Governance Programme Manager



Contract type:  Fixed Term – 3 years (Renewable)

Location: Lilongwe

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

During 2014, Malawi as part of the Confederation wide Oxfam Country Strategy (OCS) process, developed a new country strategy, aligned to the Oxfam Strategic Plan 2013-19 and Oxfam Vision 2020. This OCS is premised on Oxfam playing the roles of convenor and influencer, focusing on power and inequality as underlying causes of poverty in Malawi. The vision of the Malawi program is that “Malawian women, men, boys and girls are more equal, have improved livelihoods and as active citizens have greater influence over the decisions that affect their lives”. This will be achieved through four goals aim to promote active citizenship, guarantee sustainable livelihoods, advance gender justice and respond to humanitarian situations.

The Role

We are looking for a Governance Program Manager who will be responsible for the development of influencing work for the program and the assembling of the resources (human and other) necessary for its delivery.  Provision of leadership for understanding and programming on active citizenship as it relates to other country programs. Specifically, the Governance Programme Manager will be responsible for: Working with local communities to ensure that they are able to influence elected officials to listen to them, are more responsive to their needs, provide quality health services and also ensure that the proceeds from extractives are used for the benefit of all Malawians.

What we are looking for

Relevant academic qualifications, preferably in human rights, law, international development, economics, politics, sociology or humanities, especially at post-graduate level.  Ability to engage and influence both corporate direction, contributing to and following it as appropriate and the ongoing development of program policy and quality to enhance the impact of Oxfam’s work.  Ability to build a people’s movement around Governance and Citizens’ rights and inspire followership.  Proven analytical and conceptual thinking, high level research, project management knowledge and skills and experience using participatory tools and methodologies for assessment, programme identification, implementation, monitoring and evaluation

We offer

This role will give you an opportunity to make a difference in Malawi, to act as key contributor to the GAC project, to work with a group of passionate people that are specialists in their respective fields.  Oxfam will offer a fair pay and competitive benefits package.

This is a challenging opportunity for a dedicated and highly motivated professional, with a strong commitment to Oxfam’s values and beliefs. If you believe you are the candidate we are looking for, please submit your application and CV in English detailing your experience for the post and include daytime telephone contacts using this link: REF INT5485. The closing date: 18th April 2019.


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