Oxfam Germany is an independent development and aid organization that works to achieve a just world without poverty. Oxfam delivers humanitarian relief in crises, strengthens local groups committed to social justice, exposes the underlying structures of poverty, and campaigns for political and business decision-makers to act responsibly. Oxfam is an international confederation of 20 organizations networking together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty. Jointly, we can draw upon 70 years of experience in humanitarian and development work. You can find more information about us and our work here: www.oxfam.de.

Oxfam Germany is looking for qualified staff to fill the post of:

Grants and Compliance Advisor

for the humanitarian response in the Lake Chad Basin (LCB), starting at the earliest possible date and initially for 6 months.


Over the past year, Boko Haram (BH) has intensified attacks which have spread from north-east Nigeria to Cameroon, Chad and Niger, affecting some 20 million people. Across the region, over 2.8 million people are displaced; Around 9.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of violence committed by Boko Haram. Oxfam is present in three out of the four countries affected by the crisis: Chad, Niger and Nigeria, and has been scaling up humanitarian activities in each of these three countries for the past 9 months.

Job Purpose

Manage the risks to Oxfam’s program and resources in the Lake Chad Basin CAT 1 humanitarian response, by monitoring the management of restricted donor contracts and ensuring high quality compliance management. This includes working closely with finance, logistics, funding and program staff in Nigeria, Niger and Chad to ensure and maintain a high standard of compliance. The Grants and Compliance Advisor will report to the Oxfam Germany Head of Humanitarian Aid. The position will be based in Maiduguri (Nigeria) with frequent travels to the other Oxfam offices within the Lake Chad region.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • ensure relevant program, funding, logistics and finance staff are informed on restricted contracts with German donors including all relevant donor rules and regulations
  • Support and provide quality control of all aspects of contract management of institutional funding contracts with German donors for the LCB response
  • Review financial and narrative reports for compliance with Oxfam and donor requirements. This includes supporting and building restricted fund-management capacity and knowledge of donor requirements within Program, Finance and Logistics teams, with particular respect to funding allocations, exchange and interest rate issues and procurement rules
  • Support Funding, Finance and Program teams to produce monthly spending reviews for each relevant donor contract. This includes ensuring proper allocation of spending to match funds available under the relevant contracts and avoid under spends
  • Ensure smooth communication with the Humanitarian Team of Oxfam Germany
  • Support proposal development for German donors

Technical Skills, Experience & Knowledge


  • Degree from a recognized University/college in Business Administration, Finance, Economics, Statistics or any other related area that can bring added value to the job
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience for graduate holders, including budgeting, planning, program cycle management, preferably in an international NGO
  • Knowledge in donor requirements and managing funds from German institutional donors
  • Sound skills in capacity building in relation to fundraising and grants management
  • Excellent in the use of computers and Microsoft Office, especially Excel
  • Excellent personal communication skills, in written and verbal English and French, with high impact influencing and persuasive skills
  • Good administrative and numerical skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated organizational awareness and understanding of knowledge management
  • Strong analytical and conceptual thinking skills; able to understand complex issues and translate them into simple, workable actions and plans
  • Ability to adjust to constantly changing situations while maintaining focus on delivery and follow-through
  • Ability to work in an tropical environment
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s overall aims and policies and experience of promoting women’s rights and the interests of marginalized people in all aspects of Oxfam’s work

Formal requirements

Permission to work in Germany


  • Fluency in written and spoken German is an advantage
  • Sufficient knowledge of Oxfam’s priorities and development and humanitarian program work is an advantage
  • Experience of working with Oxfam systems

Our offer: 

  • A job in a highly motivated team within an international NGO. An appropriate remuneration. This position is classified according to Oxfam Germany´s reward structure into level 14.

For further information, please visit our website https://www.oxfam.de/ueber-uns/jobs/angebot.

Have we piqued your interest? Please send your full application with cover letter, CV and certificates (if possible summarized in one PDF file and by indicating the source, where you read of our invitation to tender), by e-mail until May 7th, 2017 to: Oxfam Deutschland, Mr. Ulrich Bärtels, Head of HR & Organization, Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!.

For further questions, please contact Mr. Wolfgang Prangl, Head of Humanitarian Aid, phone +49 30/45 30 69-504

Interviews will take place in Berlin presumably by mid May 2017.