skills to manage the compliance in the Organisation.
Reporting to the Country Director to ensure that Oxfam maintains the integrity of all business operations/ transactions and activities through the development, implementation and continuous monitoring of the risk management and the control framework (systems, structures, policies and procedures).
This is achieved by providing periodic appraisal of Oxfam policies, procedures, plans, donor contract guidelines compliance within various functional areas.
The job holder will monitor actions agreed to address areas of high risk and/or control lapses observed.
This position also advises the Leadership Team on fraud-prevention and integrity issues.

Accountable for the delivery of business systems, procedures and processes to enable the delivery of the risk and compliance strategy and objectives, in line with agreed key performance indicators and ensuring service level agreements are met where applicable.
Has delegated authority for decision making around risk and compliance matters, and is accountable for managing responses to internal audit and enquiries from external regulatory bodies.
Provides direction and strategic leadership for organizational change and development processes with a particular focus on ensuring that the business support functions (Finance, Supply and Logistics, Human Resources and ICT) adequately support the program teams.
Establishes and/or refine and disseminate policies, systems and practices and provide and/or arranges for training and guidance for effective management, supply and logistics activities, disbursement and accounting for all financial resources in line with Oxfam global accounting policies, donor requirements and local law where required.
Ensures business support processes align with Oxfam in country Strategic Objectives and can be accomplished in an efficient manner.
Ensures shared understanding of, and creates organisation-wide awareness about, the various risks inherent in Oxfam’s business context and operations and works with various employee groups to develop and execute effective risk mitigation strategies
Develop internal audit/Compliance tools (paperwork, checklist, standards, audit report template, internal control survey questionnaires, physical counts, tools/checklist etc).
Verify and prepare audit closure status and progress report for the management and SMT review, collect and arrange audit closure exhibits and submit the reviewed audit closure status/progress reports.
Support the Country Business Support Unit in the establishment of a practical system for compliance risk prevention, detection and correction in financial transactions, fraud, waste and abuse
Design audit procedures based on assessment of internal controls and risk assessment and determine if controls as designed and implemented enable management to prevent, detect, or correct misstatements
Facilitates the evolution of a strong and effective risk management culture across the organisation to ensure all business activities are carried out in accordance with Oxfam policies, relevant industry regulations, country laws and risk management standards.

Resourcing, Budgeting, Financial Analysis and Donor Reporting:
Works in close coordination with the Program Managers and the Business Development Manager to ensure full adherence to the grant management rules and donor compliance standards. In coordination with Program Managers, prepare and track donor budgets and prepare modifications and activity realignments as necessary
In coordination with Program Managers and other unit heads, monitor performance and efficiency of on-going donor projects by analyzing country/project monthly spend rates and highlighting possible problem areas.
Validates monthly cost analysis and update cost ratios to ensure each donor bears the correct proportion of costs.
Tracks and reviews Supply Plans and resource planning and follow up in consultation with Supply and Logistics team, budget holders and finance team
Tracks and reviews budgets in consultation with budget holders and finance team; conducts detailed activity status review and give input to CD and budget holders.
Designs and maintains internal systems that ensure accurate and timely reporting on financial and program performance.
Supports with integration of systems and provide project management support, as required.

Internal & External Audit Support:
Supports preparation and successful conclusion of internal and external auditing activities, including fraud-prevention and integrity for the Country Director (CD), the Leadership Team, Oxfam HQ and for the donor annual audit reporting.
Conducts ad-hoc and confidential investigations on control breaches, as may be necessary from time to time.
Reviews management comments for audit reports and work with CD to monitor progress on work plans for implementation of audit recommendations from internal and external audits.
Carry out financial/ compliance risk assessment of financial and organisational systems of partner organisations according to Oxfam’s partner assessment tools, in line with donor requirements.
Evaluates the adequacy of controls in the company's computing and communications systems
Appraises in close collaboration with the Business Development Manager the economy, efficiency and effectiveness with which company resources are deployed.
Reviews systems and procedures across all business areas and recommending improvements to existing processes and procedures, where appropriate
In coordination with HR and the Finance Unit, oversee accurate and timely payroll generation
Appraises the extent of compliance by various functional areas with policies, procedures, plans and legislation and monitoring actions agreed to address areas of high risk and/or control lapses observed.

