Business Support Manager at Oxfam Nigeria

Oxfam is a confederation of 17 Affiliates committed to creating a just world without poverty. In Nigeria Oxfam works in the areas of Economic Justice/Sustainable Livelihoods, Humanitarian programming to save lives, Advancing Gender Justice and Good governance, adopting a right based approach.

Job Title: Business Support Manager


  • To ensure effective and efficient delivery of all operational and business development functions to the country programme, and ensure risk is managed and there is compliance with Oxfam’s policies and procedures.
  • S/he is a member of the Senior Management Team and contributes to the overall leadership and management of the Oxfam programme in Nigeria.


  • To provide strategic leadership to the various business support functions (finance, human resources, logistics, IT, administration, business development & donor contract management issues), ensuring the best possible support to the programme and advice to the response management team;
  • To exploit opportunities presented by external regulatory provisions that will ensure cost effective programmes and provide relevant information needed to facilitate processes;
  • Ensure all business support functions operate in an effective manner, complying with all Oxfam and donor requirements and procedures;
  • Establish and maintain robust fraud mitigation measures and establish of culture of compliance and rigour across the business support functions;
  • To provide direction to the Finance Manager on financial management, policies and procedures, ensuring that the programme is informed of all developments in financial policies.  Ensure the programme is complying with financial standards set by Oxfam and donors
  • To liaise with the funding team to ensure that all donor reporting requirements are met, including   proposals, budgets and donor reporting liaising as required by donor';
  • To provide direct support to the Humanitarian Programme Manager and the Programme Managers in the field on all matters of finance specifically budget preparation, monitoring, control and reporting with a view to ensuring good financial standards are met;
  • Produce monthly financial management information for the Response Management Team and ensures that the finance team provides necessary financial reports for field programme managers to monitor and review their project activities;
  • To assume a strategic overview of financial management systems across the programme, taking note of changing external and internal environment in financial and economic conditions;
  • It is also essential that this position plays an active role in proposal development, particularly with respect to innovative budgeting and realistic estimates with respect to logistics requirements for support and other costing for support functions;
  • Advise on ways of ensuring that effective logistics management and tracking systems are in place and functioning at all times;
  • Review and where necessary support programmes formulate partnership contracts, supplier’s contracts that align to policy and mitigate financial and operational risks;
  • In collaboration with the Security focal point, to ensure that Oxfam Health and Safety and Security guidelines are implemented by the BST;
  • To support programme Co-ordinators and advisors through relevant financial and related contextual information gathering, monitoring situations and consolidating and reviewing proposals as required;
  • To motivate the support team to work interactively with the programme team and to come up with and communicate innovative solutions and systems that allows the programme to serve its overall goal.  This component is critical to the success of this post;
  • Support the HPM/Operational Lead to achieve the programme objectives and reduce risks associated with the programme around legality and compliancy issues and alert the CD of any imminent risks;
  • Manages outsourcing partners and self-service requests to ensure the efficient functioning of the IT system including ensuring regular maintenance, back-ups and support to all staff;
  • Supports global IT initiatives and ensures the adoption of IT technology according to Oxfam requirements and best practice.


  • Bachelors/Masters Degree in Accounting, Finance or related discipline;
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in similar roles - specifically in managing humanitarian and Minimum of Five Years senior Managment Previous experience of managing and developing a team within an INGO setting or similar, with a demonstrated capacity to lead high performing teams, and motivate and develop others;
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage a team covering at least two of the functional areas (finance, human resources, logistics, IT, fundraising, or admin);
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in partnership;
  • Mature understanding of transformation derived from direct experience in a development and/or humanitarian context;
  • Demonstrated experience of strategic leadership and capacity building;
  • Highly developed financial management, planning and budgeting skills;
  • Sound understanding of institutional donors and previous experience in producing high quality donor reports;
  • Sounds understanding of gender and gender mainstreaming approaches;
  • High level of influencing skills with proven ability to establish credibility at all levels;
  • Demonstrated track record of improving efficiency and effectiveness in areas of responsibility.


  • Organisation to work effectively
  • Decision making
  • Initiative
  • Organisational awareness
  • Analytical thinking
  • Adaptable and Flexible
  • Motivating others
  • Communications

We Offer

  • A short term position for 3 months with a competitive and fair pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors.

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

Closing Date
19th February, 2017.



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