Oxfam: INGO Forum Director

The INGO Forum is a growing association with a current membership of over 100 humanitarian and development- oriented international NGOs operating in Myanmar. Founded in late 2007, the INGO Forum functions as a platform for  coordination,  strategic  discussions,  development  of  common  strategies,  and  provides  an  opportunity  for collective analysis and mutual learning between INGOs. The INGO Forum also aims at coordination with local NGOs and civil society groups, UN agencies, donors on operational humanitarian/development mat ters. INGO Forum is currently hosted by Oxfam.

Oxfam is a leading International NGO with a worldwide reputation for excellence and over 70 years of experience. It’s not unfortunate that people live in poverty. With enough wealth in this world to go around it’s unjustifiable. It’s not just their problem. It’s ours too. Our humanitarian, development and campaigning projects change lives around the world, and with the right support, we can beat poverty and injustice. Thousands of people already commit their time and talents to our campaigning, humanitarian and long-term development projects. Now we’re looking for yours.

Employment term:                          Fixed – Term (2 years)

Report to:                                        Country Director

What we offer:                                Respectful and empowered working environment, Life insurance, Medical+ dental + optical benefits, Competitive salary and Career advancement opportunities, Generous leave entitlement


   Representation and Leadership
    Represent (as mandated by the Steering Committee) the Forum at key meetings with the Diplomatic community, Donors, UN, government, NGO and INGO coordination platforms in-country, and globally with  ICVA, InterAction  and  other  external  stakeholders.  Ensure  consultation  with  and  feedback  to Members.
    Ensure representation of INGOs in high-level multi-stakeholder bodies including HCT, donor meetings, government Sector Working Groups, and other leadership bodies, etc. Ensure consultation with and feedback to members.
    Ensure that all relevant parties are kept informed of INGO Forum activities as appropriate and where appropriate inform the Steering Committee about strategic trends and developments that are of relevance to the Forum Members and their engagement with external stakeholders.
    Provide advisory services reflecting INGO perspectives to organisations, diplomatic and UN missions, agencies, academic institutions and others both inside and outside Myanmar.
    Ensure   external   communication   for   the   INGO   Forum:   common   positioning,   dissemination   of information/statements.
      Represent INGO Forum in Forum’s donor relations with support of Steering Committee if required.

   Strategic Planning, Policy and Advocacy
      Advise and provide recommendations on INGO Forum strategy, policy and advocacy. 
    Oversee implementation of the INGO Forum Strategy and lead on revision process. Engage on different key policy issues raised by the Government, donors and the UN.
      Support joint advocacy initiatives and efforts. Oversee the revision and implementation of INGO Forum
Advocacy Strategy.
    Ensure active engagement of INGO Forum in advocacy activities that are coordinated with UN and donor strategies and policies. Pro-actively contribute to strategic discussions and operational issues with regards to humanitarian/development space in Myanmar.
    Reduce duplication of efforts within the aid community and enhance linkages and structured interaction with relevant coordination fora (incl. Humanitarian Country Team, Humanitarian Advocacy Coordination Group, MIMU Advisory Board, Cooperation Partners Group, Sector Working Groups).
      Oversee or commission background research, policy analysis, and consultation to draft common INGO
messages and talking points, position and policy papers, and other advocacy documents.

   Organizational and Coordination of Meetings
      Organise and ensure the facilitation and documentation of regular INGO Forum meetings.
    Oversee the organization of ad-hoc INGO Forum meetings and thematic meetings, working groups, ad hoc meetings with NGOs, donors, UN, ensure their strategic value
      Organize and ensure the facilitation of the Steering Committee meetings. Report to and inform the SC
about his/her activities, outcomes, finances and HR, etc.
    Participate  as  appropriate  in  coordination  meetings  (or  delegate  participation)  if  requested  by  other stakeholders, such as UN, Government, and donors, and feedback information to the Membership.

   Secretariat Managment
1.    HR Management of Secretariat staff:
      Identify staffing needs.
      Recruitment: Develop TORs, short-listing, and interviewing (with support of Steering Committee for
Senior and International staff).
    Team management: Provide leadership and direction for Secretariat and management and coaching of staff.
    Supervision: Work with staff to produce and shape work plans, personal development plans, performance appraisals and identify capacity building needs.

2.    Financial Management and Project Management (in cooperation with Host Agency and Finance Officer):
      Oversee budget management (strategic budget preparations, review, reporting).
      Oversee grant management and financial and narrative reporting.
      Oversee fundraising, proposals development and donor relations for the Secretariat.

3.    Membership Management and information sharing (with other Secretariat Staff):
    Ensure members are receiving necessary briefings on the function, role and structure of the INGO Forum.
      Ensure transparent management of membership fees.
      Oversee membership application and registration process.
      Oversee information sharing in an inclusive and transparent way with all Members.
    Facilitate transparent elections process for INGO Forum Representatives to Steering Committee and other representational bodies.

4.    Leadership and organizational development:
      Coordination of Steering Committee.
      Provide strategic and technical guidance to the Steering Committee.
      Submit regular reports on achieved outcomes, financial overviews etc to the Steering Committee.
      Advise on organizational ways forward for INGO Forum.
      Design and lead implementation of INGO Forum work plan and consequent budgets for approval to SC.
      Ensure smooth working relationship between Secretariat and Host Agency.


Required qualifications
    Master’s degree in development studies, humanitarian affairs, public policy, international relations, political science, development, social science, and international law or a related field (or equivalent professional experience.) 
     5-10 years experience in development/humanitarian with at least 3-4 years experience in country program senior management (e.g., country director/head of mission, deputy director/head of programs, chief of party, senior program coordinator, etc.)
     Prior experience with multi-agency and/or humanitarian coordination.  Experience in representation within HCTs, ICCGs, or other humanitarian and development IASC coordination mechanisms, as well as with host governments, diplomatic communities, donors, national civil society, and UN agencies.
     Strong leadership and management skills, including staff management, partner management, financial management and experience in bringing variety of organizations to one common position/understanding.
     Excellent strategic and analytical skills, including ability to synthesize and effectively communicate complex issues.
     Knowledge and understanding of the UN system, humanitarian coordination architecture, and humanitarian principles.
     Diplomatic  and  inter-personal  skills,  ability  to  build  positive  relationships  in  a  multi-cultural,  multi- organizational context.
     Experience developing or managing humanitarian policy analysis and advocacy.
     Fluency in written and spoken English. Myanmar language is an asset.

Desirable qualifications
     Previous experience with directly coordinating NGO/INGO networks or sectors/clusters strongly preferred.
     Editorial and presentation abilities highly valued.
     Experience working in Myanmar or other countries in Southeast Asia.
     Experience working in post-conflict or transitional contexts with humanitarian, development and peace- building portfolios.

Closing date:                                   23rd April 2017, 5:00 PM

How to apply:                                 Please state applied position in email subject line and send CV and cover letter to Human Resources Department through  myanmarhr@oxfam.org.uk


Oxfam office, No. 34, Corner of Aung Taw Mu Street and Golden Hill Avenue
Street, Golden Valley Ward 2, Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar. Phone: +95 (0)1 539986, 539987, 539958, 539189 and 504918

Detail and complete job profile is available upon request.
We regret that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Oxfam is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. We welcome and encourage applications from women, minority and underrepresented groups.

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