Oxfam Novib
6 juni 2024
Den Haag, Netherlands
Soort Dienstverband
Tijd per week
32-36 uur
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Do you want to fight for equality? Tackling inequality at its roots, together with colleagues, our partner organizations and activists in more than 90 countries? To change the systems behind it, once and for all!

Oxfam Novib stands behind the people who stand up for equality. Together, we fight for a world where everyone has equal opportunities, regardless of gender, ethnicity or skin color. A world where everyone feels safe; where income gaps are shrinking instead of growing, where climate change is tackled in a firmer and more honest way.

Equality is the common thread in our work and projects, both internally and externally. We recognize that our team of colleagues can become even more diverse, and that only with a diverse team can we gain a broad perspective on the world. Therefore, we want to encourage everyone who hesitates to apply, no matter the reason. Our aim is to create an environment where everyone not only feels welcome, but where diversity is embraced and celebrated. Let's strive together to build a team that offers a rich variety of perspectives, enabling us to achieve an inclusive and inspiring work environment.

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Job description

The Thematic advisor Participatory Plant Breeding will be part of the GREEN Climate Resilient Communities Unit (CRC). The CRC unit supports the interest of 500 million smallholder farmers and indigenous communities that 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. Our programs and partners support them to voice their demands, find local solutions, promote agro-ecology, and locally led adaptation, manage natural resources sustainably, protect their land rights and achieve food security.

The CRC’ seeds for resilience program based on the former SD=HS program, supports smallholder farmers – especially women, and youth – to have the capacity to access, develop and use plant genetic resources - in conjunction with agro-ecological practices and land rights - to improve their food and nutrition security. The seeds program fosters women’s leadership, support rural communities and their allies to voice their demands and influence government and private sector decisionmakers. The program is implemented in countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia and has activities at global level related to influencing, knowledge creating and linking& learning.

Your role will be to strengthen farmer managed seed and food systems led by women and their communities, improve their access to crop diversity and facilitate that this diversity contributes to local food and nutrition security and climate resilience. Responsibilities include strengthening the networks and cooperation with national (farmer) organizations, rural communities and their allies including research institutions; supporting national partners and their rural community networks to improve their capacity to access, develop and use plant genetic resources as part of their fight for farmers’ rights; share materials and develop strategies to handover the training of trainers’ methodology to national counter parts and contribute to strategies and project proposals to enhance and improve the technical and research innovation aspects of the seeds for resilience program.

You will report to unit head of CRC as line manager and to the seeds for resilience program manager on program delivery.


Key responsibilities

  • Provide internal and external (thought) leadership on Participatory Plant Breeding, especially on rural female farmer’s capacity to access, maintain and improve and develop plant genetic resources.
  • Manage the daily implementation of Participatory Plant Breeding parts of seeds for resilience programs in close cooperation with country offices and partner organizations.
  • Take responsibility for the assigned budgets related to participatory plant breeding, elaborate proposals for the planning of the effective and efficient use of these resources, monitor the expenditures and reports on this to the project lead.
  • Lead the data gathering with (local) partners and country offices for monitoring, evaluating, knowledge building and learning on Participatory Plant Breeding and share these with program stakeholders; pro-actively support exchange on these.
  • Evaluate, innovate, and adapt the strategy on Participatory Plant Breeding as part of the seeds for resilience program to strengthen women led food seed and nutrition security.
  • Develop new integrated program elements and reach out to donors and partners for joint fundraising on participatory plant breeding and armer managed seeds systems as part of  agro-ecology  & agro-biodiversity approaches in especially West Africa
  • Ensure that the program follows Oxfam Novib’s organizational priorities especially regarding systemic change, gender and youth participation and feminist leadership.

Required skills and experience for the position:

  • Master’s degree in agricultural sciences preferably with plant genetic resources or breeding specialization.
  • Strong understanding of agricultural & food systems, seed systems and marketing, especially in the Global South, preferably in SSA/West-Africa.
  • At least 5 years of experience preferably on participatory research, development of farmer managed seeds systems, participatory plant breeding, and food security in the context of climate change.
  • Experience in working with and from a gender transformation perspective.
  • Strong written and oral communication and advisory skills, including training/facilitation skills, with proven ability to build relationships with a diverse range of local, national, and global stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results in complex multi-disciplinary structures, prioritize under pressure, meet deadlines, and hold yourself and others to account.
  • Fluency in French and English, both verbal and written; Fluency in Spanish would be an asset.

Working at Oxfam Novib

  • All our work is guided by our core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness, Courage, Solidarity and Equality.
  • At Oxfam Novib, we work according to the Feminist Principles - Oxfam Policy & Practice.
  • Oxfam Novib is committed to offer you a motivating work environment at our offices in The Hague.
  • Working from an Oxfam office in relevant (West African) country in the global South could be considered based on candidate’s background and possibility to travel to program countries and the Netherlands.
  • Qualified candidates residing in the Netherlands, or other EU/EEA countries and who are willing to relocate to the Netherlands at their own expense and responsibility, are encouraged to apply.
  • Oxfam Novib is unable to provide visa sponsorship at this time.
  • We offer a one-year contract from start (including a 1-month trial period), with the possibility to extend.
  • Oxfam Novib offers an attractive and honest benefits package, including a year-end allowance and yearly pay increase from the Collective Labor Agreement. Moreover, we offer complementary options to choose from. The salary range for this position is set in scale 10 with a salary range between € 3.469,- and € 5.339,- gross depending on experience, based on 36 hours a week.
  • We are currently working hybrid (50% in the office in The Hague and 50% at home).
  • Oxfam Novib is based on the power of difference. That is why we aim to attract a diverse mix of talented people who share our standards, values and principles, and who are committed to prevent and eliminate any type of misconduct.
  • We have an active policy against sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, any form of abuse of power or lack of integrity and financial misconduct. This subject will be covered in our application and selection process.

Additional information

  • Do you believe that this is the job you are looking for? Then we would love to meet you! Please send your resume and cover letter via our application portal Thematic advisor Participatory Plant Breeding (32- 36 hours/week) Job Details | OxfamNovibP.
  • If you have questions regarding the position, please contact the program lead seeds for resilience, Eco Matser, eco.matser@oxfamnovib.nl
  • Only applications received before the closing date of 24th of June 2024 and submitted via our application portal will be considered.
  • This job opening is posted internally and externally, simultaneously. Internal candidates are given preference if they possess sufficient qualifications or these can be obtained in the short term. We believe it’s important in our organization that our employees are offered maximum opportunities for growth in new themes and competencies. Priority for internal candidates supports this.
  • At the time of a contract offer, it is necessary for Oxfam Novib to request valid references. Our candidates will be subject to appropriate screening checks, including criminal records and terrorism, financial checks, or integrity screenings/references.
  • Oxfam Novib reserves the right, to its sole discretion, not to make agreements regarding this job opening, make an agreement in a lower level, or make an agreement with an amended job description.
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