Director, Inclusive and Resilient Food Systems; Oxfam America

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LOCATION:         Boston, MA or Washington, D.C.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

  • To provide strategic leadership and overall management of Oxfam America’s Inclusive and Resilient Food systems thematic program.
  • The program is focused on increasing the power of people who are living in poverty and derive much or all of their livelihoods from agriculture, to secure food security and resilience.       The program seeks to ensure that these participants in the food system can hold their governments and private investors accountable for the policies and practices that impact their lives; and influence the quality and quantity of resources (aid, climate finance, public investment, corporate supply chains) that flow into the sector.
  • To lead our IRFS program from global and US policy research and advocacy to regional, country and community level programs, with an estimated budget of over $10 million dollars.
  • To represent Oxfam America’s IRFS program with US donors, US peer organizations, academic institutions and key stakeholders in the global food system.
  • To act as senior liaison with Oxfam International and all Oxfam confederation networks relating to agriculture, resilience and economic justice.


REPORTS TO: Vice President of Global Programs, matrix reporting to Vice President, Global Policy and Advocacy

Direct Reports:  The Director of Inclusive and Resilient Food Systems (IRFS) will manage a small senior team who in turn will oversee up to 15  managers and individual contributors, working on issues of food security, agriculture policies, corporate supply chains in the developing world, climate policy and finance and rural resilience programs.  The team will support country and regional advocacy and programs in 15+ countries. 

Key Leadership Relationships:  The Director, IRFS will work closely with the leaders of functional program and policy teams including Government Affairs, Public Policy, Private Sector, US Campaigns, US programs, Research, Communications and Media, and International Programs.   The Director, IRFS will liaise closely with the other two thematic Directors for  (1) Accountable Development Finance and (2) Rights and Dignity in Humanitarian Crisis.    The Director also will work closely with leaders of program support teams including:  Fundraising, Public Engagement, and Operations.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Leadership

  • Develops and is accountable for delivering Oxfam America’s strategy on inclusive and resilient food systems, bringing together strands of work on food security, supply chains in developing countries, resource rights, smallholder agriculture policy, access to finance and resilience to climate change.
  • Is accountable, working with the Private Sector Department and others, for building and implementing a program of corporate supply chain accountability in up to five countries, related to Oxfam’s Behind the Brands Campaign
  • Works collaboratively  with the other Thematic Directors to build a cross-theme resilience practice that connects global initiatives to fight climate change and phase out fossil fuels to the concerns of extractive industry-dependent communities and countries, and to resilience building connected to humanitarian emergencies.
  • Develops together with the team and the Institutional Support Department a comprehensive fundraising strategy for the thematic work streams.
  • Represents Oxfam America on food and agriculture issues to public officials, governments, multilateral organizations, the private sector, peer organizations, media, academic institutions, donors, and others.
  • In collaboration with the Research Department and the Learning, Evaluation and Accountability Department develops a research, learning and evaluation agenda within Oxfam and externally.
  • Spots trends and incubates new ideas for programming in the thematic area.
  • Together with the Director of, Campaigns decides when and how to use the strategic value of campaigning for key policy advocacy moments, both in the US and overseas.

Management

  • Manages a senior team of managers and experts to develop and deliver thematic goals.  Has explicit budget authority to deliver agreed results within approved annual budget.
  • Negotiates needed resources and authorizations with functional directors, other thematic directors and with Oxfam International. 
  • Makes day-to-day management and leadership decisions (unless delegated within team) regarding program and policy.

Networking and Representation

  • Builds relationships with Oxfam country directors, Oxfam affiliate counterparts, and external strategic partners and others to deliver high quality relevant accountable development finance initiatives.
  • Within Oxfam International, serves as Oxfam America’s senior liaison with related Oxfam confederation initiatives including the GROW campaign, Resilience Knowledge Hub, Women’s Economic Empowerment Knowledge Hub, and the land team.

Fundraising

  • Works with fundraising colleagues to secures significant funding from institutions and individuals to support thematic priorities.
  • Builds long term relations with strategic partners to mobilize funding.
  • Oversees the thematic portfolio with US foundations and other donors and is ultimately accountable for the effective use of and reporting on all funds.

EXPECTATIONS FOR THE POSITION:

  • The incumbent will stay abreast of professional standards, trends and issues affecting this set of responsibilities, demonstrating continuous learning of the field.
  • S/he will work effectively and collaboratively in support of building a team-based culture of work, will perform all duties appropriately for a multi-cultural environment, treating all persons with dignity and respect, and will be familiar with and committed to Oxfam America mission and goals.
  • S/he will be comfortable working in a highly matrixed environment in which coordination with and learning with others.
  • S/he will have 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.
  • Frequent domestic and international travel is required, up to 25% of time.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Education: Relevant Master’s degree or higher, or equivalent combination of education, professional experience, and training demonstrating competency as appropriate.

Experience and Core Competencies:

  • At least ten years of progressively greater responsibility (in a leadership and management position). Keen understanding of contemporary challenges in agriculture. food production, and gender equality who can turn this insight into program, policy and campaign ideas.
  • Long term strategic vision and openness to develop new and unique ways to create new opportunities to achieve impact.
  • The skills to work cooperatively and effectively with others to mentor, set goals, resolve problems and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness”.
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire and lead leaders and recruit top talent.
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience and success securing and delivering large institutional grants.
  • Maintains a positive work environment that facilitates collaboration and information sharing and is conductive to attracting, retaining, and motivating diverse talent.
  • Well established, up-to-date professional network and established reputation in the thematic area. 
  • Meaningful resident overseas experience and experience with multiple developing country contexts, including politically closed and open environments and developmental and corrupt economies.  
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate messages both in written form as well as through public speaking, broadcast media, etc.
  • Demonstrated representation, convening and advocacy skills with senior level policy makers, allies and partners, at the global, US and national levels in developing countries.
  • Affinity with the mission of Oxfam International and commitment to a rights-based approach to fighting poverty.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience managing a geographically dispersed team
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish or French

TO APPLY: Visit the Oxfam America Jobs page for the link to apply.