Gendered Enterprise Markets Programme Manager

Oxfam GB, OXFORD (OXFAM HOUSE), United Kingdom

Job Description

Location: Oxford
Starting salary: Circa £38,000 per annum (gross)
Duration: 1 year fixed term with possibility of renewal

Oxfam supports the development of sustainable livelihoods for smallholder farmers by increasing their access to agricultural markets and increasing their power and agency within those markets. A particular focus for Oxfam is on the economic empowerment of women. Oxfam believes that for economic empowerment to be meaningful it needs to be accompanied by political and social empowerment and a reduction in risk. The main programme approach used for supporting this holistic approach is Gendered Enterprise and Markets (GEM). The approach is supported by a dedicated toolkit, a community of practise (Grow Sell Thrive: and is currently being implemented in 14 countries.

The Aid Match GEM programme is a DFID funded intervention, covering three of those countries, Zambia, Bangladesh and Tajikistan. It is a 5 year programme running from May 2014 to June 2017 and worth 5 million GBP. It aims to bring about market changes (in soya, dairy, fruits and vegetable markets) that lead to increased skills of farmers, reduced risk, improved access to markets and the improved capacity of small holders to influence public and private sector stakeholders. A total of 11,200 smallholder farmers, mostly women, are expected to benefit directly from the programme over the project period. The programme is delivered by teams in each of the countries involved but is coordinated by Oxfam from its headquarters in Oxford.

This role: This post will provide leadership and overall management and coordination for the Aid Match GEM programme. Specifically the post will ensure that country teams are equipped to achieve expected outcomes, that a good relationship is maintained with DFID, that new opportunities are identified and that the programme is influential externally and internally. The role also presents opportunities to support the development and eventual management of new initiatives currently in the pipeline which may present opportunities for extension of the contract.

What we are looking for: This post requires someone with excellent programme and contract management skills and the ability to delivery complex programmes across multiple countries. We are looking for someone who is used to supporting and motivating small teams to deliver and who can work effectively across organisational boundaries. The successful candidate will need proven ability to manage relationships and negotiations with donors. They will need to understand and take on Oxfam’s commitment to women’s economic empowerment. Lastly they will need to be able to work under pressure, to strict donor deadlines, produce well written and communicable documents and to travel for up to 12 weeks a year.

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