Policy  Advisor  -  Conflict  and  Gender 

Division / Department / Location: Nairobi (C2)   
Job Family: Policy & Campaigns

Salary:  GBP    20,619 - 27,642   
Level: C2

Oxfam Purpose: To work with others to find lasting solutions to poverty and suffering

Team Purpose:  To provide advocacy, lobby, campaigning, media and policy analysis to country teams and at a regional level in the Horn, East and Central Africa (HECA).

Job Purpose: To provide high quality policy work, research and technical support to the new Oxfam campaign on conflict, insecurity and gender across the HECA region.

Reporting Lines:

Post holder reports to:
Regional Humanitarian Campaigns and Policy Advisor.

Staff reporting to this post:
None. Occasionally interns / consultants.

Budget Responsibility: No

Background

Oxfam is one of the world's leading humanitarian agencies assisting people affected by natural disasters and conflict throughout the world. 

With over 5,000 staff and dedicated volunteers in more than 80 countries, Oxfam is able to achieve the greatest impact to end poverty and suffering through combining emergency response work, long-term programmes for poverty alleviation and campaigning for lasting change. 

The Horn, East, and Central Africa (HECA) Region is the largest region within Oxfam, covering 8 countries, including Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, and Uganda. 

The Regional Centre is based in Nairobi and is mandated to provide leadership and support to the Oxfam country programmes in delivering their strategies within the context of programme quality, and efficiency. 

The role
  • Lead on the development of policy and trends analysis on livelihoods, insecurity and gender issues focusing on the four priority countries
  • Delivery of high quality research focusing on livelihoods and security (within a gendered perspective) across the four priority countries.
  • Conduct policy analysis and lead in the development of advocacy strategies for EAC and IGAD for Oxfam with particular reference to peace and security institutions.
  • Provide policy support to Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia and DRC as the Rights in Crisis priority countries.
  • Provide leadership in monitoring cross country learning’s including best practice and research opportunities and organisation of regional learning sessions.
  • Provide a strategic link between country, regional, continental and global work on livelihoods and security issues ensuring gender is well mainstreamed.
  • Input into country strategy reviews and help with monitoring and evaluation processes and regional documentation of knowledge related to RIC
  • Lead in development of policy positions, policy briefs and reports for use for advocacy and influence
Dimensions:
  • Ability to conduct in depth research across varying contexts
  • Knowledge and experience of research methodology
  • Technical knowledge of the latest trends on conflict, insecurity and gender across the region
  • Knowledge and expertise of conflict contexts
  • Knowledge and technical understanding of the impact of conflict and insecurity on gender
  • Analyse, interpret and act on complex information from varied and diverse sources.
  • Application of expert knowledge of internal and external environment
  • Ability to work to short deadlines and ability to react and respond to changing environments
  • Ability to understand complex contexts and especially HECA  region
Key Responsibilities:
  • Lead on the development of policy and trends analysis on livelihoods, insecurity and gender issues focusing on the four priority countries
  • Delivery of high quality research focusing on livelihoods and security (within a gendered perspective) across the four priority countries.
  • Conduct policy analysis and lead in the development of advocacy strategies for EAC and IGAD for Oxfam with particular reference to peace and security institutions.
  • Provide policy support to Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia and DRC as the Rights in Crisis priority countries.
  • Provide leadership in monitoring cross country learning’s including best practice and research opportunities and organisation of regional learning sessions .
  • Provide a strategic link between country, regional, continental and global work on livelihoods and security issues ensuring gender is well mainstreamed.
  • Input into country strategy reviews and help with monitoring and evaluation processes and regional documentation of knowledge related to RIC
  • Lead in development of policy positions, policy briefs and reports for use for advocacy and influence
  • Manage country coordination
  • When appropriate support advocacy training at country or regional level
The Person
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking ability and experience of high-level lobby
  • Good understanding of security and development debates and theories as well as a good understanding of gender dimensions to security and livelihoods.
  • Strong track record of research
  • Experience working in the region on similar work and good  understanding of HECA region
  • Strong skills in  policy analysis, trends and research  especially related to security, livelihoods and gender
  • Good project management skills with  a track record of M&E work and documentation of knowledge
  • Track record of high performance and ability to deliver in high pressure environments
  • Understanding of gender in development and in conflict
  • Experience of working with UN agencies, government bodies and  ability to build coalitions and gain consensus
  • Willing to travel for 50% of the year

Skills And Competence:

