- Job Reference no.
- Southern Africa
- Position Type
- Fixed Term
- Job Type
- Closing date for applications
- 31 May 2013
PROGRAMME OFFICER – ESSENTIAL SERVICES
Based in Lilongwe, Malawi.
This is a national post offered on a 2 years fixed term contract.
Closes: 31 May 2013.
Salary: MK2,818,866.00 – MK4,087,355.00 gross per annum.
Hours: Full time
Interviews: Expected to be week commencing 24 June 2013.
- Required to make sound judgements regularly while dealing with the partners.
- Communication largely with internal staff and also with external contacts to support the Essential Services (ES) Programme.
- Technical sound judgment of issues within the ES thematic area.
- Understanding and analysis of local context to inform and contribute to the programme planning and design.
- Contributing to the ES Programme planning, budgeting, monitoring, evaluation and learning.
- Negotiations and representation at local and national levels
Programme Development and Implementation:
- In collaboration with the ES coordinator, the Programme Officer will plan and implement relevant aspects of the ES Programme.
- Coordinate with internal advisors and staff for required input into supporting partners programme development.
- Support NGOs partners in programme/project development through technical advice on gender analysis, programming and mainstreaming.
- Relationship building with the different local and regional government and non-government stakeholders under the guidance of the ES Coordinator.
- Provide support to the HIV mainstreaming work within the country strategy ranging from facilitating strategic analysis and program design in HIV mainstreaming interventions.
- Ensure issues of Rights and Governance are mainstreamed into all the Essential Services programme components.
- Facilitate setting up of systems and procedures for better management of partnerships especially for monitoring and reporting.
- Closely work with the grant receiving NGO partners to mutually agree on detailed operational plans, budgets, indicators as well as monitoring, evaluation and learning framework in line with country strategy plans and framework.
- Identify any emerging opportunities for wider partnerships in the ES thematic area.
- Undertake regular and mutually agreed review visits to NGO partners and provide guidance on enhancing the quality of programmes.
- Work with internal staff and external staff to identify capacity building and training needs of NGO partner and draw up and implement partner capacity enhancement plans in a consultative manner.
- Be proactive in linking organisational development advisors to partners and vice versa in supporting partners programme implementation.
- Bring up major concerns about partners operations to the notice of ES Coordinator for remedial action
- Manage Oxfam’s various resources under custody of the Programme Officer.
Reporting and Work Programming
- Provide regular reports and updates to the ES Coordinator.
- Regular monitoring, reporting and development of the programme and in particular to help to ensure that programme obligations for annual and monthly planning and reporting are properly met.
- While taking the lead, Programme Officer will work with internal staff to ensure coordinated organisation of the ES reviews and planning workshops with partners.
- Work with thematic leads to develop the use of gender analysis using relevant methodologies to improve the impact of Oxfam’s work with the marginalised groups, especially women.
Programme Quality & Learning:
- Under the guidance of the ES Coordinator, work with Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator to ensure that the MEL Framework is effectively adopted by the partners.
- Ensure participation of partners in programme review and learning exercises led by Oxfam or jointly undertaken by several partners.
- Represent the ES Programme at various external fora as directed by the ES Coordinator.
- Actively participate in programme meetings as a member of the programme team.
Skills and Competence
- Sound HIV and AIDS analytical skills, in-depth and practical knowledge of HIV and AIDS issues, analytical tools, strategies and mainstreaming approaches;
- Minimum 3 years experience in relevant work experience in HIV and AIDS and development issues, with a proven commitment to HIV and AIDS and human rights;
- Proven capacity to network and build effective partnerships on programmes/project activities to meet set goals and targets.
- Educated to first degree level or have adequate equivalent qualifications or experience.
- Sound analytical and conceptual skills, commitment to “non-directive” styles of working and open minded.
- Partnership Management skills.
- Excellent listening, communication and writing skills. Fluent in English and Chichewa.
- A proven ability to be results driven, have excellent prioritisation skills and be committed to meeting deadlines.
- Ability to work largely unsupervised, willingness to work after working hours and ability to develop work plans independently.
- Commitment to participatory and rural poverty reduction approaches.
- Proven ability to train and mentor different types of people with varying levels of understanding of the subject matter.
- Maturity and willingness to cooperate with a wide variety of people.
- Initiative for sound judgement and ability to work in a team.
- Sense of humour, emotional stability, sensitivity and patience.
- Willingness to accept and bring in change necessary in the interest of programme.
- Willingness to travel.
- Commitment to Oxfam’s goals and principles.
- Skills in the use of participatory developments methods with communities.
- A degree in development studies, gender/women studies, the humanities, social sciences, or related fields.
- Training skills using participatory methods.
- Knowledge of factors affecting the vulnerable groups, especially women.