Head of UK Programme

Oxfam, OXFORD (OXFAM HOUSE), United Kingdom

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th July, 2016


Job Description

ould you lead the fight against poverty and inequality here in the UK and help shape Oxfam’s future domestic programmes and policies?

The role

The UK is one of the world's largest economies, yet 1 in 5 of our population live below the official poverty line. Our vision is for everyone to have enough to live on, and to be treated with respect and dignity. Changing lives, attitudes and policies is a big ask, but as Head of our UK Programme you will be leading the fight to tackle the causes and symptoms of poverty in this country.

This exciting, but demanding, role will require you to take the reins of our ambitious and evolving UK programme and propel it to the next stage. In this you will have expertise in programme development and how this links to advocacy and campaigning. You will oversee our work in the UK to improve the lives of people living in poverty, work with policy-makers to tackle its causes, and to raise public awareness of the issues and create pressure for change.

The framework is already in place, so the challenge will come in taking our vision forward and achieving our ambitious goals. You will be able to make your mark by building on solid foundations and helping to shape a long-term domestic poverty programme to help end poverty in this country.

You will be an integral part of Oxfam’s UK Management Team, and work in conjunction with the Head of UK Policy, Programmes and Campaigns and others to have comprehensive oversight of the strategic direction for our programme policy, advocacy and campaigning plans. This will require an integrated approach, aligning all these activities to achieve maximum impact, and sharing this knowledge throughout the organisation.

Externally, you will be responsible for influencing decision makers, institutions and funders, alongside maintaining strategic alliances and partnerships with civil society networks, public and private organisations.

You will also be in charge of a budget of some £1m. You will be required to ensure the cost effective and strategic use of these funds, provide effective financial management, and secure future income.

What we are looking for

This unique role comes with a huge responsibility, as it will be down to you to develop our UK programme to meet our aspirations – and you will be at the heart of things from day one. You will be an integral part of a high-performing team, putting in place the structures to take our UK poverty programme to the next phase. It means that we are looking for someone with a range of specific skills and experience.

Firstly, you should come from a domestic programme background with a good knowledge of institutional processes, non-government organisations and the voluntary sector. You should be able to apply your understanding of domestic poverty issues, demonstrating a thorough grasp of domestic social and economic policy as it impacts on poverty and social exclusion in the UK.

In addition to sound business, conceptual and analytical skills, we are looking for proven experience of programme development and the ability to think innovatively and operate strategically. And because you will represent Oxfam corporately on domestic policy issues, you must have the ability to manage and influence significant external relationships with decision makers and high-level supporters.

Finally, as you’ll be taking up the baton as Head of UK Programme from the get-go, it is vital that you can demonstrate proven leadership skills. You should have a track record of people-centred management expertise, and not only leading, but inspiring, complex, multi-disciplinary teams often based across different sites.

If you have the drive, skills and experience to embrace such an important leadership role, and to take our programme to end poverty in the UK to the next phase, we want to hear from you.

This is a fixed term contract for approximately 10 months to cover maternity leave

The location of this post is negotiable (London, Oxford, Cardiff, Manchester or Glasgow)

Interviews will take place in London on Friday 22 July


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