Policy Advisor

The Job

POLICY ADVISOR

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour 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.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.

Shaping a stronger Oxfam for people living in poverty

ABOUT OXFAM

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’s work in the MENA region covers 11 countries, including Yemen.

TEAM PURPOSE: The Yemen Influencing Team covers advocacy, campaigns, policy, research, media and communications work with the Oxfam Country Programme. We work in close collaboration with programme teams to deliver high quality and high impact programming; and leverage our impact through influencing/advocacy in collaboration with our local partners and allies at national regional and international level.

JOB PURPOSE

To deliver positive changes at scale for people who are poor and vulnerable through analysis, policy formulation and advocacy work around enabling community resilience in Yemen, particularly elements of social protection, good governance, sustainable and equitable water use, DRR and gender. Ensures policy and advocacy is driven by the programme and realities on the ground.

CORE DETAILS

Location:  Yemen, Sana’a with frequent travel to programme sites and offices.

Our package: Internal Grade:

Competitive salary package. C2

Contract type:  One year Fixed Term Renewable

This role reports to: Director, Advocacy, Campaign and Media Staff reporting to this post:                                         

National Policy and Advocacy Officer Annual budget for the post: No direct budget responsibility

Key relationships/interactions: Key relationships/interactions: Programme Managers, Technical Leads,

Gender and Protection staff, Funding/Business Development Manager, WASH colleagues regionally (MENA) and globally (at OI secretariat and affiliate levels).

Screening checks:  All successful candidates will be screened through Refinitiv World-Check One to comply with counter-terrorism and financial sanctions regulations.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oxfam GB’s work in Yemen is along a spectrum that includes direct humanitarian intervention, long- term development. It includes resilience-building work and international advocacy and campaigns. We seek to integrate these components into a ‘one programme approach’ to maximise benefits for poor and marginalised people inYemen.
  • To analyse the social, political, economic and environmental situation at the community,Governorate and national levels, sharing all relevant information with the country team and primary regional and global interfaces within Oxfam. This analysis will be of the policies, practices, communications and decisions or actions relevant to enabling community level resilience in Yemen.
  • Based on incisive analysis, to propose well-grounded policy positions and advocacy strategies for Oxfam GB on building resilience, or elements of resilience, in Yemen and also to craft lobby and advocacy positions on these issues.
  • To follow up and take part in the implementation of the advocacy, media and communications strategies for Oxfam in Yemen as already outlined and approved, with specific focus on enabling community-level resilience when possible. This post-holder will build on the work already undertaken in this area and work with the in-country programme teams and others where relevant to develop and maintain an ongoing relationship with relevant parties inside and outside Yemen.
  • To support the CD, Director, Advocacy, Campaigns and Media, affiliates, and others in developing and delivering policyand advocacy work with multiple level targeting: national, regional and international if applicable.
  • To invest in external relationships with government, bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies in Sana'a and programme locations as appropriate to develop advocacy messages and tactics, and explore the potential of joint advocacy and lobbying work, around enabling resilience including work around social safety nets
  • To work with the Head of Policy and Campaigns, Country Management Team and other programme staff to ensure the integration of advocacy into programme planning and implementation. This will include creating an internal communications strategy and identifying and responding to programme staff and strategic partners needs such as advocacy training.
  • To play active role in the clusters, thematic working groups and other key fora by providing specialist advice on issues around resilience policy and practice in Yemen by engaging in meetings and briefings.
  • To work with the Yemen programme gender focal point, and regional and global gender advisors to ensure integration of a gender perspective into Yemen policy and advocacy work on resilience.
  • To support the Media Lead in developing media and communications vehicles/tools and engages with national and international media outlets in coordination with the Regional Media Coordinator.
  • To undertake other related tasks as required and agreed by line and matrix manager. For example, may undertake and commission policy research as appropriate and agreed with line management.

