Oxfam GB: Private Sector Advocacy Advisor

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 11:14
Oxfam GB
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, September 28, 2012
Opportunity type: 
Employment
Oxfam is an international confederation of 15 organisations working together in 98 countries and with partners and allies around the world to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.

Oxfam Great Britain (GB) seeks to appoint a Private Sector Advocacy Advisor, based in Johannesburg.

At Oxfam, we work to end poverty in many ways. In South Africa, for example, our work centres on campaigning and advocacy, where we work with South African NGOs to influence policy and decision making. Although much of our work focuses on government policy, we recognise the increasing importance of the private sector and how their policies and practices are central on many of the issues we work on, in particular, surrounding small scale producers. It’s an exciting initiative and in this new role, you’ll lead the way.

Working with colleagues on our flagship GROW campaign, this key role will see you take the lead in developing and nurturing Oxfam’s and our partner organisations’ relationships with the South African private sector. With the issue of small scale producers and climate change to the fore, you’ll focus primarily on the food processing and retail industries. It means working closely with Oxfam International’s private sector team, who are already doing some great work in this sector. But it also means you’ll need to create, develop and deliver campaigning and advocacy strategies based on sound research and policy analysis and a good understanding of South Africa’s private sector and the Government’s policies. You will also need to engage with these industries and represent us to partners and external stakeholders on a local, regional and global level, looking at how South African companies also impact on the Southern Africa region. And, as your role develops, your horizons will broaden to include other crucial issues.

This is a fixed-term contract position effective from date of appointment until 31 March 2015.

What Oxfam is looking for

With a background in implementing advocacy and campaigning programmes, you’ll know what it takes to mobilise people and build strategic partnerships. And, in addition to a relevant university degree, you’ll have proven your ability to think both conceptually and analytically. In fact, you’ll be adept at researching and analysing policy, particularly in relation to the private sector. So you’ll be familiar with the issues affecting the sector and know how to engage with it. You’ll also be committed to working in partnership across Oxfam and have the interpersonal skills needed to do that. But while you’ll be committed to the wider team, you’ll have the ability to work effectively without close supervision. And you’ll have the initiative, self-awareness, judgement, energy and motivation to implement strategy and drive progress.

For full job description and to apply, refer to www.oxfam.org.uk/jobs and quote ref: INT5713.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

Only South African citizens and those with permanent residency status should apply.

Salary: R400 000 gross per annum plus benefits.

For more about Oxfam, refer to www.oxfam.org.uk.

For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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