- Applications will close on: 29 August 2022, 5.00pm (GMT+12)
- Location of role: Flexible within the Pacific Region where Oxfam offices are located
- Fixed Term (full time) contract: Until 30th June 2023
- Reporting to: Director Partnerships, Evidence, Learning & Innovation (PELI)
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- Please contact Recruitment Coordinator Divono Vakatale for any questions [email protected]
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Shaping a stronger Oxfam for people living in poverty.
OXFAM IN THE PACIFIC VACANCY
REGIONAL MEAL LEAD
To develop, implement and coordinate the systems and processes to gather and synthesize regional level evidence on the impact of programs implemented and supported by Oxfam in the Pacific (OiP). This includes responsibility for fostering a culture of evidence-based learning within OiP and working across all teams in line with our organisational values, the OIP Regional Strategy, and Oxfam requirements to integrate monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (MEAL) within functional and thematic areas and provide specialist advice. This position also holds responsibility for the MEAL and Program Quality (PQ) community of practice (COP) comprised of MEAL/PQ staff supporting OiP’s programs across our offices in the Pacific, focussed on strengthening organisational capabilities.
Oxfam in the Pacific will strengthen evidence-based programming, learning and innovation across the region through the Partnership, Evidence, Learning & Innovation Hub (PELI). PELI is responsible for establishing systems and processes for cross-regional evidence generation, learning, research, innovation, and impact assessment. The ambition for the PELI Hub is to generate intellectual property and knowledge including scalable approaches to work in which we aim to establish our capability and demonstrate impact: accompaniment of local leadership, Civic Engagement, Policy, and Budget Advocacy, Influencing and campaigns. The hub will be responsible for developing in-house training and induction programs to ensure that staff are equipped to apply these OiP approaches. OiP anticipates that fee-for-service training courses that leverage the learning and IP produced by the hub will generate income. PELI will support innovation through leveraging internal resources and collaboration to ideate and incubate digital technologies and non-traditional approaches for humanitarian action and shock responsive social protection.
Our work is guided by Oxfam’s global values and by Pacific culture and values including openness, flexibility, respect, equity, justice, solidarity, collaboration, sharing and humility. We value local leadership and ownership.
Oxfam in the Pacific comprises three Hubs each led by a director: Programs, (program delivery and business development), Corporate Services (finance, HR and operations) and PELI (Partnerships, Evidence, Learning & Innovation).
The role sits within the PELI Hub.
The PELI Hub is responsible for:
- Ensuring that our organisational approaches and practices attract, support and grow a network of diverse actors with which we collaborate effectively to achieve change
- Supporting the quality and effectiveness of the organisation’s work, and that of our partners,’ through the development of systems, and provision of technical guidance and practical support, for:
- Organisational strengthening
- monitoring and evaluation
- evidence and learning
- research and innovation
- Understanding and documenting how we are achieving change with our partners through our approaches and programs
- Identifying and incubating innovative approaches and models for scaling
- Catalysing and supporting ongoing organisation-wide reflection, learning and evidence-based adaptation
- Generating knowledge and communicating evidence internally and externally about our work.
This role is accountable to and reports to the Director PELI.
Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
Technical Advice and Support
- Establish and implement a learning and impact framework to monitor progress against the OiP regional strategy
- Lead the establishment and implementation of an organisational MEAL system to aggregate program level achievement across thematic pillars into an OiP regional impact story
- Provide MEAL/PQ technical advice and support to OiP staff and partners seeking to strengthen their own MEAL practices.
- Advise thematic pillar teams on the inclusion of appropriate MEAL/PQ practices from program design through to completion
- Synthesise evidence of impact to support OiP’s and partners’ influencing and advocacy agendas
- Ensure program design, performance monitoring, learning, and reporting align to regional requirements and Oxfam standards
- Support country and regional teams’ MEAL/PQ professional development to service their functional accountabilities
- Lead development of the OiP MEAL/PQ function through convening the MEAL/PQ Community of practice as focal points for dissemination of this work within their teams
Coordination and Collaboration
- Lead on coordination and prioritisation of MEAL/PQ tasks in accordance with strategic priorities and operational requirements
- Coordinate regional level reporting requirements to OI and other stakeholders
- Lead and manage the setting and monitoring of collective MEAL/PQ objectives for matrix reports across the region
- Engage in cross-functional working groups to develop and establish systems that improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of OiP’s work across the region
- Work with MEAL/PQ networks across the Oxfam confederation to leverage systems and skill sets that enhance OiP work and contribution to confederation
- Share good practices with partners across the region and with relevant affiliates
- Work with partners to support common approaches to MEAL and contribute to collective evidence generation and dissemination
Strategy and Planning
- Engage in the implementation and impact assessment of the Oxfam in the Pacific Regional Strategy, ensuring strong links between Programming and MEAL processes
- Support the development of a strategic evidence and learning agenda informed by program learnings, analysis and evaluation, emerging needs of partners, and influencing and advocacy activities
- Establish regional planning and reflection processes, promoting increasing alignment between organisational strategic priorities and activities
Leadership and Management
- Provide leadership for the OiP MEAL/PQ practice including matrix support to MEAL/PQ staff across the region
- Serve as part of the PELI Leadership Team and the Executive Leadership Team Plus as a functional lead
- Project manage through oversight of budgets and resources and deliverables implementation of MEAL/PQ projects
- Manage consultancies related to MEAL/PQ work at the regional level and provide advice for the management of the same at program level
- Adhere to Oxfam’s feminist principles and values, Pacific values, as well as the promotion of gender justice and women’s rights
- Demonstrate commitment to equity, diversity, child safety, safeguarding and staff health and wellbeing principles.
You Will Have
Key Skills, Experience & Knowledge
- Degree in Development, Social Science, Public Administration, Economics, or another relevant field
- Demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of MEAL frameworks and impact assessments of development and/or humanitarian programs, preferably in the Pacific
- Demonstrated analytical skills and ability to provide strategic analysis of complex information
- Experience in developing learning agendas for integrated programs in development, humanitarian or advocacy work
- Experience producing reports and publications for a range of multi-sectoral and multi-cultural audiences
- Experience supporting the capacity building of staff networks, including delivering appropriate outcome-focused training programs
- Experience in the development and implementation of strategy
- Experience developing and implementing organisational knowledge management systems and processes
- Fluency in English
- Awareness of international NGO processes and
- Advanced Degree in a relevant field.
- Relevant work experience in Pacific context
- Fluency in a language relevant to Oxfam in the Pacific’s programs
- Sensitivity to cultural differences and power dynamics, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities.
- Openness and willingness to learn about the application of feminist principles for all aspects of development work.
- Commitment to Oxfam’s safeguarding policies to ensure all people who come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible.
- Accountability – Our purpose-driven, results-focused approach means we take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions.
- Empowerment – Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen.
- Inclusiveness – We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.
International travel (up to 12 weeks per year) is a requirement of the position. It is a condition of employment that staff abide by all agency security and safety protocols, policies and procedures and the Oxfam International Security Protocol.
Oxfam is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity in the workplace. Applications from qualified Pacific Islander candidates are particularly welcome as Oxfam aims to be representative of the region that it works in