Policy and Advocacy Humanitarian Support Personnel

Oxfam GB
  • Location
    Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 06

Position description

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 20 organizations (affiliates) working together with 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 is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and 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 Role

Oxfam’s Global Humanitarian Team (GHT) 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.

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.

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? Are people being listened to and able to shape the response? 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. 

Application instructions

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