Ended EFSVL Capacity Builder Team Leader

The Job


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Shaping a stronger Oxfam for people living in poverty


Oxfam is a global movement of people who won’t live with the injustice of poverty. Together we save and rebuild lives in disasters. We help people build better lives for themselves. We speak out on the big issues that keep people poor, like inequality, discrimination against women and climate change. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can live without poverty. Oxfam’s work in the MENA region covers 11 countries, including Yemen.


To actively support the implementation of Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods (EFSL) activities for the Yemen crisis response.


To provide technical leadership to enhance the capacity and the confidence of EFSVL field teams implementing the emergency food security and livelihood interventions, including market-based ones as cash grant and cash- for-work projects. As security and access improve, to provide technical guidance and support for EFSVL recovery with a resilience approach. Collaborate strictly with the Program Quality team ensuring EFSVL technical backstopping, and WASH and Gender and Protection teams to meet multiple humanitarian needs.


Location:Yemen with frequent travel to programme sites and offices.

Our package: Internal Grade:

Competitive salary package. C2

Contract type: One-year Fixed Term Renewable

This role reports to:    EFSVL Program Coordinator

Staff reporting to this post:    EFSVL Team Leader

Annual budget for the post:  No direct budget responsibility, except for advocacy components within specific programmes.

Key relationships/interactions: Key relationships/interactions: Yemen Senior Management Team, Programme Managers, Technical Leads, Gender and Protection staff, Funding/Business Development Manager, WASH colleagues regionally (MENA) and globally (at OI secretariat and affiliate levels).

Screening checks:  All successful candidates will be screened through Refinitiv World-Check One to comply with counter terrorism and financial sanctions regulations.


  • Through discussions during performance management, based on capacity building needs assessments and in close collaboration with the EFSVL coordinator - Design and tailor a clear EFSVL Capacity Building plan according to EFSVL Country Strategy, programmes priorities and different team members’ needs (ToT and ToF to cascade knowledge could also be used) and do the same exercise with OXFAM’s partners;
  • To lead the EFSVL programme in areas where Oxfam is responding to a humanitarian crisis, in line with Oxfam policy and agreed standards (as per approved project plans). This includes undertaking rapid needs assessments, scoping, designing, implementing and monitoring the EFSVL programme;
  • Along with the EFSVL Co-ordinator, play a strong leadership role within the EFSVL team in area of response, managing an EFSVL team and working closely with Partner staff, where applicable. This includes:
  • Ensuring the EFSVL team are working closely and proactively with the MEAL, logistics and finance teams and adhering to required procedures in implementing program activities on a timely, transparent and accountable manner.
  • Managing, supporting, coordinating and appraising EFSVL staff appropriately, effectively and according to policy and procedures to increase understanding and build capacity on livelihoods and food security issues within the team and with partners where necessary.
  • To work with teams to develop clear, realistic and achievable workplans for EFSVL interventions.
  • To lead food security and livelihoods and market assessments;
  • To prepare Concept Notes and draft proposals for funding as required;
  • To prepare Sitreps, interim and other reports (e.g.: Interim, final, Weekly Market Monitoring, etc);
  • To continuously scan/assess the context and adapt the programme and team composition as required by the context, security aspect always prioritized;
  • To encourage mainstreaming of gender into livelihoods early recovery programming by increasing knowledge of the staff, community structures and beneficiary communities through trainings/awareness raising activities and incorporating gender data in program monitoring and design;
  • To encourage and support the integration between EFSVL and WASH program activities;
  • To build the capacity of Oxfam and its local partners to conduct needs and market assessments, and design, implement and monitor cash-based interventions;
  • To gather and manage program information effectively, ensuring accurate, easily accessible records maintenance and filing by programme team members;
  • In collaboration with the MEAL team, to monitor the impact of our work on the target beneficiaries, report on output indicators of all aspect of our work and agree on strategy within the programme for monitoring;
  • To coordinate with other agencies, particularly those undertaking EFSVL programmes including Food Distributions, UTC, CfW, Vouchers, etc;
  • In coordination with Management, to represent Oxfam in Cluster meetings and in meetings with government or other NGOs;
  • To prepare situation reports and other project progress reports as required;
  • To contribute in preparing final report for donors and prepare operational report for Oxfam;
  • To continue with the work of capacity building to the community structures;
  • To take on any roles assigned as agreed with the PM and EFSVL Coordinator, in line with Oxfam Goals;


  • Required to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and      values as well as the promotion of gender justice and women's rights
  • Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing principles.