Legal Risk Management and Statutory Compliance:
In collaboration with Oxfam Legal Counsel and HQ, minimize legal risk to the organization and support to alleviate legal issues confronting the organization.
Reviews and tests controls to ensure that Oxfam in Country systems are compliant with Oxfam Global policies, donor requirements, as well as local labour and procurement laws.
Ensures prompt preparation and submission of all statutory returns, reports and tax compliance.

Donor and Partner Management:
Ensures that the program team have a thorough understanding of donors’ administrative and financial requirements pre and post award.
Develops and maintains effective partner grants and reports monitoring system, ensures adherence to Oxfam policies and procedures.
Participates in partner meetings to fully understand the context and operating environment; ensures a positive, open and conducive relationship with partners.

Leadership, Coordination and Capacity Building:
Contribute to training programs that can continuously improve individual and organizational capacity related to funds accountability, ethics and compliances.
Supports induction and training of new staff on donor contract management, and Oxfam’s systems, policies and procedures. This may include leading face-to face and / or remote training when required.
Develops self, and maintains knowledge and awareness of Oxfam’s strategic objectives and international operations and an understanding of the implications of this on donor compliance issues.

Advanced University Degree (Master's Degree or equivalent) in Finance, Economics, Business Administration, Project Management or other relevant discipline. A relevant work experience may be considered.
Qualified/certified/member of an Accounting or Audit professional body.
Minimum of 8 years progressively responsible positions in an INGO finance/audit operations team with at least 5 years experience of managing compliance.
Proven knowledge of donor regulations, including Global Fund, EU/ECHO, UNHCR, DFID, SIDA, USAID, etc.
Strong analytical skills and experience with accounting systems required. Strong working of Ms. Word, Excel, Access)
Proven ability to influence activity at a senior level, taking initiative and working independently as well work as a team player; demonstrably cooperation with members of other teams, responding quickly and accurately to queries and issues.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal English) and the ability to write clear, concise reports.
A strong commitment to high standards of service delivery and customer care.
Good organisational and personal management skills, with 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.
Well-developed conceptual, critical, problem solving and analytical thinking with the ability to convey complex information in a straightforward, interesting way, and influencing this to a wider audience.
Willingness and ability to travel within country 60% of the time.
Strong experience with Oxfam business systems including GL, OPAL, CRIMSON, GOLD, TRACKPOINT and HELIOS will be an advantage
Proven leadership, project management and team building skills, including training, giving support and recognising expertise in others.
Commitment to Oxfam’s overall aims and policies and experience of promoting women’s rights and the interests of marginalized people in all aspects of Oxfam’s work.
Knowledge or appreciation of Nigeria in terms of its political, economic and social trends plus a good understanding of the key development and humanitarian issues in the region.

Knowledge and / or experience of common Oxfam norms objects, standards and tools

Oxfam (Novib) is committed to providing you with a competitive, fair, and comprehensive pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors. The international salary range for this position is set in scale 9 with a salary range between €2962, to €4557, - monthly gross based on 40 hours a week.


REQ ID: 2243
  Abuja, (with some travel)

An exciting new Business Development Manager position with Oxfam focusing on:
Leading the charge for pursuing current and future opportunities for all donors, including Global Affairs Canada, European Union, Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance, US based foundations and corporate organizations; private US and UK-based donors; Funding from the Dutch Government and private sector as well as non-traditional UN, Tenders with an emphasis on competitive mechanisms. The Business Development Manager will be responsible for developing and implementing resource mobilisation strategies, for developing new business strategy in order to forge strategic partnerships between Oxfam and institutional donors. The Business Development Manager will identify and respond to funding opportunities, and oversee the donor cultivation cycle. This will include monitoring the evolution of donor regulations, funding mechanisms, and application requirements to ensure the compliance and responsiveness of Oxfam proposals.
Co-creating and managing - together with the Leadership Team of Oxfam in Nigeria - the organizational Key Performance Indicators and further develop the Balance Score Card. This position will guarantee that senior management and units of the organization work towards shared objectives, which need to be meaningful and measurable. The Business Development Manager oversees Oxfam in Nigeria’s drive toward a cost-effective organization.


DUE DATE: 20 June, 2017


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