Area Manager, Odesa (INT9600)

  • Contract
  • Ukraine
  • Posted 1 week ago

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In March 2022, Oxfam launched its response to the influx of refugees and other people forced to flee from Ukraine in Romania, Moldova and Poland. A Programme Management Unit (PMU) has been established to provide leadership, oversee, support and provide technical assistance to the response in the affected countries.

The PMU will be led by an Operational Lead and includes dedicated advocacy and influencing capacity; business support functions, and a programme quality team with technical support on gender in emergencies, protection, cash and voucher programming, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL), and safeguarding.

Poland / Romania / Moldova Programmes.

Oxfam is supporting a partner-led humanitarian response for the assistance and protection of refugees and other vulnerable people from Ukraine and the communities, organisations and authorities that are hosting and supporting them in neighbouring countries. The response is strongly driven by the protection needs of refugees and the need for national organisations and authorities to be supporting in scaling up for the refugee response, delivering quality protection support, as well as advocacy for the rights and protection of all refugees and people on the move needing protection.


The Role



To effectively lead, manage and drive the Oxfam response to the Ukraine crisis working with other stakeholders across Oxfam



To represent, manage and ensure the effective implementation of Oxfam Ukraine country programme in her/his specific area of operations. S/he ensures that programmes are tightly managed, policies are implemented, and strategies are adjusted according to the local context, key standards of reporting, programme quality and accountability are met, and that there is adequate integration of various sectors (WASH, Food Security, Gender and Protection) and local partners’ interventions.

The post holder is responsible for ensuring the timely delivery of an integrated Oxfam response in line with donor contracts, adhering to the overall Ukraine Response and technical sub-strategies, as well as key standards of programme quality, reporting and accountability.

The Area Manager is a member of the Ukraine-country programme coordination structure expected to be committed to Oxfam’s vision and values and lead with integrity always. S/he represents Oxfam at senior levels with local authorities, the UN, donors, local partners and other external stakeholders in her/his area of operations.

S/he will be based in Ukraine, Odesa with travels within the southern region. S/he will be closely working with partners, the programme technical teams at the field office and the Programme Management Unit. 


Please see the attached job description for the full responsibilities that the Cash & FES Coordinator will undertake and the required skills and competencies.

Location: Ukraine, Odesa

Job Type: Fixed Term, 12 Months



What we are looking for:


We’re looking for a candidate who cares about Oxfam’s mission to end poverty and is personally aligned to our feminist principles and values of empowerment, accountability and inclusion in all you do.


An ideal candidate for the role will also be / have:



  • Experience of working collaboratively with a wide variety of organizations in different geographic areas including government agencies, CSOs, NGOs, and private sector institutions.
  • A team player with strong interpersonal skills and a highly-developed ability to work in multicultural settings and with community groups of varying backgrounds (Moro, IPs, migrants); developed capacity for tact, diplomacy and negotiation
  • An understanding of gender issues and experience in applying gender analysis in planning, monitoring, and evaluation with a commitment to mainstreaming gender and diversity equity issues as well as a commitment to neutrality & impartiality
  • Good planning skills, with initiative, able to exercise sound judgment and can manage multiple tasks in an effective, pro-active and timely manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, creatively, innovatively and effectively within teams (sometimes multi-cultural) and agreed framework, as an individual that requires less to no supervision.


Key Attributes:

  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities.
  • Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity for all aspects of development work.
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s safeguarding policies to ensure all people who come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible.




  • Working knowledge of Ukrainian or Russian advantage
  • Previous security management and/or experience in volatile contexts





We believe flexible working is key to building the Oxfam of the future, so we’re open to talking through the type of flexible arrangements which might work for you. 


How to apply:


As part of your online application, please upload your up to date CV and Cover Letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.  



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