Influencing Coordinator NGO Job Careers – Oxfam

Organisation: Oxfam
Project Name: Empowering
Local and National Humanitarian Actors (ELNHA)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: ELNHA
Project Manager
About US:
Oxfam is an
international confederation of 17 affiliates networked together in more than 90
countries committed to ridding the world of poverty and injustice. To achieve
this, we support local projects in developing countries, we lobby governments
and companies to take into account the interests of the poorest people and we
campaign to involve citizens in our work. We implement our programs by working
with local NGO partners and civil society organizations and engaging with
private sector and governments. Oxfam employs over 6,000 people worldwide in
more than 90 countries. In Uganda, our program is anchored on three broad
themes deliberately focused on Women’s Rights: Resilient Livelihoods,
Governance and Accountability and Humanitarian Preparedness and Response.
About ELNHA Project:
Oxfam in Uganda is
under taking a project named: ‘Empowering Local and National Humanitarian
Actors’ (ELNHA) to be implemented over three years in collaboration with
relevant district structures ard national actors in sub-regions of Karamoja
(Kotido, Kaabong), Acholi (Lamwo, Agago), and West Nile (Koboko and Zombo)
commencing January 2016. These districts face challenges from climate change
induced prolonged droughts and food insecurity as well as refugee influx as a
result of the conflicts in the neighbouring States South Sudan, CAR and DRC).
Job Summary:  The Influencing Coordinator – ELNHA II will
spearhead influencing and advocacy work for the humanitarian capacity building
Project in Uganda, using research, policy work, lobby and advocacy, media,
popular mobilisation and alliance building to achieve sustainable changes in
consultation with Project Manager and Oxfam Country Management team  in Uganda
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • In collaboration with allies and the Humanitarian Platform for Local
    Actors, carry out  campaign,
    influencing and advocacy activities on localization of the humanitarian
    system of Uganda, at the national level.
  • Facilitates and supports greater communication between local,
    national, and international humanitarian stakeholders
  • Initiates and strengthen liaison with respective stakeholders
    (mostly at national level) including UN agencies, policy makers and
    private sectors which requires sensible judgments, understanding about
    Oxfam policy and procedures.
  • Provides on regular basis creative/innovative solutions to problems
    or tasks.
  • Makes  decisions after
    consultations and due consideration of the context and solves problem on
    new and complex issues, requiring creative thinking to find best
  • Demonstrates ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and use
    of independent judgement but in a team environment.
  • To be up to date with developments in government circles and other
    humanitarian actors and provide regular updates to the team
  • Provides professional support and feedback to managers in
    responsibility areas.
  • Uses information from a variety of sources to inform decision making
    on ‘poverty and power’ issues.
  • Focuses on knowledge management of humanitarian policies and
  • Follows Oxfam tools and software.
  • Design, in collaboration with peers, and implement a campaign
    strategy for Oxfam’s work on localization in Uganda
  • Develop and disseminate case studies, learning, and policy notes
  • Contribute to the Comprehensive Refugee Response Secretariat’s
    National Plan of Action (Roadmap) work on localization, working closely
    with Secretariat members to ensure delivery of activities committed
  • Commission and manage research for influencing on objectives agreed
  • Engage with and support the development of humanitarian policy with
    the Government of Uganda, including the Office of the Prime Minister
  • Actively participate and support the strengthening of the Uganda
    Humanitarian Platform for Local Actors (HPL) and it’s advocacy work
  • Participate in all HPL steering committee meetings
  • Lead in the development of an HPL advocacy strategy and support it’s
  • Raise visibility of HPL members by developing member profiles
  • Support in external communication of HPL member and network
  • Work with HPL members to deliver training and coaching for advocacy,
    in order to build their skills in local level influencing
  • To design and implement a comprehensive and integrated project
    advocacy and influencing strategy for maximising the impact of project and
    campaigns receiving supports from peers and guidance from WIN and Communication
    and Project teams.
  • To stay up to date with the latest wisdom, theories, discourses and
    thinking on how to improve effectiveness of policy and advocacy work and
  • To train, coach and support Oxfam’s and partners staff in order to
    build their skills and capabilities to do local level influencing
  • To organize and facilitate including workshop, seminar, meeting
  • To develop good working relationship with LHAs / partners/social
    forces diverse humanitarian actors including political parties and their
    affiliates, social movements and active individuals, in order to support
    localization campaign activities.
  • Facilitate and support the collaboration and communication between
    sub-national networks and national humanitarian stakeholders, including HPL
    and the INGO forum.
  • To facilitate the participatory planning and budgeting process for
    the campaign and assist peers and partners as well as manager to do so
    effectively. Ensures cost effectiveness, transparency and upward-downward
  • liaison with relevant focal points and partners  in Bangladesh, colleagues of other
    functional units to run the campaign effectively
  • work closely with Policy Advocacy and Research Advisor and
    Communication Coordinator
  • Be eager to and require others to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and
    values (click here) as well as the promotion of gender justice and women’s
    rights (click here).
  • Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity,
    gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing principles.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Oxfam Influencing Coordinator – ELNHA II
    job should preferably hold a University Degree and or Masters in Social
    Sciences, Mass Communication, Law, Education and, or relevant discipline
  • A minimum of five years of practical working experience in advocacy and
    influencing work.
  • Be conversant with The Grand Bargain, the New York Declaration and
    Global Compact regarding localisation of humanitarian actions.
  • Preference will be given on strong background in managing research
    projects, policy advocacy including lobby and negotiation.
  • Good contact with Government private sector, academia and media are
  • Sound understanding of the national political economy and global
    context with theoretical understanding on social change process is
  • Strong knowledge  National and
    International humanitarian laws, 
    polices, strategies, principle , standards
  • Ability to connect humanitarian response to long term development
    programme with evidence based advocacy are desirable.
  • Ability to liaise, network with wide range of humanitarian actors at
    national level.
  • Excellent information gathering and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum guidance, manage time
    efficiently, willingness to work under pressure and follow a flexible time
  • An understanding of gender and diversity and the ability to apply
    this within policy and influencing work.
  • Strong coordination and facilitation skills
  • Innovative and creative approach to problem solving.
  • Strong communicational and motivational skills and eloquent public
  • Good facilitation, presentation, influencing and persuasive skills,
    with ability to build strong, credible relationships and to communicate
    with a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Strong writing skills in English, preferably with a history of
    writing for popular campaign / influencing materials and donor reports.
  • Ability and willingness to travel at grassroots, districts and
    international level, including during humanitarian emergencies.
  • Ability to conduct workshop, seminar, meeting and capacity building
Key Attributes:
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and
    gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities.
  • Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about
    the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and
    diversity for all aspects of development work.
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s safeguarding policies to ensure all people who
    come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their applications online at
the link below.
Deadline: 12th April 2019
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