Policy and Advocacy Coordinator

  Afghanistan Unspecified 649
Date Posted:Mar 15, 2010
Closing Date:Mar 27, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Media
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:2 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: Yes
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:1 month
Required Languages:

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Job Summary:

Who we are
The post is being created to enable Oxfam International to effectively and appropriately develop advocacy and policy messages, support Afghan partner organizations and lobby on key policy initiatives at the national level. Oxfam has had programmes in Afghanistan for more than two decades, and now supports rural livelihoods and humanitarian work in the centre and north of the country (Oxfam Great Britain - OGB) and support Afghan civil society organizations who engage in a range of rural development, education, peace building and humanitarian activities (Oxfam Novib - ON) through out the country. Oxfam International is regarded as one of the leading policy and advocacy organisations in Afghanistan In 2005 OGB, ON and Oxfam America (OA) jointly established an Oxfam International policy and advocacy programme in Afghanistan. We have sought to achieve policy change in a range of areas in order to reduce poverty, promote rural development, reconstruction and stability. OI has produced comprehensive briefing papers advocating for: greater resources for and reform of the education system; trade policies which support poverty reduction; greater support for community peace building; action on key priorities, including sub-national governance reform and agriculture; and increased and more effective international assistance to the country. OI has also pressed for greater protection for civilians in the course of military operations, improved civil-military coordination, and for greater support for the poor and vulnerable, including those suffering as a result of humanitarian crises. The framework for current work is the OI advocacy campaign, Rights in Crisis (RiC), through which we will draw international attention to the right to protection and the right to assistance of people in humanitarian need, as well as calling for policy change and action on the longer-term issues of peace and development. Media and popular communications is also an important dimension of the campaign.

The Job purpose
To initiate, develop and implement advocacy and policy platforms for the Oxfam in Afghanistan

Duties & Responsibilities:

•To undertake analysis of various national and international policies from the perspective of Afghans living in poverty and further develop Oxfam’s analysis.
•To develop and implement advocacy objectives and strategies, both long and short term
•To build relationships and work effectively with all Oxfam field staff and involve them in the implementation of the strategies
•To represent, with others, Oxfam OI at various policy forums and advocacy opportunities at local, national and possibly international levels
•To build relationships and work effectively with Afghan partner organizations and activists; develop and implement a capacity building plan initiatives for Oxfam staff and other partners.
•To manage the translation, publication, launch and media work around key research and policy reports
•To assist in internal communications, reporting, administrative and budget tasks and other duties as needed
•To mainstream gender into all aspects of the OGB policy research and advocacy work

Job Requirement:

•Excellent command of English, written and spoken
•Experience of advocacy and policy development at local and national levels
•Excellent research skills and experience of conducting field research
•Ability to communicate with a wide range of audiences
•Ability to build relationships and communicate at a number of different levels
•Strong organizational skills, ability to manage time well and multitask
•Strong budgeting and administrative skills
•Ability to work as a team but also self manage
•Ability to prioritize gender related concerns in policy
•Uses well developed influencing and negotiating skills to achieve goals

•Experience of advocacy and policy development at an international level
•Strong knowledge of the key humanitarian and development issues and debates within Afghanistan, including protection issues, food security, aid effectiveness, and peace and security concerns

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