Head of Humanitarian

13 May 2022

  • An exceptional opportunity to join one of Australia’s leading non-for-profits 
  • Permanent, Full-time, 35 hours per week 
  • Melbourne based 

About Us 

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to eliminate the inequalities that keep people in poverty. 

At Oxfam Australia, we believe all lives are equal and no-one should live in poverty. We believe that in a wealthy world, poverty is unjustifiable and preventable, that the present state of inequality and injustice must be challenged, and that with the right support, people can change their lives for the better.  

We are part of an international confederation of 20 organisations (affiliates) working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 75 countries. 

All our work is led by five core values: Accountability, Empowerment, Equality, Inclusiveness and Sustainability.  

As an organisation undertaking work both locally and internationally and in humanitarian response, we take our duty of care seriously to safeguard children, young people and adults and recognise that we must meet community expectations and the trust placed in our people to maintain the highest standards of conduct with children. Therefore, our people are required to comply with the One Oxfam Child Safeguarding and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse policies and sign the Oxfam Australia Child Safeguarding and One Oxfam Employee Codes of Conduct.  

The Role 

To provide leadership and strategic vision for Oxfam Australia’s contribution to Oxfam’s humanitarian work globally in the context of our one program approach. This includes representing Oxfam Australia at the highest levels within the Australian humanitarian sector and market, influencing and shaping external humanitarian policies and acting as the key Oxfam Australia humanitarian contact point for the Global Humanitarian Team. This role will be a senior and critical part of Oxfam Australia’s overall humanitarian capacity and will be a critical decision maker to ensure Oxfam Australia continues to be a partner of choice in the humanitarian and resilience sector in Australia. 

A little about you (the key selection criteria)  

To be successful in this role you will have; 

  • Ability to use analytical thinking and understanding to provide strategic vision and inspiration to others. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, diplomacy, representational and communication skills. 
  • Significant proven track record in the humanitarian sector derived of leadership of complex emergency responses  
  • Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, child safe and staff health and wellbeing principles  

We can offer you 

  • A base salary of $118,548 plus superannuation, superior leave benefits and access to a generous not-for-profit salary packaging program (up to $18,450 of your salary tax-free). 
  • The opportunity to use your talents and expertise to make a positive impact around the world. 
  • We value flexibility and seek to support our people to work in ways that meet their work/life commitments and support their wellbeing. 
  • Cultural leave  
  • Superannuation matching 

How to apply 

  • To apply, click the Apply Now button to be directed to Oxfam’s job portal. 
  • Applications close on 27May 2022. 

Our people are at the heart of everything we do. We care deeply about creating a safe and inclusive workplace where our people feel valued, respected and empowered. We are committed to providing equal opportunities and encourage applicants with personal experience of the forms of injustice we seek to address to apply for opportunities at Oxfam Australia. 

Applicants will be required to show proof of their right to work in Australia and successful applicants will be subject to the satisfactory clearance of a Police Records Check, and Counter Terrorism and Aid Diversion check. 

We give priority to protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of our people, supporters, and the communities we work with. If successful, you may be required to provide evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination or approved medical contraindication prior to commencing employment with Oxfam Australia.  

For enquiries relating to this position, please contact Anthea Spinks via antheas@oxfam.org.au

• Click on the Apply Online button at the base of the advertisement
• Complete the on-line application form, then, as three separate documents, upload a cover letter, CV and a response addressing the selection criteria outlined in the ad
• Applications close on 27 May 2022

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