Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. This means that we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.

We are an international confederation of 21 organisations (affiliates) plus the Oxfam International Secretariat, all 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 our core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness, Courage, Solidarity and Equality.

General Information

Deadline for Applications:  6 February 2022 (midnight, CET)
Unit:  Project Management Support
Department:  Finance and Operations
Duty Station:  The Hague, The Netherlands
Salary Scale:  9
Working Hours:  36 hours per week

Description of the Department

The Finance and Operations Department has the core responsibility to deliver on enabling operational services that help the organization achieve its impact goals and ensure that it fulfills 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 Unit

The ProMt unit provides project related financial and administrative support to the Programs and Engagement Departments and non-project related financial and administrative support to all units and departments. It is the owner of a number of key policies and processes that relate to the operational, financial, and administrative management of projects from the inception of a project until its closure, and procurement in general within Oxfam Novib. It provides direct project support through seconded staff and procurement management, and indirect support through a core team setting and providing guidance on professional project management, financial and administrative standards for projects and procurement in general.

Job Summary

As Senior Finance Specialist – Program Development, you are responsible for the quality and comprehensive budget development of new projects and programs. Working closely with unit managers, project leads, and the Program Development and Donor Engagement unit you will lead on setting new standards for program and project budgets ensuring competitive proposals whilst aiming for maximum cost recovery.

As Senior Finance Specialist, you are responsible for the financial development of programmes and projects. Your key tasks are:

  • Set up and maintain Programme and Project Budgeting standards;
  • Program and Project Budgeting Procedures Owner;
  • Part of bid-teams for major project budget development of the most strategic grant development trajectories; mostly multi-country, multi-stakeholder proposals;
  • Support/advise the financial design and management of fundraising proposals especially when more than one Unit is involved;
  • Provide independent reviews of Consolidated Budgets and the Financial Reports, give a second opinion on how to budget staff capacity in proposals;
  • Supports on the development of processes and frameworks for decreasing the probability of ineligible costs related to financial management in projects;
  • Coordinate with key stakeholders in ONL and Oxfam International;
  • Represent Oxfam Novib externally, for example with donors, when necessary;
  • Coaching and leading from behind partner organisations and colleagues in budget development;
  • Capacity strengthening of country office staff in terms of back donor liabilities, when necessary.

Knowledge and Experience


A first-level university degree (e.g. Bachelor; HBO) in financial management, business administration, accounting or other relevant social sciences is required.


A minimum of five (5) years of experience in financial management or financial controlling position in a project-based organisation. Experience in an INGO is an added advantage.


Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French and/or Dutch is considered an asset.

Skills and Abilities

  • A comprehensive understanding of donor contract management, financial project management, sub-granting and contexts of operation in least developed, low and middle income countries;
  • Experience in a complex, networked international organisation;
  • Excellent communication and social skills and are a team player;
  • Willing and able to travel to different countries.

What we offer

For initial appointments, Oxfam Novib offers a contract of maximum one year (including a one-month probationary period) with possibility of extension. The position is based in The Hague, The Netherlands. Oxfam is committed to providing a fair and competitive pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors. This position is classified in scale 9. The gross salary range is between € 2.911 to € 4.479, on the basis of 36 hours per week. Benefits typically include annual pay increases, performance-related salary increases, holiday allowance, contributions to commuting costs, vacation days, parental, care and special leave, a private bicycle scheme, pension scheme, etc.

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Additional Information

  • If you have any questions about the vacancy announcement, please contact Canny Geyer, Unit Manager, Canny.Geyer@oxfamnovib.nl
  • 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.
  • This vacancy is posted both internally and externally at the same time, however with equal suitability, the internal candidate will be preferred.
  • Although we are currently working remotely, upon appointment, you will be expected to be located in the duty station and to have a valid work permit. Oxfam Novib is unable to provide visa sponsorship at this time.
  • Applications from qualified candidates from all gender identities, sexes, sexual orientations, races, colours, religions, cultures, abilities, etc. are encouraged.
  • 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.
  • All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism, finance checks, or integrity screenings/references relating to misconduct and disciplinary actions in prior employment.
  • Oxfam Novib retains the discretion to not make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.
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