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Head of Programs


Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

Job/Team Purpose
  • Is responsible for the strategic development and management of the country program.
  • Supports Oxfam’s impact locally, regionally, continentally and globally through ensuring program alignment to the key strategic objectives and program standards.
  • Supports resource mobilisation
  • Ensures that the promotion of women’s rights is at the heart of all Oxfam in Uganda’s program work
  • Master’s degree in Project Management, Public/Business Administration, Sociology/Psychology or another related field
Knowledge and Experience:
  • Influencing experience and ability to develop organizational networks and associations
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience managing humanitarian and development programs
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience of development programs, humanitarian response and advocacy, and campaigning.
  • Knowledge of capacity building, learning and development activities and how to create a learning and sharing environment with a strong knowledge management basis
  • Politically astute, with a good understanding of key external organizations, how they operate and make decisions, and the country development context
  • Commitment to and knowledge of creating a partner-led operational environment, with an ability to create an internal Oxfam approach that is focussed on developing and supporting partner organizations to achieve direct impact and results relating to Oxfam’s objectives
  • Knowledge of, and experience in working with donors
  • Proven track record on strong people management skills


Strategic management and thought leadership                                                        30%
  • Under the leadership of the CD, coordinates programme strategy development
  • To provide strategic and technical leadership in the design, development, planning  budgeting, and implementation and monitoring of the OCS
  • Initiate, coordinate  and lead Oxfam’s ONE Program in Uganda ensuring it delivers on the OCS vision and objectives and championing the new ways of working embodied in the OCS
  • Deputize for the Country Director as required
  • Participate  in the annual budget process, leading on the program budget process, and provide ongoing oversight of program budgets
Lead program development and delivery                                                                      40%
  • Ensures the delivery of a country program with demonstrable impact and is  accountable for overall program quality and learning
  • Working with the PQ & L Coordinator, develop, implement and embed,  a knowledge management system, that will ensure the sharing of knowledge across the program, other country programs, and the broader confederation
  • Oversees the development of program and project improvement plans, to ensure effective and timely implementation of the projects and program
  • Builds strong synergy between development and humanitarian programming ensuring that resilient thinking, humanitarian planning and as necessary response meet Oxfam standards.
  • Ensures that Women’s rights are protected and promoted in all of Oxfam’s work in Uganda
  • Working closely with the program funding manager, identify opportunities for funding  to ensure the financial sustainability of country programme  of Oxfam in Uganda
  • Directs and coordinates external program engagement
  • Oversee the partner portfolio, with specific reference to the identification of both implementing and strategic partners, and building and maintaining these relationships
People Development and Management                                                                       30%
  • Manage and Coordinate the program team to deliver on the OCS, providing leadership, inspiration, and guidance and ensuring that the management of the team is in line with Oxfam’s HR policies and procedures.
  • The HoP, with support from HR,  will manage the life cycle of individuals within the team from pre-recruitment to exit, including performance management processes, and working with HR on issues such as disciplinary matters.
  • As a key member of the CMT, support the Country Director steer organizational learning for effective delivery taking into account Oxfam’s new ways of working.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 10 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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