Oxfam recruits Livelihoods and Private Sector Programme Manager

Oxfam is a global movement of people working with others to overcome poverty and suffering.
Job Title: Livelihoods and Private Sector Programme Manager
Level: C2 National
To work with others to find lasting solutions to poverty and suffering.
The Private Sector Programme for Nigeria seeks to support build strategic links with the private sector actors in order to improve the incomes and livelihood of smallholder farmers, producers and processors engaged in Agriculture related ventures.
The Private Sector Manager will play a central role in the Oxfam team by creating a new generation of collaboration between Oxfam and the private sector. The Manager will drive new relations and forms of engagement with companies to reduce poverty. The post will lead Oxfam’s thinking on the role of the private sector, income and food security. Whilst driving forward strategically important programmes in local value chains. These engagements will be designed to deliver increased Income, promote women’s rights and reduce risk, for people living in poverty.
The post holder will drive learning on how to engage business and on how to develop country level private sector strategies and feed into the region.

Post holder reports to: Country Director
Staff reporting to this post: None
BUDGET RESPONSIBILITY: The post holder will manage project budgets
• Responsibility to develop long-term vision and strategic planning to achieve significant impact on people’s livelihoods through engagement with the private sector.
• Produce, assimilate, analyze and use information from varied and diverse sources to provide in-depth analysis on the private sector and its links to sustainable livelihoods in Nigeria
• Facilitate set up. of private sector pilots that will link Oxfam’s livelihoods/development initiatives to social enterprise
• Integrate programme information from varied and diverse sources with Oxfam’s policy and advocacy strategy
• Engage with key private sector and governmental actors to identity potential private sector opportunities that have the capacity to contribute to Oxfam’s mission
• Strategic engagement, relationship development {strengthening, and negotiation with potential stakeholders in the private, governmental and NGO sectors on relevant issues including CSRs
• Facilitate the country programme linkage with the private sector, creating a sustainable enterprise development empowerment through influencing private sector policies.
• Decision-making IS strategic and operational with judgment based on specific problem solving experience and a range of external and internal factors.
• Manage and influence significant external relationships on policy and advocacy issues.
• Programme design and implementation supervision, working with and influencing others.
• Requires understanding of one programme approach integrating Private sector programming with other sectors.
• Requires control of Oxfam GS quality standards and ethical rules to ensure compliance of private sector work to those.
• Understanding of gender relations as they relate to enterprise development.
• Undertake contextual analyses of emerging livelihoods issues that impact enterprise development
To develop and deliver the Country’s strategy for engaging the private sector that will be informed and fully
• Integrated into the countries strategy for engaging the private sector and will promote and manage business development
• To support initial pilot projects within the program and then replicate successful projects Support the development and implementation of the country Private Sector Programme activities in line with the agreed guidelines and procedures.
• To assist with the research, planning and delivery of the engagement of the private sector strategy in align with Oxfam’s aims and objectives.
• Facilitate linkage with strategic private sector actors in order to access financial support for programs in the livelihood domain
• Work with governments to work towards a more enabling environment for private sector
• Facilitate innovative projects that have access to knowledge and technology and have the potential to provide key services such as finance and market access to those living in areas that have minimal infrastructure
• Produce and submit periodic programme progress reports on supported projects;
• Support fundraising with programme information and proposal writing
• Ensure that gender analysis is applied across all levels of planning and delivery Assist.
• Collect and maintain Programme outcomes data: activities, contacts. and results for capitalization, learning and communication in partnership with other Oxfam programme teams.
• Ensure synergy with other Oxfam programs.
• Minimum Bachelor Degree (Master preferred) in Economics. Business. Development, Project Management or similar related to economic development sector with at least five years of experience;
• Understanding of private sector operations and dynamics
• Broad grasp of livelihoods issues with specific understanding of business (marketing) and economy of Nigeria – Familiarity with urban and rural production systems and the process of value addition and commercialization;
• Understanding of development policy issues, context, dilemmas. challenges and ways of working;
• Strong analytical and writing skills to a standard that will pass scrutiny by high-level decision makers; ability to crystallize Issues in complex situations.
• Work experience in Partnership building and in Corporate Social Responsibility;
• Track record in policy influencing and knowledge of relevant national. regional and international institutions;
• Project management skills
• Knowledge of capacity building of women in enterprise;
• Ability to listen. communicate and work with small urban and rural entrepreneurs;
Qualified candidates should submit their CV and cover note to: abujahr@oxfam.org.uk. Not later than 22nd March 2011
Oxfam GB is an equal employer of labour, suitable candidate living with HIV/AIDS or person with disability will have an added advantage. Women are encouraged to apply.


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