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Manager, Humanitarian Unit

Oxfam Canada

Title:                                       Manager, Humanitarian Unit                                              
Department:                           International Programs       
Status:                                    Full-time, 14 month term, unionized                                 
Location:                                Ottawa, ON                                                               
Immediate Supervisor:        Director, International Programs

Salary:                                   $61,784.78 to $80,226.94    
Level:                                    Band 3          

Please submit applications to quoting competition number
HUM0318 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.
Reporting to the Director of International Programs, the Manager, Humanitarian Unit provides the strategic, programmatic and managerial leadership required for an effective humanitarian program, as guided by the Oxfam Canada strategic plan and the respective standards, policies and structures of Oxfam International.

The Manager is primarily responsible for:

  • Elaborating and implementing an effective humanitarian strategy that is coherent with:
    • The strategic priorities and program framework of Oxfam Canada, which places women’s rights and gender equality at the center of all of Oxfam’s work;
    • The strategic plan, policies, and structures of Oxfam International.
  • Managing the work of the Humanitarian Unit, comprising program development; project planning and monitoring; advocacy; staff supervision ; finance and administration;
  • Representing Oxfam Canada to internal and external stakeholders, including governments, funders, implementing agencies, partners, media and the public; 
  • Ensuring the quality of Oxfam Canada’s humanitarian programs ; and
  • Ensuring that Oxfam Canada’s Humanitarian Program is understood by, and communicated to the Canadian public.   

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: (This is not an exhaustive list of duties to be performed)

  • Strategic Leadership:

Working with the Director of International Programs, the Humanitarian Manager is responsible for the elaboration of Oxfam Canada’s Humanitarian program and for ensuring that the required systems and processes are in place to ensure its efficient and effective implementation. The Manager will also provide content and representational leadership to Oxfam Canada’s efforts to place women’s rights and gender equality at the centre of our humanitarian work.

  • Program Development, Implementation and Evaluation
  • The Humanitarian Manager is accountable for decision-making and performance of the Humanitarian Unit .  This includes:
  • Facilitating the creation and maintenance of an effective Unit in a participatory management style, including annual work planning processes;
  • Establishing and maintaining systems for efficient administration of the Unit and its program, including:
    • Accurate and timely financial management of the Unit’s budget and program expenses, including annual budgeting, monitoring disbursements of funds and assuring accurate execution of funding contracts
    • Co-ordinating the monitoring, evaluation and learning processes within the Unit
    • Effective human resource management and supervising the recruitment, selection, direction and evaluation of contract staff and consultants.
  • Liaising with Oxfam colleagues, key funders, agencies, partners and coalitions as required to advance Oxfam Canada’s Humanitarian program and capacity.
  • Travelling as required to participate in program development, monitoring, and related activities
  • Quality control of all proposals, reports and documents produced by the Unit.
  • Program Funding
  • Overseeing the identification and tracking of funding opportunities for humanitarian programs;
  • Providing leadership to relationship building with institutional funders;
  • Co-coordinating the elaboration of funding proposals to secure additional funding for humanitarian activities;
  • Providing quality assurance to the proposal development process.
  • Thematic Knowledge, Policy, Advocacy and Education
  • Maintaining a broad understanding of the humanitarian sector, including industry-level trends, current Canadian government policy and the work of other Canadian NGOs and international development agencies, including other Oxfams;
  • Providing content leadership on gender in emergencies and assuring women’s rights in humanitarian crises;
  • Co-coordinating the Unit’s contribution to the design and implementation of Oxfam Canada’s policy, advocacy and media work
  • Developing and communicating Oxfam’s humanitarian advocacy strategies and positions to external stakeholders
  • Functional Teams
  • As member of the International Program senior management team, contribute to the effective planning and implementation of Oxfam Canada’s international program with a focus on improving the institutional policies and systems required to assure quality humanitarian programming.
  • Project Management and Implementation
  • Managing, implementing and monitoring individual humanitarian projects or policy initiatives (in Canada or overseas) as assigned; and
  • Managing, implementing and monitoring Oxfam Canada’s Emergency Response Fund (ERF) as well as Oxfam Canada’s engagements with other funding mechanisms such as the Humanitarian Coalition.
  • Representation:
  • Representing Oxfam Canada in national and international humanitarian spaces including Oxfam International working groups and Canadian networks



  • University degree in international development, political science or in an area related to the humanitarian sector or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum seven years’ international humanitarian work experience, including at least three years of responding to emergencies in a field-based position, through which the candidate has demonstrated skills in program development and program/project management with proven experience in the analysis, management and evaluation of humanitarian response;
  • Demonstrated experience and capacity in the analysis of current political, social and economic policy and practice related to humanitarian response;
  • Demonstrated commitment to women’s rights and gender equality required and  a track record in addressing gender equality and women’s rights issues in the context of humanitarian response;   
  • Strong analytical understanding of a range of development issues (including poverty, justice and environmental issues) and the ability to apply these in humanitarian programming, implementation and evaluation;  
  • Excellent written and spoken skills in English is required. This includes strong analytical and writing capability, particularly with reports, funding applications, and program and policy documents. Second language skills in French and / or Spanish would be a definite asset;
  • Proven skills in team leadership and management, able to work with people in such a manner to build high morale and group commitments in order to achieve organizational goals & objectives; inclusively, must have proven training, and interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated administrative ability to maintain organized administrative processes and systems;
  • Strong computer skills in word processing, spreadsheet, electronic mail and data base systems;
  • Financial management training and/or proven capacity related to the successful administration of international development grants , including budget development and monitoring;
  • Demonstrated capacity to work in a cross-cultural environment. 
  • Commitment and strong understanding of community based development compatible with the mission, goals and strategies of Oxfam Canada;
  • Ability to undertake travel within the region and in Canada, sometimes in difficult circumstances or with little advance notice.

** MUST be eligible to work in Canada **

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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