Oxfam employs more than six thousand people in 98 countries who share a commitment to work together to end poverty and suffering. It is committed to ensure diversity and gender equality within the organization and welcomes applications from women, person with disability and under-represented groups. Oxfam does not discriminate against applicants or employees based on their HIV/AIDS status. The organization has been working in Bangladesh since the War of Independence and has established a permanent country office in 1972. Since then it has responded to all major emergencies in the country. Oxfam’s current program focuses on Economic Justice & Resilience, Gender and Women’s Leadership and Humanitarian Capacity Building and Response
Business Services Director
Oxfam is looking for a dynamic team player to work with Oxfam in Bangladesh.This is a senior management level position. He /she will be reportable to Country Director. The contract duration is two years initially (Only Bangladeshi national are eligible to apply). Job Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh Job purpose: To ensure the business support functions within Oxfam in Bangladesh efficiently and effectively supports the country program.
Roles & Responsibilities:
Contribute to strategic leadership of Oxfam in Bangladesh as part of the Country Management Team
Support to Country Director by leadership (strategic and operational) of all the business support functions, including: Finance; Administration, Logistics; Information Technology (IT); and External Relations.
Provide deputizing role as acting Country Director when necessary.
Part of the Business Regional Management Team.
Ensure best practices are in place, maintained and updated as needed to meet compliance standards with relevant donor organisations.
Actively practices and support mentoring, succession planning and management development within scope of responsibility and region.
Business partnering with high level analysis and advice to Country Management Team on the business support area.
Key interlocutor with the Government of Bangladesh.
Management of the Operations unit including coaching and developing staff.
Actively implement Oxfam GB’s diversity policy in the recruitment and employment of staff.
Contributes to collective management at top level with collaborative and matrix ways of working, specifically with field offices.
Draw up budgets for all projects and activities, manage spending within budgets, and provide justifications for variances.
Support and share key learning through different methods and help to create an environment for innovation.
Leadership of business planning and reporting cycle and improvements, including planning, forecasting, budgeting, and financial analysis for the country.
Leads on legal and administration of the country.
Contribute to emergency responses within the overall regional emergency response plan.
Producing and ensuring implementation of support function procedures for the Country.
Identify and monitor risks to programme, and take appropriate courses of action.
Ensure staff follows security procedures and work with the security focal point to develop guidelines in the event of serious security risk.
Actively embodies the centrality of influencing in Oxfam in Bangladesh’s country strategy.
Skills and Competencies:
Highly developed analytical and problem solving skills.
Proven senior management experience.
In-depth knowledge of specific areas of work with post graduate qualification in the related field of study. MBA would be an advantage.
Experience of strategic design, planning and implementation.
Proven high level of financial management skills (including anti ttheft and fraud) and high level human resources skills
Ability to influence senior managers and peers over a wide range of issues.
Ability to develop close working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Strong communication skills including the ability to deliver complex and technical messages in simple terms.
Experience of working in highly complex political environments. Direct experience of Bangladesh is desirable.
Behavioral role model for peers and fellow team members.
The ability to adapt to different cultures.
Must demonstrate commitment and sensitivity to gender issues.
Experience of working in insecure environments and of implementing security policies.
Plans activities in advance, establishes clear priorities and regularly reviews them.
Works to ensure that targets are met, reviews and amends resource allocation in respect of targets and seeks better ways of doing things.
Demonstrates perseverance and determination in achieving results.
Willingness to take initiative, make decisions based on sound analysis and ensures these decisions are communicated to relevant parties.
Thinking and understanding:
Takes an integrated approach when planning own work, is aware of the implications of own decisions on others and aligns thinking to organisational values.
Analyses issues from multiple perspectives and gives consideration to future impacts.
Encourages staff and partners to learn from one another and facilitates knowledge sharing across the organisation.
Gathers information from multiple sources and is able to identify critical information.
Able to function in high pressure situations while maintaining emotional control.
Shows insight, seeks feedback from multiple parties and is willing adapt behaviour where necessary.
Relates well to all kinds of people, acknowledges the contributions people make and demonstrates integrity in dealing with others.
Able to respond to changes in work schedules and patterns when necessary with sufficient flexibility and resilience
Inspires and encourages others to meet their targets and demonstrates enthusiasm for work.
Helps others do their job better and progress personal learning, and provides coaching, feedback, and ensures training and expert support are available.
Able to delegate and offers coaching and support to ensure success with the task.
Monitors progress of work, gives clear directions and uses a range of leadership styles as appropriate.
Role models and encourages others to seek and act upon opportunities for different or innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities.
Working effectively with others:
Participates in organisational initiatives and is willing to place personal targets second in favour of other organisational priorities
Is aware of issues that may affect the work of others, draws others attention to these issues and provides/seeks guidance and coaching as needed.
Takes time to listen to others and asks questions to ensure understanding, brings disagreement into the open for discussion and acts as a facilitator/coach during discussions and moderates own views/perspectives for the good of the group.
Aware of what information needs to be given to whom and is able to communicate messages in an appropriate way.
Identifies critical people in any decision process, has developed a range of different approaches and selects the appropriate style for the situation.
Reward & Benefits: Attractive salary and benefits will be paid as per national salary scale with other benefits e.g. medical for spouse and children, contributory provident fund, gratuity and life Insurance etc.
If you feel you can make a difference please visit jobs/oxfam.org.uk by using the Job Reference Number INT1627(Please follow the proper procedure. Sending of irrelevant documents will be counted as disqualification.)
Application Deadline July 25, 2015 by 5:00 pm
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Any persuasion will disqualify the candidature.