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Humanitarian Development Officer – Permanent Contract

Location: Oxford, UK
Last Date: October 28, 2010

Humanitarian Development Officer – Permanent Contract

Based in Oxford

Salary: £32,973  

Oxfam is an International confederation of 14 independent, non-governmental organizations working together with over 3,000 partners in 99 countries to achieve our vision of ‘a just world without poverty’. Our Secretariat is based in Oxford, with advocacy offices in Washington DC, New York, Brussels and Geneva. 

This is a key role in supporting the confederation’s 14 affiliates to ensure the maximum impact of Oxfam International’s humanitarian responses.  You will do this by working with affiliates to support and facilitate the development of their Humanitarian capacities and ensure their compliance with Oxfam’s humanitarian standards. Oxfam wants to excel in two core competencies, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), and Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods (EFSVL). Different affiliates are currently developing investment plans in these competencies. You will coordinate the WASH and EFSVL working groups within Oxfam. In addition, you will be accompanying new members of Oxfam’s Humanitarian core group (The Humanitarian Consortium) with the implementation of their humanitarian investment plans. 

You will have extensive field experience of humanitarian work and international humanitarian systems as well a real desire to work for justice against poverty and suffering.  You will be a team player with excellent organizational skills, a good communicator with a patient yet persistent approach and have good computer skills.  You must be prepared to travel up to 12 weeks a year and have the natural sensitivity to be able to work effectively at times of great human stress.  Experience of implementing WASH or Livelihood programs is desirable.  

Fluency in English required and competence in French and/or Spanish is desirable. 

The post holder must have the legal right to be employed in the UK. 

To apply please send your CV (MS Word format) and covering email to 

Job Description available on 

Closing date: 28th October 17:00 GMT 

Provisional interview date: 5th November 2010


Job Description 

Job Title:              

Humanitarian Development Officer


Oxford UK (other Oxfam office locations may be considered)





Reports to:  

Humanitarian Director


Not Applicable

Created/Reviewed by:




12th April 2010


Job Purpose 

To promote OI organisational development from an Humanitarian perspective and ensure the integration of Humanitarian work in different key processes.


Key Responsibilities                                     

  • Support and facilitate the process of development of Oxfam’s humanitarian core competencies (WASH and EFSL/VL)
  • Support Oxfam affiliates joining the HCMG (Humanitarian Consortium Management Group), among others through implementation of their investment plans.
  • Support Development of Humanitarian capacities of new OI affiliates and ensure their compliance with OI standards.
  • Follow up on long term tsunami evaluation work.
  • Provide support to the changes in humanitarian processes due to SMS
  • Providing support to the OI Humanitarian Director as required.


Key Working Relationships 

  • Humanitarian Director
  • Quality and Processes Officer
  • Humanitarian Information Administrator.
  • Humanitarian Officers


Key Competencies 

  • Motivated to work for justice against poverty and suffering.
  • Good knowledge of Humanitarian work, and International Humanitarian Systems.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with implementing WASH and Livelihoods programs (Desirable)
  • Extended organisational experience
  • Highly capable and experienced in complex organisational management
  • At least three years of humanitarian experience
  • Excellent level of spoken and written English. Working knowledge of French and Spanish (other languages desirable).
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Good computer skills.
  • Good communication and team working skills.
  • Ability to show perseverance, persistence and patience
  • Prepared to travel up to 12 weeks during the year


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