Project Officer, US Program (Oxfam)

Oxfam America 

Title:                           

Project Officer, US Program

Location:                    

Boston, MA

Reports to:                 

Deputy Director, US Program

Duration:                    

Half-time, 8 months (August 2016-March 2017)

PURPOSE OF POSITION:  

In coordination with Oxfam colleagues, the Project Officer for the US Program supports grantmaking and partner support, desktop research for planning purposes, strategic planning, and MEL systems.

COORDINATES WITH:  

US Program Deputy Director, Director and program staff.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assists program staff in grantmaking and provides support to partners as appropriate. This includes reviewing grant applications for quality control, managing grants in CCGT and obtaining and reviewing partner reports.
  • Conducts desktop scoping and issue research to support program planning.
  • Supports strategic planning, including monitoring, evaluation and learning systems, for programs and campaigns in alignment with Oxfam America’s program approach.
  • Gathers and analyzes monitoring and reporting data for evaluation and learning purposes.
  • Produces key written reports of program activities and impact for internal and external purposes, as needed.
  • Coordinates with US Program’s Senior Research Advisor on external program impact evaluations.
  • Organizes team processes for planning, internal learning/evaluation and teambuilding for USRO staff.
  • Maintains a library of US Program learning documents.
  • Ensures that learning generated through evaluation systems is well integrated into ongoing as well as new program development.
  • Supports the integration of gender issues into US Program plans with research and planning support. 
  • Manages smaller projects including event planning, retreat planning, materials production, off-site meetings, etc. as needed. 
  • Undertakes other projects as appropriate and as directed by the Deputy Director.

EXPECTATIONS FOR THE POSITION

  • Has an understanding of gender equity and diversity within key areas of responsibility and a commitment to promoting gender equity and diversity in our workplace and programs.
    • Stays abreast of professional standards, trends, and issues affecting this set of responsibilities; demonstrates continuous learning of the field.
    • Works effectively and collaboratively in support of building a team-based culture of work.
    • Performs all duties appropriately for a multi-cultural environment, treating all persons with dignity and respect.
    • Commitment to Oxfam America’s mission and goals.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required
Education
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a social science or other relevant field.
 
Experience and Skills

  • Three to five years’ experience with grantmaking, program implementation or monitoring/evaluation/learning systems for domestic rights-based social/economic justice programs.
  • Strong desktop research skills.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Strong group facilitation skills.
  • Highly organized with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced working environment.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting with Oxfam staff and partner organizations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills essential.

 Core Competencies:

  • Substantial rights-based program planning, implementation and/or evaluation experience.
  • Strong English language written and verbal communication skills.
  • Comprehensive computer skills; fully conversant with Microsoft Office software.
  • Leadership and meeting facilitation skills.
  • Ability and aptitude to learn quickly.

 Preferred

  • Demonstrated interest and understanding of the causes of poverty, exclusion and social change processes.

Exempt / Boston Union / Band F