Project Lead Financial Sector

Datum 19 nov. 2019
Vervaldatum 08 dec. 2019
Aantal uren 36 uur
Plaats Den Haag
Betaald Ja
Organisatie Oxfam Novib

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.

The Transparent and Accountable Finance (TAF) team within the Governance and Financial Flows Thematic Unit of Oxfam Novib, based in The Hague, approaches the financial sector from two complementary angles: we influence where we see the Financial Sector as part of the problem (through FFGI, Responsible Business Conduct Agreements, direct lobby) and we support good practices of financial inclusion on the ground (mainly through our Oxfam Novib Microfinance Fund).

The TAF team is currently recruiting a Project Lead Financial Sector | 36 hours a week | For the period of 1 year (with possible extension depending on financial resources) | Based in The Hague. 

Description of the relevant project within the TAF team Fair Finance Guide International (FFGI) FFGI is an international civil society network, initiated and coordinated by Oxfam Novib and financially supported by the Swedish government alongside other sources. FFGI aims to initiate a race to the top between financial institutions (banks, insurers, pension providers) on environmental, social, governance and human rights criteria both nationally and internationally. The network consists of national CSO coalitions with expertise in areas relevant to monitoring and assessing the financial sector in 11 countries all over the world. The aim is to expand to 18 national coalitions in the coming four years. The assessment of financial institutions is done according to one single, internationally agreed-upon, methodology; the outcomes of the assessments are used to inform consumers, for dialogue with banks and for influencing financial sector regulators at national and international levels.

The FFGI executive team based in the Hague coordinates and supports the FFGI network as a whole, enhances the project quality, measures and assesses impact of the research, influencing and campaign work, supports the technical capacity building of staff and partners, supports the communication and campaigning work in each of the countries, secures alignment between Oxfam Novib program goals, country programs, and Oxfam’s strategic goals including structural humanitarian intervention in order to create a just world without poverty.


  • Lead on the strategic thinking on future and development of the FFGI network, its governance and its strategic focus;
  • Coordinate the executive team of the Fair Financial Guide International network, liaising between national coalitions in the FFGI Network, chair the Coordination Working Group of FFGI, lead in planning for and contribute to organising the annual General Assembly of the FFGI;
  • Matrix manage FFGI executive team, which is line managed by TAF program lead;
  • Liaise and coordinate with the Fair Finance Asia project and its Project Management Unit based in Cambodia, to ensure effective and smooth cooperation with the FFG coalitions in the FFA project;
  • Contribute to strengthening the cooperation of Oxfam Novib, other Oxfam affiliates, and other stakeholders on international level on influencing / campaigning for a stable, sustainable and inclusive financial sector, Support the executive team of and the national coalitions in the FFGI network in delivering the objectives of the network on several dimensions: research, influencing, communication, supporter mobilisation and network coordination;
  • Contribute to knowledge development / sharing and mutual learning amongst Oxfam and partners regarding the Financial Sector and how to influence it; 
  • Manage the delivery of support services to the FFGI network: planning, reporting, quality assurance, MEL;
  • Share knowledge and produce knowledge materials about the field of expertise in order to contribute to the development of (new) projects, track records, training materials & external profiling;
  • Identify and synthesize latest thinking and developments in sustainability especially in the financial sector; contribute to positioning FFGI internationally, establish and maintain relationships with key relevant global or national actors related to the financial sector; participate in relevant networks on the theme; Support establishment of new national coalitions and sustainability of existing coalitions.
  • Support TAF Program lead and Institutional Funding department on liaising with donors as needed. Coordinate development FFGI funding proposals and engagement with donors.
  • Contribute as needed to the development of new projects as part of the Oxfam program strategy on a stable, sustainable and inclusive financial sector, in alignment with other Oxfam programs (on tax/ gender inclusive budgeting, pro-poor value chains, private sector engagement); contribute to fundraising for (new) projects to external donors on the role of the Financial Sector, possibly in partnership with Financial Sector actors;
  • Collaborate and cooperate on campaigns and related Financial / Private Sector influencing initiatives (including as needed research), within the Oxfam confederation: with Country Offices in Africa and Asia, with other Oxfam affiliates and with FFG coalitions;
  • Provide technical support and develop co-creation initiatives together with Oxfam country teams and partners with regard to financial sector / private sector engagement work; in project development and project implementation;
  • As needed contribute to Oxfam or Oxfam Novib initiatives or processes related to strategic vision, program direction or innovation.
  • Act as a spokesperson for Oxfam Novib as needed on issues related to the financial sector, communicating Oxfam’s views to other stakeholders and the media.
  • Contract management of present and future funding contracts with the Swedish government and other donors; coordinate and participate in drafting planning documents, regular reporting, monitoring of progress in implementation of national FFGI coalitions, partners and executive team itself.

Functie-eisen en profiel

  • have a master’s degree in the relevant field;
  • have demonstrable experience of at least 5 years in working with financial sector and private sector;
  • have demonstrable experience of at least 5 years in Private Sector engagement, related to sustainability/accountability;
  • experience on working on Private Sector from an NGO perspective also considered valuable;
  • have relevant experience in benchmark initiatives;
  • have relevant experience in influencing and campaigning financial/private sector actors;
  • have relevant experience in international network coordination, project development and project management;
  • are an excellent pro-active coordinator and connector; experience with multi-stakeholder initiatives, multi- disciplinary and/or international (working) groups, sustainability watchdogs, co-creation, and gender mainstreaming will be an advantage;
  • have a result-oriented approach and an entrepreneurial mind-set;
  • are risk-taking and able to co-create, negotiate, innovate and develop with Oxfam teams, Oxfam affiliates, Country Offices, partners, and international alliances;
  • have excellent written & spoken Dutch and English skills (for project development, reporting); overall good communication skills & experience in external profiling. Other languages could be an advantage; are able to work in a multi-disciplinary environment – within and outside Oxfam – with private sector, regulators, media, campaigners, politicians, etc.;
  • are an effective facilitator, a good team player, diplomatic skills, sensitive to working in multi-cultural environments;
  • have a commitment to Oxfam’s values and principles and to Oxfam’s equal opportunity and gender policies;
  • have the availability and willingness to travel to visit the national FFGI coalitions as needed;
  • are able to serve/be supportive to others; ability to multi-task, prioritise and meet deadlines;
  • are self-motivated and are able to work independently.
  • The key competencies for this position are Result orientation; Co-operation; Planning & organisation; Networking; Written communication; Creativity.

Ons aanbod

  • Oxfam Novib is committed to providing you with a competitive, fair, and comprehensive pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors.
  • The salary range for the position of Project Lead Financial Sector (Specialist Projects A) is set in scale 10 with a salary range between € 3101,– to € 4772,– based on 36 hours a week.

Informeren en solliciteren
Are you interested? Then please upload your motivation letter and CV at the latest by COB 8 December 2019  by selecting this linkFor more information about the position you can contact Catherine Essoyan, Manager Thematic Unit Governance and Financial Flows, or Petra Hamers, program lead TAF, This vacancy is posted both internally and externally at the same time, however with equal suitability, the internal candidate is preferred. Applicants must be Nationals of a European Union member State or have a valid work permit for the European Union.