Social Protection Strategist At Oxfam GB


Social Protection Strategist

Annual Salary and Benefits

According to Oxfam in Kenya Salary Scale

Internal Job Grade


Contract type

Fixed Term (1 year) with possibly of extension subject to availability of funds.

Reporting to

Director-Humanitarian Systems Strengthening

Staff reporting to this post

None for now


Nairobi, with regular national and occasional international travel

Annual Budget

As delegated by D-HSS

Shaping a stronger Oxfam for people living in poverty

Job Purpose **

Lead in the design of Social Protection and Early Recovery programming and implementation – piloting innovative programme approaches, building partnerships, coalitions and networks and supporting partners to develop organisational capacity building to deliver high quality Social Protection programmes. The Social Protection Strategist will establish and maintain linkages with other thematic areas and link with Oxfam campaigns, policy influencing and advocacy teams. Occasionally, as required by the programme design, the post holder will manage contracted programme or project staff. A key area of work will be to fundraise for the programme and to generate and manage knowledge resources through linkages with knowledge hubs and other institutions.**

Key Responsibilities

Programme design, implementation and resourcing: 40% **

· Explores and develops linkages between the provision of humanitarian assistance and Social Protection systems with the aim of ensuring longer-term impact, resilience building and sustainability of Oxfam Kenya’s programming;

· Develops, initiates and/or participates with other national Social Protection actors on pre-emptive action to avoid emergencies, and Shock-responsive Social Protection;

· Develops initiatives and concept notes linking Social Protection recipients who graduated to government development initiatives such as the National Hospital Insurance fund (NHIF), youth fund, Women’s Fund and Constituency-based development Funds;

· Provides thought leadership on Social Protection and Early Recovery, staying up to date with the latest thinking, participating to global SP platforms, undertaking and commissioning research and analysis, and developing a comprehensive understanding of how enhanced Social Protection systems can contribute to reducing poverty and Inequality in the country.

· In collaboration with colleagues, ensures that women’s rights are developed and protected in the country programme, that gender analysis is applied to Social Protection and Early Recovery programming in Kenya, developing an understanding of potential impacts (positive and negative) on gender and ensuring that programme interventions are designed with gendered lens.

· Develops and delivers an integrated Social Protection and Early Recovery programme in synergy with the other thematic areas, including continuation of the current work on Shock-responsive Safety Nets.

· Participates in the budget process by designing and effectively managing the Social Protection and Early Recovery programme budget.

· Ensures implementation of Oxfam GB’s operational policies, procedures and guidelines, especially in gender equity, in all aspects of Oxfam’s work in coordination with the other Strategists and with support from technical advisors at Regional and Global level, as needed.

· Working closely with the Director-Humanitarian Systems Strengthening and MEAL Advisor ensures that an effective, transparent and robust monitoring, evaluation, learning and accountability system and processes are in place to ensure that the programme delivers on the Country Strategy.

· Working closely with the Programme Funding Relationship Manager, participates in relevant fundraising activities, through the development of fundable concepts (at all levels including programme development with partners) and by taking the lead in the development of donor proposals, budget submissions, production of quality reporting and other necessary activities to secure funding for programme objectives.

· Monitors the humanitarian needs in response to slow onset and sudden crises in coordination with the Urban Early Warning Early Action partners, and provides technical recommendations for appropriate intervention.

· Assesses and advises the Country Director and Director–Humanitarian Systems Strengthening on risks emerging from the programme.

Coordination, External Representation and Partnerships building 30%

· Maintains the lead on Coordination of the Urban Cash Consortium, convening Consortium-wide and bilateral partner meetings as needed, supporting partners in the development of proposals and preparation of reports.

· Coordinates and mobilises technical support for the program partners, accompanying them and ensuring high quality of programming.

· Represents Oxfam and partners in coordination bodies on CVA, Social Protection and Early Recovery at national level; participates to sub-workstreams relevant to Oxfam Programming.

· Contributes to and leads on the establishment of bilateral coordination initiatives in Country as appropriate, maintaining an open communication with the coordination bodies at national level to explore potential expansion to all relevant stakeholders.

· Develops a comprehensive understanding of Oxfam’s partnership approach, including work with coalitions and networks, adopting a strategic, proactive perspective on how to achieve partner led approaches to achieve sustainable change.

· Develops and facilitates links with civil society, the private sector and Government bodies, initiating contacts and building associations that can be used to enhance Oxfam’s work, and identifying key partners to collaborate with on the delivery of the programme.

Research, Knowledge building and advocacy 20%

· Sources and analyses essential publications for relevant content, summary and distribution.

· Provide regular information, briefings and publicity on the Social Protection and Early Recovery programme activities.

· Document lessons learnt and best practice as part of institutional learning and ensures research, learning and advice is disseminated for maximum impact.

