Programme Manager: Economic Justice, Jhb

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Oxfam South Africa is a new, independent organisation whose mandate begins but extends beyond South Africa. Oxfam has been engaged with social justice in South for more than 50 years, a legacy which OZA consolidates and deepens. OZA has developed an ambitious Strategic plan aimed at advancing social justice in South Africa and beyond, with a focus on addressing the systemic roots of poverty and inequality.

Oxfam, one of the leading global development organisations, is driven by a vision of a just world without poverty and mobilises the power of people to achieve that vision. Oxfam is a diverse confederation of 17 strongly interconnected national affiliates working in over 90 countries, either directly, or with partners to enable transformational change, using a unique combination of long-term development, campaigning and humanitarian programmes.

The Oxfam Confederation is currently undergoing a period of transformational change which envisions a future where we are a more interdependent network, driven more by knowledge, organised for more simplicity internally and more globally balanced. Oxfam strives to have affiliates in southern countries that are autonomous, can raise their own funds, run their own programs, make their own alliances with local people’s movements, and lobby their own governments and business actors. OZA is the first African organisation to become an affiliate of the Oxfam Confederation.

Purpose of the Programme

  • To work through a Rights-Based approach, incorporating power analysis and a local to global perspective, leverage of Oxfam’s resources and impact to support, facilitate and enable poor and marginalized people to reclaim their rights, and through active participation become a force for change to address the causes of poverty, injustice and inequality.
  • To catalyse and/or support campaigning platforms that address key socio-economic rights aspects including just distribution of productive resources and Climate Justice.
  • To provide cutting edge thinking on key aspects of economic policy at macro and micro levels

Purpose of the Team

  • To provide ‘thought leadership’ for the development programme, advocacy and campaigns direction of OZA. Connect and work with others in the SAF Region, Oxfam global teams, Oxfam International and external constituencies to support and work in solidarity with partners to deliver quality programmes and campaigns aimed at bringing about sustainable change for people living in poverty.
  • The team will lead on all issues relating to Oxfam South Africa’s Programme development and management ensuring that Oxfam incorporates the latest thinking into its own approaches as well influences the wider development community to reflect best practices. OZA’s programming in South Africa will link to advocacy initiatives in SADC, Pan-African institutions, BRICS and Global levels.
  • The OZA EJ portfolio will include a focus on land and sustainable agriculture, food and climate justice, extractives, people’ economic alternatives and livelihood initiatives
  • Gives serious conceptual input to the Rural Transformation Project

Purpose of the Role

  • To provide quality thought leadership, lead the Programme Strategy and manage the implementation of Oxfam South Africa’s work in the area of Economic Justice.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing Programme Campaigns, including the land, food, climate justice and inequality campaigns in South Africa.
  • To lead in building partnerships and alliances to advance the goals of the programme

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Strategic Leadership
  • Leads the development and implementation of OZA’s Economic Justice strategy and program
  • Develops and manages a strong research agenda that will support the programme, campaigns and policy advocacy
  • Provides specialist advice and skills transfer in policy and campaigning.
  • Conceptualise, lead and raise resources for the OZA Knowledge Hub on People’s Economic Alternatives
  • Ensures that OZA’s EJ programme firmly integrates and embeds a gendered analysis and promotes women’s rights and interests
  • Supports the design of a MEAL framework for the programme
  • Builds strong, effective and innovative partnerships to advance programme objectives.
  • Inputs in relevant Oxfam’s global research and campaigns
  • Contributes to and informs Oxfam’s global EJ strategy and represents OZA in confederation-wide processes, forums, campaigning and advocacy activities
  • Works with others as part of the broader, one Oxfam Pan-Africa team
  • Actively gathers learning, information builds partnerships and works closely with other formations that share Oxfam’s vision to facilitate cross learning and deepen innovation.
  1. Resource Mobilisation
  • Leads in fundraising activities, through the development of fundable concepts at all levels and by developing donor proposals, budget submissions and other necessary activities to secure funding for programme activities.
  • Meets with donors to generate interest in funding for OZA’s Economic Justice Programme and campaigns, including food and climate Justice campaigns.
  • Seeks out and responds to calls for proposals that align with OZA’s EJ Program.
  1. Management
  • Manages the programme team to ensure delivery on Plans.
  • Quality control the work of the programme
  • Manages the programme Strategic grant-making portfolio
  • Provides regular information, briefings and reports on programme.
  • Effectively manages the allocated budgets and ensure alignment with OZA’s systems
  • Adheres to the application of all relevant policies and business processes in South Africa
  • Sits in key meetings as a member of the OZA Leadership Team and works in the spirit of OZA’s One Programme Approach.
  1. Public Engagement
  • Represents OZA in strategic forums and platforms
  • With the support of the Communications team, ensures the development of a communications and media strategy for the programme
  • Represents OZA in the media and actively seeks out media opportunities to profile issues of importance to OZA and the wider Oxfam Confederation


Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Experience and Skills

  • A Masters degree in Economics or other relevant academic qualifications, preferably in International Development, Economics, Politics
  • Experience of implementing Economic Justice programs, initiatives and campaigns
  • Strong programme management and quality knowledge, with ability to ensure consistent quality against standards and to implement effective monitoring and evaluation systems to assess and adjust performance.
  • Experience in popular mobilisation, research, policy advocacy and campaigning Commitment to and good knowledge of working with a partnership approach including innovative approaches to capacity strengthening.
  • Good knowledge of and experience in managing donor funded projects with strong financial management skills and experience of project budgeting and budget monitoring.
  • Proven analytical and conceptual thinking, project management skills and experience in using participatory tools and methodologies for assessment, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Strong organisational and personal management skills with the ability to prioritise work issues to meet deadlines with minimal supervision and adjust to constantly changing situations while maintaining focus on delivery and follow-through.
  • Excellent personal communication skills, in written and verbal English.
  • A high level of self-awareness, initiative, sound judgment, personal energy and flexibility.
  • Demonstrable understanding of 360-degree accountability.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and to work extra hours as necessary.
  • Ability to speak one or more African languages
  • Experience and interest to scale up the use of digital media for campaigning.

How to Apply

All applications must be addressed to KM Global Consulting and sent directly to stating OXFAM-EJ-RSA in the subject line.

Deadline: 28th August, 2015