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    Oxfam in Nigeria and International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED): Improving Fuel Wood Balance Project

    Oxfam is a confederation of 17 Affiliates committed to creating a just world without poverty. In Nigeria Oxfam works in the areas of Economic Justice/Livelihood, Basic Social Services, Humanitarian programming, Gender Justice / Female Leadership and Good governance, adopting a rights based approach. The International Centre for Energy, Environment & Development (ICEED) is a Nigerian think tank focused on addressing climate change and promoting clean energy through policy research, advocacy and communication on the low carbon economy.

    Oxfam and ICEED, with funding support from the European Union and the National Planning Commission (NPC) as the contracting authority, are collaborating in the implementation of a four year project on renewable energy production, including Agro-forestry.  The project is aimed at sustainably improving the fuel-wood balance and resilience of livelihoods of rural households in 7 LGAs in Katsina state by increasing wood supply through farmer managed natural regeneration whilst reducing fuel wood demand through dissemination and use of fire wood efficient stoves.  While Oxfam is responsible for the delivery of the Agro-forestry component, ICEED is charged with managing that of the efficient cookstoves, with the two organizations working in close collaboration.

    Emergency Food Security and Resilient Livelihoods Officer


    DIVISION / DEPARTMENT / LOCATION: West Africa Region, Abuja
    JOB FAMILY: Program
    Salary: Based on the National Salary Scale of Nigeria Country Office
    Level: D, Zone 1 (National), 1 year

    OXFAM PURPOSE: To work with others to find lasting solutions to poverty and suffering

    TEAM PURPOSE: To deliver Oxfam’s strategic and operational emergency/resilient food security and livelihood priorities in Nigeria and ensure innovative and quality programme which is shared within Nigeria, the West Africa Region and beyond.


    To ensure quality and impact of the country’s work on resilient livelihoods and food security through: supporting the design and implementation of  EFSL and resilient livelihoods programs, facilitation of technical support and capacity building of Oxfam and partners’ teams, provision of sound national analysis and supporting linkages from program work to policy influence. The EFSL Officer will be the main liaison person for EFSL programming between Oxfam, relevant stakeholders and Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs) involved in the Food Security and Livelihoods programs. S/he will ensure that the notion of “gender at the heart of our work” is present in all work s/he takes forward.


    8 years post graduate working experience
    Masters Degree
    BSc in Agriculture and related courses.

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    Research, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator


    DIVISION / DEPARTMENT / LOCATION: International Division/ West Africa/Abuja
    JOB FAMILY: Advocacy and Campaigns,
    SALARY: Based on the National Salary Scale of Nigeria Country Office
    LEVEL: C2 (National), Fixed Term 1 year
    OXFAM PURPOSE: To work with others to find lasting solutions to poverty and suffering


    The Nigeria Country Team works on programs focussed on economic justice, gender justice, humanitarian and good governance.  The Research, Policy and Advocacy team’s purpose is to lead and provide support to Oxfam’s influencing work  to maximise the impact of its work at local, national, regional and global levels.


    The Research, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator will have a solid understanding of the context in Nigeria and of the tools that Oxfam can use to influence political change and achieve its objectives (these tools include: lobbying, advocacy, media, research, policy briefs, and digital communications tools). She/he will support Oxfam’s efforts to design and implement advocacy, campaign and communications strategies that enable Oxfam and its partners to influence pro-poor and equitable change. The Research, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator will support Oxfam’s programmes in Nigeria by delivering high quality research, policy and advocacy work on key poverty issues, through a strong research capacity at national level, and engagement with influential regional research institutions. She/he is expected to play the role of both a ‘project manager’ and ‘expert practitioner’ on research, policy and advocacy. 


    Masters Degree
    BSc Political Science, International Affairs, Public Policy or Government
    8 – 10 years post graduate working experience.

