Deputy Country Director (INT9599)

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The Role:


Oxfam GB – Iraq Program is looking for a Deputy Country Director – Programmes who is a senior position in the Oxfam in Iraq country set up, and is responsible for the overall programmatic strategy across the entire country operation. This includes providing timely and adequate technical inputs and ensuring that Oxfam’s projects bring a significant contribution to meeting immediate humanitarian needs and ensuring durable solutions for displacement-affected individuals. As such, the Deputy Country Director – Programmes has a crucial role in strategy development and adherence and is responsible for ensuring that policies, systems, and people are continuously and accurately working in a coordinated manner to ensure that a coherent and comprehensive program is designed and implemented.

The Deputy Country Director – Programmes is also responsible for cross-cutting programmatic information management, sound design of and overseeing assessments, monitoring, and evaluation, and ensuring that information collected is reflected upon, used to improve ongoing projects, and is incorporated into consistently high-quality grant proposals and reports. S/he also plays a key role in fundraising activities and external representation, alongside the Country Director, and acts as the primary focal point for Oxfam’s programming portfolio in Iraq.

In order to ensure successful program implementation, the Deputy Country Director – Programmes needs to have an in-depth understanding of the country context and be able to identify and analyze key issues in order to develop appropriate strategies and ensure effective implementation. S/he should have strong interpersonal and communication skills and be able to work collaboratively with both internal and external stakeholders, including the government, NGOs, UN agencies, and other key actors. Furthermore, it is important that the Deputy Country Director – Programmes is able to work in a dynamic and challenging environment and is able to work both independently and as part of a team.

The Deputy Country Director – Programmes is a key position in the Oxfam country setup, and therefore needs to demonstrate strong leadership skills and be able to manage, motivate and inspire their team. They must also be able to analyse complex information and make sound decisions and be able to develop and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

At Oxfam, we are committed to upholding our core values and ensuring that our Deputy Country Director – Programmes is dedicated to their role and able to deliver on our mission. We are looking for an experienced professional with a passion for delivering quality programming to ensure our success in Iraq. 


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:


  • A proven record of effective leadership, especially in conflict/post conflict contexts. Ability to challenge, motivate and develop a team through periods of programme change.
  • Ability to work with significant levels of autonomy and make prompt and sound decisions.
  • Proven analytical skills and ability to work with others to develop strategy into action and communicating and influencing this to a wider audience.
  • Knowledge and experience of promoting gender equity, and an active commitment to promoting the interests of marginalized people in all aspects of programme work.
  • Experience of programme planning, and competent use of project management tools.
  • The ability to meet agreed deadlines in a stressful and fast paced environment, will be critical.
  • Proven experience of effective management of complex humanitarian situations, including managing finances, staff and funding of the programme (contract design and management).
  • Experience of managing staff: challenging, motivating, developing and inspiring team members
  • Evidence of professional excellence in related sectors (Livelihoods, WASH, Gender, Protection and Advocacy).
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences, and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.
  • High-level interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Ability to influence and liaise effectively with key stakeholders and representation in high profile environments.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential.
  • Sympathy with the aims and objectives of Oxfam.
  • Commitment to humanitarian principles and action.
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s equal opportunity and gender policies.


Feminist Leadership approach

  • Self-Awareness Able to develop a high degree of self-awareness around our own strengths and weaknesses and our impact on others. Our self-awareness enables us to moderate and self-regulate our behaviours to control and channel our impulses for good purposes. We self-moderate appropriately to different context thereby optimizing our ability to achieve goals
  • Vision Setting We have the ability to identify and lead visionary initiatives that are beneficial for our organisation and we set high-level direction through a visioning process that engages the organisation and diverse external stakeholders. Clarity in our communication of vision allows others to focus on delivery and their contribution to the wider changes we seek.
  • Strategic Thinking and Judgment We use judgment, weighing risk against the imperative to act. We make decisions consistent with organisational strategies and values.
  • Mutual accountability We can explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our
    organisational values. We are ready to be held to account for our actions and how we behave, as we are also holding others to account in a consistent manner.
  • Influencing We have the ability to engage with diverse stakeholders in a way that leads to increased impact for the organisation We spot opportunities to influence effectively and where there are no opportunities we have the ability to create them in a respectful and impactful manner.
  • Enabling We all work to effectively empower and enable others to deliver the organisations goals through creating conditions of success. We passionately invest in others by developing their careers, not only their skills for the job. We give more freedom and demonstrate belief and trust, underpinned with appropriate support.


At interview, shortlisted candidates will also be assessed on our values and organisational attributes, as outlined above


We offer:


We offer a competitive salary and a range of additional benefits to staff including flexible working options, generous pension scheme, annual leave, additional leave allowances, company sick pay, life assurance, and a range of other benefits. 


From the day you join Oxfam we invite you to stretch and learn in your role. Our wide range of Learning & Development opportunities includes in-house courses, e-learning modules, on-the job learning opportunities, coaching and mentoring, and much more. 


You can read more about all Oxfam has to offer here.




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. 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. We think this role would work particularly.


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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