Natural Resources Programme Lead

  • Contract
  • Kenya
  • Posted 2 weeks ago

Oxfam GB


To work as part of Oxfam Kenya’s Programme Team which exists to realize the vision of “a transformed Kenyan Society that challenges poverty and inequality to claim their rights”. We contribute to this vision by strengthening analysis and generating knowledge and influence for transparency and accountability in the management of public resources, progressive taxation systems, gender responsive allocation and effective utilisation of resources for public services. We identify and work with strategically fit Civil Society Organizations, Women’s Rights Organizations, Academia, Private Sector, Networks, Coalitions, Movements and Alliances to engage and influence governments for inclusive and accountable governance systems that protect human rights and our planet. We convene and influence for effective development and implementation of key international, continental and national policies, Programmes and human rights instruments that facilitate safe and vibrant spaces that allow all people to hold the powerful to account.


The Natural Resources Programme Lead will be a core member of the Natural Resources Programme. The role is part of Oxfam Kenya Development Programmes that works towards ensuring that communities especially women get a fair share of benefits coming from Natural Resources. The role contributes to national, regional and global advocacy and influencing efforts for climate justice, Lands Rights and Just Energy Transition, in order to alleviate poverty and reducing inequality in Kenya.

The Natural Resources Lead has overall accountability for the Natural Resources programme, grounded in understanding that the climate crisis contributes to fragility and the risk of conflict and disaster. It increases the need for life saving assistance and for protection of those who are forced to leave their homes. To change its course, governments and corporations must stop destructive practices and instead invest in sustainable solutions. The voices of feminist organizations, youth, and indigenous peoples must be amplified in climate negotiations, and lead the transition towards greener and fairer economic solutions. That when poor and vulnerable Kenyan women, men and youth develop awareness of their rights, have the capacities to engage institutions effectively, they will become more active, engaged citizens and will proactively demand that government officials and institutions and private sector actors become more transparent, accountable and effective in performing their roles and delivering on their responsibilities, as outlined in law and policy. That when Kenyan citizens proactively engage government institutions and officials, at national, county and local levels, on issues of relating to land, extractives and natural resource exploitation, that government and private sector actors will be compelled to change their policies and practices to deliver a more progressive land and natural resource management regime that responds to the needs and realises the rights of poor and marginalised women, men and youth.

S/he contributes significantly to Oxfam’s thought leadership on Climate Justice, Extractives, Lands Rights, Just Energy Transition and effective institutions. H/She ensures an integrated approach and connectedness (synergy) of all our programmes including cross-campaigns (ways of working and coordination). S/he leads in programme/project conceptualization, design, development and resource mobilization for the Natural Resources projects; and connects them with the wider confederation Global Strategic Framework, country programme’s strategy and country programmes in a way that maximises resource acquisition efficiency and impactful delivery.

S/he nurtures and supports a high performing team and partners to integrate and implement key influencing strategies and actions. S/he develops and pushes for joint influencing actions with Oxfam and partners in engaging the governments, corporates and regional bodies. S/he establishes/strengthens strategic partnerships with Government, Civil Society Organizations, Women’s Rights Organizations, Private Sector, Academia, Networks and coalitions to maximize the impact of Oxfam’s work in Kenya.


Programme Management, Implementation and Resourcing – 40%

  • Leads in the conceptualization, design, implementation and coordination of the Natural Resources Programme and projects.
  • Ensures an integrated delivery of the Programmes and Projects in line with Oxfam’s One Programme Approach.
  • Engages with other country Programmes, Oxfam in Africa, Oxfam International and affiliates to support effective implementation of campaigns and influencing programs on GJ & WR, Accountable Governance, Climate Justice and Humanitarian Systems Strengthening.
  • Closely monitors country level and regional trends on Energy Transition, Climate Change, Extractives and governance systems, and provides timely advise to the country team on ways to respond; and maximize positive impact from the country’s interventions including on Feminist leadership approaches.
  • Provides technical support to the SMT, MEAL Advisor, Media and Communications Advisor and Technical Thematic Leads to effectively integrate Natural Resources initiatives in their Programmes.
  • Ensures that agreed strategic objectives and operational plans relating to the Natural Resources Programme are implemented in a way that maximizes synergy and in line with Oxfam’s Strategic framework/vision.
  • Leads in the designs of fundable projects and mobilization of resources for the Natural Resources Programmes and Projects.
  • Ensures donor compliance and leads in the delivery of donor reports that meet Oxfam program quality standards.
  • Supports the M.E.AL Advisor in the delivery of quality internally reports in a timely manner.
  • Supports program staff and leadership to review reports and relevant documents and adequately reflect Natural Resources Programme objectives in Oxfam in Kenya’s work.

Partnership management, coalition building and support – 30%

  • Provides technical guidance and support to the implementation of key projects by working in collaboration with countries as well as Oxfam partners on Natural Resources.
  • Identify and Broker relationships with governance and active citizenship, national and regional institutions in support of Natural Resources work and initiatives.
  • Ensures Oxfam Program Influencing Standards and Partnership Principles are well integrated and constantly referenced by staff and partners to guide Oxfam’s work.
  • Informs and influences CSO’s as appropriate and coordinates with the regional, affiliate and global colleagues.
  • Supports partners and alliances/coalitions in resource mobilization efforts.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with professional networks with partners and allies, think tanks/knowledge institutions, national legislative bodies and policy mechanisms (Parliamentarians, ministries, local governments,).
  • Participates in relevant regional/continental/national/international events.

