Humanitarian Program Manager

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Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

The Role

We are looking for a Humanitarian Program Manager to be based in Lilongwe, Malawi.

The person should have the right to work in Malawi.

This is a two year fixed term contract, renewal is subject to availability of funding.

The person will provide humanitarian response capacity, humanitarian partnership capacity building and provide technical support on humanitarian protection, DRR/Resilience building programmes, and campaigns, advocacy and media work regionally.

What we are looking for


·       Self-Awareness

·       Vision Setting

·       Influencing

·       Good understanding of key humanitarian issues, institutions and policy debates linked to different types of emergencies in the Region.

·       Experience of field-level management of complex humanitarian response programmes; and all phases of the project/program cycle, with a good understanding of context, dilemmas, challenges and ways of working.

·       Demonstrable skills in gender analysis in humanitarian response or preparedness programming, and a clear understanding of the practical significance of gender issues in humanitarian environments;

·       Demonstrable experience of policy development in relation to humanitarian response work.

  • Experience of identifying training needs and developing and delivering training implementation
  • Proven track record of policy/advocacy, influencing government, donors or other organisations through advocacy at regional and international levels.
  • Strong experience working in partnership with national and international NGOs and civil society organisations and networks.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English

In addition, an ideal candidate will also have:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build and manage good relationships both internally and externally.

·       Ability to work independently and think innovatively and strategically, as well as collaborate within a team, including with colleagues based remotely.

·       Ability to work on own initiative, manage complex workloads and deliver outputs to agreed deadlines.


·       Experience of developing fundraising proposals.

·       Experience of planning, conducting or commissioning research.


We offer

This role will give you an opportunity to make a difference in Malawi, to act as key contributor to the Southern Africa Cluster Humanitarian Team, to work with a group of passionate people, opportunities in training and development, offers fair pay and competitive benefits package. The offer is based on national terms and conditions of service.


Our values and commitment to safeguarding

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 committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom Oxfam GB engages. 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.

The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.

  All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Oxfam GB also participates in the  Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme .  In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

How to apply 

  As part of your online application, please upload your up to date CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.  

About us

Oxfam is a global community who believe poverty isn’t inevitable. It’s an injustice that can be overcome. We are shop volunteers, women’s right activists, marathon runners, aid workers, coffee farmers, street fundraisers, goat herders, policy experts, campaigners, water engineers and more. And we won’t stop until everyone can live life without poverty for good.

Oxfam GB  is a member of  international confederation  of 19 organisations working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.  

In response to Covid-19 if you are offered a role where you are required to travel between countries please ensure you have been briefed by the Hiring Manager about any changes to working or precautions you should take as part of your role.

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