Project Cycle Specialist

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 throughout our activities and projects, but also internally. We are aware that our team of colleagues can be even more diverse and that having a diverse team is the only way to see the world from a broad perspective. To obtain a multi-voiced team, we are therefore calling in particular on women, members of the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities, or people with disabilities to apply for this job.

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Description of the Department

The Finance and Operations Department has the core responsibility to deliver on enabling operational services that help the organisation achieve its impact goals and ensure that it fulfils its external regulatory requirements. The department consists of four functional units (ICT and Facilities; Integrity; HR, People and Culture; Corporate Finance, Quality and Control), one expertise unit (Project and Donor Compliance) and an Executing Affiliate (EA) unit (EA Global Business Support) where business support to our EA country offices are clustered.

Purpose of the Unit

As an expertise unit, the Compliance and Risk Support Unit consists primarily of staff who provide project control,compliance oversight and an overall support function to Oxfam Novib’s externally funded project portfolio. Focusingon the second line of defense for externally funded projects (risk control and compliance oversight functions), the unit works from a risk based approach to ensure that project-related processes are properly designed, controls are in place within the first line of defense (management controls) and are operating effectively. This unit mitigates risks (financial, operational and reputational) and contributes to protecting the organisation’s interests by providing quality donor contract management and compliance support.

Job description
The position we are looking for fulfils an important role in the Compliance and Risk (CORE) team and directly contributes to the objective outlined by ONL Board of Directors to simplify procedures to create efficiency and impact.

More specifically, the position of Project Cycle Specialist will focus on improving and updating Oxfam Novib “Project Cycle” set of procedures and processes while keeping the connection with other projects being developed in the Oxfam Confederation. In addition, and following assessment, the Project Cycle Specialist will be responsible for the revision of certain procedures. This will be done in cooperation with the different thematic colleagues of the CORE unit and others involved in the project cycle.

Finally, the position will contribute to the current existing project aiming at simplifying procedures.

At Oxfam, we believe that every aspect of our work can lead to a positive outcome. If you have the same opinion, together with the ability to meet the challenges involved, this role offers scope for immense personal fulfilment as well as outstanding opportunities to develop your career. To view the complete job description, please click here.

Who are we looking for?

With a strong background in business administration, quality management or project management. You display excellent interpersonal and critical thinking skills. Having a strong attention to detail, an analytical acumen, intellectual curiosity, creativity and a proven work ethic, you are always up-to-date about industry best practices. You are able to handle requests from multiple sources, work on different projects and work effectively individually as well as across teams and in a multi-cultural environment, with a focus on promoting diversity and inclusivity.

You have both a business and risk mind coupled with an excellent writing skills and previous track records in process mapping related work.

With a strong commitment to Oxfam’s values, you approach work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

Furthermore, you have:

  • A bachelor (HBO/WO) degree in business administration, quality management, project management, risk management or equally relevant study.
  • At minimum of three (3) years of relevant and progressively responsible experience (post qualification) is required.
  • You are knowledgeable (or interested) in the humanitarian / development sector.
  • Fluency in English is essential, and a good working knowledge of Dutch or French is desirable.
  • You have a valid permit to reside and work in the Netherlands.

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. 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 9 with a salary range between €2.978,- and €4.582,- gross based on 36 hours a week. This position is open for 32 hours per week.
  • 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.
  • If you have any questions about the job description, please contact Julien Marx, Unit Manager, at
  • If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Mariska Bodewes-van Es , Corporate Recruiter at  
  • Only applications received before the closing date 16 April 2023 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 are sufficiently qualified or can be obtained in 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.
  • We are currently working hybrid (50% in the office in The Hague and 50% at home).
  • 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.