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    Livelihood/Private Sector Programme Manager


    DIVISION / DEPARTMENT / LOCATION: International / West Africa / Abuja
    JOB FAMILY: Programme
    SALARY:  £25,596- £35,000 net depending on experience + benefits (medical, pension, relocation and 50% accommodation)
    GRADE: National Plus C1, 12 months
    All qualified Nigerian Nationals encouraged to apply

    OXFAM PURPOSE: To work with others to overcome poverty and suffering.

    TEAM PURPOSE: To work directly with Oxfam's beneficiaries, government, donors and partners to overcome poverty and suffering; and to advocate and campaign for policy, knowledge, attitude and practice change to help achieve Oxfam's strategic change objectives, the West Africa regional business plan and the Nigeria joint country analysis and strategy.

    JOB PURPOSE: To manage Oxfam GB livelihood and private sector engagement programme in Nigeria and lead on related strategy development.The livelihood and Private Sector Programme Manager will be the main liaison person for livelihood and private sector activities between Oxfam GB and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development officials and Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and private sector involved in livelihood and private sector programs and may assist them in coordinating livelihood and private sector activities.


    Post-holder reports to Oxfam GB – Head of Programs
    Directly manages staff dedicated to the livelihood programme: The composition of the livelihood team and size of budget to manage are expected to evolve.

    BUDGET RESPONSIBILITY:  Directly responsible for management of livelihood programme budgetranging from GBP 1-10 million per year.


    • Coordination and delivery of agreed plans and strategies to achieve significant impact from a major program unit
    • Develop an operational framework for Livelihood and Private Sector for Oxfam GB in Nigeria
    • Establish partnerships with NGOs and government bodies to increase national resource mobilization and long-term sustainability.
    • Work as part of the country senior management team in Nigeria
    • Input into and influence long term vision on Economic Justice (GROW campaign) and World Influencing Network (WIN) in Nigeria
    • Working autonomously with significant financial, human resource, and representational responsibility.
    • Produce, assimilate, analyse and use programme information from varied and diverse sources to provide in-depth analysis in the specific programme unit or policy area.
    • Decision-making is strategic and operational with a high degree of judgement based on specific problem solving experience and a range of external and internal factors.
    • Role as a key decision maker/responsible person for programme unit.
    • Represent Oxfam GB in coordination meetings and some external relationships.
    • Play an active role in lobby and advocacy through personal contacts and co-ordination of allies at national and occasionally regional level.
    • Plan and implement fundraising plans and ensure proper reporting and accountability to donors.
    • Ensures that the notion of “gender at the heart of our work” is present in all work s/he takes forward.


    Strategic leadership

        Leadership of Oxfam GB livelihood programme management at all levels (strategic, tactical and operational) ensuring that the programme is driven by primary stakeholder needs and interests
        As a member of the OGB Country Management Team, contribute to overall development of longer-term strategy and management of the Oxfam GB programme in Nigeria
        Act as lead of the Private Sector working group among all Oxfam affiliates in Nigeria, and play a significant role in the coordination with other Oxfam affiliates involved in livelihood programme and related work
        Coordinate with humanitarian response team and affiliates to ensure coherence between Oxfam humanitarian and livelihood programmes
        Keep up to date with national and regional trends in order to fully understand the context within which OGB operates (present and future)


    Be active on donor landscaping and intelligence gathering
    Prepare capacity statements, concept notes and project proposals ensuring they are aimed at achieving resilient income and food security for small holder farmers especially women and youth
    Ensure that proposals developed for specific calls are in line with fundraising targets and priorities of the programme.
    Prepare monthly, quarterly, mid-term and annual reports to be submitted to Oxfam and existing as well as potential donors.

