Country Director Algeria/Western Sahara program (m/f/x)

Oxfam, one of the leading global development organizations, mobilizes the power of people against poverty. We are a diverse confederation of 20 strongly interconnected national affiliates working in over 90 countries, either directly, or with partners to enable transformational change, using a unique combination of long-term development, campaigning and humanitarian programs.


The Western Sahara is officially considered a non-self-governing territory in the process of decolonization. It stretches across an area of 266 000 km² between the Atlantic Ocean, Morocco and Mauritania. It is divided in two by the ‘Border Wall’, a sand wall almost 2 700 km long that was built by the Moroccan Government. A large proportion of the Sahrawi population lives in 'Sahrawi refugees camps in Algeria'. The rest lives in the western part of the Territory under Moroccan rule or in the eastern part that is in the hands of the Frente POLISARIO.

Oxfam has been active in the Algerian refugee camps since 1975. Our programme is implemented in close coordination with local partners. Our work focuses on:

  • Providing Food, addressing malnutrition;
  • Supporting youth and grass-root initiatives;
  • Developing social and economic resilience;
  • Developing a strong advocacy strategy in coordination with RiC team to find a fair, sustainable political solution.

Your tasks:

  • You contribute to and implement Oxfam’s Global, Regional and Country Strategy, by providing vision and strategic direction to all of Oxfam’s work in Sahrawi refugees camps in Algeria. This includes Oxfam’s humanitarian responses, long term development programme design and implementation, advocacy and policy and influencing.
  • You are responsible and accountable for the strategic direction and effective management of country programming, ensuring development and adequate funding, continued improvement in quality and positive impact and effective financial and human resource management in line with Oxfam Policy and systems.
  • You  drive/lead the advocacy strategy and advocacy work on WESA and manage risks internally and externally.
  • You line manage the Country Management Team and manage the work in the country which includes: staff, budgets, funding and programme, ensuring that managers in country are in accordance with Oxfam’s policies and procedures, including but not limited to the Code of conduct, Performance Management, Security, Health and Safety/security and safeguarding and local legislation. You ensure that appropriate systems are in place to manage security, financial, and administrative risks in within our programs
  • You take a lead in representing Oxfam and the country programme nationally, regionally and globally; build influential relationships and develop networks for effective change, both internally and externally, and committed to maximizing our influencing capability. In particular, you ensure good relations with internal audiences and external stakeholders including but not limited to government, media, donors, nongovernmental sector and supporters.
  • You are responsible to implement the Oxfam 2020 Vision in country which aims to create a stronger Oxfam that is globally coordinated and relevant in every country in which we work. Aiming to create a future where Oxfam is a more interdependent network, driven more by knowledge, organized for more simplicity internally and more globally balanced.

Your profile:

  • You are an exceptional leader committed to Oxfam values and to the success of the Oxfam programme.
  • Your outstanding analytical skills enable you to constantly adapt to an ever-changing context and to think beyond the country programme context and to act within a regional and global framework.
  • You have significant senior leadership and management experience in the development and delivery of high quality programme, humanitarian and influencing strategy, with and through partners or directly, in one or more challenging locations.
  • You have a track record of leading and motivating multi-disciplinary, geographically remote teams and operations across a number of locations.
  • You have experience of managing safety/security, risk and legal compliance within an INGO context and a demonstrable understanding of humanitarian contexts and application of humanitarian principles. The ability to ‘think politically’ understanding motivations, pressures, power dynamics and challenges faced by colleagues, partners, decision makers and other actors.
  • You have a proven track record of success in representing an international organization with partners, government agencies, private sector organizations, media and donors at senior level; nationally, regionally and globally, a proven track record of success in negotiating humanitarian access, advocacy and influencing with ability to maximize fundraising from diverse institutions, both local and international. You are committed to promote gender equity and the interests of marginalized people in all aspects of your work.
  • You have a good level of IT literacy and understanding of how new developments in technology can positively contribute to the aims of an INGO.
  • You are able to successfully communicate in English and Arabic and/or Spanish and have a good knowledge of French. Ideally you have the ability to work in Arabic.
  • A good Knowledge of this specific context and or MENA region will be a great advantage.

Oxfam can offer you:

  • A temporary full-time contract (2 years)
  • A salary based on Oxfam’s salary scales (depending on relevant experience);
  • Start date: beginning of April 2019.

Are you the person we are looking for?

Send your CV and application letter to by Monday 4 December 2018 at the latest, with ‘Country Director WESA’ in the subject line.

Oxfam cares about equal opportunities. Candidates are selected on the basis of their qualities and skills, irrespective of their age, background or gender.