- Expressions of Interest close on: Monday 10 July 2023 (5pm FJT – GMT+12)
- Location: Flexible within the Pacific region, preferably in Pacific Island Countries.
- Term: 1 year (fixed term contract with possibility of extension based on funding and performance)
- Reporting to: Director Programs & Business Development
- Please contact Recruitment Coordinator, Divono Vakatale on email for any queries: [email protected]
- All applications must be lodged online via https://oxfampacific.bamboohr.com/careers/245
To provide strategic vision, expert technical advice, capacity development and leadership in the region to ensure that Oxfam and its partners are both ready and able to respond in a timely, effective, respectful, and technically competent manner to humanitarian emergencies, wherever and whenever they occur in the region. The role will champion local humanitarian leadership at the regional level, making space for local humanitarian leaders and civil society voices in humanitarian and disaster risk reduction forums, with an emphasis on women, diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, and people with disabilities.
The Humanitarian Lead role will need to operate at both Oxfam confederation’s strategic level and operational levels in responses, engaging stakeholders, and building relationships and networks from the local, regional to global levels
Oxfam is a world-wide aid and development organisation that mobilises the power of people against poverty working through staff and local partner organisations across the Pacific to combat gender, economic and climate injustice, including in situations of crisis. Oxfam in the Pacific works to support the following countries in the region: Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji, and the Polynesia/Micronesia country cluster comprising of Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, Niue, Kiribati, Palau, Nauru, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). Country teams operate with a mix of direct implementation and via partners, the goal being to increase strategic partnerships where appropriate. This position offers an exciting opportunity to be part of and contribute to the evolution of Oxfam in the Pacific and lead in progression of Oxfam’s local humanitarian leadership model with a strong emphasis on influencing ways of working in the region.
Oxfam supports grassroots humanitarian leadership for effective, locally owned, and driven disaster prevention, response, and recovery. Oxfam is an innovative leader in the Pacific, designing and developing exciting new cash-based humanitarian programmes. As an advocacy organisation, Oxfam also holds a unique position amongst INGOs, working with Pacific governments, donors, multilateral and regional organisations to improve humanitarian approaches and policies.
Our work is guided by Oxfam’s global values and by Pacific values and culture including openness, flexibility, respect, equity, justice, solidarity, collaboration, sharing and humility.
- Develop and lead implementation of Oxfam’s humanitarian strategy for the Pacific region.
- Convene, coordinate, and advise Oxfam Country Emergency Teams and partner organisations to strengthen humanitarian plans, policies, partnerships, and practices at country and regional level.
- Participate and represent Oxfam in key regional humanitarian forums with Governments, UN, and other international agencies.
- In consultation with thematic pillar leads, develop systems and deliver training for the deployment of Pacific staff to support Oxfam’s humanitarian responses (Business Support roles, Gender in Emergencies, Safeguarding, MEAL, Cash and Vouchers).
- Lead Oxfam’s humanitarian team in the Pacific, convening humanitarian focal points and leads within country teams and at affiliates to ensure effective coordination of Oxfam’s humanitarian capacity across the region.
- Advise Humanitarian Focal Points on operational coordination matters.
- Work closely with Oxfam and local partner staff at country level to develop humanitarian capacities and skills, through training, mentorship, simulation exercises, deployment rosters.
- Broker humanitarian deployments of personnel from within the Oxfam confederation (GHT, affiliates, country-to-country) and external organisations as appropriate.
- Provide technical advice in one or more of Oxfam’s core humanitarian competencies – Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Emergency Food Security, Vulnerable Livelihoods (EFSVL), Gender, Protection or Cash and Vouchers, with Cash and Vouchers, Social protection technical competencies being most aligned with Oxfam in the Pacific’s humanitarian strategy
- Assist and provide capacity development in the design of new strategies at local, country, and regional level to address issues related to Oxfam’s core competencies. This should include specific program initiatives as well as more broad-ranging strategies aimed at influencing institutional agendas, policies, and practices (governmental, UN, donor, and others) in favour of effective Gender, protection, WASH and Cash and Voucher implementation.
- Develop and lead implementation of Oxfam’s humanitarian preparedness plan in the region.
- Maintain and deliver a regular humanitarian induction and training programme and facilitate access to technical training opportunities for Oxfam and local partner staff across the Pacific.
- Map and manage Oxfam’s prepositioned stock and humanitarian equipment in the region.
- Work with country teams and local partners to identify and build a portfolio of humanitarian/resilience partners from governments, civil society and private sector and ensure appropriate investments in their preparedness and collective planning.
- Develop Oxfam-specific partnership resources and tools (partnership agreements, training modules, accessible guidance documents, policies, and good practice guides) for local partner capacity development.
- Coordinate training sessions and workshops in order to achieve the objectives set in the strategy, especially to provide staff with training and leadership on contingency planning and emergency response.
- Support and provide capacity development to country program staff in their ongoing analysis of humanitarian trends through the provision of research and data analysis tools.
- Provide regional oversight and capacity development around humanitarian research, data, trends, and conditions.
- Activate Emergency Management Teams (EMTs) at country-level.
- Liaise with EMTs to identify and facilitate access to additional resource, personnel, equipment, and technical needs.
- Lead operational responses to multi-country events.
- Provide ‘first off the rank’ deployment surge support to country teams for major disaster events.
- Convene meetings of the Pacific Oxfam Humanitarian Team (POHT) to share information, coordinate support actions and identify resources to support country EMTs.
- Enable scaled-up response, lead process of assessment, program design and resourcing, preparation of concept papers and funding proposals, in consultation with both the Humanitarian Focal Point in country, affiliates, the Director Programs and Business Development, and GHT.
- Serve as primary point of contact for all Pacific humanitarian operations and the GHT.
- Monitor Oxfam’s humanitarian operations to ensure Humanitarian Principles, Oxfam Minimum Standards and Requirements, Oxfam Code of Conduct, safeguarding guidance and international good practice standards (Sphere, CHS) are adhered to.
- Collaborate with the Humanitarian Focal Point, Director Programs and Business Development, advocacy staff and the GHT to develop advocacy strategy and content.
- Ensure Gender Sensitivity, disability inclusion, Safe Programming are incorporated into the design, targets, monitoring and evaluation of all responses in the Pacific.