• Program Advisor Job at Oxfam

  • Posted on: 28 January, 2017 Deadline: 15 February, 2017
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    In Kenya, Oxfam works with others to alleviate poverty and inequality. We work with the most vulnerable communities in the dry and remote northern regions, and in the impoverished slums of the capital, Nairobi. In Kenya, the highest poverty levels are in the northern pastoralist districts - in some areas 95% of people fall below the poverty line. Like many developing countries, Kenya is undergoing rapid urbanisation. It’s estimated that by 2050 half the Kenyan population will be living in urban areas. This high presents a myriad of challenges. 34% of the 17 million poor Kenyans are urban poor and most of them live in informal urban settlements. Oxfam in Kenya Since starting work in Kenya in 1963, Oxfam has: provided long-term development aid and emergency relief, for example supporting refugees; promoted peace and managed conflicts between communities; campaigned for better governance and equitable access to services. We aim to help citizens stand up for their rights, and we work with others from government, civil society, communities, international development actors and the private sector. Working with dry-land communities In Turkana and Wajir we develop market-based alternative and complementary livelihoods, supporting fishermen and traders. Working with poor urban communities In the capital, Nairobi, we work with partners to run water kiosks, “bio-centers” that turn human waste into usable energy and improve sanitation, and recycling plants for unemployed youth. Our social protection programs provide cash to help poor families cope with rising costs of food and water and kickstart small businesses. Peace-building and conflict management We focus on enhancing communities’ capacity to resolve conflicts and co-exist peacefully. We also influence national policy through the National Steering Committee on Peace-Building and Conflict Management, under the Office of the President. Climate change We’re working closely with others, supporting local civil society to hold the Government accountable for its response to climate change. We’re also generating relevant climate change data to inform advocacy positions locally and internationally. Governance All of Oxfam’s work in Kenya is rooted in promoting better governance – at local, regional and national levels – by strengthening poor people’s ability to defend and demand their rights. We work to ensure that our partners and the communities we work with have their voices and concerns heard, and that the Government fulfils its responsibilities to poor Kenyans.

    East Africa Extractive Industries Program Advisor


    The role

    The East Africa Extractive Industries Program Advisor will support Oxfam to develop programming on extractive industries in countries across the region as well as the neighbouring region (including links to civil society in countries, such as Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa and in Ghana, Nigeria). The position will advise Oxfam country programs in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan and DRC on strategies, program design and fundraising opportunities. The position will help Oxfam country staff implement and monitor programs, identify and overcome obstacles, facilitate technical and research assistance and help ensure consistency of messaging and approach. The position will help promote intra and cross-regional learning among affiliates to strengthen program implementation.


    Work closely with country program staff in supporting the development of new Oxfam country programs on extractive industries in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan and DRC – on a rotational basis.

    • Support the completion of extractives context analysis in countries where this does not exist, including stakeholder mapping, and analysis of the critical extractives issues.
    • Assist country programs in campaigning and advocacy, including designing and executing technical assistance projects. Identify fundraising opportunities and support proposal development. Support the monitoring and execution of restricted funding projects.
    • Facilitate extractive industries program (including advocacy, campaigning and gender) capacity-building and training. Design and execute cross-program learning exchanges. Participate in monitoring and evaluation of emerging country extractive industries programs.
    • Represent Oxfam regionally on extractive industries issues, networking and relationship building with partners, allies, funders, ‘targets’, academics, researchers, civil society. Support regional influencing work at EAC, SADC and AU level, in coordination with regional policy leads.
    • Contribute to Oxfam’s ‘worldwide influencing network’ by connecting East African organisations working on extractive industries, including gender and extractive industries, into Oxfam programming (particularly influencing) work in Horn and East Africa and globally, particularly in Oxfam affiliate countries that are home to mining companies.

    Person specification

    • Relevant experience in advocacy, international development, human rights and/or environmental fields, with a strong knowledge specifically dedicated to program and/or advocacy work on extractive industries issues.
    • Demonstrated program (including advocacy and campaign) design (including M&E) and management experience, with experience of developing multi-country/team work an advantage.
    • Well developed analytical, conceptual, research and writing skills.
    • A deep understanding of extractive industries issues and trends, globally and in East Africa, with existing relationships to global and regional extractive industries networks an advantage.
    • Excellent advisory skills – good at listening, analysing, giving feedback in ways that build capacity and understanding.
    • Experience carrying out or contracting extractives industries program and influencing capacity building and training for civil society organisations a strong advantage.
    • Experience in policy dialogue, advocacy and lobbying with government and private sector actors.
    • Proven ability in social research and macro policy analysis, with a focus on extractive industries governance a strong advantage

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Oxfam career website on jobs.oxfam.org.uk to apply

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