Humanitarian Support Personnel- Policy and Advocacy Advisor

Oxfam GB
  • Location
    Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 26

Position description

Oxfam is a global movement of people who won’t live with the injustice of poverty. Together we save and rebuild lives in disasters. We help people build better lives for themselves. We speak out on the big issues that keep people poor, like inequality, discrimination against women and climate change. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can live without poverty.

Oxfam is looking for an experienced humanitarian policy advisor ready to lead Oxfam’s policy development and lobbying on emerging or critical humanitarian crises around the world. The post is part of Oxfam’s Humanitarian Surge Personnel team (HSPs), our leading humanitarian team which deploys in acute emergencies.

As a Humanitarian Policy HSP, you will be deployed into country and response teams dependent on current crises and Oxfam priorities. Deployments may be a few weeks, but may also be up to 6 months. During this time you will work as a member of the country team.

You will work on issues such as: What needs to happen immediately to save lives? Who is most at risk and why? How can people better access humanitarian aid? How can they be better protected? Who needs to change their approach to achieve this? What are the longer-term implications of what is happening? And what can Oxfam do?

Your team will vary between deployments. You will report to a campaign manager where there is one, or the country director where there is not. You may manage national staff and be responsible for recruitments and inductions. You will work with media and communications colleagues, acting as a media spokesperson where required.

You will lead policy development on the crisis, providing expert analysis and advice on a range of humanitarian issues, and develop lobby strategies. You will lead the development of advocacy strategies, identifying the key issues Oxfam should work on. You will form alliances and represent Oxfam to UN and government officials and diplomats. You will support the lobbying of national civil society organisations, particularly women led and women’s rights organisations. Working with Oxfam offices in capitals around the world, you will identify where and how change needs to happen.


We are looking for applicants who have a track record in policy analysis, who have spent time in humanitarian or conflict settings, and are fluent in spoken and written English. Working proficiency in French and/ or Arabic is particularly desired. You will be an excellent communicator and strategic thinker with strong interpersonal skills, and be able to analyse complex humanitarian and political issues and devise appropriate solutions. You will also have experience of international humanitarian contexts and policy issues, and of basing analysis on an understanding of gender and conflict dynamics. You will be able to deploy into fast moving contexts and rapidly establish Oxfam’s position, and be able to juggle multiple priorities, delivering high quality work under pressure.

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