Regional Humanitarian Policy and Campaigns Adviser
Fixed Term – 9 months
Based at Oxfam Regional Office, Nairobi – Kenya
A simple, inescapable truth underlines everything we do at Oxfam. There’s enough wealth in this world to go around. It’s not unfortunate that people live in poverty. It’s unjustifiable. It’s not just their problem. It’s ours too.
And with the right support, we can beat poverty and injustice. Thousands of people already commit their time and talents to our campaigning, humanitarian and long-term development programmes. Now we’re looking for yours.
The Regional Centre provides oversight in the Horn, East and Central Africa region (HECA) which comprises Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Somalia, Burundi and Rwanda.
About the role: The post holder will be the humanitarian policy, advocacy and campaigns focal point for Oxfam in the HECA region.
He/she will be expected to provide high level technical support and advice to country-based policy teams and coordinate their work.
The role requires coordinating and managing reactive and proactive campaigning in emergencies, more so in regional conflict as well as providing linkage to global humanitarian Rights in Crisis campaign management teams.
There will be need to develop and input into regional and global campaign strategies, policy analysis and lobby work as well as the requirement to provide leadership, advice and support in developing country advocacy strategies.
Networking will be an essential component of the role especially maintaining a strong association with allies in the region amongst UN, donors, think tanks, private sector and governments.
Research, training and resource mobilization through concept writing for various aspects of regional work as well as supporting country fundraising will also form part of the job.
The role will require regular, unaccompanied travel.
What we are looking for:
The candidate of choice will have a proven record of campaigning, advocacy and policy experience in the Horn of East and Central Africa region, or a similar context and master’s level relevant education, thorough knowledge of International Humanitarian Law and other relevant skills and knowledge.
Strategic thinking, a solid comprehension of humanitarian, conflict and governance issues and a resilient commitment to humanitarian and development issues are some of the competencies we will be looking for in the successful candidate.
It will be necessary to not only have the ability but also tact to influence relevant stakeholders and mobilise for impactful campaigning.
To fit in the role, one must demonstrate excellent conceptual skills, creativity, a knack for innovation, and most definitely exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to speak and write fluently in English is vital including the flair to write appropriately and often within short timeframes for different external and internal audiences.
Knowledge of French is desirable.
Ability to plan, coordinate and manage people will be essential.
Self awareness, strong interpersonal skills and sensitivity in demanding situations will be fundamental aptitudes for effective delivery.
Ability to manage budgets and capacity to train will be desired.
If you believe that you fit the job and the person profile, please download the full job description and apply online HERE.
The closing date for applications is close of business 6 May 2016.
Attach an up to date CV and a covering letter clearly explaining your interest in and addressing the key competencies for the post.
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