Oxfam Job in Nigeria for a Policy Lead

Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations (affiliates)
networked together in 94 countries, as part of a global movement for
change. Together we are working to achieve our vision of
‘a just world
without poverty’ and to be a powerful partner in global and local
communities of people connected for change.

Oxfam is recruiting to fill the job position below:

Job Title:
Policy Lead
Ref No: INT2889
Location: Abuja, Nigeria, with frequent travel in Nigeria, Chad and Niger 
Contract Type: 6 month contract with possibility of extension
Hours: Full time
Team Purpose

  • To campaign with others for an effective humanitarian and
    protection response to the Lake Chad Basin crisis and to help address
    the drivers of conflict

Job Purpose

  • To drive Oxfam’s humanitarian policy and advocacy on the Lake
    Chad Basin – a priority regional response within Oxfam’s ‘Rights in
    Crisis’ campaign.
  • This will involve leading Oxfam’s analysis, research, policy
    development and strategy on three countries- Nigeria, Niger and Chad. 
  • It will also include in-country and global lobby, external representation and alliance building.
  • The post holder will work with Oxfam programme staff and
    partners in country and colleagues in capitals across the world, leading
    and contributing to Oxfam’s regional and global policy development. 
  • Focus areas include ensuring that the people in areas affected
    by the humanitarian crisis can access life-saving humanitarian aid and
    are protected from violence.

Key Responsibilities
Lead Oxfam’s Lake Chad Basin policy development:

  • Provide humanitarian policy leadership for Oxfam’s Lake Chad Basin response
  • Develop analysis and policy with close attention to the local,
    national, regional and international context bringing coherence and an
    overall framework to Oxfam’s policy direction in Niger, Chad and Nigeria
  • Contribute and drive forward Oxfam’s advocacy strategy in response to contextual shifts
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Lead Oxfam’s advocacy strategy in country and in key capitals:

  • Build alliances and networks with national, regional and international actors
  • Represent Oxfam to externally to donors, diplomats, UN and government officials as required
  • Lobby in target capitals as required
  • Work with campaigns, media and communication colleagues to ensure that messaging is coherent and creative

Manage and/or develop key policy products:

  • Develop key policy documents including regularly updated talking
    points, internal and external briefings, lobby notes and briefing
    papers as required
  • Work with allies in country to develop quality joint policy products as required and in line with Oxfam’s strategy
  • Commission and manage research reports or work with others to ensure high quality products

Contribute to Oxfam’s regional and global policy development:

  • Provide policy input to policy and campaigns development, particularly on Oxfam’s work on global migration
  • Contribute through case studies, examples and analysis to Oxfam’s global policy debates.

We are Looking For
Skills and Competence:

  • At least 5 years’ work experience, including policy
    development,  networking and alliance building with other agencies
  • Flexibility, stamina and ability to work under pressure to meet
    tight deadlines, to work unsociable hours as necessary and to travel for
    up to 40% of time. (E)
  • Ability to work independently in a fast paced environment. (E)
  • Proven collaborative, and self-management and people management skills, including flexibility and respect for others. (E)
  • Ability to model Oxfam’s values (empowerment, accountability and
    inclusiveness) with staff, partners, allies and other stakeholders. (E)
  • Awareness and understanding of the role of traditional and social media.  (D)
  • Experience of being a media spokesperson and briefing journalists. (D)
  • Proven ability in developing and implementing advocacy strategies (E)
  • Excellent representational and lobbying skills, and experience of advocacy with senior decision-makers. (E)
  • Experience of driving policy development in crisis situations,
    with a strong preference that this  in the conflict/humanitarian field 
  • Education in social sciences to degree level, or equivalent (E).
  • Post-graduate and other training qualifications desirable (Desirable)
  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills, and ability to
    think/operate innovatively independently and work as part of a remote
    team (E)
  • Experience in management or matrix management (D) and capacity building. (E)
  • Excellent oral communications skills in English and French.
    Ability to write substantial in depth analysis in one language, and a
    minimum of written competency in the other. (E)
  • Demonstrable understanding and experience of gender and
    diversity issues and proven commitment to and evidence of promoting
    gender equity. (E)
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Competitive package

How to Apply

Interested and  qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply


  • This is an urgent recruitment for a high priority humanitarian
    response. For this reason, applications will be reviewed as they are
    received, and priority will be given to those who are available to
    travel to Nigeria immediately.
  • Please indicate your availability in your application. Interviews and offers may take place before the closing date

Application Deadline  14th October 2016.

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