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Extractives Strategist at Oxfam

That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.

We are an international confederation of 19 organizations (affiliates) working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.

All our work is led by three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness. To read more about our values click here

The Role

Lead in the Extractives programme design and implementation which includes managing projects, raising resources for the programme as well as piloting innovations and innovative programme approaches. A key role for the Extractives strategist will be in identifying, working with and building key strategic partnerships, coalitions and networks and supporting partners with capacity building on the thematic area. The Extractives strategist will be required to collaborate with the other programme thematic areas and link with the campaigns team, policy influencing and Knowledge Hubs nationally and globally. The role may require management of programme or project staff.

What we are looking for

Technical Skills, Knowledge and Experience


  • Professional/Technical qualifications – Undergraduate/Postgraduate in a development related field e.g. International Development, Development Studies, Sociology, Economics or at least 5 years’ experience in a similar programme role.
  • Ability to engage and influence both development and corporate direction, contributing to and following it as appropriate and the ongoing development of program policy and quality to enhance the impact of Oxfam’s work
  • Ability to build a people’s movement around the program theme and inspire followership
  • Proven analytical and conceptual thinking, high level research, project management knowledge and skills and experience using participatory tools and methodologies for assessment, programme identification, implementation, monitoring and evaluation


  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience of implementing Extractive Industries including Oil and Gas, Energy, Mining programs and initiatives, ideally built on mature understanding of relevant issues derived from field experience
  • Strong programme management and quality knowledge, with ability to ensure consistent quality against standards and to implement effective monitoring and evaluation systems to assess and adjust performance
  • Commitment to and good knowledge of working with networks, coalitions and a partnership approach across the spectrum of Oxfam’s work, including innovative approaches to capacity strengthening
  • Good knowledge of and experience in developing advocacy and campaign strategies and plans and successfully achieving external impact and change.
  • Good knowledge of and experience with donor funding environment and good financial management skills, with experience of project budgeting and controlling financial risks


  • Proven management experience at a strategic level in a complex, dispersed organisation with evidence of leading, facilitating and integrating a specific area of expertise across a wide network, providing clarity and focus of vision and impact, strategic planning and decision making and the delivery of agreed results
  • Excellent knowledge of the Kenya socio-political and economic environment and issues, supported by personal exposure through having worked and lived there
  • Politically astute, with high impact influencing and persuasive skills and personal gravitas to gain respect and build and maintain strong, credible relationships, with internal and external stakeholders at all levels
  • Strong organisational and personal management skills, with ability to prioritise work issues to meet deadlines with minimal supervision and adjust to constantly changing situations while maintaining focus on delivery and follow-through
  • Excellent personal communication skills.
  • A high level of self-awareness, initiative, sound judgement, personal energy and flexibility.

We offer

This role will give you an opportunity to make a difference in Kenya Country Programme, to act as key contributor to Oxfam Kenya Strategic Plan within the ever changing context and to work with a group of passionate people that are specialists in their fields.

Our values and commitment to safeguarding

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom Oxfam GB engages. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.


The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.


All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Oxfam GB also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.  In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.


We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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