Head of Operations
HEAD OF OPERATIONS- Freetown
Oxfam in Sierra Leone is seeking to recruit an experienced, dynamic, innovative and committed Head of Operations to lead and develop a team of functional experts (Finance, Administration, Procurement & Logistics, IT, and Security) to ensure optimum support to projects within Oxfam policies.
As well as overseeing the preparation, consolidation, and analysis of collated country budgets, the Head of Operations will support legal and risk management and be responsible for approving contracts, grants, leases, disbursements, and transfers to third parties.
Who we are
Oxfam in Sierra Leone’s country strategy 2017-2021 will work towards a vision of ‘a just, inclusive and resilient Sierra Leone without poverty in which the people, especially women and youth, demand and acquire equal access to their rights and live a life of dignity’. This vision will be realized through the pursuit of three goals:
Country Change Goal 1: Transformative economic and gender justice
Country Change Goal 2: Addressing inequalities in Sierra Leone through enhancing access to quality essential services
Country Change Goal 3: Humanitarian preparedness, response and resilience
These choices are aligned to the Oxfam Strategic Plan, the Regional Strategy and the Government of Sierra Leone’s Agenda for Prosperity and the Sustainable Development Goals. They also take into consideration Oxfam’s due mandate on development and humanitarian commitment.
Sitting within the Country Leadership Team, this role has a strong strategic focus and as Head of Operations you will report regularly to the Country Director on the management of financial and operational risks associated with program delivery, grants and in country operations; You will be accountable for the implementation of corporate, regional and country finance strategies within the country and ensure effective financial management and controls; With members of the Country Leadership Team , ensure that management culture and working practices in Sierra Leone support the effective delivery of timely and good quality as well as a strong culture of control and compliance; You will be responsible for the effective performance management of all staff in the Finance, IT and Logistics functions, ensuring assessment, development and performance management against objectives and organisationally agreed competencies; You will Support the Country Director, and other management staff in the preparation of programme/project and donor budgets, as well as the annual budget for Oxfam; You Identify, monitor and support management of risk, in liaison with in-country teams, regional business systems staff and Oxfam Headquarters, as required. You will line manage the Country Finance Manager, Country Logistics Manager Administrative Officer and IT Officer.
What we’re looking for
- A professional certification in Accounting (ACCA, CIMA or CPA holder) and or have an academic degree in accounting and/or financial management (master level or equivalent).
- Should have an in-depth knowledge and proven track record of similar managerial position(s) for at least 5 years.
You will have proven experience and skills in managing support services in development and humanitarian environments and bring with you a wide range of skills, including excellent people and financial management skills, backed by strong strategic and operational decision making abilities.
You must be a strong leader with the ability to challenge, motivate and develop teams.
You must have naturally strong communication skills and be fluent in written and spoken English.
A broad understanding of complex emergencies and complex programming, including elements of humanitarian, transition and development programmes is essential
Proven senior business support management experience - several roles, maybe in different organisations.
Qualified Finance Manager with high level of financial, donor and risk management skills
Strong understanding and experience of IT systems purchasing, logistics and supply
Proven ability to support, coach and encourage high performance in teams
Well-developed people management and team skills, high self-awareness and proven ability to be flexible and sensitive in demanding situations with passion for working with others.
Commitment to values of inclusiveness, empowerment, accountability and gender equality
We can offer you…
· An International C1 post with a competitive salary package to be negotiated with the right candidate based on skill and experience. Oxfam will meet the tax and social security liabilities, plus attractive benefits including Accommodation, Medical, and Life insurance amongst other benefits.
· 2 year Fixed-Term contract accompanied with partner only,
· The opportunity to match your career to a compelling cause
· The chance to meet and work with people who are some of the best in their fields
If you believe you qualify for the above post, please submit your application and CV, detailing your experience for the post and include two referees, preferably your current line manager by visiting our website www.oxfam.org.uk/jobs / https://jobs.oxfam.org.uk/vacancy/7060/description using the job reference number INT4052
The closing date for applications is 19th January 2018**