Regional Director-Latin America and Caribbean -- Oxfam International

Interviews:   Week beginning 13th October 2014  
Location:   Latin America, preferably Mexico, Peru or Columbia with some
   degree of flexibility
Contract Type:  Fixed Term Contract   
Contract Length:  18 months
Salary & Benefits:  Competitive Salary & Benefits Package depending on location
Purpose of the Job: To shape a stronger Oxfam for people living in poverty.

Oxfam, one of the leading global development organizations, mobilizes the power of people against poverty. We are a diverse confederation of 17 strongly interconnected national affiliates working in over 90 countries, either directly, or with partners to enable transformational change, using a unique combination of long-term development, campaigning and humanitarian programs. In the Latin America Region, the threats to people living in poverty and to human rights are many, varied, and complex.

Latin America and the Caribbean are currently at a crossroads: if, on the one hand, we are witnessing a reduction in poverty and relative economic growth, on the other hand, we view with concern the increased vulnerability of men and women in terms of climate change and food insecurity. There are still enormous disparities between the countries in the region in terms of the size and structure of their economies, levels of vulnerability of their populations, and the degree to which their rights are respected and protected. In spite of the reduction of inequality in some countries, it remains still one of the most unequal regions on the planet. Oxfam's work reviews these challenges, aiming for systemic changes that will address the structural causes of inequality and poverty, seeking, together with our allies and counterparts, to strengthen the realization of rights through active citizenship and effective States – always placing women’s rights at the core of our work.

Oxfam is currently undergoing a period of transformational change that envisions a future where we are a more interdependent network, driven more by knowledge, organized for more simplicity internally and more globally balanced. Oxfam strives to have affiliates in southern countries that can raise their own funds, run their own programs, form their own alliances with local people’s movements, and lobby their own governments and businesses.
In order to help drive and deliver this ambitious vision in Latin America, we are currently seeking an outstanding and distinctive Regional Director. This leader will have demonstrable strategic and creative leadership, management and coordination skills in a network setting, a multi-cultural worldview and understand the systemic challenges and strengths of being a global organization. Excellent communication skills, including fluency in Spanish and English are essential.
Are you the exceptional leader we’re looking for?
The Regional Director will contribute to and implement Oxfam’s Global strategy, by providing vision and strategic direction to all of Oxfam’s work in the Region. This includes Oxfam’s humanitarian responses, long term development program design and implementation, advocacy and policy and influencing. He/She will be responsible and accountable for the strategic direction and effective management of the Region, ensuring development, continued improvement in quality and impact, and effective financial and human resource management in line with Oxfam Policy.
The focus of the Regional Director role will change over time from a management focus to one of increased facilitation and coordination of Oxfam Country programs as they move towards contributing to and shaping the future of Oxfam. This aims to create a stronger Oxfam that is globally coordinated and relevant in every country in which we work.

Oxfam is an equal opportunities employer. We particularly welcome applications from women and those from the global south, as they are under-represented at senior management level.