  • A suitable qualification in the relevant field of food security and livelihoods (Agriculture Economics, Economics, Community development, etc);
  • Minimum of at least four (4) years in relief and /or development work with INGO / NGO/ or Government, and knowledge and experience of work in EFSL interventions, including market based and cash transfer programmes (vouchers included), Experience of in kind food or other items distributions;
  • Proven experience in designing, implementing and monitoring UTC, CfW and Voucher programmes. This includes designing all necessary formats and training staff in the implementing CTP;
  • Proven experience in post distribution monitoring and price monitoring. EMMA knowledge is a plus;
  • Experience and knowledge of Livelihood asset protection and recovery activities in emergency and post- emergency situations;
  • Good understanding of Resilience building approaches and experience in building resiliency through livelihoods activities;
  • Strong leadership and management skills and ability to work and build a good team and team spirit. Strong mentoring and capacity building skills. Ability to work autonomously with minimum supervision;
  • Ability to be flexible, adaptive and responsive to a continuously changing environment.
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills;
  • Strong commitment to social justice, promoting gender awareness and equality;
  • Good communicator in English - both written and oral as well as a good listener;
  • Good community participation skills - PRA and other methodologies, good negotiating capacities;
  • Already worked in conflict zone and complex crisis areas, able to work and deliver under stress;
  • Strong project cycle skills: assessments, design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and strategic planning;
  • Financial monitoring skills;
  • Proven computer competence and conversant with data management (spreadsheets);
  • Ability to work effectively in a culturally diverse organisation. Previous experience of Yemen or other areas in Middle East is preferred, but not essential;
  • Preferably Arabic Speaker;
  • Preferably already HEAT trained (security training);
  • Good sense of humour;

Organisational Values

  • Accountability – Our purpose-driven, results-focused approach means we take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions
  • Empowerment – Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen
  • Inclusiveness – We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences

Note to candidates: Shortlisted candidates will be assessed on our organisational values and attributes at the interview stage. The successful candidate(s) will be expected to adhere to our code of conduct. We encourage candidates to read and understand our code of conduct here.





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 organization 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.

Relationship Building

We understand the importance of building relationship, within and outside the organization. We have the ability to engage with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in ways that lead to increased impact for the organization.


We are good listeners who can see where deeper levels of thoughts and tacit assumptions differ. Our messages to others are clear, and consider different preferences.

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.

Systems Thinking

We view problems as parts of an overall system and in their relation to the whole system, rather than reacting to a specific part, outcome or event in isolation. We focus on cyclical rather than linear cause and effect. By consistently practicing systems thinking we are aware of and manage well unintended consequences of organizational decisions and actions.

Strategic Thinking and Judgment

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

Vision Setting

We have the ability to identify and lead visionary initiatives that are beneficial for our organization and we set high-level direction through a visioning process that engages the organization and diverse external stakeholders.


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.


We all work to effectively empower and enable others to deliver the organizations goals through creating conditions of success. We passionately invest in others by developing their careers, not only their skills for the job. We provide freedom; demonstrate belief and trust provide appropriate support. We give more freedom and demonstrate belief and trust, underpinned with appropriate support.

How to Apply

As part of your online application, please upload your up to date CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile:


  • Employer: Oxfam
  • Category: Development/Non-Profit
  • Location: Sana'a
  • Posted on: 8 January 2020
  • Deadline: 22 January 2020