We are seeking a highly motivated, passionate and detail-oriented Social Responsibility Impact Manager at join our OFC Social Responsibility team.

About Us

Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) is the umbrella organisation of the national Football Associations within Oceania.  OFC’s purpose is to improve the game of football across Oceania. Located at St Johns in Auckland, New Zealand, OFC supports 11 Member Associations strategically, financially, and logistically through tailored programmes.

OFC Values:

  • Integrity
  • Diversity
  • Passion
  • Empowerment
  • Excellence

What we do?

OFC is charged with the task of servicing and administering football in the Oceania region while also using the sport as a tool for social development. The OFC Social Responsibility Strategy – “Power of Football” outlines our work to enhance the wellbeing of individuals and communities across the Pacific through the promotion of Sustainable Development focused on the following pillars of impact:

  • An Inclusive Oceania
  • A Healthy Oceania
  • A Resilient Oceania
  • A Flourishing Oceania

Who are we after?

We are on a mission to unlock the transformative power of football to enhance the wellbeing of individuals and communities across Oceania. We are committed to sector-leading and innovative work that maximizes the contributions that our sport can make to sustainable development. To do this, OFC Social Responsibility takes an evidence-led approach grounded in quality research, monitoring data and insights that allow us to design fit-for-purpose solutions and empower our regional programmes to achieve excellence in their local context.

The Social Responsibility Impact Manager is critical in leading this process through the management of a portfolio of research alongside the management of regional monitoring and evaluation systems and processes that support football for good programmes , and facilitating the production of reports to donors and other regional and international stakeholders that outline programme impacts.

Activities will include: 

  • The development and implementation of a monitoring, evaluation and learning (MERL) strategy which includes supporting country teams and developing capacity to effectively use MERL tools.
  • Working alongside OFC and MA programme teams to ensure collection of quality data on the programmes.
  • Analysis of data, provision of insights and evaluation of programming gaps and learning opportunities to enhance performance across social responsibility activities.
  • Management of research assignments and contributing to the writing of proposals and reports and advocacy for programme results
  • Further develop and coordinate a results framework and indicators to measure the contributions football makes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Pacific.

This is a unique opportunity for a MERL/Research expert with experience in the development sector including knowledge of research methods, results-based management, data collection and statistics. A passion for football and sport for development is a bonus.

You will primarily be responsible for:

Monitoring Evaluation Research and Learning (MERL)

MERL support to programmes 

  • Assist in developing strategies and approaches for capturing baseline data and delivering programme monitoring, evaluation and learning outcomes.
  • Support the design, development, and delivery of MERL learning and reflection workshops with Social Responsibility teams.
  • Collate and quality assure information from Social Responsibility teams to support reporting requirements.
  • Document lessons learned to facilitate important programming decisions and encourage wider learning.
  • Support the review of strategic plans, workplans and budgets ensuring alignment of activities, targets and financial objectives.
  • Support programme reporting and communication with donors.

Support to Social Responsibility Teams and Member Associations/Associate Members

  • Support the development and implementation of Member Association monitoring, evaluation and learning strategies and plans.
  • Develop training materials and implement training programmes to support capacity building on monitoring and evaluation for in-country teams.
  • Present data and results to target audiences in innovative ways that influence programme improvement.
  • Work closely with regional teams to ensure quality data collection and analysis for impactful reporting.
  • Manage research projects, build partnerships with research institutions, and drive continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Support the capacity building of teams in monitoring and evaluation techniques and processes.
  • Maintain and enhance systems and structures to support effective program management and reporting.

Skills & Experience:

You must have a minimum of 5+ years of hands-on experience in managing data, insights and MERL for programmes, preferably development or sport for development programs in the Pacific region.

  • Minimum of a degree or post-graduate qualification in sport management, development, social sciences, or statistics, with a research focus.
  • Demonstrated experience managing statistics, data or evaluation focused projects.
  • Project management qualifications are desirable with an understanding of project design, monitoring and evaluation, and budgeting and forecasting.
  • Experience in providing MERL support and/or managing programs in developing contexts and in the Pacific in particular.
  • Sound knowledge and experience designing and developing programme results frameworks.
  • Experience in working with multiple partners including government, inter-governmental, NGOs and sport organizations.
  • An understanding of the Pacific region, with a focus on participatory processes, joint management, and gender lens.
  • A professional, positive, flexible, and diplomatic response to problem solving.
  • Ability to speak French would be an advantage but is not essential.
  • A passion for the football industry and community activity.

The Next Steps: 

Please email a cover letter attached to your resume to [email protected]. Your cover letter should highlight your specific qualifications and recent experiences that are relevant to the role and provide answers to the following questions:

  • Do you have the right to work in New Zealand?
  • What is your expected base salary?
  • What is your notice period?

Note – Applications will close at 5pm on 13th December 2023. The closing date is subject to change without notifications. Active candidate shortlisting will take place during the advertised vacancy period.