Regional Drought Policy Advisor

Nairobi, , KE

Nearly 11 million people in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are currently facing terrifying food shortages, after months of poor performing and, in some cases, failed rains as well as higher temperatures linked to climate change. The crisis is expected to worsen with predictions of below normal rainfall in the next rainy season. Oxfam is providing life-saving assistance through the provision of safe clean water as well as cash assistance for food, to thousands of drought affected families in the three countries.

The Role

You will act as overall policy expert for the Horn Of Africa (HOA) Drought Crisis response: providing specialist policy leadership, and working with the Campaigns Manager, Communications and media colleagues to ensure positions and messages on related issues such as short and long term response, gender, and protection are consistent and coherent.  You will lead policy development, producing policy and advocacy products and documents, and guiding media outputs in line with Oxfam’s global positions and strategic objectives taking into account the sensitivities of advocacy in countries we work in.  You will contribute to appropriate revisions of the regional HOA Drought campaigns and advocacy strategy and adapt the policy lead’s role and priorities in light of developments, including potential new information e.g. on rains (failed or good performance), refugees’ influx and other potential humanitarian shocks, and changing dynamics in the Region especially in the three countries.

The Person

To be successful in this role you will have a strong background in policy work especially in developing countries with emphasis on HECA Region.  You will have proven experience and strong background in policy analysis and writing especially in developing countries, with emphasis on HECA region as well as an understanding of the drylands issues, emergencies response and policy arena of the region and globally.  You will have good communication skills coupled with diplomacy, tact and ability to remain calm under pressure.  You will have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing, coupled with the professional credibility required to influence and motivate others to achieve results.  In addition you will have an understanding of gender and ability to apply this within drought crisis policy work.

To Apply

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 25th April 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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