Policy, Advocacy and Communications Manager

  • Added Date: Friday, 27 November 2020
  • Deadline Date: Saturday, 26 December 2020


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Policy, Advocacy and Communications Manager

Closing date: - 26th December 2020

Interview date: - TBC

Vacancy reference: - INT7074 โ€“ Policy, Advocacy and Communications Manager

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To campaign with others on the pro-poor agenda to improve lives in Iraq in the short and long term, including rights of IDPs, host communities, remainees and returnees, womenโ€™s rights and empowerment, inequality, the conduct of hostilities and an effective and localised humanitarian response. Working closely with Oxfam teams and partners providing humanitarian assistance and resilience work.

JoB Purpose

To drive Oxfamโ€™s policy and advocacy work in Iraq, lead on Oxfamโ€™s global Iraq policy work.

Core Details

Location: Erbil

Our package: As Per Oxfam Salary Scale

Internal Grade: C1

Contract type: Global - Fixed Term

Hours of work: 40 hours per week. This is a full-time role; however, Oxfam offers various flexible arrangements which candidates can discuss with the Recruiting Manager at interview stage

This role reports to: Country Director

Staff reporting to this post: Policy Advocacy Advisor and Senior Policy Officer

Annual budget for the post: N/A

DBS checks (for roles based in the UK): N/A.

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

key Responsibilities

Advocacy lead:

โ€ข Lead on key Oxfamโ€™s policy priorities in Iraq (in close cooperation with in-country, regional and global staff โ€“ develop policy, advocacy and campaign strategies), provide situation reports and spot reports.

โ€ข Supported by the Policy Advisor, provide advice and guidance on strategies, approaches and best practices for advocacy to programmes staff and partners.

โ€ข Support the Country Director in outreach to governmental actors, including politicians, local and regional authorities building strong relationships among officials in Iraq as well as with key actors in the private sector, academia, research institutes and civil society.

โ€ข Monitor and take appropriate action on new and ongoing developments in Iraq that are relevant to Oxfamโ€™s work

โ€ข Keep up to date with internal or external activities which may influence role

โ€ข Liaise with the Humanitarian Programme teams on advocacy issues to help build their advocacy understanding and capacity

โ€ข Proactive participation in campaign decision-making fora, working closely with the regional campaign team and other policy and media colleagues to ensure consistent and informed messages and strategies at local, national, regional and global levels

โ€ข Provide support to project teams to carry out advocacy and lobby work related to their projects and to identify further opportunities or approaches for advocacy work at the local and national levels

โ€ข Work closely with Oxfam and partner programme teams to ensure that Oxfamโ€™s agreed advocacy messages are being articulated

โ€ข Drawing on Oxfamโ€™s regional and global support networks, and working closely with partnerships and programme teams in-country, facilitate empowerment, strategic relations, capacity-building and solidarity networks for current and potential Oxfam partners (particularly in terms of rights-based advocacy)

โ€ข Prepare advocacy and information materials as needed

โ€ข Provide regular contextual analysis updates/briefings, monitoring trends on governance, protection, womenโ€™s rights issues as well as civil society action and political context

โ€ข Act as a focal point for gender/governance advocacy/research and media issues, as needed

Implementing and Management of Oxfam advocacy strategy.

Lead in the implementation of advocacy strategy based ensuring that Oxfam in Iraqโ€™s influencing work focus on:

โ€ข Durable solutions to Displacement - Oxfam in Iraq will take a conflict-sensitive approach to ensuring displaced and returning populations are not discriminated against and have their rights protected as citizens in terms of safety, security, and freedom of movement; adequate standards of living; access to employment and livelihoods; access to effective mechanisms that restore housing, land, and property or compensation thereof; access to personal/civil documentation; voluntary family reunification; participation in public affairs at all levels; and remedies for displacement-related violations.

โ€ข Rights in Crisis - Global Displacement and Migration Campaign; Women Peace and Security - Oxfam in Iraq will work closely with campaign leads and affiliates in developing research, sharing policy lines, generating appropriate media and communications coverage, and carrying out public and private advocacy to relevant national, regional, and international targets โ€“ all of which will be grounded in our programmatic work and in-depth knowledge of the political and social context on the ground.

