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Project and Proposal Developer - French speaking


Location: The Hague, The Netherlands

Organization: Oxfam Novib

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

Oxfam Novib is organised thematically and is working in four main thematic areas: Land, Food and Water, Gender and Youth, Conflict and Fragility and Governance and Financial Flows. It works in multi disciplinary teams bringing together policy and program staff.  The Thematic Units aim to build strong multi country and multi regional programs together with Country Offices, partners and Oxfam affiliates to attract funds from institutional donors. The program teams in the Thematic Units devote serious attention to influencing and to thematic monitoring, evaluation and learning in the programs they develop. Oxfam Novib seeks to ensure that gender justice, active citizenship and conflict sensitivity are mainstreamed across the programs it develops.

To better equip itself to meet these goals, the Thematic Units are seeking a Project and Proposal Developer – French speaking

Purpose of the function:

As Project and Proposal Developer you will lead in the development of multi-country/ multi–regional projects, concept notes and full proposals for institutional donors in the Thematic Units of Oxfam Novib in The Hague, in a process of co-creation with relevant Oxfam country office teams and Oxfam affiliate staff. You will be coordinating (for example as bid lead or lead writer) the engagement of Oxfam staff (finance officers, MEL advisors, thematic specialists) and relevant partners and allies to support hands-on co-creation, development of (multi country/multi regional) projects in The Hague and country offices. You will do this in such a way that it contributes to enhancing the quality, clarity and compliance with specific donor requirements of projects and proposals which can be funded by institutional donors.

Your role is not only to bring together the necessary support, but also to inspire, to identify opportunities, be creative and innovative and to ensure development and delivery of quality projects and proposals, often to meet short deadlines. This includes producing clear and logical Theories of Change, with different pathways combining innovative on-the-ground work, with strong influencing components in our programs and ensuring that gender justice, conflict sensitivity and active citizenship/strengthening civil society/attention to civic space are effectively mainstreamed in them. As needed, you will develop partnerships or alliances with key actors in order to enhance development of multi-country/multi regional projects related to one or more Oxfam Novib priority themes building on the complementarity of the contributions that Oxfam, allies and partners bring to the program.

Main tasks of the function:

  • Provide leadership and overall process management to develop and ensure quality development of multi country/multi regional project proposals focusing on one or more Oxfam Novib priority themes within given deadlines and fitting the specific donor requirements. Together with thematic unit program leads and institutional funding colleagues, you will contribute to developing and updating thematic fund-raising strategies & appropriate plans for project development pipelines for these programs and as appropriate or needed, build relations with relevant back donors.
  • In close collaboration with TU program managers, lead and facilitate virtual and flexible teams for co-creating and supporting the development of (multi country/multi regional) projects and funding proposals with relevant units in The Hague, country teams and when possible with other Oxfam affiliates.
  • Lead in writing (pieces) of project frameworks, concept notes, program Theories of change (so-called program back bone documents), content for donor materials or products for the Oxfam Novib English website or funding proposals. Be responsible for quality (multi country/multi regional) project proposal development (coherent narrative, context analysis, clear and logical Theory of Change, Track Records and log frame) via feedback to drafts from colleagues and partners, identifying gaps and assuring linkage with the overall log frame. Elaborate with MEAL advisor & research officers, monitoring tool(s) and approaches, including a learning agenda. Ensure coherence between the text of the proposal and its accompanying (narrative) budget, coordinating closely with Specialists Finance. Link effectively between Oxfam country offices / programmatic units in The Hague, Program
  • Support and Impact Unit (PSI), IFDR, Humanitarian Unit and potentially other Oxfam affiliates and support capacity for planning and deployment of support capacity for development of projects.



  • As appropriate, with relevant staff of external donors, together with TU program managers, to explore funding opportunities and liaise during proposal development.
  • With other organisations, to co-ordinate and co-operate regarding potential joint proposal or project development trajectories.


  • With Oxfam country offices, Oxfam affiliates, and relevant partners and other stakeholders in development of projects/ proposals for institutional donors
  • With Oxfam institutional funding teams to ensure good attention to donor requirements, to make use of donor intelligence and opportunities to raise funds for Oxfam Novib priority themes.
  • With Program Support and Impact Unit on resources available for project development and support to Country Offices on MEL, WIN, financial management and impact measurement.
  • With Humanitarian Unit in ONL on development of humanitarian concept notes and funding proposals or on concept notes and proposals developed jointly between HU and TU.
  • With different program units in the Hague & Oxfam Country office teams, to co-ordinate and exchange information on opportunities, counterparts and/or the region, and to facilitate the co-operation within Oxfam & with specific Dutch actors, and to exchange and use insights in relation to results and learning opportunities.

Key competencies:

  • A higher level education and at least five years of experience in development work, especially in project development, partnership management and demonstrated capacity in successfully raising substantial funds from institutional donors.
  • Strong, clear and convincing writing and communication skills in the English and French language, Dutch is an asset. Ability to write and communicate effectively for different donors and audiences.
  • Understanding of how different intervention strategies can be employed to achieve objectives or results; Strong experience and capacity in relation to linking local to global via influencing; gender analysis, strengthening civil society, and/or conflict sensitivity in programming highly desirable.
  • Good understanding of and demonstrable experience in project development, writing proposals and leading on bid processes.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, risk-taking and result-oriented, ability to provide hands-on support, co-create, negotiate, develop and let go. Leadership skills, able to lead a project team to deliver high quality results to meet deadlines. Ability to work effectively and calmly under pressure .

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Applicants must be nationals of a European Union member State or have a valid work permit for the European Union.

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