Programme Development Finance Advisor (FIN0435)

Oxfam, OXFORD (OXFAM HOUSE), United Kingdom

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th November, 2018

Job Description


Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.

The Country Operations Team provides high quality support services and strategic advice to countries, programmes and Oxford divisions for an optimal use of donors' and Oxfam resources. The Programme Development Finance team provides expert donor related advice and support across the Organisation including donor financial requirements, proposal development, budget design, cost recovery, risk mitigation strategies, etc.

The role

Reporting to the Programme Development Finance Officer, the Programme Development Finance Advisor will be responsible for:

  • Providing strategic direction, advisory expertise and capacity building support to the organisation on proposal development in particular budget design and maximising direct and indirect cost recovery from restricted funding.
  • Building strong relationships with different divisions, managers and country teams to ensure donor financial requirements, cost recovery and risk mitigation strategies are in place at proposals development stage.
  • Leading the implementation of the organisational cost recovery strategy with the support of the Programme Development Finance Manager.
  • Leading the rollout and dissemination of detailed policies, procedures, processes, tools and guidelines for cost recovery in the differing contexts of grants and funding to ensure consistency across the organisation in charging costs to restricted funding grants and contracts.
  • Being the organisational focal point on maximising cost recovery from restricted funding.
  • Leading the development of tools, guidelines, training materials and other support to staff to improve quality of proposal design, specifically around the financial aspects of it.
  • Proposing and managing the implementation of changes to Oxfam’s IT and Management Reporting system to enable improved analysis and measurement of organisational cost recovery
  • Identifying and supporting systems improvements where needed which support cost recovery and commercial service proposals

What we are looking for

  • We are looking for a high performing individual with strong expertise in all financial aspects of restricted fund budgeting and good knowledge of institutional donor finance requirements and funding mechanisms.
  • Our preferred candidate will be self-confident with a proven track record of building and maintaining strong relationships with a varied mix of stakeholders.
  • Good influencing and negotiating skills are a necessity as a main function within the role is to work with country teams to correctly articulate donor budgets.
  • Extensive experience of working in the not for profit field in the area of finance and /or funding
  • Prior experience and knowledge of cost recovery principles and strategies in the not for profit arena
  • Proven experience in leading and managing organisational change projects
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English language, with an ability to use these to influence stakeholders within a multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary environment.

Additional information

  • Location: OXFORD (OXFAM HOUSE)
  • Hours: 36 per week
  • Salary: £33,000 or above per annum depending on experience
  • Region: Finance & Info Systems
  • Job Family: Finance
  • Division: Finance & IS
  • Job Type: Open ended
  • Closing Date: 12 November 2018

How to apply

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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 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.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation.

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