Oxfam Purpose: To work with others to find lasting solutions to poverty and suffering.
Oxfam has adopted an ambitious new resource mobilisation strategy that seeks to grow income by 10% and build new strategic donor partnerships through 2015. One of the key pillars of our new strategy is to increase our investment in mobilising resources for long-term development, advocacy, and campaigning programmes, which currently accounts for less than 30% of our total income from institutional donors. To achieve our vision of more balanced income portfolio, Oxfam has created a new, senior position within the Programme Funding Department to drive our new imperative to generate more predictable income for long-term development programmes.
The principal role of the Development Funding Manager is to develop and implement strategies to grow income from the world's leading institutional donors in order to support Oxfam's development programmes, which in turn contributes to an overall organisational resource mobilisation strategy.
The Development Funding Manager will be responsible for leading a team of funding staff who focus on three types of institutional donors - namely, bilateral government donors, multilateral development agencies, and international foundations. The manager will help this team build effective donor partnerships by delivering clear engagement strategies, by ensuring good proposal development processes, and by ensuring that Oxfam fulfils its donor commitments through robust contract management.
A seasoned programme funding specialist with a track record of success, the Development Funding Manager will bring innovation, strategic vision, and a passion for resourcing long-term solutions to poverty and injustice. The incumbent will be a team player who can work across different departments and levels within Oxfam; who can inspire and lead a team of managers and funding staff; and who has firm understanding not only of long-term development programming, but also the external donor environment and relationship management.
The incumbent will be expected to work within Oxfam GB and across the confederation of OI affiliates in achieving income growth. The incumbent will be expected to provide leadership and support to a team of 10-15 funding staff; provide line management support to three funding managers; serve on the executive management team of the department; and deputise for the Head of Department when necessary. Some travel will be required to donor agency headquarters and country programmes outside of the United Kingdom equivalent to approximately 4 weeks per annum.
Line management responsibilities
Responsible for line management of four funding managers responsible for specific donor accounts and teams: European Union development; bilateral governments; multilateral agencies; and international foundations.
Overview manager for 10-15 members of four sub - teams.
Responsible for travel, training, and staff development budgets for team
Responsible for administration of Strategic Opportunities Fund
Contributes to development and management of departmental budget.
Responsible for increasing predictable programme funding for long-term development programmes.
Serves as one of four deputies to the Head of Department.
Serves on the management team of the Programme Funding Department (PFD) contributing towards the department's strategic direction, budget, and annual work plans.
Provides leadership in proposal development for global and multi-country programmes, particularly those managed centrally out of Oxfam House.
Provides leadership in the design, coordination, and delivery of agreed strategies and plans.
Provides specialist advice, knowledge and skills on long-term development funding.
Management tasks are complex, not routine, and involve high degree of specialisation.
Significant responsibilities for external stakeholder engagement (institutional donors) at a high level.
Significant responsibilities for diversification and strengthening of institutional donor income streams.
Decision-making requires significant levels of judgement based on technical knowledge and experience.
Operates and makes decisions in a consultative manner with direct line reports and Head of Department.
Works across the global programme funding function to ensure coherence, consistency and quality in fundraising efforts and results.
Strategic level engagement with OI affiliates and other partner agencies on proposal development, funding opportunities, and donor strategies.
Fosters effective working relationships between Programme Funding Department and other stakeholders in the funding process including Programme Peformance & Accountability Team (PPAT), Programme Policy Team (PPT) and Campaigns & Policy Division (CPD).
Team management and leadership - The Development Funding Manager will offer leadership and support to a team of funding managers responsible for achieving income and partnerships objectives with bilateral donors, multilateral agencies, and international foundations. The team leader will be responsible for ensuring that there are thematic focal points for strategic themes; account managers for key institutional donors; and focal points for engagement with other Oxfam departments or teams to facilitate good cross-team collaboration.
Resource mobilisation strategies - The Development Funding Manager will lead the design and implementation of resource mobilisation strategies intended to grow income and partnerships from institutional donors. These strategies will cover a wide spectrum, including but not limited to an overall strategy for funding Oxfam's long-term development work; bespoke strategies for specific thematic programme areas; and donor strategies for each of Oxfam's key accounts. The incumbent will help contribute to our departmental objective of diversifying our donors and agile use of different funding mechanisms (including grants, tenders, and strategic flexible finance).
Strategic donor engagement - The Development Funding Manager is responsible for managing and building Oxfam's relationships with donor representatives. The incumbent will ensure that members of the team pro-actively engages on a strategic basis with institutional donors at a corporate level in order to exchange technical programme information, influence policy and thinking, and identify areas of potential cooperation, including programme funding.
New business development - The Development Funding Manager will ensure that the team pro-actively identifies, researches, monitors, and engages new institutional donors and funding opportunities in a systematic manner in pursuit of funding for long-term development programmes.
Proposal development - The Development Funding Manager will take a leadership role in ensuring high quality proposals are prepared and effective bid development are utilised; will prioritise proposal development for global, multi-country, or large complex opportunities; and will ensure that teams are supported and resourced in bid development processes. The incumbent will ensure that a regular schedule is maintained of forthcoming calls, opportunities, and proposal development deployments within the team.
Donor compliance - The Development Funding Manager will ensure that the team responds to donor requests in a timely manner; initiates and negotiates grant agreements and renewals; and provides advice and support on donor compliance and contract management.
Skills and Competence
Proven track record in successful resource mobilisation at scale with bilateral donors, multilateral agencies, and private foundations for an international agency like Oxfam (Essential)
Demonstrated ability to devise and implement resource mobilisation strategies (Essential).
Proven track record of delivering donor reports and proposals to a high standard within deadlines (Essential).
Success in development partnerships with existing and new donor agencies (Essential).
Strong networking, representational, and negotiation skills are essential (Essential).
Good familiarity with government decision-making processes, both political and technical, including budget processes, appropriation, protocols, and communications (Desirable).
Demonstrated track record of excellence in achieving measurable results through management of processes, teams, or projects (Essential).
Proven ability to manage and work effectively with others in a team (Essential).
Proven ability to utilise talent and expertise of team members to achieve objectives (Desirable).
Superior verbal and written communications skills in English with ability to analyse and synthesise complex issues (Essential).
Additional language skills (Desirable).
Good knowledge and awareness of issues related to Oxfam's strategic objectives and theories of change (Desirable).
High degree of discretion, tact, and sensitivity in dealing with internal and external clients and stakeholders at all levels (Essential).
Strong proven ability to identify and articulate strategic and policy issues through effective oral and written briefs (Essential).
Demonstrated ability to work across institutional boundaries, business units, partners, and teams in an effective and productive way (Essential).
Good financial literacy required including experience in designing, reviewing, and managing project budgets (Essential).
Ability to adapt and work within a multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary environment is essential (Essential).
Ability to make effective, timely decisions and take prudent risks (Desirable).
Experience of capacity building in relation to programme funding or related field (Desirable).
Excellent computer skills, including various office applications and internet navigation (Essential).
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