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Regional Programme Assistant in West and Central Africa CDI

Country: Senegal
Organization: Oxfam Denmark
Closing date: 19 Nov 2023

Education Out Loud is seeking a Regional Programme Assistant in West and Central Africa (local position open to Senegal citizens and residents only)

Do you have experience and relevant qualifications in one or more of the following fields: • project cycle management, programme management, civil society development, communication, safeguarding, grant management, education policy and advocacy? Are you motivated by putting your skills into action and making an impact in an international NGO?

Recruitment Background

Education Out Loud (EOL – supports civil society organisations in shaping education policy to ensure the right to free inclusive education to all, especially for the most marginalized communities. We promote inclusive, gender responsive and equitable national education policies and systems through enhanced civil society capacities and participation in social accountability and policy advocacy processes.

Managed by Oxfam Denmark and financed by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), EOL is the biggest fund in the world for education advocacy with grants awarded to app. 80 organisations in more than 60 countries. Created in 2019, the EOL programme was recently extended to mid-2027 bringing the total funding of EOL to USD 133 million.

The EOL programme consists of five entities: A Global Management Unit (GMU) based at Oxfam Denmark’s offices in Copenhagen, Denmark, and four Regional Management Units (RMUs) located with Oxfam offices in Ghana (to be moved to Senegal), Mexico, Nepal, and Uganda. Altogether, our grant agent set-up for EOL comprises 28 full time positions, 6 of these are in the Regional Management Unit for West- and Central Africa.

What we are looking for

We are looking for a candidate with experience and professional qualifications from one or more of the following fields: project cycle management, programme management, civil society development, communication, safeguarding, grant management, education policy and advocacy. EOL is an extensive, complex, and ambitious programme with a wide outreach to a diverse range of stakeholders. Our new colleague should consider it a meaningful challenge to be responsive to individual grantees while at the same time maintaining consistent and systematic approaches to ensure fair and transparent assessments and decision-making processes. Our new colleague is willing and able to travel across the region in up to 5-8 weeks per year.

Job purpose

The Regional Programme Assistant is an integral part of the Regional Management Unit being moved to Dakar, Senegal. The incumbent provides technical support to the 25 EOL grantees allocated to the Regional Management Unit from across the region in the development and implementation of thematic and strategic advocacy and social accountability projects on education funded by the EOL mechanism. The post holder will provide strategic orientation and oversight on the design and implementation of the learning framework with grantees within the RMU as well as lead relationships and contracts with regional and global learning partners in support of civil society capacity strengthening.

The Regional Programme Assistant will among others:

  • Support the Regional Programme Manager and the Regional MEL Advisor in the review of grantees’ progress and final reports and provide feedback.
  • Support the Regional Programme Manager and the Regional MEL Advisor in the routine monitoring and reviewing of grantee’s progress in meeting targets/ deliverables and assessment of reports in line with project milestones.
  • Lead on communication efforts with GMU.
  • Contribute to building the evidence from our work and disseminating this among key audiences through EOL’s communication efforts.
  • Conduct safeguarding and protection monitoring using formal and informal methods to identify the challenges of grantees.
  • Record and categorize complaints and feedback from grantees ensure timely response in collaboration with the Internal Auditor.
  • Support in the organization of meetings and conferences including arranging venues, invitations, and other logistics necessary for both national and international conferences.
  • Ensure that minutes/reports of important meetings such as staff meetings, meetings with grantees are compiled, actions tracked and uploaded into PCMS/Box, etc.

Skills, experience, and knowledge

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following skills.


  • Working language skills in English. Fluency in French is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in social science or other relevant field.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in project cycle management.
  • Documented experience from working with civil society strengthening and inclusive participation of youth, women and disadvantaged groups is an advantage.
  • Experience in communication and production of articles, case studies and newsletters.
  • Experience in safeguarding.
  • Proven collaboration, communication, and networking.
  • Strong organisational and personal management skills, with ability to prioritise work issues to meet deadlines with minimal supervision and adjust to constantly changing situations while maintaining focus on delivery and follow through.
  • Experience working in international organisations is required.


  • Other languages advantageous, especially Portuguese

How to apply

How to apply

Only applications submitted via Oxfam Denmark’s online recruitment system will be accepted. Please submit your application via the ‘send application’ button and include your motivation letter and CV. Only applications in english will be accepted.

Apply here.

Application deadline: 19 November 2023 at 23.59. Expected interview date: first week of December. Please note that only applications received using the link provided can be taken into consideration. Start date: As soon as possible.

Oxfam Denmark is committed to equal employment opportunity. We therefore encourage everybody – irrespective of age, gender and of religious, sexual, national, or ethnic affiliation – to apply for this position.

Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.

Practical information

Location is Dakar, Senegal. This is a full-time role. We offer a fixed-term contract till the end of December 2026. Grading, package and working hours as per the Oxfam in Senegal policies.

The candidate will work closely with other RMU team members and will be reporting to the Regional Programme Manager. Further information available from the Regional Programme Manager, Stephanie Mekinda Ndongo [email protected]

About Oxfam

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect, and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.

We are an international confederation of 21 organisations (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.

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct.

We place high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values.

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  • Date d'expiration: 28 novembre 2023
  • Emplacement: Dakar, Sénégal
  • Titre d'emploi: Regional Programme Assistant in West and Central Africa

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