Oxfam Novib
19 juli 2022
Den Haag, Nederland
Soort Dienstverband
Tijd per week


Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. Together we save, protect, and rebuild lives. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can defeat poverty or any type of inequality or discrimination. We are an international confederation of 21 organisations (affiliates) working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development, and campaigning, in more than 90 countries. All our work is led by three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness. Oxfam Novib as the Dutch affiliate is working in its programs to ensure an EQUAL, SAFE, FAIR and GREEN society. In its GREEN Climate Resilience Unit, we are currently recruiting for the Sowing Diversity = Harvesting Security (SD=HS) Program the position of a:


Oxfam Novib

Location The Hague, Full-time

General Information:

Duty station: The Hague, The Netherlands

Working hours: 36 hours per week

Salary scale: Scale 10

Reports to: Climate Resilience Goal Unit manager

Application deadline: 5 August 2022

Starting date: a.s.a.p. and latest October 1st 2022,

This position lies in Oxfam (Novib)’s GREEN Climate Resilience (CRC) Unit.


Description of the Unit:   The climate and biodiversity crises are heavily affecting rural communities that depend on rain-fed agriculture; they are undermining local (and global) food and seed systems. Some 500 million smallholder farmers and indigenous communities feed 90 percent of the population in the developing world. When their crops fail, millions go hungry. They are on the frontline of climate change, living in some of the most vulnerable landscapes and relying on natural resources for their livelihoods. We will support them, esp.  youth, and women, to voice their demands, to shape solid, well-resourced adaptation plans addressing their needs, ensure their rights (to land, biodiversity, productive resources) and ensure sufficient and transparent funding. We will keep governments, and the private and financial sector accountable on their impact on climate change and planetary boundaries. We will support local solutions to conserve and use agrobiodiversity to adapt the food & production systems of rural communities and indigenous people to a new climate; and rehabilitate land and natural resources within ecological boundaries. We dream of landscapes being governed by climate resilient and empowered communities. Our programs and partners support them to thrive, find local solutions, achieve food security, manage diverse natural resources sustainably and adapt to climate change.


Description of the role: Oxfam has started the 2nd phase of the program Sowing Diversity = Harvesting Security “SD=HS”, as of January 1st, 2019, for a period of 5 years, most likely running till December 2023; the main funding for this program is provided by the Swedish International Development Agency SIDA, while some smaller additional projects are funded by Dutch Foundations. The program’s ambition is to contribute to a global food system that is just and sustainable, that supports the rights of smallholder food producers - men and women - in a growing number of countries, that guarantees food and nutrition security and that promotes the sustainable management of natural resources and seed biodiversity within the context of a changing climate. The project is implemented in seven countries: Guatemala, Laos PDR, Nepal, Peru, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia & Zimbabwe, with additional linking and learning activities in China. The project is coordinated by a Project Management Unit based in The Hague, managed by the project manager. The aim to expand to new countries and new multiple actors, as well as to diversify the donor base. A key role for the Global team will be to develop a new and innovative 3rd phase based on the SD=HS foundations, in collaboration with the related GREEN climate change campaign project, both funded by the Swedish Government in a co-creation process with Alliances, country offices and partner organisations.

For this position you need to be a creative and strategic thinker who enjoys project managing both people and grants, who is able to renew the program, and to foster knowledge management. You are well organized and can ensure delivery of projects with high quality standards. The position will involve a great deal of coordination and problem solving, as well as people’s management, therefore you need excellent cross-cultural communication skills and experience in grant management.

The Project Manager provides the overall steer to the (global) SD=HS project team. The team consists of:

  • Project Officers, (senior) Finance Officer, Business Developer, Communications officer.
  • 4 Pillar (thematic) leads/policy advisors, a scientific advisor & a knowledge, monitoring and learning officer.
  • Project & finance Managers in eight Oxfam country offices.
  • Relevant technical advisors and consultants around the world.

The team might expand if new grants are received for the overall current program ambition (more countries) or specific elements of it (like land rights, access to Finance, new regions like West-Africa related to a new Coalition with other development organizations). The team composition might change related to the ambition to create an innovative 3rd phase.


Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • You will coordinate the planning process for 2023 and ensure the achievement of outcomes and targets as agreed with the back donors of the grants in the current SD=HS program which runs until December 2023. You will achieve this by facilitating the planning process, monitoring the progress on outputs, outcomes, and quality of the project, identifying problems, opportunities, and exceptions, and you will propose, coordinate, and implement solutions.
  • You are accountable for the budget of the grant and to ensure timely expenditures and quality reporting according to Oxfam standards and are accountable to the SEEDSGROW steering committee overseeing program implementation.
  • You will develop, in cooperation with the project staff, realistic work plans. You are responsible for the quality, timeliness, and efficiency of the work of the global team (mostly) in The Hague and ensure clear procedures, clear ways of working, roles & responsibilities, conducive working environment, including in equal relation with Oxfam offices and partner organizations, involved in program implementation.
  • You are responsible for monitoring and reporting of the grant: you monitor the substantive and financial progress and reporting to the donor according to its requirements, coordinate audit processes and the production of narrative and financial reports; You identify the project risks and control them by acting and by close and regular monitoring.
  • You plan and monitor time spent by a pool of global advisors. You are also responsible for the delivery of the agreed knowledge products and the synergy between the (temporarily assigned) advisors and the fixed project staff team
  • You project manage the SD=HS team, to deliver on their tasks and assignments, hold them accountable for delivery of their contributions to the current project and possible future related grants. The line-management for the thematic staff is taken care of by the GREEN Climate Resilience manager, or other Unit managers related to finances, administration, compliance, business development, MEL or communication.
  • You coordinate the required input from other parties involved such as Oxfam Country Offices and global partner organizations, oversee roles and contributions of local partner organizations and other stakeholders, both via formal (e.g., Steering Committee, and Program Advisory Committee) and informal ways;
  • You will ensure good communication within the project team, and with Oxfam country offices, partner organizations, the project beneficiaries, and other stakeholders. You coordinate cross-learning between different field locations and ensure that project teams and partners are working to institutionalize harmonized best practice and produce documentation of evidence bottom-up.
  • You report on the SD=HS-program and its sub-projects to the overall Oxfam Novib GREEN Climate Resilience Goal Unit manager and ensure professional input and results as part of the overall Oxfam Novib planning and reporting cycle. You represent the SD=HS program in relevant Oxfam (Novib) groups, ensure the expertise, experience and results are used in key policy and program work. You represent, in close coordination with the Pillar Leads, SD=HS in internal and external networks and related initiatives.
  • You lead on further project development, innovation, and fundraising for the current SD=HS-program and lead the design of a new, broader, and innovative 3rd You develop and supervise the implementation of a fund-raising/business development strategy on SD=HS and a related climate resilience and climate justice program as part of the GREEN climate resilience Unit.
  • You ensure that youth and women leadership, as well as local partner organizations, are involved through all steps of the project development and implementation in a meaningful way and ensure good quality gender analysis and action in the project.


Required skills and experience for the position:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field required, in particular in agricultural and food systems, biodiversity, climate change and/or adaptation related fields.
  • Experience in people management, specifically in an inter-cultural setting.
  • Strong understanding of agricultural & food systems, especially in the Global South.
  • Working knowledge of agroecology, agrobiodiversity management, local food plants, seeds and/or seed markets.
  • At least 5 years of experience in managing complex international projects, strategic planning, project design, project cycle, managing professionals and financial management skills, and grant management; preferably on agrobiodiversity, food security in the context of climate change.
  • Sound understanding of monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (MEAL) principles and practice; and practical experience in working with and from a gender perspective.
  • Proven people management skills, with experience in managing multi-disciplinary teams, supporting, and coaching individuals from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
  • Strong communication and influencing skills, with proven ability to build relationships with a diverse range of local, national, and global stakeholders.
  • Experience and track record in raising funds from international donor agencies.
  • Results-oriented ways of working; experience working in large INGO and ability to work in complex structures (e.g. Matrix management set up)
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, prioritize, meet deadlines, and hold yourself and others to account.
  • Willingness to travel regularly to all countries involved.
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written; Fluency in Dutch and Spanish/French are an asset.
  • Experience of working with partners and with establishing partnerships with national/local actors.
  • Proven experience in representing an organization at the level of local partners, local administration, foreign ministries and donors at senior level.

What we offer

Oxfam Novib provides you with a competitive, fair and comprehensive pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donor as project manager B (scale 10), pending on future expansion of the portfolio and span of control this might be adjusted.


Application procedure

Please submit your application via the 'apply' button and include your motivation letter and CV. Your application must be received by August 5th 2022 at the latest. For more information about the position, you can contact Gerard Steehouwer (gerard.steehouwer@oxfamnovib.nl) the Unit Manager of the GREEN climate resilient communities’ team.

  • Applicants must be nationals of a European Union member State or have a valid work permit for the European Union.
  • Only applications submitted before the closing date and through our recruitment portal will be considered. Only applicants under serious consideration for a post will be contacted.
  • Oxfam aims to attract a diverse mix of talented people that share our standards, values, principles, and are committed to prevent and eradicate any type of misconduct including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, any other type of misuse of power or lack of integrity and financial misconduct. We are committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, and adults. High priority is placed on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.
  • Applications from qualified candidates from all gender identities, sexes, sexual orientations, races, colours, religions, cultures, abilities, etc. are encouraged.
  • An assessment may be a part of the recruitment process.


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