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  • Applications for this role will close on: 4 February 2022 – 5.00pm FJT
  • Location of role: Flexible with in 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)
  • Job Description available to download: https://oxfam.app.box.com/s/67ri0kwm23ugdcniu521h4366bboea71  
  • Please contact Recruitment Co-Ordinator Emma Hitchcock for any questions: emma.hitchcock@oxfam.org.nz

All applications must be lodged online only via this BambooHR platform: https://oxfampacific.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=135

Shaping a stronger Oxfam for people living in poverty.

Job Purpose

Responsible for developing, implementing and coordinating systems to gather evidence on the impact of programs implemented and supported by Oxfam in the Pacific (OiP). Responsible for fostering a culture of evidence-based learning within OiP. This includes working with regional and country-based teams to integrate evidence and learning processes across OiP’s work and in line with the Regional Strategy and values; and implementing Oxfam’s impact framework and monitoring, evaluation and learning standards for programs in the Pacific. This position also has responsibility for the Program Quality, Monitoring and Evaluation community of practice located across Oxfam’s programs and offices in the Pacific.

Context

OiP’s Regional Strategy is focused on achieving change in three thematic areas: Climate Justice, Economic Justice and Gender & Citizen Justice. To do this, we work with national and regional NGOs and Community Based Organisations, national and sub-national levels of government and regional institutions. We’re currently working directly or through partners in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), Tonga and Samoa.

Oxfam in the Pacific recognises that a range of strategies are required to deliver systemic change and impact at scale. These include capacity development, influencing, advocacy, campaigns, communications, and knowledge and learning strategies, developed and delivered in collaboration with other actors (partnerships). A combination of such strategies forms the approach for each of our program pillars and are chosen based on sound design practice, including thorough context Comments restricted to single and power/political economy analyses that identify the systemic drivers behind the key justice and inequality issues.

Oxfam in the Pacific will strengthen evidence-based programming, learning and innovation across the region through the establishment of a Partnership,Evidence, Learning & Innovation Hub (PELIH). PELIH will be responsible for establishing systems and processes for cross-regional evidence generation, learning, research, innovation and impact assessment. The hub will generate intellectual property and knowledge including scalable approaches to work in which we aim to establish our capability: Civic Engagement, Policy and Budget Advocacy, Monitoring and Impact. 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. PELIH will support innovation through generating Pacific and South-to-South collaboration to ideate and incubate digital technologies 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


Team Purpose

Oxfam in the Pacific comprises three directorates: Programs, (program delivery and business development), Corporate Services (finance, HR and operations) and PELI (Partnerships, Evidence, Learning & Innovation). The role sits within the PELI Directorate. PELI Directorate 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:
    • Institutional 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

Accountability:

  • The position is accountable to the Director PELI for the delivery of effective Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) and Program Quality (PQ) functions for OIP’s regional programs
  • The position has oversight and matrix reporting responsibility for PQ and MEL roles in the region.

 Strategy:

  • Responsible for creating overall strategy and provide sound technical steer for the MEL function
  • Engage in Oxfam in the Pacific strategic planning processes, ensuring timely engagement of programmatic staff in global, regional and local strategy discussions
  • Support the development of a strategic evidence and learning agenda informed by portfolio performance and analysis, evaluative inquiry, and adaptive practice.

People Management:

  • Ensure program design, monitoring, evaluation and learning, impact assessment and program reporting align to regional requirements and Oxfam standards, and country and regional teams are adequately supported to service their accountabilities in these areas
  • Engage in departmental and team planning processes, ensuring increasing alignment between organisational strategic priorities and activities undertaken
  • Lead on the allocation of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning activities, ensuring inter-departmental and cross organisational coordination and prioritisation in accordance with strategic priorities
  • Lead and manage the setting and monitoring of team and individual work plans, performance management processes and achievement of team goals for direct reports and matrix reports across the region
  • Lead capacity building and deliver appropriate training to country and regional teams in key areas of delegation
  • Engage Oxfam International (OI) systems and skill sets that enables OIP to continue making a meaningful contribution to the work of Oxfam
  • Engage in cross departmental working groups to develop and use systems to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of programming work across the region
  • Work collaboratively with key Oxfam staff to negotiate specific support requirements for cohesion and consistency of approach and so the regional program can contribute to and benefit from organisational learning 
  • Work with team members to ensure the strategic alignment of monitoring, evaluation and learning, impact assessment, program communications and good practices are shared across the region and with relevant affiliates.

Public Engagement:

  • Accountable for ensuring that appropriate tools and technology are in place to allow a strong flow of positive and consistent program content to influence and communicate with internal audiences and external stakeholders including but not limited to government, media, donors, non-governmental sector and supporters.

Program and Delivery:

  • Support program design and proposal development to ensure strong program quality elements throughout project life cycles and alignment with other programs according to the regional cluster model
  • Ensure Oxfam’s regional program has high standards of monitoring, evaluation, learning and reporting strategies and frameworks in place at both the country and regional levels
  • Work collaboratively with the Program Management Unit on information needs to establish a program management system for Oxfam’s regional and country programs
  • Coordinate and deliver on annual reports to Oxfam International · Develop and oversee the regional impact, evaluations and knowledge sharing strategy and support the delivery of relate regional and international program reports
  • Ensure Oxfam standards regarding accountability (particularly to those we seek to serve) are clearly articulated to country and regional management and they are supported to meet these standards
  • Coordinate and lead regional and country reflection and learning processes
  • Participate in Oxfam global learning processes and reflection forums
  • Develop key pieces of internal and external communications (e.g., reports, learning documents and research publications) as required
  • Manage requests from other teams to ensure the delivery of quality material for the purposes of story gathering, marketing, business development, website/media updates and related publications
  • Contribute to the design, implementation and use of research work as part of program development or impact assessment.

Other:

  • Work regionally to support new ways of working across the region
  • Adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values as well as the promotion of gender justice and women’s rights
  • Commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing principles.

Job Requirements

Key Skills, Experience & Knowledge

Essential:

  • Degree in Public Administration, Economics, Development or relevant field
  • Demonstrated experienceinthedevelopmentandimplementationofmonitoring,evaluationand learning frameworks and impact assessments of development programs, preferably in the Pacific
  • Experience in implementing a range of approaches to program planning, design, appraisal, monitoring and evaluation of integrated programs in development, humanitarian or advocacy work
  • Experience producing reports and publications for a range of different 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 systems.

Desirable:

  • Advanced Degree in a relevant field.
  • Relevant work experience in a developing country
  • Fluency in a language relevant to Oxfam in the Pacific’s programs.

Key Attributes:

  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities.
  • Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity 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.

Organisational Values:

  • 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.

Travel:

Some 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.

Safeguarding and Conduct:

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, and adults. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

Oxfam in the Pacific takes its duty of care to children seriously and recognises that it must meet community expectations and the trust placed in its personnel to maintain the highest standards of conduct. The successful candidate will be required to sign and comply with Oxfam’s Child Safeguarding Policy, Code of Conduct and Social Media User Policy, as well as donor Code of Conduct. In addition, 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.

We are an equal opportunities employer and encourage diversity in the workplace. Applications from qualified Pacific Islander candidates are particularly welcome.

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