Programme Coordinator - Humanitarian Support Personnel (INT4868)

Job Type

Full Time


Details: £32,984 to £44,589 Net per annum (dependent on experience).



Application Deadline



John Smith House
John Smith Drive
United Kingdom



Oxfam is a global movement of people who won’t live with the injustice of poverty. Together we save and rebuild lives in disasters. We help people build better lives for themselves. We speak out on the big issues that keep people poor, like inequality, discrimination against women and climate change. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can live without poverty.


All our work is led by three core values:

Empowerment. Everyone, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen.

Accountability. We take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions.

Inclusiveness. We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.


Location: : HSPs: Roving role deployable to Oxfam Programmes worldwide. HSPs work away from their homebase continuously (apart from annual leave days). Deployments to a particular location vary in length from a few weeks to 6 months duration.

Home-based when not deployed.

Salary: £32,984 to £44,589 Net per annum. (Net = take home pay. Oxfam will meet the tax and social security liabilities of post-holder in addition to net salary)

Oxfam offers a wide range of benefits, including 43 holiday/TOIL, pension, medical cover, insurance, living and accommodation costs during deployments. Please view attachment for more information.

Grade: B2

Contract Type: Open ended

Job Family: Programme

Hours of Work: 36 hours per week

Reporting to: Deputy Humanitarian Director. Whilst on deployment, will report to Country Director or designated Manager.

Staff Reporting to this Post: Varies depending on deployment; typically Programme Managers, Finance, HR, Logs, Communications/Media and Policy staff.

Annual Budget for the Post: Varies depending on size of programme.


Oxfam is looking for a Programme Coordinator to join the Global Humanitarian Team as a Humanitarian Support Personnel (HSP).

The purpose of the Global Humanitarian Team is to lead the delivery of Oxfam’s humanitarian strategy and to support countries and regions to respond to humanitarian crises worldwide. With a team of over 80 Humanitarian Support Personnel of various technical specialities, the GHT is currently supporting responses such as in Yemen, Syria, South Sudan, DR Congo and Bangladesh with programmes on WASH, Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods, and Protection. Our humanitarian approach aims to ensure community participation shapes programme decisions, actively seeks a partnership approach and we work following feminist principles including strong awareness of power dynamics.


As an HSP, you will be deployed into our biggest and most challenging emergency programmes, or into chronic, less visible crises, anywhere in the world for deployments of normally 3 to 6 months. Based in your home country in between deployments, you will be prepared to travel at short notice and to be relocated between emergencies at short notice.

As a Programme Coordinator, you will typically lead Oxfam’s large-scale humanitarian programmes, often in complex, difficult or insecure environments. You will manage the entire programme portfolio, usually across multiple locations, from design to implementation; and you will have a major role in shaping related advocacy and policy work. You will manage large budgets with multiple sources of funding, often under high levels of uncertainty. You will quickly establish critical relations with key donors, represent Oxfam in country-level coordination bodies, and link the humanitarian response to our longer-term programmes. You will help teams and country programmes to take appropriate levels of risk to kick-start relevant, rapid and large-scale humanitarian programmes and work to achieve our humanitarian approaches within the response.


To succeed in this job, you will need to have a passion for humanitarian work as well as significant experience of managing large-scale emergency programmes and large teams in complex environments. We expect that you have proven influencing, negotiating and networking skills with internal and external audiences, and high-level representation and coordination skills. You will also need strong analytical and strategic planning skills, supported by proven financial management skills, and experience of managing compliance in large-scale programmes. You will need to be fluent in English and a good working knowledge of other languages such as French, Spanish and/or Arabic would be highly desirable.





  • Knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to Oxfam’s values, mission and work
  • Knowledge and understanding of global justice, social change, women’s rights and gender equality and commitment to delivering humanitarian work through feminist principles.
  • Ability to deploy at short notice to areas affected by humanitarian crises
  • Ability and willingness to work under pressure and in challenging and insecure environments.
  • Significant experience of managing and coordinating large-scale emergency programmes in complex environments
  • In-depth understanding of relevant humanitarian principles and policies
  • Excellent team work skills, and a track record of building trust within and empowering large teams, also over distance
  • Ability to listen to people under stressful circumstances, and to create space for dialogue.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences, and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.
  • Proven influencing, negotiating and networking skills with internal and external audiences.
  • Confident high-level representation and coordination skills.
  • Analytical and strategic planning skills.
  • Proven financial management skills, and experienced in managing compliance in large-scale programmes.
  • Demonstrable understanding of and commitment to gender equity issues
  • Adaptable and flexible.
  • High level of self-awareness, and excellent stress- and self-management.
  • Ability to take initiative and make decisions with limited support in fast moving environments.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Good written and spoken English is essential.





  • Knowledge and experience of working in resilience, disaster risk reduction and disaster preparedness programmes.
  • Experience working with partnerships and community-based groups.
  • Working knowledge of one or more additional languages (especially French, Spanish, Arabic)
  • The post holder should have substantial experience in at least one of these areas (at country office level):
  • Scaling up and managing large-scale emergency programmes
  • Working closely with partners and developing partnership strategies and capacity-building plans
  • Setting up and leading complex consortia programmes
  • Designing country-wide contingency plans and humanitarian strategies.




Oxfam is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those that are suitable to work within our values are recruited to work for us. This post is subject to a range of screening checks.


Net salary means that Oxfam will meet the tax and social security liabilities of post-holder in addition to net salary. (Oxfam offers a wide range of benefits, including over 43 days holiday/TOIL per year, pension and medical cover, living and accommodation costs covered during deployments).

Level of Language Proficiency

Good written and spoken English is essential. Working knowledge of one or more additional languages (especially French, Spanish, Arabic)

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

2-year degree

How To Apply

All applications must be submitted online via the Oxfam website using the following link:

Candidates with priority status will be considered first.