โ€ข Raising and Amplifying Local Voices - Oxfam in Iraq will map and strengthen existing networks and help build new formal and informal groupings of civil society and community actors engaging in goal-oriented actions to create change at the local level with relevant authorities as relates to rights-based aspects of solutions to displacement.

โ€ข Ensuring Increased and Continued Funding to Iraq - Oxfam in Iraq will strengthen awareness of the needs people face and the need for greater international support and funding for the country as it emerges from emergency and conflict, working with stakeholders at local, national, regional, and international levels to connect local level issues facing our beneficiaries to the structural impediments within national government and international support that underlies these problems.

โ€ข Emergency Preparedness โ€“ Oxfam in Iraq will assess the context and prepare for future crisis and emergency needs, mitigating where possible the toll of further displacement on civilians.

โ€ข Protection of civilians - Oxfam in Iraq will be a watchdog for violations of International Humanitarian Law and human rights law affecting the populations we serve. Through research and high-level advocacy, Oxfam will seek to influence the behavior of armed actors, so that displacement, physical harm, and destruction of key civilian infrastructure is avoided

Research, documentation and learning

โ€ข In coordination with the programme team, develop research proposals for programmatic research and studies in humanitarian, governance, gender programmes

โ€ข Contribute to policy-driven research โ€“ including overseeing the work of external consultants

โ€ข Explore opportunities for joint research and advocacy with think tanks, universities and/or other NGOs,

โ€ข Monitor influential research produced by key donors and think tank institutions relevant to gender/governance programme and provide timely written critiques and responses

โ€ข Monitor activities of relevant influential actors, organisations and institutions on governance, humanitarian assistance, protection; and ensure they are considered in campaign decisions

โ€ข Ensure documentation and learning of advocacy work

โ€ข Scoping, facilitating and encouraging innovative approaches to programming

โ€ข Provide regular, consistently high quality reports on advocacy action/research undertaken

Communicating Oxfamโ€™s work externally

โ€ข Facilitate and participate in key meetings with the Government, line departments, district councils and civil society, ensuring that Oxfamโ€™s work is known by key stakeholders

โ€ข Establish and maintain relationships with key policy think tanks, academic and research institutions in gender and governance; drawing in external expertise or develop partnership for Oxfamโ€™s policy and advocacy work

โ€ข Manage the work of the Media/Communications advisor on communication and media, contacting and building a good network within local media


ยท Required to adhere to Oxfamโ€™s principles and values as well as the promotion of gender justice and women's rights

ยท Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing principles

Skills, Experience and Knowledge


โ€ข First degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (preferably a social development/politics/public policy degree or substantial community development experience

โ€ข At least 5 years of practical, direct experience in advocacy, policy or campaign work

โ€ข Experience working with partners/CSOs/NGOs in Iraq or the Middle East.

โ€ข Strong interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to consistently work with a diverse range of stakeholders with tact and diplomacy

โ€ข Self-motivated with proven ability to work creatively and innovatively with limited direct supervision

โ€ข Solid knowledge of Iraqโ€™s political, economic and social setting

โ€ข Excellent analytical skills, demonstrated ability to think strategically and prioritize policy and advocacy tasks

โ€ข Flexible/willing and able to adapt priorities to respond to changing demands, including to global shifts in organizational priorities

โ€ข Outstanding English written and verbal communications skills, with an ability to simplify complex concepts both verbally and orally to influence others

โ€ข Experience of providing training and engaging in capacity building activities

โ€ข Sound knowledge of the context and particularly of governance, humanitarian affairs and womenโ€™s rights in a context like Iraq

โ€ข Excellent communication skills

โ€ข Ability to work in a multi-cultural team, as well as independently

โ€ข Ability to influence others, excellent social skills and a team player

โ€ข Readiness to undertake travel (30% of the time)

โ€ข Demonstrated commitment to gender equality


โ€ข Research experience, including familiarity with research methods and practices

โ€ข Familiarity with legal protection issues in the Middle East and North Africa region

โ€ข Experience in media and advocacy in international non-governmental organisations

โ€ข Spoken and written Arabic and Kurdish.

Key Attributes

ยท Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities

ยท Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, womenโ€™s rights, and diversity for all aspects of development work

ยท Commitment to Oxfamโ€™s safeguarding policies to ensure all people who come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible

Organisational Values

ยท Accountability โ€“ 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

ยท Empowerment โ€“ 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

ยท Inclusiveness โ€“ 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.


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