Policy & Advocacy – Humanitarian Support Personnel (INT9870)

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

  Do you have a proven track record in humanitarian policy/advocacy, influencing government, donors, or other organizations at national and international levels?

 Do you have training and capacity building skills, and ability to support Programme staff to build their skills in advocacy work?

 Do you believe in supporting platforms for local organizations to undertake advocacy and for communities to speak for themselves at national and international levels?

 Do you have the ability to deploy rapidly to different countries to scale up advocacy in crisis situations?

– Are you ready to travel at short notice and work away from your home base as part of Oxfam’s humanitarian responses anywhere in the world?

If the answer is yes, then we would like to hear from you.

The Role:

What are Humanitarian Support Personnel (HSPs)?

The Humanitarian Support Personnel (HSP) Team comprises of technical humanitarian experts from various fields across the globe who bring their skills and experience to Oxfam’s country teams to help them respond to conflicts and natural disasters.

HSPs are globally roving and work away from their home base continuously. Typically, they are deployed to a particular location from a few weeks up to six months’ duration per assignment. HSPs could expect to be deployed to country programmes up to nine months a year (prorata for parttime posts). Our current emergency programmes are in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe. When not deployed (or on annual leave), HSPs may be assigned project /proactive work, and the location in which the HSP undertakes this work will be determined by legal and cost implications.

What will you be doing as an HSP Policy and Advocacy Adviser?

− Be deployed to support country teams around the world to integrate advocacy into Oxfam’s emergency response. Deliver national and global advocacy, actively linking strategy and messaging to our humanitarian Programme work with crisisaffected communities.

− Work alongside media and campaign colleagues to deliver high quality advocacy and campaigning, using Oxfam’s advocacy network to provide a channel for partners and local organization to raise their voices in high level forums to bring real change.

 − Be accountable for ensuring community participation shapes Programme decisions, actively seek a partnership approach and work following feminist principles including strong awareness of power dynamics.

− Along with other technical staff, advisors and managers, promote safe programming in all humanitarian responses.

− Where necessary assist in developing country advocacy strategies, oversee project budgets, and work with funding colleagues to develop advocacy proposals for donors.

What we are looking for:


We’re looking for a candidate who cares about Oxfam’s mission to end poverty and is personally aligned to our feminist principles and values of empowerment, accountability and inclusion in all you do.


An ideal candidate for the role will also be / have:

A person with the ability to deploy at short notice to areas affected by crisis and support the rapid scale up of humanitarian programmes to meet lifesaving needs of affected people.

Knowledge and understanding of global justice, social change, women’s rights and gender equality and commitment to delivering humanitarian work through feminist principles.

Practical experience of humanitarian work with a good understanding of context, dilemmas, challenges and ways of working.

Proven track record in policy/advocacy, influencing government, donors or other organizations through advocacy at national and or international levels. Good understanding of key global humanitarian issues and institutions.

Strong analytical ability and ability to prioritize issues in complex situations.

Ability to think strategically and beyond the local/country context.

Fluent written and spoken French & English is essential and knowledge of another additional language  Spanish and Arabic, is highly desirable.


We offer:


This role will give you an opportunity to make a difference in Humanitarian responses, to act as a key contributor to the Policy and Advocacy team, to work with a group of passionate people that are specialists in their fields. On this role, Oxfam Offers a fair pay and competitive benefits package which include a Net GBP pay whereby Oxfam covers the tax obligation for the employee, and attractive pension package; 33 leave days; a 100% medical cover for all reimbursables and a 75% cover on optical and dental expenses for the employee.


HSPs: Roving role deployable to Oxfam Programmes worldwide. HSPs work away from their homebase continuously. Deployments to a particular location vary in length from a few weeks to 6 months duration. You will be deployed from your home country.



We believe flexible working is key to building the Oxfam of the future, so we’re open to talking through the type of flexible arrangements which might work for you.

How to apply:


As part of your online application, please upload your up to date CV and Cover Letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.  


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