EFSVL Assistant |

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

Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can defeat poverty or any type of inequality or discrimination.

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 please click here .

EFSVL Assistant

National Position base in Macomia

only for National applicants

Annual Salary and Benefits

USD: 9,768/- per annum gross, and competitive benefits package

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Shaping a stronger Oxfam for people living in poverty.

Job Purpose

JOB PURPOSE: To form part of the Oxfam team assessing, analysing and responding to the Food Security & Livelihood requirements of an emergency or crisis. EFSVL Assistants work within the EFSVL section of the programme team to ensure the quality implementation and monitoring of Oxfam and partner projects within a designated area of responsibility. Key work tasks include conducting assessments, directly taking part in relief projects, monitoring and spot checking ongoing works, coordinating with communities, participating in team planning, and assisting to finalise project details. Assistants are also required to support the effective documentation of project activities and to work closely with other sector and operations teams to ensure information sharing and efficient use of resources. Through all of its work, the EFSVL team seeks to make use of market sensitive and sustainable programming and strives to integrate an awareness of gender issues, human rights, and humanitarian accountability into response projects.


  • Contribute to the day to day implementation of Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods relief and early recovery projects, including beneficiary identification and registration, relief distribution, and other project activities.
  • Support EFSVL assessment through conducting surveys, focus group discussions, and other forms of data collection in the field and work with the team to conduct regular monitoring activities especially baselines/endline surveys and post activity monitoring.
  • Support EFSVL team on day to day data gathering through use of CTO survey toll
  • Ensure that assessment, monitoring and project data is accurately recorded and work to maintain programme documentation as required.
  • Represent Oxfam in different communities and develop strong working relationships with local authorities and community groups whilst explaining the nature and purpose of response activities.
  • Actively seek out, communicate, and address both positive and negative feedback about Oxfam projects while implementing community engagement activities.
  • When relevant, work closely with partner organisations to efficiently implement activities in a productive and collaborative manner.
  • Contribute to the EFSVL team’s analysis of the emergency food security and livelihoods context, identification of needs, and finalisation of projects to address these needs.
  • Participate in team planning and diligently follow through with internal requests for operational support from other teams in the office.
  • Maintain close coordination and communication with other EFSVL team members, other Oxfam programs and partners participate in training and capacity building initiatives and seek to turn learning into improved practice.


  • Post Secondary Qualification in social sciences, agriculture, economics and business, or other discipline relating to food security and livelihoods. Experience managing food security & livelihoods programming could substitute for a formal qualification.
  • Minimum of four years experience in food security, livelihoods, or community mobilisation work.
  • Attention to detail and good organisational and administrative skills, including the ability to present concise reports, sometimes a short notice, reflecting the problems and possible solutions for particular situations.
  • Well developed interpersonal and communication skills to establish and maintain effective working relations across diverse and multi-cultural teams.
  • Proven ability to be flexible in demanding solutions, including the willingness to travel (in sometimes challenging environments) at short notice over the course of the role.
  • Clear understanding of, and commitment to, humanitarian protection standards, Sphere Minimum Standards, gender issues and Code of conduct.
  • A commitment to the aims and objectives of Oxfam, including equity, gender and diversity.
  • Strong oral and written communication ability in English and relevant local language, and computer literacy.
  • A mature and professional attitude and approach.


  • Previous working experience, particularly at field implementation level, with Oxfam, other INGO or relevant agency.
  • Experience in emergency relief programmes or early recovery work, particularly areas within the food security and livelihoods sector.
  • Demonstrated technical knowledge in one or more of Oxfam’s core thematic areas for EFSL, such as cash transfer programmes, agriculture, and food security assistance.
  • Experience in the monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian programmes.
  • Fluency in Portuguese (written and spoken) and local languages spoken in Cabo Delgado Province (kimakonde, Kimácua, Kisswahili or Kimwani)
  • Have a residence in Macomia Sede or willing to be based in Macomia district.
  • Female candidates and from/residents in Macomia are encouraged to apply

Key Attributes:

  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities.
  • Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity for all aspects of development work.
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s safeguarding policies to ensure all people who come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible.

Organisational Values:

  • Accountability – Our purpose-driven, results-focused approach means we take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions.
  • Empowerment – Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen.
  • Inclusiveness – We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.

Qualification and Experience:

  • Minimum of grade 12 preferably high school technical training on agriculture, food security, fishery or animal science
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience in the INGO environment implementing agriculture and food security programs
  • Experience with savings and loans, risk and deserter mitigation, fishery, smart agriculture and voucher systems (key)
  • Experience with emergency and or recovery response

Key Behavioral Competencies
(based on Oxfam’s Leadership Model)

We are comfortable to make transparent decisions and to adapt decision making modes to the context and needs.

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.

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, trust and value the knowledge and expertise of others across all levels of the organization.

We understand the importance of building relationship, 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.

We are good listeners who can see where deeper levels of thoughts and tacit assumptions differ. Our messages to others are clear and consider different preferences.

We can explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our organizational values. We are ready to be held to account 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.

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 well 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.

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.

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 behaviors to control and channel our impulses for good purposes.

We all work to effectively empower and enable others to deliver the organizations 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 provide appropriate support.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organization. Therefore, people of all gender identities, sexes, sexual orientations, races, colors, religions, cultures, abilities, etc. are eligible for this position.

Oxfam aims to attract great talent that not only fits the job but also Oxfam’s high standard of values and principles, who shares and demonstrates Oxfam’s commitment to prevent and eradicate any type of misconduct including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, any other type of misuse of power or lack of integrity and financial misconduct. We are committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, and adults. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks, or integrity screenings/references relating to misconduct and disciplinary actions in prior employment.

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