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Oxfam Aotearoa: International Development Director

Posted on 17 November 2022

We believe in a just, inclusive, sustainable world for everyone, now and for future generations. We are transforming the systems that drive climate, gender and economic injustice, and are looking for a leader to inspire and connect teams within our International Development Directorate.

The role

  • Provide strategic leadership and management for Oxfam Aotearoa’s International Development Directorate (5 direct reports), spanning advocacy, mobilisation, partnering to deliver in-country activities, humanitarian response and communications and media. With a particular focus on:
    • leading an integrated directorate to work with and alongside partners and communities, both here and in other countries.
    • actively facilitating, supporting, creating and inspiring collective action to nurture systems that foster climate, gender and economic justice.
    • Working with the Executive Director to engage strategically with Oxfam in the Pacific, Oxfam Australia and Oxfam International to build a unified Oxfam presence across Te Moana-Nui-A-Kiwa / the Pacific Ocean.
  • Provide strategic oversight and leadership for Oxfam’s engagement and funding relationships with institutional donors, particularly the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
  • Actively participate in the Executive Leadership Team to develop and implement organisational strategy, advance our te ao Māori journey and lead a team of 30+ staff

A strategic thinker, effective communicator, wily advocate and passionate believer in the power of social change, you will have:

  • A deep understanding of systems approaches to international development, including ability to analyse power dynamics and work in complex systems to effect change.
  • First-class stakeholder and relationship management and influencing skills.
  • Proven ability to both lead and manage a multidisciplinary team across multiple geographic locations and cultural contexts.
  • The ability to operate in complex environments, prioritise multiple demands, and make mature political, programme, and management judgement.
  • Evidenced skills in representing an organisation through public speaking and media interviews.
  • A tertiary qualification (preferably post-graduate) in international development, international relations, political science, global studies or equivalent.

Personal attributes

  • Personal behaviours - self-aware, sophisticated interpersonal skills, strong listener, behaves consistently in line with the te whāinga and values of OAo, displays the highest standards of personal and professional conduct, shows good judgement and discretion. A champion for understanding biculturalism in the Aotearoa context, and interest in Te Ao Māori engagement.
  • Leadership behaviours – values-based, motivates & inspires others, develops teams, achieves results, facilitates change, establishes and maintains positive and healthy relationships, leads courageously and follows a servant leadership model.

Apply now

At Oxfam Aotearoa we value our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and te ao Māori. Our kaupapa champions diversity and welcomes those who know what it means to challenge injustice. Those from the Pacific diaspora based in Aotearoa New Zealand are particularly encouraged to apply, as we work across the Pacific. We have a preference for this role to be based in our main office in central Tāmaki Makarau Auckland. Wellington based candidates will be considered and could work from our office in central Te-whanganui-a-tara, Wellington. The post attracts a starting salary of $134,713 per annum (or more dependent on experience). 

Applications closing date:  Thursday 1st December, 5pm. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted soon after this date. Interviews will be held on 12th December. 

See full job description here: International Development Director JD

Note: Only candidates currently living in Aotearoa with the right to work in Aotearoa need apply. All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and will be subject to additional screening checks, which will include criminal record and medical checks. 

We are committed to preventing and challenging any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, bullying, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, lack of integrity and financial misconduct. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through honouring our Code of Conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that we recruit only those who share and demonstrate our values. 

Oxfam Aotearoa values inclusion and welcomes diversity in the workplace.