Capacity Development Manager

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  • South Africa
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Website Oxfam


COUNTRY: South Africa
DEPARTMENT: Programmes
POSITION: Capacity Development Manager
CONTRACT: Fixed term contract
STARTING DATE: Immediately
DURATION: 1 years (included probation period and possibility of renewal)
REPORTING TO: Senior Programmes Manager


To work at multiple levels of society for lasting solutions, challenging the systems and structures of power which perpetuate poverty and inequality, and intervene in practical ways to end suffering where needed.


DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 15 March 2024 – 18h00 SAST)

Note: Due to the urgency of filling this role, the position is being advertised concurrently both
internally and externally via a recruitment agency. Employees are encouraged to refer suitably
qualified and experienced candidates to apply for the position.


Interested candidates must submit their CV with a letter a motivation in English and include 3 professional referees contact to [email protected].

Please specify in the subject: “Capacity Development Manager South Africa Name _surname”


The Oxfam confederation works in over 80 countries around the world. Oxfam SA is one of the 21 affiliates that make up the Oxfam confederation. We work together to overcome the injustice of poverty. As a confederation, we work together with more than 2,500 partner organisations, as well as allies and communities.

Oxfam SA is part of a global movement for social justice. We are committed to mobilizing resources that can lift people out of poverty; to working with people and communities to build resilience, to saving and protecting lives, to helping people to rebuild their livelihoods; to tackling the inequalities that keep people poor and vulnerable, and to campaigning for genuine, durable

Oxfam SA’s work and Code of Conduct are informed by a commitment to equality, dignity and freedom as enshrined in the South African Constitution. All Oxfam SA employees, service providers, grantees and partners are enjoined by our Code of Conduct to treat all people with respect and dignity and challenge any form of harassment, discrimination, intimidation, exploitation or abuse

Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records.

Job Purpose:

The role is responsible for leading the development and delivery of capacity development strategy and plans. It will lead planning and providing capacity development related support in the efficient and effective execution of programme activities. The role will lead a team of professionals and it will collaborate closely across teams to design and facilitate capacity development activities and strategies across Oxfam South Africa strategic impact areas which include Feminist Climate Justice, Just Economics, Gender Justice and Just & Accountable Governance.

The role will develop and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders internally and externally.

It will strengthen capacity by testing methodologies, applicability of toolkits and integrating the aGILE methodology in testing capacity development solutions with partners. It will also lead all aspects of the capacity and development function including budgeting/financial management leadership and staff development, resources mobilisation and strategic planning.

Key Performance Areas amongst others will include:

Capacity Development Management

  • Lead and enable the delivery of Oxfam South Africa capacity development strategic objectives and plans
  • Develop, review and implement capacity development plans, guidelines and instruments, policies, procedures and processes to ensure effective capacity building support within and outside the organisation.
  • Improve capacity development quality through promoting innovation and alternatives.
  • Convene cross-functional engagements to promote collective ownership on progress against the capacity development strategy and impact of the work.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Movement Building Manager to provide strategic and technical capacity development support n the four thematic areas with include – Climate Justice, Just Economics, Just and Accountable Governance, Gender Justice.
  • Manage the allocated budgets effectively and ensure alignment to Oxfam South Africa project pipelines.
  • Support the design of MEAL framework that integrates capacity development and its impact.
  • Work collaboratively with the MEAL Team to develop and implement capacity building tools responding to capacity gaps identified through programme monitoring.
  • Develop and submit the capacity development team’s plan, quarterly and annual reports ensuring submission timeously.

Learning and Knowledge Management

  • Gather learnings, build partnerships and work closely with other Oxfam Affiliates to test
    capacity development methodologies, deepen innovation and cross-learning.
  • Collaborate with the MEAL team on reporting related to capacity development, sharing tools and good practice and convening learning events.
  • Provide input into donor proposals and reports, including supporting capacity building partners to document experiences and outcomes for reporting.
  • Contribute in promoting a culture that encourages innovative thinking, knowledge sharing and learning.
  • Create learning opportunities to improve Oxfam SA partnerships and networks.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation and orientation of feminist values and a feminist agenda into organizational systems and structure.

Stakeholder Engagement and Management

  • Liaise with important stakeholders and establish and maintain relations.
  • Build strong and effective partnerships and facilitate strategic synergies with Oxfam SA’s programme work.
  • Establish and nurture relationships with colleagues, championing evidence-based agenda
    setting, storytelling, impact sharing and influencing.
  • Gather learnings, build partnerships and work closely with other Oxfam Affiliates to deepen and strengthen capacity development.
  • Ensure that effective channels of internal and external communications regarding capacity
    development and learning are established and respected.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations at relevant forums and meetings in the country on capacity development.
  • Provide project level monitoring and evaluation support to projects, specifically in capacity development design.
  • Facilitate and/or participate in annual project reviews, planning workshops and report preparation as required.
  • Scan external environment for sector trends and incorporate new innovative approaches into Oxfam SA.

People management and development

  • Provide high quality leadership and support to Trainers and Material Developers to deliver on their mandate, ensure that the management of the team is in line with Oxfam SA’s HR policies and procedures.
  • Lead and manage the life cycle of individuals within the team from pre-recruitment to exit, including performance management processes, working in collaboration with HR.
  • Provide support to the capacity building planning for team positions, ensuring that the staff member is given opportunities for development and training.
  • Set and socialize standards of performance management for staff.
  • Build a high-performance culture in the team.

Qualification and Experience

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant academic qualification, preferably in international development, economics, politics, sociology or humanities
  • People management experience in a complex environment
  • Experience and knowledge in learning and innovation methodologies, preferably as they apply to the not-for-profit sector.
  • Experience in programming and campaigning
  • Demonstrable experience in feminist movement strengthening.
  • Demonstratable experience in partnership building and capacity strengthening of civil society organisations and civil society campaign platforms.
  • Experience in organizing and working with coalitions.
  • 8 -10 years’ work experience in policy, advocacy and/or community organising environment.
  • Experience in social justice advocacy initiatives to change policy or programmes and political will.
  • 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.
  • Strong knowledge of diverse array of partners and organizations in coalition settings
  • Strong knowledge of statistical analysis software
  • Knowledge of the INGO sector would be an added advantage.
  • Strong policy influencing and grassroots advocacy skills
  • Partnership development and stakeholder management skills
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills, data collection and analysis
  • Strong report writing and presentation skills
  • Good analytical and strategic thinking skills
  • Budget preparation, monitoring and reporting skills
  • Project management skills
  • Work well under pressure, strong team worker
  • Ability to take initiative
  • High levels of English, numeracy, computer skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a high profile, fast-paced environment
  • Good networking skills both externally and internally would be an essential.

Behavioral competencies

  • Facilitative and collaborative style
  • Leadership capacity with demonstrated ability to motivate staff
  • Problem-solving approach
  • Ability to network and engage at the highest levels that the organisation needs externally
  • Results driven with a focus on continuous improvement
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Understanding of and commitment to Oxfam South Africa’s development philosophy,
    principles and objectives
  • Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity and staff health and wellbeing principles.


CVs will be screened and shortlisted in line with specified the job requirements. Only candidates who are selected for an interview will attend a face-to face interview and selection process.

Interviews will take place in Johannesburg and travel costs will be for the candidate’s account. We would like to take this opportunity in advance of thanking all those who may apply.

If you have not been contacted within 2 weeks of applying, kindly consider your application to be unsuccessful.

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