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Manager, Program Development, Quality & Knowledge

Oxfam Canada

Internal/External Posting Notice
DEADLINE:   May 28, 2017

Title:   Manager, Program Development, Quality & Knowledge
Department:   International Programs       
Status:   Full-time, two year term, unionized
Location:   Ottawa, Ontario                                
Immediate Supervisor:   Director, International Programs   
Salary:   $61,784 - $80,226                
Level:   Band 3

Please submit applications to quoting competition number MPDQK0717  in the subject line of email.

Oxfam Canada (OC) is an international development agency with a focus on women’s rights and gender equality, committed to building lasting solutions to global poverty and injustice by advocating for fundamental social change.  We work in relationships of solidarity and partnership to build the capacity of civil society in the Global South. As a founding member of Oxfam International, Oxfam Canada works in collaboration with other Oxfam affiliates to increase impact and influence locally, nationally and globally.

** MUST be eligible to work in Canada **


Reporting to the Director International Programs, The Manager, Program Development, Quality and Knowledge provides the managerial, programmatic and entrepreneurial leadership required to support the sustained growth and quality of Oxfam’s Women’s Rights/Gender Justice (WR/GJ program portfolio.



(This is not an exhaustive list of duties to be performed) She/he:
Program Development and Financial Sustainability

  • Ensures healthy portfolio development for Oxfam Canada, including monitoring and analysis of opportunities, brokering of strategic partnerships, funding diversification, and strong relationship management with GAC;
  • Oversees new proposal development, providing strategic, programmatic and technical direction to program staff in Ottawa and overseas, facilitating linkages (across units, offices, affiliates, partners, etc.) to strengthen proposal quality;
  • Ensures strong integration and mainstreaming of WR/GJ in all project and program proposals, provides oversight / quality control in developing proposal budgets, ensuring compliance with Oxfam International agreements, donor requirements, and optimal cost-recoveries and balance between co-financing and overhead;
  • Supports signing off on new program proposals and ensures timely submissions;
  • Leads the application, revision and upgrading of Oxfam’s program  development processes, systems and functions and oversees the related division of labour between Ottawa and Country Offices;
  • Ensures unit budget is soundly prepared and effectively stewarded.

Program Quality and Knowledge

  • Ensures provision of best-in-class expertise to ensure strong WR/GJ program design, aligned with Oxfam Canada and Oxfam International’s Gender Justice objectives and goals;
  • Provides leadership in articulating Oxfam Canada’s WR/GJ programming approach, and supports the implementation of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) activities that reflect Oxfam Canada’s feminist values.  Contributes to program coherence, including monitoring key WR indicators across the portfolio;
  • Supports in the definition and undertaking of learning and knowledge initiatives undertaken by the Unit, institutionalizing learning throughout the program management cycle, and disseminating learning and knowledge related to WR/GJ issues across the Oxfam Confederation;
  • Provides leadership and oversight in the management and administration of Oxfam’s Knowledge Hub on VAWG/GBV.

Team Management, Organizational Engagement and Accountability 

  • Provides leadership and direction on priority setting and work planning to Unit staff,  including support to induction, development of annual work plans, conducting performance reviews, and elaboration of team and individual professional development plans;
  • Participates actively in the International Program Management Group, supporting peer IPD managers in meeting their goals and objectives;
  • Supports the Director of International Programs in the effective leadership and management of the International Program department, providing information and analysis as needed for management (MT) and governance (Board) requirements and taking on key strategic and operational projects as required; 
  • Ensures cross-departmental collaboration as needed and contributes to organization-wide strategic initiatives,

Representation and Influencing Policy and Practice

  • Develops and  maintains strategic and working relationships with Global Affairs Canada, Oxfam affiliates, Country Offices,  and other key stakeholders related to program quality, knowledge and new program development;
  • Represents Oxfam Canada at designated tables within the Oxfam International confederation, with funders, donors, and other civil society spaces; particularly as related to program development, program quality and knowledge;
  • Provides analysis and produces content to support Oxfam Canada’s efforts to influence donors, policy, practice and public, including consistent messaging on WR priorities;
  • Scopes and develops possible partnerships with academia, research institutions, civil society organizations and private sector for collaboration in joint program, knowledge and quality initiatives.


  • A university degree in a related field (political science, international development, women's studies), with relevant post-graduate degree considered an asset, as is formal training in WR/GJ;
  • A minimum of seven years’ experience in program management/program development in an international development/humanitarian organization, required; 
  • A minimum of 3 years’ international development experience in the Global South, required;
  • A strong understanding of women’s rights is required, as well as demonstrated experience incorporating gender and feminist approaches into the design, monitoring, learning, and evaluation of programs;
  • Demonstrated capacity to oversee program quality initiatives, including development of knowledge and learning systems and products; and to manage, capture and share organizational learning and knowledge;
  • Proven track record in proposal development, building and stewarding relationships with institutional funders; developing partnerships and securing program funding; experience with Global Affairs Canada considered a strong asset;
  • Financial management experience related to the administration of international development grants and organizational budgets is essential;
  • Proven skills in staff supervision and team leadership, balancing direction and support in a collaborative work environment focused on achievement of results.  Ability to work in matrix management; 
  • Demonstrated capacity to work in a cross-cultural environment; 
  • Excellent written and spoken skills in English is required.  This includes strong analytical and writing capacity, particularly with reports, funding applications, and program and policy documents.  Second language skills in French and/or Spanish would be a definite asset;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong organizational and administrative processes and systems, utilizing technology to the greatest advantage.

This position offers a comprehensive Benefits package.

We thank all those who apply, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Oxfam Canada is committed to diversity and equity around the globe and in our workplace. We welcome applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification and share our values. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us as soon as possible of any particular adaptive measures you might require.


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