2009 - Climate Justice Lead Oxfam in Africa

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Posted: 07/06/2023 10:48
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: In line Oxfam values and according to location
Location: Africa (where Oxfam has an office)
Level: Campaigns
Deadline: 21/06/2023 23:59
Hours: 36
Benefits: In line Oxfam values and according to location
Job Type: Fixed Term

Closing date: 21 June 2023@ 23:59 GMT/BST/EAT

Location:  Flexible in Africa Region. and you have the existing right to work

Contract: fixed term

One Oxfam Grade: C1

Salary and benefits: National

Oxfam International is unable to guarantee the obtaining of a work permit for the role. Candidates must already have and be able to retain the legal right to work in the location where they are based. We are not able to support the relocation of a candidate to take up the position in an Oxfam location. 

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.



The Role


Oxfam International’s Africa Platform is looking for a Climate Justice Lead, will ensure the design and delivery of Oxfam in Africa strategy on this pillar ensuring that it connects with various advocacy and campaign efforts across the continent but also contributes to Oxfam’s Global campaign objectives.   The job holder will guarantee the connectedness (synergy) of all our work, the link and RRR frame (Rights, resilience and response), as well as with the Gender Justice, Economic Justice and Accountable Governance pillars. This role will be leading the team to an integrated approach where the policy and advocacy members take information from the work on the ground from partners and Oxfam.  The field team compiles and shares information and experiences with the campaigns and advocacy as well as the communications team.


Key responsibilities


Leadership and Management

  • Ensure that targets and strategic objectives set out in Oxfam in Africa and all other existing frameworks are met based on established work plans and objectives.
  • Under the direction of the Head of Programs, facilitate high level of collaboration between the Thematic and the AU Team, Oxfam affiliates and country teams on critical and targeted programmatic and influencing actions.
  • As delegated by the AU Office Representation, may represent, and speak for Oxfam on policy positions signed off by the Program and Influencing Director.
  • Participate in Oxfam International advocacy and campaigns teams as appropriate.

Program Development and Fundraising

  • Provides strategic and operational management, coordination, supports engagement and ensures connectedness to Oxfam’s worldwide campaign on inequality, and others.
  • Responsible to extend appropriate support in resource mobilization in 3 main areas: i) donor engagement, ii) proposal development and iii) donor/grant compliance including quality project delivery & reporting.
  • Support & sometime lead engagement with donors for identifying and creating opportunities for the delivery of the Climate Justice theme as well as any linkages for other thematic areas within the pillar such as food security.
  • Support program staff and leadership to review assessment and activity reports to ensure Climate Justice issues are reflected in OiA work.
  • Support the Thematic Leads and other colleagues by participating in, or organizing conferences, meetings, and workshops.
  • Share relevant information and tools such as briefing papers, AU reports, internal documents and reports with programme teams.

People and Resource Management

  • Support country and Africa Platform leadership team with key players and donors on the specific thematic on this pillar. Including climate financing, just energy transition and climate adaptation
  • Ensure quality inclusion of these issues in all proposals, identifying how to build evidence of change for shared learning.
  • Provide on-going mentoring to these thematic positions in countries.
  • Support capacity development processes including identifying capacity-building needs and providing training to staff, key stakeholders and partners, as necessary.

Partnership Development and Management

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of Oxfam in Africa’s partnership approach to programme implementation.
  • Lead the identification, assessment and relationship building of a diverse portfolio of partners for the effective implementation of the CJ theme.

Public Policy and Advocacy

  • Forge strong relationship withclimate justice and natural resources departments of subregional institutions in support of Oxfam In Africa economic justice work and initiatives
  • Works with the Climate Justice Advocacy Advisor and the  Media and Communications team to develop policy briefing papers, media briefs and opinion pieces for external use

Supports coalitions and alliances on climate justice campaigns targeting governments and institutions at various levels.


We’re looking for a person with



  • Education (Masters degree) preferably in Natural Resources Management, Bachelor of Science or climate science field with a focus on Climate justice.
  • Proven experience in working at continental or multi-country level on climate justice issues
  • At least 7 year’s experience in program strategy development and management at national and regional levels.
  • Experience and skills in project management and research, working effectively with policy makers, government, donors and civil society.
  • Fluency working communication (written and oral) in English and other languages particularly French is highly desirable.
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively to remote and conflicting affected areas sometimes for prolonged periods.
  • Good understanding of African and International policy context on gender justice and women’s rights
  • Experience working with communities and knowledge of Africa, especially the governments and political systems.
  • Experience in managing a team, including recruitment, performance management.
  • Strong soft and hard people and project management skills, with experience working in diverse alliances.
  • Strong interpersonal skills that include experience with mediation and consensus building
  • Good organizational skills including accuracy, consistency, attention to detail, tenacity, and the ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to lead projects in a clear and constructive way that inspires people to deliver.
  • Ability to Manage budgets and processes for results and impact.
  • Ability to work independently and with multi-cultural and virtual teams.
  • Ability to liaise with a wide range of people, both internally and externally and at many levels, with credibility, tact, and diplomacy.



What we offer


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 to providing a flexible, supportive, working environment


How to apply


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 contacted- 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 more than 90 countries.


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 checks. Oxfam International Secretariat also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.  In line with this Scheme, if a job applicant has been employed by another member of the scheme, we will request information from that organization about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedure

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