Senior Manager, Food and Climate Justice

Global Programs Boston, Massachusetts Washington, DC




Date:July 2019

Title: Senior Manager, Food and Climate Justice

Department: Inclusive and Resilient Food Systems Theme

Reports to: Director of Inclusive and Resilient Food Systems.

Direct Reports:  2 Senior Advisors Agriculture Value Chains as well as dotted line with Sr. Policy Advisor


LOCATION:         Boston, MA or Washington, D.C.


COORDINATES WITH:  Primary collaboration will be with the Climate and Energy team as well the Women’s Economic Empowerment and Inclusive Value Chain sub-themes of the Food Systems Theme. The position also works with other thematic and functional teams including Humanitarian, Private Sector, Research, Learning, Effectiveness and Accountability Department, Campaigns, International Programs, Communications and Fundraising, colleagues within the Oxfam confederation from relevant Knowledge Management teams and sustainable agriculture and climate program leads in other affiliates and countries.



The Senior Manager, Food and Climate Justice, will provide strategic technical, policy as well as thought leadership for Oxfam America’s work at the intersection of food and climate change which we call food and climate justice. The position will manage a portfolio of high-quality program investments and research which integrate gender justice at its core in support of the objectives of that sub-theme.  The Senior Manager will represent the thematic work to Oxfam America leadership as well as to other Oxfam affiliates, US peer organizations, academic institutions, policy makers and other key stakeholders in the global food system and act as senior liaison with Oxfam International and all Oxfam confederation networks on sustainable agriculture and climate resilience and mitigation as related to food systems.




Strategic Leadership and Representation

  • Lead FCJ team in agenda setting, prioritization and execution of a body of work to achieve sub-theme objectives and in support of the broader Food Systems theme.
  • Identify opportunities and support FCJ team in engaging and influencing the private sector, governments and other actors to address key challenges to the viability of agriculture as a livelihood strategy for small-scale food producers, especially women and youth
  • Lead on research and learning agenda on intersection of food and climate change, especially on mitigation and equity
  • Represent Oxfam program externally, influencing key external debates on the nexus of food and climate change, include climate mitigation with Oxfam policy, practice and thought leadership
  • Develop and maintain close relationships with donors, Oxfam affiliates, and key country partners to support country investments counterparts.
  • Liaise and develop networks with government, non-government, academic institutions and think tanks, private sector actors, partners and donors to expand Oxfam’s reputation/capacity to engage on agriculture and climate change issues in the food space.


Strategic contributions in flagship initiatives in Food Systems Theme:

  • Design, develop and manage successful, high impact programs to support agriculture development and climate change adaptation in agriculture.
  • Lead Food and Climate Justice team to make strategic contributions in the development of the Women’s Economic Empowerment in food system strategy and its implementation in various countries, regions and globally.
  • Specifically, lead on the women in agriculture piece of the strategy and ensure full synergy is created, resources are mobilized and coordinated to ensure successful execution, influence and impact.
  • Contribute programmatic content and support to the Inclusive Value Chain priorities, especially on the Behind the Brand 1.1 implementation, engagement with traders and private sector engagement and future strategic direction.
  • Act as the convener of youth in food and provide leadership for OUS strategy and approach development on youth, forge necessary relationships within and outside the confederation, test pilot innovative initiatives and possible future scale up.


Collaboration across the Oxfam confederation

  • Contribute, and where appropriate lead Oxfam International global teams responsible for delivering program interventions, including policy advocacy, aimed at influencing governments and other stakeholders in national, regional and global spaces.
  • Liaise with OI on Global Strategic Program on Climate Change and contribute expertise and other resources on the climate transition in food goal as well as other relevant areas
  • Contribute to other initiatives as needed – such as policy and campaign initiatives as related to food and climate justice


Portfolio Management for Food and Climate Justice priorities

  • Coordinate OUS’ food and climate justice project investments, working in collaboration within OUS and with country teams and Oxfam affiliates, providing technical leadership and management oversight of investments and in accordance with Oxfam’s program quality guidelines, values, policies, and strategic plan.
  • Work with priority Oxfam country, regional, functional and thematic teams, relevant OUS staff, Knowledge Hubs and affiliates to design projects aligned with and supporting Oxfam Country Strategies, including development of project activities and identification of strategic country partners.
  • Ensure policy advocacy and gender justice are mainstreamed in project and program objectives and outcomes as a mechanism for achieving system level change on the issues and in the contexts where OUS provides financial and technical support.
  • Establish project management processes and implementation in line with Oxfam America compliance and quality standards, monitoring, evaluation and learning as well as communication.
  • Together with the Food Systems Director, ensure responsibility for project expenditure, financial accountability and planning requirements, and provide a high level of support to these activities.


