Oxfam Novib in Nigeria Vacancy for Programme Manager – Rapid Response Team (RRT)

Over the past year, insurgency has intensified attacks that have spread from North-East Nigeria to Cameroon, Chad and Niger, affecting some 20 million people. Suicide bombings and raids targeting civilians in villages and in cities around the Lake Chad Basin have caused widespread trauma, prevented people from accessing essential services and destroyed infrastructure. Across the region, over 2.8 million people are displaced; most of whom are sheltered by communities that count among the world’s most vulnerable. The combined effect of growing insecurity, fast population growth and severe vulnerability resulting from a changing climate, environmental degradation, poverty and under-investment in social services is translating into record numbers of people in need of emergency relief. There are 9.2 million in need of humanitarian assistance. Nigeria is hosting 7m, Cameroon 1.5m, Niger 460.000 and Chad 257.000. The increasing number of attacks and arrival of displaced children have placed an additional burden on already weak health and education systems. Insecurity, displacement, disrupted agricultural activities and cross-border trade continue to undermine communities’ livelihoods and have resulted in a sharp rise in food insecurity. Some 4.4 million people are facing severe food insecurity urgently need support in the region, 90 per cent of them in North-East Nigeria, with 50,000 people in Phase 5, the highest level of food insecurity under the last Cadre Harmonisé classification. Throughout the region, an estimated 223.000 severely acutely malnourished children could die if not urgently assisted.

Oxfam’s Rapid Response Team (RRT) was created in January 2017 in response to pressing humanitarian needs in Northern Borno state. The team successfully led the expansion of Oxfam’s operations from two field bases (Maiduguri and Damboa) to four (Pulka and Gwoza) and made a significant contribution to establishing Oxfam’s presence and reputation as an emergency responder in the NE Nigerian context.

The RRT is designed to respond to respond to the immediate needs of conflict or disaster affected populations in Borno and Adamawa states through the provision of WASH, EFSVL and Protection activities in areas where populations are underserved by other humanitarian actors, either through lack of presence or capacity. The RRT also acts as a surge team to provide additional capacity to existing Oxfam field locations in case of changes in context.

Job Purpose

To develop, manage and coordinate Oxfam’s humanitarian response in North East, Nigeria to ensure delivery to plans and accountability to beneficiaries, partners and back-donors.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Assess key locations identified through OCHA RR Mechanism for possible RRT response
  • Set up RRT response in the field
  • Representing Oxfam to government officials, UN agencies and other NGO staff at field level as appropriate
  • Participate to coordination meetings
  • Carry out ongoing monitoring and providing clear analysis of the humanitarian situation and of Oxfam’s response
  • Support the Humanitarian management in providing accurate information and analysis for the development and implementation of current and future RRT programming
  • Provide information and develop a rainy season contingency plan (Hepatitis E, Cholera, pre-positioning materials) and an exit strategy for each of the projects after 3 months of programming
  • Develop and monitor project objectives, including budgets
  • At the field level, implement and manage the RRT programme ensuring an integrated one-programme approach between projects
  • Recruit local staff, and manage all staff in line with Oxfam policies, ensuring that they have the necessary induction, training and support as required
  • Ensure realisation of activities planned in RRT proposals
  • Develop donor funding proposals in line with the Strategy Plan in a timely manner and as needed.
  • Ensure narrative reporting and financial accounting as appropriate
  • Develop capacity of RRT staff (training, mentoring, coaching, etc.)
  • Ensure staff safety and security procedures are monitored, updated and implemented. This will include an analysis of the risks and the threats to staff working on Oxfam programmes
  • Ensure that assessments, planning and implementation have gender and protection considerations mainstreamed in accordance with Oxfam policy
  • Ensure that all work is carried out in a way that is sensitive to community needs and gender issues. Promote the full and equal participation of women in all aspects of the work and ensure that Oxfam’s Programme is an opportunity for peace making, rather than community division.

Skills, Experience and Knowledge


  • Degree in relevant discipline, such as humanitarian studies, project management, etc.
  • Substantial experience in a similar role – specifically a management position in an insecure environment/similar context
  • Proven experience of emergency and development work, and an understanding of relevant issues
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences, and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts
  • Budgeting and programme accounting to a good level
  • Excellent people understanding and management
  • Good spoken and written English are essential
  • Sympathy with the aims, values and objectives of Oxfam
  • Commitment to humanitarian principles and action
  • Demonstrated experience of integrating gender and diversity into emergency response programmes.


  • Familiarity with Oxfam processes and procedures
  • Experience of integrated WASH, EFSL and Protection programming
  • Experience of working with refugees or IDPs in a camp situation will be a distinct advantage
  • To be familiar with and abide by the NGO/Red Cross Code of Conduct, the People in Aid Code, Oxfam International procedures and other regulatory codes, SPHERE minimum standards.


  • Self-Awareness
  • Vision Setting
  • Relationship building
  • Decisiveness
How to apply:

What we offer

Oxfam Novib is committed to providing you with a competitive, fair and comprehensive pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors. The salary range for this position is set in scale 9 with a salary range between EU 2.962,- to EU 4.557,-

More information and application procedure

Please submit your application via the link given below and include your motivation letter and CV. Your application must be received February 2nd, 2018 at the latest. Please note that only applications received using the link provided can be taken into consideration.


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