Oxfam – Social Protection Strategist (Nairobi).

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This vacancy is open to Kenya Nationals only.


Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.


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


The Social Protection Strategist will 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.  S/he 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.


What we are looking for



  • 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.


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.


How to apply


As part of your online application, please upload your up to date CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile through the “Apply For This Role” below.

Closing Date: 25th February 2021





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