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Country: Tunisia
Organization: Oxfam Novib
Closing date: 6 Apr 2022

Advocacy and Campaigns Lead

Oxfam in North Africa (NAF)

Based in Tunisia

Job Description

Oxfam’s vision is a just world without poverty: a world in which people can influence decisions that affect their lives, enjoy their rights, and assume their responsibilities as full citizens of a world in which all human beings are valued and treated equally.

Oxfam’s programs in the North Africa sub-region have a one-program approach, working in humanitarian response, development and influencing, with the ambition of increasing the role of civil society in influencing & advocacy and knowledge-for-impact both within and beyond the countries where Oxfam works.

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.

Internal Job Grade:


Type of Contract:

Full time per National Staff Terms and Conditions (règlement intérieur)

Annual Salary & Benefits:

According to Oxfam salary scale and HR policy & conditions in Tunisia

Starting Date:

Soonest possible

Reporting to:

North Africa sub-region Director

Staff reporting to this position:

Line Managing:

Media and Communications Lead

Influencing and Campaigns Manager in Morocco

Matrix Managing:

Influencing colleagues based in the Program and Partnership team

Influencing and Campaigns Officer in Algeria

Job purpose

This position will be responsible to deliver positive changes at scale for people we work with and the political, social and economic systems that impact these changes. This will be achieved through leading the development and management of Oxfam’s influencing strategy for programs in North Africa, covering advocacy, campaigns, policy, communications and media work and working with all program teams as part of an integrated one-program approach.

As a member of the North Africa subregional senior management team, the Advocacy & Campaigns Lead spearheads Oxfam’s influencing work in North Africa, ensuring that the programs, develop and deliver a coherent policy and influencing strategy, built on programming and cognizant of risk and relevance to the evolving context.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Provide strategic vision and leadership to develop and manage Oxfam’s North of Africa influencing strategy, encompassing advocacy, campaigns, policy, media and communications

  • Work effectively with the North of Africa subregion Director, Head of Programs and Partnerships, Program and Policy Leads, advisors at regional as well as with global levels and civil society partners (international and national), to lead the North of Africa influencing work; while analyzing policy and practice issues and on-the-ground realities, prioritizing and devising innovative activities that will secure positive change for people in the North of Africa in both the short and long-term, as well as leveraging opportunities and issues that arise in real-time.
  • Work with the gender colleagues to ensure women’s rights and gender justice is taken into account in North of Africa policy, advocacy, media and campaign work.
  • Stay abreast of and adjust to the evolving context affecting the North of Africa and deliver timely intelligence and effective high-level analysis of policies, practices, communications and decisions relevant to Oxfam’s programs.
  • Build relationships with external stakeholders and allies including donors, government representatives, civil society organizations and academia, to increase partnership and influence.
  • Forge meaningful links between local to global and global to local, (also south-south).
  • In line with the North of Africa ambitions to engage with campaign initiatives, facilitate the development and implementation of advocacy and campaigns at the country, regional level, ensuring global linkages.
  • Lead on and coordinate the development of well-grounded policy positions, ensuring coherence with our global messaging, leading on new policy lines as needed and leading on the sign off process with relevant stakeholders as per Oxfam guidelines.
  • Ensure oversight of sign off for all influencing and media and comms products in NAF as per Oxfam guidelines and Middle East and North of Africa (MENA) strategic framework.
  • As a member of the North of Africa Senior Management Team, support the North of Africa team to deliver an influencing strategy, in line with Oxfam’s strategy in NAF as well as Oxfam’s Global Strategic Framework to ensure maximum impact.
  • In close coordination with the North of Africa subregion Director, provide advice and leadership on risk assurance and management, especially from a brand perspective.
  • Work closely with Oxfam MENA teams, Oxfam International teams, and Oxfam affiliates to ensure coordinated approaches on Influencing that achieve the most impactful positive change.
  • Strengthen the relevance, legitimacy and mutual accountability of Oxfam’s influencing initiatives in the North of Africa.

Leadership and Management: Lead a team of policy, campaigns, media and communication resources in the North of Africa and country levels to develop and deliver Oxfam’s influencing strategy

  • Provide steer and regular guidance and support to the different team members.
  • Oversee and monitor the advocacy and campaigns initiatives, budget and expenditures, in close coordination with the Fundraising and Compliance Lead and the Finance and Operations Manager. Provide guidance and support to the influencing teams in the country offices for the improvement of efficient budgeting and expenditure.
  • Ensure and facilitate linkages, exchanges and shared learnings amongst and between the team members based in different countries and managing a diverse range of influencing initiatives, with the partners, and within the organization.
  • Encourage and open opportunities for the team members to connect, and link (to exchange and learn) with peers and colleagues from the different country offices where Oxfam works, with program teams at other Country Offices and within the Oxfam Confederation.