Other

  • Required to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and      values as well as the promotion of gender justice and women's rights
  • Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing principles.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE

Essential

  • Public policy, analysis and advocacy experience is essential,
  • Experience of undertaking policy work on resilience, including social protection,
  • sustainable and equitable natural resource management, rural economic empowerment and gender justice is desirable
  • Experience of working in both development programmes and humanitarian situations, and ability to integrate into one-programme-approach is desirable
  • Ability to work with significant levels of autonomy and make prompt and sound decisions
  • Proven analytical skills and ability to work with others to develop strategy into action and communicate this to a wider audience
  • Knowledge and experience of promoting gender equity, and an active commitment to promoting the interests of marginalized people in all aspects of programme work.
  • Experience of project planning and project management
  • The ability to meet agreed deadlines in a stressful and fast paced environment will be critical
  • Experience of successful teamwork: challenging, motivating, developing and inspiring team members
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences, and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts
  • High-level of interpersonal and communications skills both oral and written .
  • Knowledge of the Yemeni and Middle Eastern context is desirable
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential, Arabic would be an advantage

Organisational Values

  • Accountability – Our purpose-driven, results-focused approach means we take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions
  • Empowerment – Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen
  • Inclusiveness – We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences

Note to candidates: Shortlisted candidates will be assessed on our organisational values and attributes at the interview stage. The successful candidate(s) will be expected to adhere to our code of conduct. We encourage candidates to read and understand our code of conduct here.

OXFAM LEADERSHIP COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK -

Competencies

Description

Decisiveness

We are comfortable to make transparent decisions and to adapt decision making modes to the context and needs.

Influencing

We have the ability to engage with diverse stakeholders in a way that leads to increased impact for the organization We spot opportunities to influence effectively and where there are no opportunities we have the ability to create them in a respectful and impactful manner.

Humility

We put ‘we’ before ‘me’ and place an emphasis on the power of the collective, nurture the team and play to the strengths of each individual. We are not concerned with hierarchical power, and we engage with, trust and value the knowledge and expertise of others across all levels of the organization.

Relationship Building

We understand the importance of building relationship, within and outside the organization. We have the ability to engage with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in ways that lead to increased impact for the organization.

Listening

We are good listeners who can see where deeper levels of thoughts and tacit assumptions differ. Our messages to others are clear, and consider different preferences.

Mutual Accountability

We can explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our organizational values. We are ready to be held to account for what we do and how we behave, as we are also holding others to account in a consistent manner.

Agility, Complexity, and Ambiguity

We scan the environment, anticipate changes, are comfortable with lack of clarity and deal with a large number of elements interacting in diverse and unpredictable ways.

Systems Thinking

We view problems as parts of an overall system and in their relation to the whole system, rather than reacting to a specific part, outcome or event in isolation. We focus on cyclical rather than linear cause and effect. By consistently practicing systems thinking we are aware of and manage well unintended consequences of organizational decisions and actions.

Strategic Thinking and Judgment

We use judgment, weighing risk against the imperative to act. We make decisions consistent with organizational strategies and values.

Vision Setting

We have the ability to identify and lead visionary initiatives that are beneficial for our organization and we set high-level direction through a visioning process that engages the organization and diverse external stakeholders.

Self-Awareness

We are able to develop a high degree of self-awareness around our own strengths and weaknesses and our impact on others. Our self-awareness enables us to moderate and self-regulate our behaviors to control and channel our impulses for good purposes.

Enabling

We all work to effectively empower and enable others to deliver the organizations goals through creating conditions of success. We passionately invest in others by developing their careers, not only their skills for the job. We provide freedom; demonstrate belief and trust provide appropriate support. We give more freedom and demonstrate belief and trust, underpinned with appropriate support.

How to Apply
  • Employer: Oxfam
  • Category: Development/Non-Profit
  • Location: Sana'a
  • Posted on: 7 January 2020
  • Deadline: 21 January 2020

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