Humanitarian Program Manager

Kampala, Uganda

Oxfam in Uganda started work in the 1960s delivering development and humanitarian support as part of the Oxfam confederation, , a global movement of people fighting to end inequality and injustice. We tackle the inequalities that make and keep people poor, We save and protect people’s lives in times of crisis. We work with people to build their resilience and rebuild their livelihoods. We enable vulnerable people’s voices to be heard and campaign for genuine, durable change. Oxfam in Uganda is searching for qualified, aligned and competent candidates to join our team in making a difference in the lives of millions of communities. We are currently seeking  to fill the position of Humanitarian Program Manager.

Annual Salary and Benefits              -

As per Oxfam Novib Policy provisions

Internal Job Grade                      -

C1 (National)

Contract type                              -

Fixed Term (contract length – 12 months)


Reporting to                               -

Head of Programs & Influencing

Staff reporting to this post        -

WASH Coordinator, DRM Coordinator, National EFSVL Coordinator,  Area Managers, Peace Building Coordinator,  Local Humanitarian Leadership (LHL) and Policy Influencing Coordinator


Shaping a stronger Oxfam for people living in poverty.

Role Purpose

Is responsible for the strategic development and management of the humanitarian program and contribute to the nexus programming. Supports Oxfam’s humanitarian impact locally, regionally, continentally and globally through ensuring program alignment to the key strategic objectives and program standards. Supports resource mobilisation for humanitarian/ resilience elements of the strategy

Key Responsibilities

Humanitarian thought leadership                                                                30%                                                                

  • Provide thought leadership on the Humanterian Preparednes and response thematic area, staying up to date with the latest thinking, undertake/lead hazard, vulnerability and capacity as well as emergency needs assessments and resilience research; and spend time in reflective consideration to develop a comprehensive understanding of humanitarian work and how this contributes to addressing inequality and injustice in Uganda.
  • Ensure planning and delivery of an impactful partner led humanitarian program that contributes to the principle of one program and Nexus programming  in Uganda, seeking synergy with the other themes (Resilient livelihoods; Governance & accountability, Gender Justice and Women’s Rights ) and addressing women’s and other vulnerable person’s rights
  • Work with DRR/CCA and other humanitarian related coalitions and networks to influence national, regional and international Actors’ policies and practices  on resilience, climate change and humanitarian work.  This will involve adopting a strategic, proactive perspective to save life and ensure sustainable change. 
  • Provide technical and guidance and support to the LHL & Policy Influencing Coordinator on  shaping the LHL agenda for Oxfam in Uganda
  • Gather evidence to feed into the Oxfam regional and global ‘saving lives work, Rights in Crisis (RiC) Campaign including influencing regional actors to secure peace and security in the region.

Program support and facilitation                                                                      10%

  • Work closely with the Head of Program,  the Program Quality & Learning Co-ordinator to ensure an appropriate, effective and transparent Program Quality & learning system and  that  processes are in place for the humanitarian program to deliver on the CSF.  Through this, enable and facilitate other humanitarian actors to learn from best practice and Oxfam standards demonstrated through humanitarian work
  • Work closely with the Head of Program, Human Resources Manager and Security Focal Person/Logs Coordinator to ensure an appropriate risk and security management framework for program, staff and assets. This also involves supporting training for staff and partners on security/risk management and safety
  • Work closely with Finance and Operations Manager to ensure all humanitarian finance and other resources are efficiently managed and all pertinent donor requirements are strictly observed.
  • Work closely with Grants and Contracts Coordinator to  ensure timely donor reporting


Partner Capacity building and relationship management                                20%

  • Lead initiatives to build humanitarian preparedness and response delivery capacities of identified partner agencies and communities in disaster prone areas in the country.
  • Coordinate with and maintain relationships with national and local government structures responsible for disaster management (OPM, and DDMCs).
  • Provide technical support and guidance to the development and sustainability of established regional and national Humanitarian Platforms for local actors
  • Work with LHL and Policy influencing Coordinator  and the Refugee Engagement and Participation Coordinator to continue building on the lessons learnt from the Refugee Led Organisations and the localisation initiatives implemented to identify opportunities for strengthening LHAs  and  integration of LHL into ongoing initiatives


