Humanitarian Policy Advisor

  • Anywhere
Organization: Oxfam
Closing date: 24 Oct 2021

Interviews: Week of 1st November

Location: Flexible, OIS Office or where Oxfam has an office (subject to being able to establish a contract of employment directly or via hosting affiliate)

Contract: Fixed term contract 6-months (Nov 21 –April 22)

Salary and benefits: In line with Oxfam values and subject to location

Hours: Full time, 1 FTE

Oxfam International is unable to guarantee the obtaining of a work permit for the role. Candidates must have and be able to retain the legal right to work in the location of the post. We are not able to support the relocation of a candidate to take up the position in an Oxfam location.

Flexible working: We believe flexible working is key to building the Secretariat of the future, so we’re open to talking through the type of working arrangements that might work for you. We think this role would work particularity well as a fully or partially home-based position.

Oxfam International is an equal opportunities employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

The Role

Oxfam International Secretariat is looking for a Humanitarian Policy Advisor to lead Oxfam’s global policy and advocacy work on localization and humanitarian reform.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Develop evidence and experience-based policy and analysis to influence government, UN agencies, and other key actors in the humanitarian system to meet existing localization commitments, including to provide greater volumes of and better quality funding with local and national NGOs. This includes policy propositions, advocacy strategies and research carried out in co-ordination with Oxfam teams, country offices, partners and allies.
  • Represent Oxfam and actively participate in external forums on humanitarian reform, such as theIASCRG5 (Humanitarian Financing) and in the Grand Bargain structures which continue post June 2021. The role will continue to provide policy and advocacy support to Oxfam representatives to their donors, within aid architecture, and to media.
  • Continue to maintain working relationships with relevant networks with national and international stakeholders involved in these debates, including existing relationship on localization advocacy with NEAR, ICVA, and the Charter for Change.
  • Support to national influencing strategies on localization. Oxfam countries which have, currently, localization influencing work and which could have support include: South Sudan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Kenya, Uganda, and Somalia, OPTI and the Philippines. The role will work to provide support to Oxfam affiliates for localization influencing, particularly in affiliate countries where foreign funding restrictions have inhibited progress, as in India.
  • Co-chair the Oxfam International RIC Working Group on Humanitarian Reform and participate in other relevant Working Groups (on the nexus) to ensure localization is considered. Provide advice and strategic direction to Oxfam colleagues on humanitarian reform and humanitarian finance (with an emphasis on Oxfam’s policy priority for reform which is Localization).
  • Fundraising for sustainable resources for localization and humanitarian financing policy priorities for Oxfam after end-March 2022. Identify opportunities for funding and provide inputs to OI/ affiliate funding teams to develop and pitch proposals.

Who we’re looking for

Our next OI Humanitarian Policy Advisor will need to have:

  • Experience with policy and advocacy work, delivering change in localisation policy in humanitarian contexts.
  • Understanding of the humanitarian ecosystem, humanitarian reform and of the role of different stakeholders
  • Understanding of gender issues in emergency settings and commitment to gender equity
  • Understanding of safeguarding in the humanitarian sector
  • Experience mobilising a diverse range of stakeholders, particularly local actors, to co-design and implement policy and advocacy strategies.
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal), with fluency in written and spoken English. Experience producing policy briefs, reports and/ or case studies.

Please see the full job description for further details.

What we offer

This role will give you an opportunity to influence global humanitarian policies*.* At Oxfam, we believe that every aspect of our work can lead to a positive outcome. If you have the same opinion, together with the ability to meet the challenges involved, this role offers scope for immense personal fulfilment – as well as outstanding opportunities to develop your career. Oxfam is committed to providing a fair compensation package and a flexible working environment

About us

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

That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. 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 21 organizations (affiliates) plus the Oxfam International Secretariat, working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in around 90 countries.

The Oxfam International Secretariat is currently headquartered in Nairobi, with offices in Oxford, Washington DC, New York, Brussels, Geneva, and a liaison office with the Africa Union in Addis Ababa.

All our work is led by our core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness, Courage, Solidarity and Equality.

Our commitment to safeguarding

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior 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. Please note that Oxfam International participates in the Inter-Agency Scheme for the Disclosure of Safeguarding-related Misconduct in Recruitment Processes within the Humanitarian and Development Sector. Under this scheme, if you have been employed by another member of the scheme, we will request information from that organization on any misconduct history in accordance with the terms of the scheme. For scheme details please click here

How to apply:

Please apply directly on Oxfam International’s website here.