Barcelona, España


Ref: 46-19/20

Oxfam is a global development organization that mobilizes the power of people against poverty. We are an activist organization fighting poverty and inequality and working on the causes of the injustices.

Would you like to join our team?

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 19 organizations (affiliates) working togetherwith 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. To read more about our values please click here.

Oxfam Intermón (Oxfam’s Spanish affiliate) is looking for a new Executive Director (ED) following the completion of the institutionally agreed mandate of the current Director of two 4-year terms.  

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the new Executive Director will lead Oxfam Intermon as the main executive responsible of the organization. He/she will provide leadership along with the members of the Board of Directors, made up of the directors of each department (Programs, Advocacy and Citizenship, Public Engagement, Finance, People and Organization). He/she will also contribute to the leadership of the Oxfam confederation, together with the executive directors of the other affiliates and the Executive Director of Oxfam International.

Oxfam Intermon has a budget of 110 million euros, a staff of 400 employees and 1,700 volunteers located in different cities in Spain. In addition, there are 800 people contracted in the countries where we carry out our programs as Oxfam.

The budget for the whole confederation amounts to 1,000 million euros and has approximately 10,000 staff.

What will be your functions? 
  • Leading and guiding the definition of strategies, operational models, plans and budget of the organization aiming at achieving its goals and fostering their implementation.
  • Submitting decision proposals to the Board of Trustees on the subjects they decide and be held accountable for your management of them.
  • Leading the Board of Directors, empowering their leadership as well as of the senior management team. Ensuring and promoting a safe work environment and an organizational culture aligned with Oxfam values.
  • Being an active member of committees and working groups within Oxfam International to define common strategies, plans and operational models for all the affiliates.
  • Representing the organization to the internal team, setting a common and clear vision.
  • Representing Oxfam Intermón to external stakeholders, such as media, sector forums and events to maximize the presence and impact of the Oxfam Intermon brand.  
  • Building political and social networks with other institutions and NGOs, both at national and international levels, in order to contribute to the mission of the organization.
  • Ensuring the proper management of the organization’s resources to achieve institutional goals by maximizing the effectiveness, efficiency and adequate use of those resources.
  • Ensuring compliance with the Code of Conduct throughout the organization and in particular in your direct team, committing to be an example of this in your practices and behaviors. 
What are we looking for? 

We are looking for a person committed to integrity, with strong personal values, aligned with our mission of social transformation and especially engaged with gender equality and women’s rights. You will possess a personal and professional background in line with our values and be able to demonstrate the following experience and skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree or similar. Other complementary leadership and managerial training will be an asset.
  • At least 10 years of experience in leadership positions setting and developing strategies and leading teams with high diversity.
  • Experience in leadership and management of large, complex, change-oriented and ground-breaking organizations.
  • Experience working or collaborating with NGOs or other civil society organizations. 
  • Experience in international cooperation organizations will be an asset.
  • Capacity and experience/skill in setting vision and developing strategy.
  • Capacity in supervising budgetary management in a complex organization.
  • Transformational leadership of multidisciplinary teams, with strong skills in developing people and supporting them to reach their maximum potential.
  • Ability to achieve results through a team with a high level of responsibility, involvement, autonomy and competence.
  • Ability to lead the necessary changes to achieve the objectives of the organization.
  • Ability to make quick and strategy-focused decisions.
  • Excellent communication and external relationship skills in order to represent the organization.
  • Knowledge of the Spanish social, political and economic context.
  • Experience in public engagement and digital transformation is an asset. 
  • Fluency in Spanish and English is essential, spoken (negotiation level) and written. 
  • Availability to travel nationally and internationally up to 5 weeks per year and other 5 weeks in short trips.
What can we offer you? 
  • We offer you the opportunity to join a well-established, international organization, a reference point in the field of development cooperation, humanitarian action and social justice, forming part of the overall work of Oxfam International.
  • The chance to join a respectful and safe working environment, open to dialogue and with opportunities for personal and professional growth.
  • Senior management contract at Oxfam Intermón.
  • Duration: a 4-year term, renewable for a second term of another 4 years.
  • Location: Barcelona. Candidates residing in Madrid will also be considered, subject to a commitment to be in Barcelona at least 3 days a week.
  • Gross annual salary according to Oxfam Intermon’s local salary scale.
  • Expected starting date: March/April 2020.

If you are interested, please send your curriculum vitae and a covering letter -detailing your leadership experience of complex, change-oriented and ground-breaking organizations as well as your values and how you apply them to your decisions- to oes_executivedirector@OxfamIntermon.org

In addition, please fill in this short questionnaire.

The process will be carried out with the collaboration of Russell Reynolds Associates for the assessment of candidates’ applications, once longlisted by Oxfam Intermón.

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 committed to 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 a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

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.

The closing date for applications is the 13-10-2019. Oxfam reserves the right to change this date, if considered necessary. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Oxfam is committed to the principle of equity, diversity and inclusiveness.