Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
The Oxfam Confederation is made up of 17 Oxfam affiliates (including Oxfam GB) working across 92 countries. In 2009, all Oxfam affiliates decided to work more closely together as a global movement for change. Oxfam GB has been working in South Sudan since 1983. We aim to overcome poverty and inequality through the most effective, appropriate and enduring solutions. Oxfam’s institutional mandate is therefore threefold; development work, emergency humanitarian relief work & policy advocacy work. Oxfam South Sudan is currently implementing humanitarian response programs and Development Programmes in different parts of the country.
The post holder will be responsible for providing support for the delivery of safe programming in humanitarian programmes and integrating basic protection activities into humanitarian responses as appropriate. You will lead community based protection activities, including mobilizing, capacity building, and programme development in the field programme. You will participate in strengthening the humanitarian team’s capacity to meet protection and gender minimum standards. You will also provide ongoing strategic protection analysis (including aspects of conflict analysis, gender, and risk management) and lessons from programme experience to inform programme development, implementation and policy/advocacy work. You will support MEAL processes and activities to integrate gender and protection, and to gather lessons relating to these areas. Additionally, you will be expected to actively participate in Oxfam’s internal Peer Protection Group and contribute to Oxfam’s global strategic thinking on protection.
To be successful in this role you will posses a strong conceptual and practical understanding of protection issues and approaches in humanitarian contexts, including the constraints, sensitivities and risks associated with such work. You should have proven involvement in humanitarian response work, preferably in a humanitarian or protection role in conflict or insecure environments. You would have a Graduate qualification in law, international relations, politics or other relevant area; or equivalent experience. You will demonstrate understanding of the gender dynamics of protection work and ability to implement protection activities with an emphasis on the gendered aspects of conflict, violence and abuse. You should also have excellent verbal and written communication skills, including high-level interpersonal, influencing, negotiation and representational capabilities. Fluency in written and spoken English essential and Arabic language skills would additionally be desirable. Lastly in addition to knowledge of and experience in the South Sudan context, you should be willing to live and work in remote, insecure and logistically challenging operations and in a multi-cultural environment; with a high level of self-reliance, adaptability and initiative.
If you believe you fit the profile, please submit your application and CV detailing your experience for the post and including daytime telephone contacts and two referees, preferably your current line managers.
The deadline for applications is 22nd February 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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