  • Manage (directly or through matrix lines) the influencing team in the North of Africa and coordinate influencing resources, including media and to influence impactful change.

  • Conduct and coordinate systematic advocacy and lobbying initiatives at the national, regional and global levels, in line with agreed delegation and division of labor.

  • Ensure Oxfam representation in key appropriate external policy and media forums as appropriate and as agreed with the North of Africa subregional Director.

  • Coordinate high level representation of Oxfam’s advocacy messages and program in the national, regional and global media.

  • Manage the sign-off process when relevant of policy and media products, and contribute as appropriate, to policy lines as per the influencing strategy.

Contribute to developing Oxfam quality programs

  • In close coordination with the Head of Programs and Partnership and the Fundraising and Compliance Lead, feed into in the development and implementation of the North of Africa strategy and program design as needed. Provide and facilitate high level influencing support to programs where Oxfam works.
  • Actively contribute to engagement with donors and key funding stakeholders for resource mobilization and program development.
  • Ensure adequate resourcing is allocated within budgets to scale up influencing at national and regional levels.
  • Provide guidance to country teams on good practice around power analysis, integrated programming, evidence- and rights-based advocacy, public campaigning, effective messaging, risk assessment and ensuring the creation of clear and accessible tools and resources for teams to maximize their programs impact
  • Ensure that Influencing is embedded in all programs, including through capacity-building to deliver Oxfam’s model and theory of change
  • Support Oxfam in North of Africa to reflect Oxfam’s Southern campaigning principles including approaches to develop local ownership and local partners’ capacity for advocacy work.
  • In close coordination with program colleagues, ensure that advocacy and campaigns aspects of programs are in compliance with donor contractual obligations, that program learnings are included in advocacy and policy products, and that program teams include advocacy in proposal design.
  • Ensure regular monitoring and evaluation of advocacy and policy work and that regular reflection and review is undertaken to continuously improve effectiveness and impact.

Program Quality Assurance and Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL), planning, delivery and reporting

  • In collaboration with the Programs and Partnership team and together with MEAL officer/s, develop impact indicators and empowering methods of measurement – such as participatory action research, most significant change stories, constituency feedback committees, etc.

Technical Skills, Experience & Knowledge

  • In-depth understanding of the economic, political and social causes and dynamics of poverty, vulnerability, inequality, humanitarian suffering and a familiarity with policy issues related to these topics in the North Africa.
  • Knowledge of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.
  • Clear understanding of what represents sustainable and effective development and humanitarian action and principles.
  • Ability to think and act strategically and understand the relationship between national and regional programs and the global vision and objectives of Oxfam.

  • Proven experience of leading and/or supporting others to design and deliver advocacy and campaigns, program and research and policy work in one or more countries in the North of Africa.

  • In-depth experience of leading or working with team(s) in the global south to enhance influencing capacity and impact.

  • Excellent written skills to support fundraising proposals.

  • Proven experience of capacity strengthening and advisory work.

  • Ability to address gender issues and women’s rights in the design/delivery of influencing work.

  • Very strong analytical and conceptual thinking skills; able to understand highly complex issues and translate them into simple, workable actions and plans.

  • Excellent communication and influencing skills, with experience of external representation strategies, lobbying, advocacy and campaigning.

  • Collaborative ways of working as part of a leadership team.

  • A high level of energy, stamina and flexibility. Ability to adjust to constantly changing situations while maintaining focus on delivery and follow-through, often working under pressure and to tight deadlines

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic, and/or French.

  • Proven commitment to and hands-on knowledge of Oxfam’s One Program approach (Desirable)

  • Multi-year work experience in more than one country (Desirable)

How to apply:

Interested individuals must send their application no later than April 6th , 2022 by going to this link: https://career2.successfactors.eu/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=11354&company=OxfamNovibP

In case further clarifications are need before the applications submission date, please do not hesitate to contact us via email.

Applicants from diverse backgrounds and nationalities based in North Africa or elsewhere in the MENA, and/or have proven experience in this region, are encouraged to apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will have their application acknowledged.

Oxfam is an equal opportunity organization

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