Programrådgiver med MENA-erfaring

Oxfam IBIS are looking for a new colleague to take over the role as the MENA focal point coordinating and further developing their engagement in the MENA region.

In 2017 Oxfam IBIS began working in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region implementing a program to enhance youth participation and employment funded by the Danish-Arab Partnership programme (DAPP). Today our portfolio also includes a project on ‘women, peace and security’ as part of our inclusive peace building work, and humanitarian interventions to protect, empower and create resilient and dignified lives for crisis-affected populations. We work in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen.

We do this as part of the global Oxfam confederation working with partners to mobilise the power of people against poverty, injustice and inequality enabling transformational change. Oxfam has been working in the MENA region since the 1950s and is currently present in 11 countries through a variety of programs and initiatives. Oxfam’s MENA strategy 2019-2029 prioritises five levers of change which underpins Oxfam IBIS’ engagement with the region: 1) inequalities – redistribution of wealth; 2) crises and conflicts – transforming humanitarian work in MENA; 3) migration and forced displacement – changing the narrative from threat to opportunity; 4) gender Justice – women’s rights at the heart of all we do; and 5) relationships – engaging with a rich and dynamic diversity of actors to challenge unequal power relations. The work is carried out in partnerships with especially youth and women’s groups.

As our current MENA Coordinator has been assigned to a new position in Oxfam IBIS, we are looking for a new colleague to take over the role as the MENA focal point coordinating and further developing our engagement in the MENA region. The position also entails project management of interventions in the MENA region and support to DAPP donor liaison. The specific roles and responsibilities of this position will be formed according to the profile of the selected candidate.

Key responsibilities

  • Finalise and implement the strategic framework for Oxfam IBIS’ engagement in the MENA region
  • Coordinate Oxfam IBIS’ development, humanitarian and inclusive peacebuilding interventions in the MENA region, including in the context of fundraising opportunities
  • Ensure strategic linkage of Oxfam IBIS’ MENA interventions into relevant Oxfam and Oxfam IBIS strategies and programmatic, policy and public engagement work
  • Lead on and contribute to developing strong and innovative project proposals
  • Management of projects /interventions and provision of technical assistance in the MENA region under our DAPP funded program or as part of our other engagements
  • Support the team leader of our DAPP funded program in maintaining a good working relationship and dialogue with the MENA office of the Danish MFA
  • Contribute to strengthening the visibility of our MENA interventions especially the DAPP funded program

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following essential skills:

  • 7+ years of programmatic experience from at least one of the following three areas in a MENA context: private sector engagement and collaboration, gender justice and/or migration and displacement
  • Good knowledge of the Danish-Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP)
  • Solid experience with project cycle management and reporting
  • Proven experience in strategic development of projects/programmes and developing high quality proposals
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and facilitation skills
  • Excellent oral and written English and Danish. Knowledge of Arabic and/or French is an advantage
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work in the MENA region
  • A relevant master’s degree

Conditions for the employment
The workplace will be in Copenhagen at Oxfam IBIS. Some travel can be expected.

Salary and working conditions are based on present collective agreement. Pay grading will be based on the level of experience.

Starting date: as soon as possible

For further information about the position, please contact MENA Coordinator Lene Ingvartsen, mail:

How to apply
Please submit your application via the ‘send application’ button and include your motivation letter and CV.
Application deadline: November 18 at 23.59. Expected interview date: November 20 and 23 (week 47), and November 25-26, 2020 (second round of interviews)

Please note, that only application received through the recruitment system will be accepted.

Oxfam IBIS is committed to equal employment opportunity we therefore encourage everybody – irrespective of age, gender and of religious, sexual, national or ethnic affiliation – to apply for this position.

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.
That means 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 20 organisations (affiliates) 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 three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness.

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We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

Note: 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.