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GREEN Climate Resilient-SDHS Project Manager

Date:  09-Nov-2022

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. We are an international confederation of 21 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. Oxfam Novib as the Dutch affiliate is working in its programs to ensure an EQUAL, SAFE, FAIR and GREEN society. In our GREEN Climate Resilience Unit, we are currently recruiting for the Sowing Diversity = Harvesting Security (SD=HS) Program the position of a:



Oxfam Novib

Location The Hague, Full-time



General Information:

Duty station: The Hague, The Netherlands

Working hours: 36 hours per week

Salary scale: Scale 10

Reports to: Climate Resilience Goal Unit manager

Application deadline: 29 November 2022

Starting date: Preferably January 1st 2023 and latest March 1st 2023,


Description of the Unit:   

The climate and biodiversity crises are heavily affecting rural communities that depend on rain-fed agriculture; they are undermining local (and global) food and seed systems. Some 500 million smallholder farmers and indigenous communities feed 90 percent of the population in the developing world. When their crops fail, millions go hungry. They are on the frontline of climate change, living in some of the most vulnerable landscapes and relying on natural resources for their livelihoods. We will support local solutions to conserve and use agrobiodiversity to adapt the food & production systems of rural communities and indigenous people to a new climate; and rehabilitate land and natural resources within ecological boundaries. We dream of landscapes being governed by climate resilient and empowered communities. Our programs and partners support local communities to thrive, find local solutions, achieve food security, manage diverse natural resources sustainably and adapt to climate change. Together we keep governments and the private sector accountable for their impact on climate change and biodiversity.


Description of the program and the role: 

The SIDA funded Sowing Diversity=Harvesting Security (SD=HS) program aims to support smallholder farmers – men, women, and youth – to have the capacity to access, develop and use plant genetic resources to improve their food and nutrition security, in a context of climate change.  The program has 4 key areas of work: 1) farmers' crop improvement and adaptation, 2) farmer seed enterprises, 3) nutrition and local food plants and 4) an enabling policy environment.

SD=HS is implemented in eight countries: Guatemala, Laos PDR, Nepal, Peru, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia & Zimbabwe, and China. It is now in its second phase, which will end December 2023. The program is coordinated by a Project Management Unit (the Global Team) based in The Hague, managed by a project manager. The aim is to expand to new countries and new multiple actors, as well as to diversify the donor base. A key role for the Global team will be to develop a new and innovative 3rd phase based on the SD=HS foundations, in collaboration with the related GREEN climate change campaign project, both funded by the Swedish Government in a co-creation process with Alliances, country offices and partner organisations.

The project manager provides the overall steer to the program, manages the PMU, oversees implementation of plans, and facilitates development of a new phase of the program, in cooperation with Oxfam colleagues, alliances, country offices and partner organizations.   The Project Manager provides the overall steer to the PMU (global SD=HS project team). The team consists of:

  • Project Officers, (senior) Finance Officer, Business Developer, Communications Officer.
  • Thematic Policy Advisors, a Scientific Advisor and a Knowledge, Monitoring and Learning officer.
  • Project & Finance Managers in eight Oxfam country offices.
  • Relevant Technical Advisors and Consultants around the world.


 Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • You coordinate program implementation and ensure delivery of outcomes and targets as agreed with the back donors. You will achieve this by facilitating planning processes, monitoring the progress on outputs, outcomes, and quality of the project, identifying risks, problems, opportunities, and exceptions, and you will propose, coordinate, and implement solutions.
  • You are accountable for the budget of the grant and to ensure timely expenditures and quality reporting and (financial) administration according to Oxfam and donor standards.
  • You project manage the PMU (the SD=HS global team). You are responsible for the quality, timeliness, and efficiency of the work of the team (mostly) in The Hague and ensure clear procedures, clear ways of working, roles & responsibilities, conducive working environment, including in equal relation with Oxfam offices and partner organizations, involved in program implementation.
  • You are responsible for the delivery of the agreed knowledge and communication products and the synergy between the (temporarily assigned) advisors and the fixed project staff team
  • You project manage the SD=HS team, to deliver on their tasks and assignments, hold them accountable for delivery of their contributions to the current project and possible future related grants. The line-management for the thematic staff is taken care of by the GREEN Climate Resilience Manager, or other Unit managers related to finances, administration, compliance, business development, MEL, or communication.  
  • You ensure good communication within the project team, and with Oxfam country offices, partner organizations, the project beneficiaries, and other stakeholders. You ensure that youth and women leadership, as well as local partner organizations, are involved through all steps of the project development and implementation in a meaningful way and ensure good quality gender analysis and action in the project.
  • You report to the overall Oxfam Novib GREEN Climate Resilience Goal Unit manager and are accountable to the SD=HS steering committee. You represent the SD=HS program in internal and external networks and related initiatives.

You lead on further project development, innovation, and fundraising for the current SD=HS-program and oversee the design of a new, broader, and innovative 3rd phase.  


Required skills and experience for the position:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field required, preferably in agricultural and food systems, Agro-biodiversity, climate change and/or adaptation related fields.
  • Experience in people management, multi-disciplinary teams, specifically in an inter-cultural setting.
  • Strong understanding of agricultural & food systems, especially in the Global South.
  • At least 5 years of experience in managing complex international projects, strategic planning, project design, project cycle, managing professionals and financial management skills, and grant management; preferably on agrobiodiversity, food security in the context of climate change.
  • Sound understanding of monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (MEAL) principles and practice; and practical experience in working with and from a gender perspective.
  • Strong communication and influencing skills, with proven ability to build relationships with a diverse range of local, national, and global stakeholders.
  • Experience and track record in raising funds from international donor agencies.
  • Results-oriented ways of working; experience working in large INGO and ability to work in complex structures (e.g. Matrix management set up)
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, prioritize, meet deadlines, and hold yourself and others to account.
  • Willingness to travel regularly to all countries involved.
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written; Fluency in Dutch and Spanish/French are an asset.
  • Experience of working with partners and with establishing partnerships with national/local actors.
  • Proven experience in representing an organization at the level of local partners, local administration, foreign ministries, and donors at senior level.


What we offer

Oxfam Novib offers a contract of one year (including a one-month probationary period). The position is based in The Hague, The Netherlands. Oxfam is committed to providing a fair and competitive pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors. The position of the Unit Manager corresponds with Project Manager B with grading scale 10 (€3.320,- – €5.109,- gross p.m. based on 36 hours/week). The applicable salary depends on relevant work experience. Benefits typically include annual pay increases, performance-related salary increases, holiday allowance, contributions to commuting costs, vacation days, parental, care and special leave, a private bicycle scheme, pension scheme, etc. Oxfam Novib offers a possibility of hybrid working, combining working from home with working from office.


Application procedure

  • Please apply by submitting your CV and cover letter by 29 November 2022 through the Oxfam Novib portal.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the country they applied for. 
  • This vacancy is posted both internally and externally at the same time, however with equal suitability, the internal candidate will be preferred.
  • Applications from qualified candidates from a diverse cultural background is encouraged, in addition to applications from all gender identities, sexes, sexual orientations, races, colours, religions, abilities, etc.
  • Only applications submitted before the closing date and through our recruitment portal will be considered. Only applicants under serious consideration for this post will be contacted.
  • Oxfam aims to attract a diverse mix of talented people that share our standards, values, principles, and are committed to prevent and eradicate any type of misconduct including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, any other type of misuse of power or lack of integrity and financial misconduct. We are committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. High priority is placed on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us. 
  • 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, or integrity screenings/references relating to misconduct and disciplinary actions in prior employment.
  • An assessment may be part of the recruitment process.
  • For more information about the position, you can contact Gerard Steehouwer ( the Unit Manager of the GREEN climate resilient communities’ team. 


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