Funding & Programme Development Advisor


Company Oxfam GB
Category Programme Dev...
Location Accra
Job Status Contract
Salary GH¢ 
Education Advanced Degr...
Experience 7 years
Job Expires Jul 20, 2019
Contact ...

Company Profile

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.

Oxfam GB is a member of international confederation of 19 organisations working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries. 

Job Description

  • Internal Job Grade - C2
  • Contract type - Fixed term  contract
  • Reporting to - Country Director
  • Staff reporting to this post 
  • Locations - Accra; with  work across other geographic areas in Ghana
  • Annual Budget - Will be allocated a number of budget lines from each programme pillar, which are to be used to enable the mainstreaming and appropriate support work to be conducted.


Team Purpose
The Funding and Programme Development Advisor works with the country Leadership team and have responsibility for support to mobilize resources for Oxfam’s programme in Ghana; to develop and maintain good quality and consistent relationships with donors; contract management; effectively support programme teams to develop and plan concept papers/notes and proposals in accordance with country strategy and donor requirements and planning, coordination, securing, management and reporting of restricted income to enable Oxfam in Ghana to deliver on the Oxfam Country Strategy for Ghana.

Job Purpose
The purpose of this job is to lead in the pursuit of the above team purpose specifically in the area of resource mobilization strategy implementation and review, programme and bid development, relationship with donors and affiliates and grant management.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
Resource Mobilization Strategy Implementation and Review

  • Responsible for supporting the implementation of Oxfam Ghana fund rasing strategy for Oxfam’s programmes in Ghana.
  • Support to internalize the Oxfam in GhanaFundraising strategy amongst key staff of Oxfam.
  • Understand and maintain Oxfam in Ghana donor database and give advice on how to develop this further.
  • Development of fact sheets on all Oxfam in Ghana Programme pillar initiatives in coordination with relevant staff.
  • Strengthen the capacity of colleagues (Programme, Business Support and partners) across the Country Programme (through formal training delivery, coaching and accompaniment) in the planning, securing and managing of donor/restricted funds.
  • Ensure effective coordination and information flows with Global Programme Funding Team, Affiliates HQs as appropriate.
  • Make proposals for review of the country strategy based on changing country and donor context in Ghana.

Programme Development and Bid Development

  • Deliver training and support country staff with project cycle management according to capacity building needs.
  • Identify programming ideas and areas of technical excellence with which Oxfam can cultivate donor interest.
  • Subscribe to and monitor regularly electronic notices for relevant funding opportunities, and monitor websites of potential donors for information on priorities, requirements and funding.
  • Track calls for proposals and tenders as they are published, identify those relevant to Oxfam programmes; determine with Oxfam Country Leadership team when/whether to respond.
  • Provide leadership in the development of concepts notes and long-term quality proposals and seek multi-year funding from potential donors.
  • Support Oxfam country colleagues in the development and submission of donor proposals for Ghana.
  • Conduct a quality check on all proposals and reports.
  • Liaise with programme leads to undertake fact-finding missions and develop context analysis in relation to programme development.
  • Support country programmes in identifying/creating new innovative funding opportunities.
  • Stay abreast of trends in new funding opportunities and share those within the Oxfam Ghana team.
  • Lead the Oxfam Ghana internal writing committee.
  • Support in negotiating donor contracts favourably in line with Oxfam standards.
  • Ensure sign-off on donor proposals, report and contracts according to agreed Oxfam standards.
  • Provide bid development support as well as specialist information about donors to programme staff in order to maintain levels of funding for the Country Programme and achieve the income targets of the overall funding strategy.

Relationship with Donors and Partner affiliates

  • Be responsible for developing good relationships with key potential donors in Ghana and pro-actively identify funding potentials, including advising and guiding Oxfam colleagues on country funding plans and donor liaison.
  • Represent Oxfam as required with donors.
  • Monitor regulatory revisions, proposal guidelines and application requirements for priority donors together to ensure that new proposals adhere to them.
  • Develop/cultivate relationships with for-profit and other organizations to increase Oxfam’s opportunities for partnering and consortia building for funding opportunities.
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with donor organizations, foundations, affiliate fundraising contracts at Head Offices and thereby maximize income from these sources.

Grant Management

  • Provide programmatic support to the Country Director e.g. in relation to reporting to donors and affiliates.
  • Support quality contract management, including donor reporting, in collaboration with Oxfam colleagues.
  • Ensure that donor-reporting schedules are distributed to programme leads /budget holders and finance department to ensure that donor reports will be managed on time and with the quality needed.
  • Work closely with colleagues in finance and programme to ensure the timely submission of high quality reports.

Required Skills or Experience


  • Advanced qualification in relevant areas (Humanities, Business Administration, Economics) or proven experience at this level.
  • At least seven (7) years of work experience in the field of development cooperation, preferably with INGOs.
  • Three years (3) experience of raising funds, preparing project proposals for international organizations such DFID, EU, OFDA, DANIDA etc., foundations, Private corporate organizations as well as and UN Agencies and other institutional donors which are predominant in Ghana.
  • Experience with donors’ rules and regulations.
  • Significant capacity building and training experience.
  • Good communication and facilitation skills.
  • High level numeracy, budgeting, financial reporting and IT skills.
  • Excellent research skills; knowledge of how to find new sources of funding for advocacy work.
  • Good communication skills; both written and verbal; experience with writing proposals and reports.
  • Ability to represent Oxfam to donors and external institutions, good networking skills.
  • Experience with project cycle management (Planning, implementation, monitoring, reporting, evaluation and learning).
  • Sound skills in capacity building in relation to fundraising or programme development.
  • Excellent planning and budgeting skills.
  • Self-motivated, target-driven and an entrepreneurial approach to fundraising opportunities.
  • Good administrative and numerical skills, and attention to details.
  • Strong sense of integrity and personal commitment to the goals of Oxfam, including Gender and Diversity.


  • Knowledge of any or all of the key pillars of Oxfam country programme in Ghana (Extractive industry Governance , Economic Justice and Agricultural Governance, Accountable Governance, and financing essential services).

Key Behavioural Competencies

Competencies Description
Decisiveness We are comfortable with making transparent decisions and with adapting decision-making modes to the context and needs.
Influencing We have the ability to engage with diverse stakeholders in a way that leads to increased impact for the organization. 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.
Humility 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 and trust and value the knowledge and expertise of others across all levels of the organization.
Relationship Building We understand the importance of building relationships, 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 organization.
Listening We are good listeners who can see where deeper levels of thoughts and tacit assumptions differ.
Mutual We can explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our organizational values. Our messages to others are clear, and consider different preferences.
Accountability We are ready to be held accountable 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 unintended consequences of organizational 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.
Self-Awareness 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 behaviours to control and channel our impulses for good purposes.
Enabling We all work to effectively empower and enable others to deliver the organizational 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, and we provide appropriate support.

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