· Plays an active role in lobby and advocacy on issues related to Social Protection through personal contacts and co-ordination of allies, with support from the Media and Communications Advisor.

· Participates in any ongoing county and/or national policy and legal debates in Social Protection in Kenya

· Liaises with all key stakeholders to build and strengthen Oxfam’s role as a lead agency in Social Protection, with a strengthened focus on Urban areas.

· With campaigns, colleagues and partners, develops appropriate influencing materials for consumption by targeted groups.

· Supports the development of a joint advocacy strategy and plan with allies and implement Oxfam’s role in the plan.

· Develops written analysis and learning material for publication on Oxfam Confederation websites for Oxfam and wider civil society analysis and learning.

Human resource management 10%

· Manages staff, consultants and researchers as required, in accordance with Oxfam policy and procedures

Technical Skills, Knowledge and Experience


· University degree in relevant field (Humanitarian action, Public Management, International Development, Development Economics, Social Protection, Food Security) along with training in Humanitarian action and theoretical knowledge of principles and practices of program management, emergency response and disaster preparedness;

· Knowledge of Kenya Social Protection System, processes and stakeholders;

· Minimum 8 years of demonstrated management and development experience in the humanitarian field and/or humanitarian responses; OR Master’s degree in a relevant field with 5 years demonstrated management and development experience.

· Minimum 3 years of large-scale cash and voucher programmes

· Proven sound judgement in complex situations

· Broad set of management skills (financial, fundraising, donor management). This includes excellent people management skills with a good understanding of team development and proven financial management skills.

· Understanding of key crosscutting issues in resilience and humanitarian work (Gender mainstreaming, human rights, marginalization)

· Ability to link humanitarian response to longer-term development goals and strong understanding of related approaches;

· A high level of interpersonal, communications and representational skills; ability to negotiate;

· Fluency in spoken and written Swahili and English.

· Demonstrated ability to work under limited direct supervision.

· Ability to innovate and model good practice.

· Requires the ability to gather and analyse complex information.

· Ability to travel in Kenya and region is mandatory.


· First-rate knowledge of social protection, including implementation experience in both development and humanitarian contexts.

· Knowledge and preferably experience of working with informal social protection

· Experience in managing donor contracts (e.g. DEVCO/C/ECHO, BHA/BPRM)

· Experience in working with national and international partners.

· Experience in coordination of Consortia and leading/co-leading of Cash Working Groups.

Key Behavioural Competencies (based on Oxfam’s Leadership Model)

Competencies **



We are comfortable to make transparent decisions and to adapt decision making modes to the context and needs.


We have the ability to engage with diverse stakeholders in a way that leads to increased impact for the organisation We spot opportunities to influence effectively and where there are no opportunities we have the ability to create them in a respectful and impactful manner.


We put ‘we’ before ‘me’ and place an emphasis on the power of the collective, nurture the team and play to the strengths of each individual. We are not concerned with hierarchical power, and we engage with, trust and value the knowledge and expertise of others across all levels of the organization.

Relationship Building

We understand the importance of building relationship, within and outside the organization. We have the ability to engage with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in ways that lead to increased impact for the organisation.


We are good listeners who can see where deeper levels of thoughts and tacit assumptions differ. Our messages to others are clear and consider different preferences.

Mutual Accountability

We can explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our organizational values. We are ready to be held to account for what we do and how we behave, as we are also holding others to account in a consistent manner.

Agility, Complexity, and Ambiguity

We scan the environment, anticipate changes, are comfortable with lack of clarity and deal with a large number of elements interacting in diverse and unpredictable ways.

Systems Thinking

We view problems as parts of an overall system and in their relation to the whole system, rather than reacting to a specific part, outcome or event in isolation. We focus on cyclical rather than linear cause and effect. By consistently practicing systems thinking we are aware of and manage well unintended consequences of organisational decisions and actions.

Strategic Thinking and Judgment

We use judgment, weighing risk against the imperative to act. We make decisions consistent with organizational strategies and values.

Vision Setting

We have the ability to identify and lead visionary initiatives that are beneficial for our organization and we set high-level direction through a visioning process that engages the organization and diverse external stakeholders.


We are able to develop a high degree of self-awareness around our own strengths and weaknesses and our impact on others. Our self-awareness enables us to moderate and self-regulate our behaviors to control and channel our impulses for good purposes.


We all work to effectively empower and enable others to deliver the organizations goals through creating conditions of success. We passionately invest in others by developing their careers, not only their skills for the job. We provide freedom; demonstrate belief and trust provide appropriate support. We give more freedom and demonstrate belief and trust, underpinned with appropriate support.

How to apply

For more details and how to apply please follow the link—social-protection-strategist-int7385/13725/description/social protection

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