INFLUENCING ADVISER – Women's Economic Empowerment and Care

Oxfam , OXFORD (OXFAM HOUSE), United Kingdom

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th July, 2016

Job Description

Women’s empowerment includes economic leadership and political voice. Oxfam affirms that women's economic empowerment (WEE) depends on decent work that is accessible to many women, investments for public services, with supportive social norms and addressing barriers for women such as gender-based violence and heavy and unequal care work. Care work is almost universally women’s responsibility, difficult and time-consuming household tasks limit women’s opportunities in education, employment, politics and leisure. Alongside women’s organisations and rural producer groups, Oxfam has developed successful, holistic ways to promote Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) and innovative research methods creating new evidence about care work.
It’s an exciting time, as both WEE and ‘unpaid care’ are high on the agendas of governments, donors and companies. Development institutions and women’s rights organisations seek to understand ‘what works’ in policies and practices to support women’s economic empowerment, and about successful investments to reduce the unnecessary drudgery of care work, and redistribute responsibility for care work more equitably.
As part of new three year programme on WEE and Care, we are looking for a dynamic adviser to design and carry out Oxfam’s influencing strategy with the wider development sector and external debates on WEE and care, and support the capacity of others to engage effectively in advocacy and influencing.

The role:
At Oxfam, the Programme Strategy and Impact Team is fundamental for improving the quality and effectiveness of Oxfam’s diverse programme, and for shaping the vision and thinking about development. Team members provide technical and strategic advice, gather evidence, and communicate and influence internally and externally, engaging with development and humanitarian professional audiences on policy, practice and research. As part of the team, the post-holder will work with the senior adviser on Women’s Economic Rights, and collaborate with Gender Justice and Economic Justice teams, with Oxfam’s advocacy and campaigns, corporate partnerships, and communications coordinators of Oxfam’s Knowledge Hub on Women’s Economic Empowerment.
The role of Influencing Adviser is two-fold. First, the post-holder will strengthen advocacy on Women’s Economic Empowerment and Care and will represent Oxfam in global processes and with institutions. Second, the role requires effective support to national teams to develop capacity on WEE and Care influencing, collaboration with a range of Oxfam’s departments, fundraising efforts and contributions to new communications, evaluation and learning processes.

What we’re looking for:
As part of the new three year phase of the programme on WEE and Care, Oxfam is looking for an individual committed to delivering high quality outcomes, while working flexibly with a diverse team across many countries and disciplines – from women’s rights organisations to advocacy groups and governmental institutions. Willing to travel, and with an appreciation of cultural and context-specific sensitivities around women’s empowerment and care, you will effectively communicate our long-term vision and contribute to the development of influencing strategy and policy to achieve significant impact on Women’s Economic Empowerment and equitable care provision. You will have excellent written and verbal communications skills, ability to explain women’s rights issues in a range of contexts, and to support capacity of national teams and women’s networks to do advocacy. You will have significant experience in influencing and advocacy, and will manage significant external relationships with allied organisations, governments and development institutions on WEE and Care. You will be a skilled problem solver with experience of planning in the context of changing priorities, and with knowledge of learning and evaluation processes.

If you think you have the skills and experience necessary to be the Influencing Adviser: Women’s Economic Empowerment and Care for Oxfam, please apply.
Oxfam works in more than 70 countries. A simple, inescapable truth underlines everything we do. There’s enough wealth in this world to go around. It’s not unfortunate that people live in poverty. It’s unjustifiable. Thousands of people already commit their time and talents to our campaigning, humanitarian and long-term development projects. Now we’re looking for yours.

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