Opportunity at Oxfam: Land Rights Advocacy Lead | Land Portal | Securing Land Rights Through Open Data

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

That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.

We are an international confederation of 19 organizations (affiliates) working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.

The Oxfam International Secretariat is currently headquartered in Nairobi, with offices in Oxford, Washington DC, New York, Brussels, Geneva, and a liaison office with the Africa Union in Addis Ababa.

All our work is led by three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness. To read more about our values please click here

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. 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.

Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.

Closing date: 30th April @23:59 BST*

Interviews: week commencing 13th May

Location: Nairobi, or any other Oxfam office location preferably in the Global South, where the candidate has a right to work and Oxfam is able to contract

To view a list of locations where Oxfam works click here

Contract: Fixed term, 3 years starting June 2019. Full time to March 2020:  A minimum of 0.7 FTE after that, with the possibility of additional hours if funding is available .

Salary: In line with Oxfam values and subject to location

Flexibility of location outside of Nairobi will require candidates to have and be able to maintain the right to work and will be subject to establishing a contract of employment with relevant hosting Oxfam affiliate.

The Role

Land rights have been a core focus of Oxfam's global GROW campaign for food justice since its launch in 2011. The campaign has a track record of major victories in this time – from pushing the world's biggest food and beverage companies to adopt commitments to zero tolerance for land grabs, and securing major reforms in the land policies of international financial institutions, to supporting communities in numerous countries to access justice for land rights abuses. This role will provide policy leadership to a group of land advocates working across 30 countries and globally to fight land injustices. You will develop new alliances and strategies to change the way the global food system impacts on the land rights of local communities and rural women. You will amplify the voice of the local communities Oxfam works to change policies and practices of major global institutions or processes.

Our next Land Rights Advocacy Lead will require a range of skills and experience. You will have significant experience of successful policy, advocacy and research work in a campaigning context and demonstrable experience of impactful work on land rights issues/campaigns and experience of working on cases involving large companies and/or development finance institutes. You will be able to demonstrate clear understanding of all campaigning tactics and have worked with community groups/marginalised peoples, particularly First Nations people and rural women.

You will have significant experience developing organizational strategies and plans. You will have experience in people management- supporting your team’s professional development, as well as informal leadership skills- being able to influence effectively in a matrixed environment. Experience of developing and managing budgets is also a prerequisite. You will also have demonstrable ability to ‘speak truth to power’, addressing and analysing power imbalances.

Please see the job description for further details.

Our offer to you: This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced policy advocate to lead a globally diverse team to achieve change at national, regional and global levels in both the public and private sector in support of land rights. 

How to apply

If you believe your qualifications meet the requirements, please click on the "apply" button to start the application process.

Oxfam International is an equal opportunities employer, committed to diversity within the workplace.

We particularly encourage applications from a diverse range of locations in the Global South since they are under-represented within our organisation.

Shortlisted candidates will usually be contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date.

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