    Programme management and implementation

    Ensure programmes and projects achieve their planned outcomes, and provide an effective framework for project work
    Pro-actively share information within the Nigeria and livelihood programme teams and ensure that team members are coordinating effectively over activity planning implementation, monitoring, evaluation and learning
    Ensure adherence to Oxfam quality standards and integration of best practice in livelihood programme in close liaison with Oxfam technical advisers, finance, M&E and other support staff
    Ensure that programme information systems are maintained accurately and up to date
    Ensure delivery of programme reports, project reports and donor reports to quality standards and deadlines
    Ensure that all work is carried out in a way that is gender-sensitive, and promote the full and equal participation of women in all aspects of the work.
    Commission and supervise research or analysis to underpin programming and advocacy on rural livelihood and related areas
    Share information within region and to other Oxfam colleagues related to livelihood programme and advocacy issues in Nigeria

    Partnership management and external relationships

    Build and manage relationships and partnerships with producer organisations, NGOs, research institutions, private sector and other key stakeholders in the Agricultural and rural sectors in Nigeria.
    Provide and facilitate technical support, training and information to partners to enable them to effectively use Oxfam resources and best practices in programme implementation
    Represent Oxfam in coordination meetings and some external relationships with donors and other key stakeholders
    Ensure regular communication with counterparts and government organisations.

    People management

    Line manage Oxfam GB Livelihood and Private sector programme staff
    Provide and facilitate technical support, training and information to Livelihood and Private sector programme staff and partners to enable them to effectively use Oxfam resources as well as best practices in programme planning and implementation

    Financial management

    Direct responsibility for budget management of up to 1- 10 million GBP programme per year including significant donor funds.
    Ensure that budgets are drawn up for all activities, and that costs are kept within budgets, providing a monthly financial summary and quarterly analysis of trends.
    Recommend and approve Oxfam grants within strategic priorities.


    (E) Essential, (D) Desirable

    • A good masters level qualification in development, economics, agriculture, or equivalent experience (E)
    • Significant experience in management of livelihood programmes and projects, preferably in Nigeria (E)
    • Significant experience in Private Sector, preferably in CSR (E)
    • Significant experience working with the Federal, State and Local Government Areas in Nigeria
    • Sound knowledge of family farming, agricultural markets and agricultural private sector actors (E)
    • Significant policy expertise on agricultural value chains and food security, preferably in in Nigeria (E)
    • Sound knowledge of policy issues related to social protection, disaster risk reduction, and adaptation to climate change (D)
    • Demonstrated capacity in integrating gender equity and diversity concerns in programming, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation and staff management (E)
    • Demonstrable advocacy skills and experience (D)
    • Excellent analytical, conceptual and strategic planning skills (E)
    • Proven success in operational management in a complex organisational structure with a clear focus on results (E)
    • Experience in developing programme M&E systems, and in matching learning and outcome/impact assessment to strategy and decision making (D)
    • Ability to rapidly analyze situations, identify problems, risks, opportunities and trends, and to take realistic and balanced decisions accordingly (E)
    • Proven people management capability and effective leadership style to set high standards of performance with team members (E)
    • Demonstrated ability in budget development and monitoring, and in management of financial resources efficiently and with probity (E)
    • Direct experience of working in a participatory manner with producers’ organisations and NGOs, preferably in the in Nigeria context (E)
    • Demonstrable experience of working with the private sector (D)
    • Excellent communication capacity and proactive approach to building relationships with key external/internal contacts (E)
    • Fluency in spoken and written English (E)
    • Ability to present complex information in a succinct, precise and digestible form (E)
    • Experience and demonstrated success in fundraising, proposal writing and managing donor relations (E)
    • Competent to work with significant levels of autonomy and authority, and ability to meet deadlines (E)
    • Commitment to development and humanitarian issues and Oxfam's values (E)

    Method of Application

    Deadline: Applications will be accepted until January 15th, 2015. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until position is filled. We highly recommend applying as early as possible before the deadline for the best chance of moving forward.

    If you are interested in this position please email your application letter and Curriculum vitae in English to   to the attention of The Recruiter, no later than January 15, 2015.

    For enquiries you can contact, Doris Nwankwo at

    Please note that applications sent to the enquiry email will be disqualified.

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