Program management and resource mobilisation                                           30%

  • Lead the process of assessment, program design and resourcing, preparation of concept notes and support to proposal writing for emergencies requiring scale-up or especially sensitive response.  To deliver this, the Humanitarian Manager will work in a consultation with the Head of Program, the Country Director and the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator,
  • In coordination with the country management team and the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator, ensure that Oxfam and its partners has the necessary capacity to meet the management, logistical and technical requirements of any humanitarian programme undertaken and to ensure effective coordination of Oxfam’s response with all stakeholders, including the government of Uganda’s response mechanisms
  • Work with the Program Funding Manager on effective resources mobilisation for the humanitarian program objectives through  the development of emergency assistance  appeals and donor fundable Preparedness, resilience and recovery concepts/proposals; supporting  submissions and other necessary activities
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and review of security management and lead contingency planning in line with Confederation standards, policies and procedures
  • Effectively manage humanitarian program budgets, emergency supply pipelines and utilisation of contingency stocks
  • Work closely with the Media & Communications Officer  in ensuring effective documentation, information sharing and publicity of humanitarian work including, preparation of sitreps, briefings, media engagements, online materials etc


People management and team leadership                                                        10%

  • Support recruitments of Humanitarian staff, ensuring alignment with the thematic capacity needs
  • Manage humanitarian response and DRM teams, consultants and researchers as required, in accordance with Oxfam values, policies and procedures, particularly safeguarding.
  • Ensure teams exhibit a high level of competencies in accordance with applicable humanitarian principles and standards


Qualifications, Technical Skills, Experience & Knowledge

  • A Master’s Degree in a relevant field including Social Work & Social  Administration, Public Health, Comprehensive knowledge and experience of implementing  humanitarian and resilience programs in  the field of WASH, Food security and livelihoods (EFSVL) and Protection, with solid understanding of the relevant issues derived from field practice
  • Strong emergency program management knowledge with ability to ensure consistent quality against international humanitarian and Oxfam standards
  • Knowledge on Early Warning Systems (EWS) based on sound local and global contextual analysis and international benchmarks
  • A thorough understanding of Ugandan Political Context and the Government Policies on Disaster Preparedness and Response as well as DRR and Climate Change Adaptation strategies.  Additionally, a good knowledge of the functionality of relevant disaster management structures and other key Institutions at national and sub-national levels
  • 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 influence humanitarian actions
  • Coordination and facilitation of advocacy and campaign strategies and plans development and successfully achieving external impact and change. Reasonable experience in undertaking media presentations  
  • Good knowledge of and experience with donor funding environment and good financial management skills, with experience of project budgeting and control of financial risks
  • Proven humanitarian program management experience of over 10 years at a strategic and operational levels in a complex environment  involving provision of  clarity and focus of vision and impact and decision making and the delivery of agreed results 
  • Political  alertness to changes in the humanitarian context with high impact influencing and persuasive skills and personal gravitas to gain respect and build and maintain strong, credible relationships, with internal and external stakeholders at all levels 
  • Sufficient exposure to the development and implementation of early warning systems (EWS) and coordination with relevant Government structures on disaster management.
  • Strong organisational and personal management skills
  • Excellent personal communication skills
  • A high level of self-awareness, initiative, sound judgement, personal energy and flexibility

Key Behavioural Competencies




We are comfortable to make transparent decisions and to adapt decision making modes to the context and needs.


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.


We put ‘we’ before ‘me’ and place an emphasis on the power of the collective, nurture the team and play to the strengths of each individual. We are not concerned with hierarchical power, and we engage with, trust and value the knowledge and expertise of others across all levels of the organization.

Mutual Accountability

We can explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our organizational values.  We are ready to be held to account for what we do and how we behave, as we are also holding others to account in a consistent manner.

Agility, Complexity, and Ambiguity

We 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.

Strategic Thinking and Judgment

We use judgment, weighing risk against the imperative to act. We make decisions consistent with organizational strategies and values.


We are 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 behaviors to control and channel our impulses for good purposes.


Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

Deadline: August 16, 2023