REGIONAL DIRECTOR JOB DESCRIPTION Reporting to                            - Chair of the Regional Management Group/ OI Global Programs Director. Staff reporting to this post    - Country Directors of Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Colombia, Bolivia, 
                                                 Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti, Cuba, Dominican 
                                                 Republic plus linkages to work by Oxfam Mexico and Brazil
Total Workforce                      - Approximately over 400 staff based over 12 countries Annual Budget                        - Approximately 60m Euros., may vary depending on humanitarian
Purpose of the Job
Contribute to Oxfam’s Global objectives and strategy, by providing vision and strategic direction to all of Oxfam’s work in the Region.
Role Responsibilities and Accountabilities
  • Accountable to the Chair of the Regional Management Group for the leadership, delivery, effective management and monitoring, evaluation and learning of the programs in all countries within the Latin America and Caribbean Region against Oxfam’s Strategic Plan (OSP), 2020 vision and achieving Oxfam standards.
  • Remotely line manages Latin America geographically dispersed Country Directors within Latin America and Caribbean Region. Where applicable, manages Latin America programme staff, budget, assets and funding.
  • Provide vision and strategic leadership support to the Country Directors of Oxfam’s program in the Latin America Region, both directly and through the Country Governance Groups.
  • Working closely with the relevant affiliates involved with in the Region in a number of different ways to ensure the good relationships are maintained in order to develop and deliver all Country and Regional Programs.
  • Responsible for aligning Country Program towards the Oxfam 2020 Vision and enabling Oxfam through major transformational change to shift towards the Affiliate process in countries and region as appropriate.
  • Ensures that the One Oxfam Stakeholder Structure change activity is implemented successfully.
  • Responsible for approving Oxfam Country Strategic plans, fundraising strategies and annual plans and budgets in line with the Oxfam Strategic Plan and having taken on board CGG feedback and views.
  • Represents Oxfam within the Latin America Region and globally. Working with internal and external audiences at the most senior level to influence and inform decision makers at the highest levels, and work collaboratively with leaders in Oxfam and externally, building alliances and networks within the Poverty movement.
  • Ensure that Countries take a One Program Approach in tackling poverty and inequality so that development, campaigning and humanitarian work is strategically aligned and balanced to maximize our impact and influence.
  • Responsible for the development and delivery of all Country and Regional Programs. Ensure that programs are of the highest quality and meet the required standards. Works with the Country Directors to ensure that quality standards are met in the country: for programme, programme management, Human Resources (including but not limited to the Code of Conduct), finance, security, health and safety etc.
  • Ensure that programs are monitored and evaluated. Play an active role in sharing learning with others and drawing on learning from across Oxfam and externally and utilizing the results to inform programme decisions and enhance institutional knowledge.
  • Contribute to the overall leadership of Oxfam, as a member of the Regional Management Group (RMG) to ensure that the voice of the Region is effectively heard, and influences the direction of Oxfam though the contribution and leadership of the Region and organization wide activities.
  • Responsible for anticipating and managing risks that could threaten the organizations reputation, operational viability and security. Responsible for managing security in line with Oxfam Policy.
  • Ensures Latin America is fulfilling agreed standards in disaster preparedness, mitigation and management including humanitarian response activities for Category 1 / 2 / 3 emergencies .
  • Facilitates the provision of Shared Services to countries within Latin America.
Skills, Experience & Knowledge Geographical, Political and Regional Knowledge
  • Understanding and knowledge of the politics, economics and political context within the Region.
  • Ability to manage the development of, and contribute to, the high level analysis of factors driving poverty, inequality and vulnerability in developing country contexts, including the ability to ‘think politically’ by understanding motivations, pressures and challenges faced by colleagues, partners and other actors.
Management and Leadership
  • Significant senior leadership experience of managing and motivating multi-disciplinary, multicultural, geographically remote teams. As well as the development and delivery of large scale impactful long term programme and humanitarian strategy, either with partners or directly, in multiple challenging contexts.
  • Significant experience of leading and managing complex change processes and relationships involving a wide range of both internal and external multi-cultural stakeholders across a variety of disciplines and geographical areas.
  • A high degree of self-awareness and an understanding of how to drive and support excellent team performance and individual development. Act as a role model and demonstrate exceptional leadership in line with Oxfam’s values.
  • Understanding and experience in humanitarian and well as long term development issues ability to include and lead in the further development of programme policy to enhance Oxfam’s work.
  • Committed to maximize our influencing capability across our humanitarian as well as long term development mandate.
  • Track record of managing multiple campaigns/ programs/ humanitarian crisis.
Strategic Analysis
  • Ability to oversee the development of, and contribute to, high level analysis of factors driving poverty, marginalization and vulnerability in developing country contexts, including the ability to ‘think politically’ by understanding motivations, pressures and challenges faced by colleagues, partners and other actors across the Region.
  • Proven analytical skills, able to take and manage calculated risks based on evidence based assumptions. Able to think strategically, to maximize adaptability and agility, encourage forward thinking, new ideas and learning from experience beyond the country program context while acting within a global framework.
  • A track record or driving programme quality improvements through evidence based learning. A focus on outcomes and accountability enabling countries to build on learning and effectively share and manage knowledge within Oxfam and externally.
Finance and Funding
  • Competent financial and asset management experience. Able to of managing multiple budgets of over $60m, mitigating and controlling financial risks – including managing donor funding and relationships, across a large number of countries and programs.
Risk Management
  • Able to take calculated risks based on evidence-based assumptions. Ability to continually access and analyze the external context of the organization enabling the development of realistic strategies to maximize adaptability and agility, encourage future thinking, innovation, new ideas and learning from experience, as well as sound judgment on when to stop as well as start new initiatives.
  • Proven track record of making sound judgments in uncertain and pressurized situations. Including experience of crisis management leadership.
Representation and Communication
  • Proven track record of advocacy, and representation to the highest level including understanding of an experience with media.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to motivate, influence, and negotiate with in a multi-cultural environment which includes decision makers in government, media and pivotal figures in society. Able to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
  • Ability to speak English and French Spanish. and ideally a working knowledge of a local language .
  • Committed to a rights based approach including an active commitment to putting women’s rights at the heart of all we do as well as the rights of other marginalized people in all aspects of an organization’s work.
  • Ability to travel away from home, often to remote program sites within the Region as well as to Global Headquarters, for several weeks per annum.



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