People management and culture

  • Demonstrate in management style as well as ways of working Oxfam’s core values and culture in line with gender justice, feminist principles, safeguarding standards and other relevant policy and practice.
  • Set clear goals and expectations and manage execution within teams - with both direct-managed staff and other staff assigned to managed teams – that enable performance and accountability.
  • Provide timely guidance and support to staff as appropriate to carry out their responsibilities,
  • Mentor and develop staff, ensuring they receive professional guidance and development opportunities that allow them to grow and be challenged.
  • Promote an open, diverse and participatory work environment.
  • Ensure regular dialogue regarding performance is taking place with all staff in line with the “let’s talk guideline” as well as the feminist principles as required by Oxfam America.



  • Identify and execute fundraising strategies for this sub-theme, seeking to build a large high leverage program portfolio that support high quality programming in countries and regions with large and relevant restricted grants. Participate in the development of cohesive, focused and effective program proposals.
  • Coordinate the gathering and sharing of information on existing and emerging donor opportunities and liaise with appropriate Oxfam America teams to secure funding.



  • Work effectively and collaboratively in support of building a team-based culture of work, perform all duties appropriately for a multilateral and multi-cultural environment, treat all persons with dignity and respect, and be familiar with Oxfam America’s mission, goals, values and culture.
  • Stay abreast of professional standards, trends and issues affecting this set of responsibilities, demonstrating continuous learning of the field.
  • Maintain and encourage positive attitude and energy, assisting colleagues wherever possible in solving problems.
  • Understand and display gender justice and diversity within key areas of responsibility and a commitment to promoting gender justice and diversity in our workplace and programs.
  • Within key areas of responsibility, will have a commitment to providing a safe environment for staff, partners, change agents, and a commitment to promoting safeguarding in our workplace, programs, and the communities we serve.
  • Understand the importance on investing in monitoring, evaluation and learning and Social Accountability and to adapt the strategies of the programs based on the evidence produced.
  • Ability to travel for up to 30% of time in the US and globally.



Master’s degree in Economics, Sustainability, Food and Agriculture, International Development, Public Policy or related field or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.  

Experience and Core Competencies:


  1. Ten or more years of related work experience, including in the international development, women’s economic empowerment and/other food systems related issues such as inclusive value chain development, climate change and gender justice in the private sector and/or in a non-profit setting.
  2. Strong leadership including a minimum of three years in management, ability to motivate and manage a team, to think strategically, develop compelling vision and ideas and inspire team and other audiences to act to achieve impact.
  3. Ability to make sound independent decisions and judgment calls.
  4. Strong demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, writing for a variety of audiences.
  5. Ability to summarize and synthesize large amounts of information.
  6. Versatility and ability to take the initiative on a variety of projects.
  7. Strong ability to prioritize tasks and ensure timely completion.
  8. Experience preparing and managing budgets.
  9. Strong research, analytical and problem-solving skills; imagination and creativity to find information.
  10. Strong ability to be influential, to conduct policy analysis and to include policy and advocacy in programming to achieve systemic changes.
  11. Collegial nature and ability to develop good relationships with multiple constituencies and work as a team member.
  12. High degree of poise, discretion, and responsibility; ability to handle confidential information, ability to anticipate problems, and confidence to follow through.
  13. Fluency in Spanish or French.



1.    Knowledge of human resources concepts, practices, policies, and procedures.
2.    Working experience in the global south.

3.Knowledge of the field of international development and program planning.
4.    Cross-cultural understanding of how an international development agency operates. 




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