Project Manager – ELNHA NGO Careers – Oxfam

By | March 15, 2019
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Project Manager – ELNHA NGO Careers – Oxfam

Job Title:    Project Manager – ELNHA

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Organisation: Oxfam

Project Name: Empowering Local and National Humanitarian Actors (ELNHA)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Humanitarian Program Manager

About Oxfam:

Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 affiliates networked together in more than 90 countries committed to ridding the world of poverty and injustice. To achieve this, we support local projects in developing countries, we lobby governments and companies to take into account the interests of the poorest people and we campaign to involve citizens in our work. We implement our programs by working with local NGO partners and civil society organizations and engaging with private sector and governments. Oxfam employs over 6,000 people worldwide in more than 90 countries. In Uganda, our program is anchored on three broad themes deliberately focused on Women’s Rights: Resilient Livelihoods, Governance and Accountability and Humanitarian Preparedness and Response.

About ELNHA Project:

Oxfam in Uganda is under taking a project named: ‘Empowering Local and National Humanitarian Actors’ (ELNHA) to be implemented over three years in collaboration with relevant district structures ard national actors in sub-regions of Karamoja (Kotido, Kaabong), Acholi (Lamwo, Agago), and West Nile (Koboko and Zombo) commencing January 2016. These districts face challenges from climate change induced prolonged droughts and food insecurity as well as refugee influx as a result of the conflicts in the neighbouring States South Sudan, CAR and DRC).

Job Summary:  The Project Manager – ELNHA will be responsible for leading, strategically influencing, effectively planning, supervising, coordinating, and facilitating scale up of the localisation agenda for humanitarian preparedness and response  working closely with partners, CSOs/CBOs, government actors, UN, INGOs and the private sector.. The job entails building and maintaining an effective team and suitable enabling environment for delivery of project results in close link with the Oxfam Country Strategy, and the Global project outcomes

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 


  • Envisions strategic alliances and partnerships for long-term sustainability of the localization agenda, and liaises with key stakeholders relevant to meeting the localization agenda;
  • Ensures project learning is well captured, analyzed, shared at appropriate national, regional and international level
  • Ensures that learning informs the design and implementation of activities for greater impact and sustainability;
  • Ensures that project meets the MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) requirements and compliances of Oxfam and donor in a timely manner.
  • Ensures that project budgets and workplans are in place and their timely implementation in a cost-effective manner, and that expenditures are kept within budgets;
  • Initiates the procurement, appropriate use and maintenance of equipment, goods and services as are needed to achieve the project’s objectives, while applying Oxfam’s policies and systems


  • Works with government officials, civil society, the private sector, and UN/INGOs at national and local level to elevate local humanitarian leadership and integrate ELNHA models in their ways of working;
  • Advocates for policy changes to create an enabling environment for local humanitarian leadership;
  • Mobilizes alternative funding, linking local actors and internationals, for the sustainability of the program;
  • In collaboration with the Country Director and HPM, identifies national and regional opportunities to raise the visibility of the ELNHA and partners on localization
  • Responsible for strategic visioning and management of the implementation of scale-up of the project models and approaches towards the sustainability of the project;
  • Leads, coordinates and delivers strategies and plans for project implementation, impact and sustainability;
  • Ensures the project team and partners abide by Oxfam’s Code of Conduct.


  • Provides overall managerial and technical leadership to the timely implementation of ELNHA project ensuring impact and sustainability.
  • Ensure proper entry and roll-out of project extension phase in line with country office systems and procedures, and project structure;
  • Ensures that the project is implemented in full compliance with Oxfam and donor, policies, systems and procedures;
  • Provides strategic leadership to LNHAs towards a humanitarian systemic change that reinforce an eco-system of collective capacities to lead the humanitarian actions locally.
  • Works with CSO fora towards a greater voice for LNHA in the humanitarian system (coordination and advocacy) and proactively engages and represents Oxfam in relevant networks / groups / fora in Uganda and across the Oxfam confederation;
  • Coordinates closely with ELNHA Global team, in particular Global Programme Manager, working towards a cohesive project across countries and at the global level;
  • Ensures proper contract management for the project with timely high quality donor reports.


  • Be eager to and require others to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values (click here) as well as the promotion of gender justice and women’s rights (click here).
  • Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing principles.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The ideal candidate for the Oxfam Project Manager – ELNHA job should preferably hold a Master’s Degree in International Relations, Social Sciences, Management or relevant discipline
  • Eight years of experience in humanitarian policy influencing and Project Management work at regional or National level with substantial working experience in International NGOs at management level
  • Experience in managing multiyear large projects against tight donor requirements, preferably in humanitarian context with local partnerships, capacity building, Influencing and strong advocacy elements.
  • Strong communication and influencing skills, with proven ability to build relationship with a diverse range of local, national and global stakeholders
  • Proven people management skills, with experience in managing multi-disciplinary teams, supporting and couching individuals from diverse backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, prioritize, meet deadlines and hold self and others to account
  • Experience working in the humanitarian sector and with vulnerable communities; his includes awareness of Core Humanitarian Standards, Code of Conduct, SPHERE, and Oxfam International policies and best practice;
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a cross-cultural setting with a number of long distance working relationships across time zones;

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.

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their applications in writing, including a cover letter and curriculum vitae (Not exceeding 2MB) to the HR and Admin Coordinator at

Deadline: 22nd March 2019

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