Regional East Africa Hunger Crisis Advocacy and Campaigns Manager (INT8460) At Oxfam

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

This is a Rapid Recruitment – we will undertake shortlisting and interviews as applications come in and may appoint before the closing date.

East Africa Hunger Crisis

The Horn of Africa is facing one of its most severe droughts in recent history, following three back-to-back poor rainy seasons, while South Sudan has suffered a fifth consecutive year of severe flooding, leaving nearly 45 million people across Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and South Sudan in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

The number of people requiring support is expected to dramatically increase in coming months especially if the next rainy season – long rains (March – May) – fails.

This is a complex regional crisis, involving 4 countries, with overlapping and mutually compounding hunger drivers (conflict, drought and floods, locusts, COVID-19), which are exasperating inequality and revealing the gaps in governance and aid.

The Role

The Regional East Africa Hunger Crisis Advocacy and Campaigns Manager is part of the OI Platform HECA. The Platform’s vision is to contribute to a transformed and stable region, where people exercise their right to challenge power and have dignity and security to drive transformative change in their lived experiences.

In collaboration with East Africa Hunger Crisis response team, country teams in the region, partners and allies, and the confederation, lead the development and management of Oxfam’s influencing strategy for the East Africa Hunger Crisis, managing advocacy, campaigns, policy, and contributing to communications and media work. Ensure that the East Africa Hunger Crisis response programme delivers coherent policy and influencing, built on programming, cognisant of risk and relevant to the country, regional and global context.

The Regional East Africa Hunger Crisis Advocacy and Campaigns Manager lead on overall campaigns and advocacy strategy and delivery for the regional East Africa Hunger Crisis response. Drawing together support as appropriate from across the confederation, building and co-developing influencing strategies, and ensuring that influencing work is focused on achieving practical impact.

Coordinate across the region, affiliates, country teams, global humanitarian team, EU office, NY Office and other teams engaged in the hunger crisis, to ensure advocacy, campaigns and policy resources are available at an appropriate level, coherence, and risk management. Steering campaigns, advocacy, media and policy outputs in line with Oxfam’s existing positions and strategies.

All Oxfam staff are expected to promote and use a safe-programming approach in all humanitarian responses, to be accountable for ensuring community participation shapes programme decisions, and actively seek a partnership approach and worked following feminist principles including strong awareness of power dynamics.

Location: Nairobi with frequent travel.

Job Type: Full time – Fixed term contract 12 months.

What we are looking for:

Our next Regional East Africa Hunger Crisis Advocacy and Campaigns Manager will require:

  • Knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to Oxfam’s values, mission and work including the feminist approach to humanitarian responses and Oxfam’s partnership principles
  • Strong knowledge of global humanitarian and conflict issues, particularly those related to hunger crisis, displacement, refugee law, and impacts on women and girls.
  • Substantial and proven experience in advocacy or campaigning for humanitarian or human rights
  • Strong experience and understanding of developing accurate power analysis, advocacy strategies, and models and theories of change, including awareness of political sensitivities.
  • Excellent communications and facilitation skills, with strong understanding of leadership in complex group dynamics.
  • Demonstrable organisational and project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects to deadlines
  • Excellent understanding of, commitment to and experience of embedding and continuously learning to embed a decolonial, anti-racist, intersectional feminist and partner led approach in your work.
  • Lobbying and political skills: persuasive, diplomatic and articulate
  • Experience in advocacy, research, policy, lobbying, media work and public campaigning, including the ability to act as a spokesperson when necessary

Our values and commitment to safeguarding

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, adults and beneficiaries with whom Oxfam GB engages. 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.

The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Oxfam GB also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

How to apply

As part of your online application, please upload your up to date CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile via Oxfam website

About us

Oxfam is a global community who believe poverty isn’t inevitable. It’s an injustice that can be overcome. We are shop volunteers, women’s right activists, marathon runners, aid workers, coffee farmers, street fundraisers, goat herders, policy experts, campaigners, water engineers and more. And we won’t stop until everyone can live life without poverty for good.

Oxfam GB is a member of international confederation of 21 organisations working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.

A thriving diverse Oxfam:

It’s people power that brings about change. To play our part as a global organisation working to overcome poverty and inequality, we need equality, diversity and inclusion across our community of staff, partners and volunteers. Together, we’re committed to becoming a more diverse workforce, better able to tackle the global challenges that face our world today.

To do that:

  • We need to dismantle the unequal power structures that exist everywhere, this including Oxfam and the wider development and charity sectors.
  • We need an inclusive Oxfam where everyone can bring who they are to our work and feels celebrated for the differences they bring.
  • We want and need everyone, and that means we need you.

In response to Covid-19 if you are offered a role where you are required to travel between countries please ensure you have been briefed by the Hiring Manager about any changes to working or precautions you should take as part of your role.