Research, knowledge generation, campaigns and policy influencing – 25%

  • Provides thought leadership and adopts a political economy analysis to Natural Resources Programme work.
  • Shares relevant information and tools such as briefing papers, internal documents and reports with relevant teams, partners, and allies, as necessary.
  • Supports the convening of key stakeholders to shape correct and impactful narratives which in turn achieve design influence on issues of Natural Resources in the country.
  • Implementation of the projects under the Natural Resources Programme that include influencing Lands Rights, a Just Energy Transition, Climate Justice, public finance management including budget policies, legislation and decisions for the benefit of the people we work with.
  • Through technical guidance, to support relevant research and policy analysis taking into consideration gender and inequality.
  • Supports and strengthen coalitions and alliances on climate justice, Just Energy Transition, Lands Rights and inequality advocacy and campaigns targeting governments and institutions at relevant levels to enhance Oxfam’s work under the Natural Resources Programme.
  • Work collaboratively with the Media and Communications and the M.E.A.L Advisor to develop policy briefing papers, media briefs and opinion pieces for external use and on the documentation of the Programme, learning and case stories for Programme visibility and fundraising.
  • Manage consultants and researchers as required, in accordance with Oxfam policy and procedures.

Human resource management – 5%

  • Manage direct reports in in line with Oxfam’s HR policies and procedures.
  • Manage direct reports in a way that enables them to achieve their objectives and empowers them to deliver to their full potential.
  • With support from HR, manages the life cycle of individuals within their team from pre-recruitment to exit, including performance management processes, and working with HR on issues such as disciplinary matters.
  • Models Oxfam values and principles.

Person specification

Most importantly, every individual at Oxfam needs to be able to:

  • Live our values of INCLUSION, ACCOUNTABILITY, EMPOWERMENT, COURAGE, SOLIDARITY and EQUALITY (read more about these here)
  • Ensure you commit to our ORGANIZATIONAL ATTRIBUTES (including adhering to the Code of Conduct):
  • Be committed to our feminist principles, and to applying them in your day-to-day behaviour and your work. Be ready to keep learning, with accountability to those who experience oppression as a result of their identities, such as their gender, race/ethnicity, disability, class, or LGBTQIA identity.”
  • Be committed to undertaking Oxfam’s safeguarding training and adhering to relevant policies, to ensure all people who come into Oxfam are as safe as possible.

Technical skills, experience and knowledge


  • Education (master’s degree level) preferably in social sciences, international law, or related humanities field with a focus on inequality.
  • Proven experience in managing programming and advocacy work on Natural Resources at continental or country level.
  • Good understanding of Kenyan, African and International policy context on key themes related to natural resource management (extractives, Lands Rights, Climate Justice, Energy Transition, Revenue Management).
  • Strong soft and hard people and project management skills, with experience working in diverse alliances.
  • Strong interpersonal skills that include experience with mediation and consensus building
  • Good organizational skills including accuracy, consistency, attention to detail, tenacity, and the ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to lead projects and programmes in a clear and constructive way that inspires people to deliver.
  • Ability to Manage budgets and processes for results and impact.
  • Ability to work independently and with diverse multi-cultural and virtual teams.
  • Ability to liaise with a wide range of people, both internally and externally and at many levels, with credibility, tact, and diplomacy.


  • Knowledge and/or experience in implementing Natural Resources programmes focussing on Climate Justice, Lands Rights, Energy Transition, Extractives; with an understanding of relevant County, National, Regional and Global issues.
  • Good knowledge of and experience in developing advocacy and campaign strategies and plans and successfully achieving external impact and change.
  • Strong programme management and quality knowledge, with the ability to ensure consistent quality against standards and to implement effective monitoring and evaluation systems to assess and adjust performance.
  • A strong understanding of Lands Rights, Climate Justice, Extractives development issues and the political and economic context of Kenya.
  • Commitment to and good knowledge of working with networks, coalitions, and a partnership approach across the spectrum of Oxfam’s work, including innovative approaches to capacity strengthening.
  • Fluency in English with knowledge of Swahili an added advantage.


  • At least 7 years’ experience in programme conceptualization, design and management at national and/or regional levels in a non-governmental or similar institutional setting.
  • Experience and skills in project management and research, working effectively with policy makers, government, donors and civil society.
  • Experience working with communities and knowledge of Kenya especially the government and political systems.
  • Experience in managing a team, including recruitment, performance management.
  • Proven experience in working in complex, dispersed organizations with evidence of facilitating and integrating a specific area of expertise across a wide network, contributing to vision setting and implementation with impact, some level of decision-making and the delivery of agreed results.
  • Strong organizational and personal management skills, with ability to prioritize work issues to meet deadlines with minimal supervision and adjust to constantly changing situations while maintaining focus on delivery and follow-through.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing partners including effective oversight and capacity building as well as mobilizing and organizing marginalized communities and groups to influence positive change in their lives.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and working with researchers and consultants including developing strong terms of reference and effective supervision.


  • Self-Awareness: Ability to develop a high degree of self-awareness around own strengths and weaknesses and impact on others.
  • Agility, complexity and ambiguity: Ability to scan the environment, anticipate changes, are comfortable with lack of clarity and deal with a large number of elements interacting in diverse and unpredictable ways.
  • Mutual accountability: Ability to explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our organizational values.

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