Business Incubation & Rural Finance Officer at Oxfam Nigeria

Business Incubation & Rural Finance Officer at Oxfam Nigeria

Oxfam Nigeria

Business Incubation & Rural Finance Officer at Oxfam Nigeria. Please ensure you read the job requirements before applying for this position.

Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations (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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Business Incubation & Rural Finance Officer

Requisition ID: 11242
Location: Bauchi
Internal Job Grade: D1
Contract Type: Nine (9) Months
Job Family: Programme
Reporting to: Project Coordinator

Job Purpose

  • The Business Incubation & Rural Finance Officer will identify and work with private public sectors stakeholders including academicians to enhance project beneficiaries’ business and entrepreneurial skills and improve their overall wellbeing.

Job Responsibilities
Project Development Planning:

  • To coordinate project interventions development and implementation of activities for the LINE project including conduct of value chain analysis and packaging interventions to address critical gaps associated with targeted commodities.
  • Develop annual work plans for the implementation of the project in collaboration with the project team
  • Design a draft project implementation Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) to guide Oxfam and its stakeholders and others in the implementation of the key partnership related activities based on an agreed framework of operations that enhances the value chain development using innovative market based agricultural models.
  • Ensure a comprehensive baseline is carried out to derive quality data needed for the implementation of market based agricultural livelihoods component of the LINE project.
  • Undertake financial intermediation with a focus on rural financial services intermediation.
  • To identify and network relevant rural micro financial organizations into LINE projects in order to expand scope for beneficiary in rural financing of activities.
  • To coordinate systematic appraisal, assessment and implementation of institutional development plans of selected project partners according to agreed plan with the Project Coordinator.
  • To organise and lead key project development planning meetings.
  • To develop, manage and implement selected value chains activity plans for LINE project.
  • To support the Project Coordinator in managing relations with project partners for effective project delivery.
  • To ensure quality project planning and implementation are carried out within the framework of the project.
  • To assist the Project Coordinator in recruiting and line managing private consultants for specific short-term assignments including facilitating the development of their work plans, monitor their fieldwork and organise debriefings sessions of with consultants.

Training and Mentoring of Partner staff and Project Beneficiaries:

  • To organise and support business development training and services to partner staff   involved in the implementation of project activities around bulking of commodities.
  • To provide professional services, mentoring and counselling advisory services to partners on developing and implementing business plans with project beneficiaries.
  • To work with Business associations formed and village savings and loans groups to enhance group governance capacity and decision-making including facilitation of rural micro-financial services to the target LINE project beneficiaries.


  • To maintain effective communication on programme work with a wide range of people within Oxfam on work progress, particularly programme staff in consultation with the Project Coordinator.
  • To maintain effective communication with external sources on the LINE in consultation with the Project Coordinator.
  • To support Project Coordination in ensuring project learning for communication within the wider organisation with regard to Business Development and village savings and loans.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • To produce activity reports related to project development, partner and beneficiary training, and support to project groups including activities implemented directly.
  • To carry out periodic monitoring visits to project partners and project implementation sites and verify outputs indicated in progress report submitted to Oxfam by partners.
  • To participate in the process of annual impact assessment for the project and participate in other similar processes in Nigeria– as advised.
  • To support the Project Coordinator in preparing project donor reports as well reports for wider circulation within Oxfam in consultation with Project Coordinator as appropriate.

Job Requirements

  • Minimum of ten years working experience in managing development programmes – preferably within the NGOs sector.
  • Minimum of M.Sc qualification in Social Science, Economics or any other related field.
  • At least three years field experience in community development in Northern Nigeria.
  • Substantial experience in working with community groups and community associations, particularly women groups.
  • Demonstrated skills in Business development, private sector integration into rural livelihoods initiatives and/or microfinance development and management especially the village savings and loans schemes.

Key Attributes:

  • Good understanding of diversity and gender equity, willingness and commitment to incorporate Oxfam guiding principles of project in all aspects of programme work in Nigeria.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a strong initiative, tenacity and proven capacity to get the job done.
  • Sympathy with the aims and objectives of Oxfam.
  • Commitment to development principles and action.
  • Previous development work experience, ideally with non-governmental organisations would be an advantage.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and at least two of the Northern languages.
  • Working experience with PCs computers, particularly excellent skills in working with word processing, excel, PowerPoint, databases and electronic communication.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a strong initiative, tenacity and proven capacity to get the job done.
  • Ability to work independently and under minimum supervision.

Key Behavioural Competencies:

Competencies: Description:
Influencing We can engage with diverse stakeholders in a way that leads to increased impact for the organisation We spot opportunities to influence effectively and where there are no opportunities, we could create them in a respectful and impactful manner.
Relationship Building We understand the importance of building relationship, within and outside the organization. We could engage with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in ways that lead to increased impact for the organisation.
Agility, Complexity, and Ambiguity We scan the environment, anticipate changes, are comfortable with lack of clarity and deal with many elements interacting in diverse and unpredictable ways.
Systems Thinking We view problems as parts of an overall system and in their relation to the whole system, rather than reacting to a specific part, outcome, or event in isolation. By consistently practicing systems thinking we are aware of and manage well unintended consequences of organizational decisions and actions.
Listening We are good listeners who can see where deeper levels of thoughts and tacit assumptions differ. Our messages to others are clear and consider different preferences.

Application Closing Date

Not Specified.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should:
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  • We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organization. Therefore, people of all gender identities, sexes, sexual orientations, races, colors, religions, cultures, abilities, etc. are eligible for this position.
  • Oxfam aims to attract great talent that not only fits the job but also Oxfam’s high standard of values and principles, who shares and demonstrates Oxfam’s commitment to prevent and eradicate any type of misconduct including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, any other type of misuse of power or lack of integrity and financial misconduct. We are committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, and adults. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.
  • 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, or integrity screenings/references relating to misconduct and disciplinary actions in prior employment.