Oxfam International Secretariat is hiring a Humanitarian Policy Advocacy Lead (remote position in the Global South/Nairobi): Apply Now!!


Oxfam International Secretariat is looking for an outstanding candidate to effectively influence the policy of governments, UN bodies, and other humanitarian agencies , in line with the objectives of Oxfam’s humanitarian advocacy and campaigns and broader organization, helping make Oxfam a recognised authority on humanitarian issues.

  • Thematic lead for the confederation on issues relating to humanitarian, fragile and conflict-affected contexts, and setting the agenda for specific strands of policy, research and advocacy work within this framework.
  • Responsible for leading policy and advocacy across the confederation on these thematic areas. Ensuring high quality policy and research outputs, with a focus on decolonising how and where knowledge is produced in the organisation and beyond in line with the confederations’ intersectional anti-racist feminist principles priorities, commitments and influencing strategies.
  • Internal and external representation on specific areas of policy, research and advocacy agendas, in partnership with OI Advocacy Offices, country and regional teams.

The Role

  • Leading and overseeing policy development, including sign-off, research and advocacy on key thematic areas related to humanitarian issues and the challenges facing communities in fragile and conflict affected contexts, on behalf of the confederation, working with countries, regions and affiliates at all levels to ensure consistency, quality, and effectiveness of this strand of work to achieve maximum impact.
  • Managing on-going development of Oxfam’s humanitarian policy platforms, including forecasting and leading strategic dialogue on emerging and/or evolving analysis and debates related to priority campaign content.
  • Managing research, intelligence gathering, and policy coordination and delivery for Oxfam’s priority campaigns at key external political moments; as well as developing our understanding and knowledge on key humanitarian and systemic issues and embedding this into all advocacy, policy, research and influencing work.
  • Responsible for maintaining thematic expertise on conflict, humanitarian system and nexus issues but works flexibly to embed inequality, gender, rights and justice framing across all humanitarian policy, research and advocacy.
  • Joining prioritised project teams as necessary and as the theories of change for the project dictate.
  • Providing policy support, advocacy access, training and capacity building for country colleagues, allies and partners.
  • Representing Oxfam externally with senior policy makers and linking the confederation with existing networks of expertise within and beyond the organisation, in partnership with OI Advocacy Offices, country and regional teams as appropriate.

The Person

Essential criteria:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Influencing
  • Strategic Thinking and Judgment
  • Enabling
  • Relationship building

In addition:

  • Exceptional influencing skills and demonstrable experience effectively, persuasively and diplomatically representing issues and institutions before high level decision-makers.
  • Ability to negotiate effectively and excel in informal leadership skills in a multi-stakeholder, network environment and alliances.
  • Demonstrable understanding of an integrated approach to political advocacy that includes research, policy, lobbying, media work, alliance-building, and public campaigning.
  • Experience managing a team, including recruitment, performance management, and budget oversight.
  • Experience working with partners and civil society actors and supporting their advocacy efforts and initiatives.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with outstanding ability to liaise and build relationships with a wide range of diverse people, both internally and externally and at many levels, with credibility, tact and diplomacy.
  • Excellent public speaking and media skills
  • Demonstrable commitment to social and economic justice, anti-racism, gender equity, women’s rights, and LGBTQIA rights.
  • High level of verbal and written English and French communication skills.

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How to apply

Please upload an up to date CV and a covering letter Here, clearly explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile

Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted- usually within 2 weeks of the closing date.

Closing date: 17 Jul 2024

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