1838 - Gender Advocacy Advisor

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Posted: 16/05/2022 06:40
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: In line Oxfam values and according to location
Location: MENA Region (where Oxfam has an office)
Level: Advocacy
Deadline: 26/07/2022 23:59
Hours: 36
Benefits: In line Oxfam values and according to location
Job Type: Fixed Term

Closing date: 27th May, 2022  @ 23:59 GMT/BST/EAT

Location: Based in any of the following countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, OPT, Iraq. Candidates need to be legally entitled to work in the country where they are based.

Contract: One Year 

Salary and Benefits: in line with Oxfam Values and subject to location

Oxfam International is unable to guarantee the obtaining of a work permit for the role. Candidates must have and be able to retain the legal right to work in the location of the post.

Flexible working: We believe flexible working is key to building the Secretariat of the future, so we’re open to talking through the type of working arrangements that might work for you. We think this role would work particularly well as a fully or partially home-based.

The Role

Oxfam International Secretariat is looking for Gender Advocacy Advisor to:

To provide influencing and campaigning steer on Gender Justice in the MENA region.

To provide a thought leadership and policy advice that support building networks and alliances at the country, regional and international levels.

To promote  and connect with regional and global campaigns and will work closely with Regional Gender Justice Coordinator, ensuring that together they develop and implement sound gender influencing strategies and plans.

Please see the Job description for further details

Who we're looking for


  • A degree in social sciences, development studies, gender studies or equivalent
  • Proven experience in designing and implementing advocacy strategies and campaigns on gender justice and women’s rights
  • Proven experience in program management of regional programs in international NGOs.
  • Proven experience of networking, building alliances and partnerships around gender justice issues and delivering impactful influencing on women’s rights and proven experience in managing key relationships
  • Demonstrated existing relationships, networks and partnerships with influential women’s rights organisations and feminists in the MENA region
  • Excellent influencing skills and ability to explain gender justice and relevance to good programming, persuasively and effectively
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of gender justice and global frameworks such as SDGs, CEDAW and UNCSR 1325 and how to operationalise these for women in the MENA
  • Sound knowledge of MENA region
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the capacity to remain calm under pressure.
  • Proven influencing and negotiating skills with internal and external audiences …
  • Must be organised and efficient.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.
  • Willingness and ability to travel an average 3 or 4 times a year within the MENA region.
  • Committed to Oxfam principles
  • Languages: excellent English and Arabic spoken and written / French highly desirable and will be considered as an important asset during job evaluation.


  • Master’s degree on social sciences, development studies, gender or equivalent.
  • Familiarity with Oxfam regional and international gender justice platforms
  • Familiar with inter-agency coordination systems
  • Knowledge of training tools and methods and proven experience delivering training on gender-responsive programmes and advocacy
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Willingness to be part of Oxfam working groups and any advocacy and influencing platforms
  • Willingness to travel regularly within the MENA region at short notice and for up to 8 weeks.

What we offer

This role will give you an opportunity to make a difference in advocacy , to act as a key contributor to policy change. At Oxfam, we believe that every aspect of our work can lead to a positive outcome. If you have the same opinion, together with the ability to meet the challenges involved, this role offers scope for immense personal fulfilment – as well as outstanding opportunities to develop your career. Oxfam is committed to providing a fair compensation package and a flexible working environment

How to apply

Please click on the "apply" button to start the application process. Please upload an up-to-date CV and a covering letter, clearly explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.

Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be shortlisted- usually within 2 weeks of the closing date.

About us

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.

We are an international confederation of 21 organizations (affiliates) plus the Oxfam International Secretariat, working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in around 90 countries.

The Oxfam International Secretariat is currently headquartered in Nairobi, with offices in Oxford, Washington DC, New York, Brussels, Geneva, and a liaison office with the Africa Union in Addis Ababa.

All our work is led by our core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness, Courage, Solidarity and Equality. 

Our commitment to safeguarding

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.

Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checksPlease note that Oxfam International participates in the Inter-Agency Scheme for the Disclosure of Safeguarding-related Misconduct in Recruitment Processes within the Humanitarian and Development Sector. Under this scheme, if you have been employed by another member of the scheme, we will request information from that organization on any misconduct history in accordance with the terms of the scheme. For scheme details please click here

Oxfam International is an equal opportunities employer, committed to diversity and inclusion within the workplace.


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