Essential
  • Previous project management experience
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking ability and experience of high-level lobby
  • Good understanding of security and development debates and theories as well as a good understanding of gender dimensions to security and livelihoods.
  • Strong track record of research
  • Experience working in the region on similar work and good  understanding of HECA region
  • Strong skills in  policy analysis, trends and research  especially related to security, livelihoods and gender
  • Good project management skills
  • Track record of M&E work and documentation of knowledge
  • Track record of high performance and ability to deliver in high pressure environments
  • Understanding of gender in development and in conflict
  • Experience of working with UN agencies, government bodies and  ability to build coalitions and gain consensus
  • Strong interpersonal skills including good team work
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to motivate, influence and negotiate both internally and externally, strong English skills.
  • Sympathy with the aim of Oxfam to end poverty and suffering.
  • Knowledge of humanitarian and development programming
Desirable
  • Experience of capacity building and working effectively with civil society in African contexts (D)
  • French written and verbal skills
  • Research experience within East Africa
  • Understanding of Regional and sub-regional Economic Communities (RECs)
Other: 

This Job description is not incorporated into the employment contract. 

It is intended as a guide and should be viewed as a flexible specification as it may be varied from time to time in the light of strategic developments following discussions with the post holder. 

The post holder will be expected to work to agreed objectives, which should facilitate achievements of the key responsibilities in accordance with the Performance Review Process.
Date of issue:     June   2012

This is a highly challenging opportunity for a dedicated and highly motivated professional, with a strong commitment to Oxfam's values and beliefs.  

If you believe you are the candidate we are looking for, please submit your application and CV including a day time contact by applying online at www.oxfam.org.uk/jobs using INT 5544. 

The closing date is:   27th July 2012.  
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Gauff Consulting Engineers is a member of the Gauff Group, one of the most successful German engineering companies and a leading engineering company in Eastern and Southern Africa. 

Today, we are permanently represented in more than 20 countries throughout the African continent

We are looking for colleagues with the “broader view” who are highly motivated and possess both a considerable degree of independence and a desire to contribute to infrastructure development in Eastern and Southern Africa. 

We offer excellent opportunities for personal and career development and an interesting, widely spread scope of activities within a multicultural and multidisciplinary framework.

Due to the expansion of our activities in Eastern and Southern Africa, we are looking for:

1. Highway Engineer - Design
  • BSc/MSc Civil Engineering
  • Registered in East and/or Southern Africa
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in road Design, with a minimum of 5 years in sub-Saharan Africa
2. Highway Engineer - Resident Engineer
  • BSc/MSc Civil Engineering
  • Registered in East and/or Southern Africa
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience as Resident Engineer in road projects witha minimum of 5 years in sub-Saharan Africa
3. Materials Engineer
  • BSc/MSc Civil Engineering
  • Registered in East and/or Southern Africa
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience as Materials Engineer in road projectswith a minimum of 5 years in sub-Saharan Africa
4. Water Supply/Sanitation Engineer
  • BSc/MSc Civil Engineering - Water/Sanitation speciality
  • Registered in East and/or Southern Africa
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in Water Supply/Sanitation projects, with a minimum of 5 years in sub-Saharan Africa
5. Drainage Engineer
  • BSc/MSc Civil Engineering - Water/Sanitation speciality
  • Registered in East and/or Southern Africa
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in Stormwater/ Drainage projects, with a minimum of 5 years in sub-Saharan Africa
6. Electrical/Mechanical Engineer
  • BSc/MSc Electrical or Mechanical Engineering
  • Registered in East and/or Southern Africa
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in electrical/mechanical design, with a minimum of 2 years in sub-Saharan Africa
Applications together with CV, current residency, telephone contact and email address should be received in electronic form only at the address below latest on 25.07.12.

jbgeastafrica@gauff.com
For more information: www.gauff.com

For more than 50 years, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has been a key player in African Conservation and sustainable development.

AWF is currently seeking a talented professional to provide geospatial technical support to AWF’s Heartland Program.

Key Responsibilities 

Reporting to the Director Conservation Geography and Senior Director Conservation Science, the Senior Program Officer-GIS, will provide Geographical Information Systems (GIS) support to projects led by Heartland Directors and field staff in coordination with the AWF technical thematic (pillar) directors. 

This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel to the field. 

At the operational level, this role will lead site-level resource mapping programs; implement tools designed to streamline and improve performance of data collection protocols, provide technical support to AWF’s ecological monitoring, compile, maintain, and analyze spatial data from various sources; lead spatial capacity development of AWF staff and partners; manage AWF’s centralized database and web mapping service, maintain logical data structures, support AWF’s communications with cartographic and analytical data and represent AWF at appropriate regional geospatial conservation forums as needed.

The successful candidate will;
  • Have an MSc in relevant field from a reputable institution 
  • Have 5+ years of applied GIS preferably in natural resources/conservation and development context 
  • Be proficient in ArcGIS, GIS based modeling and GPS-based data collection 
  • Have demonstrated ability to design and lead data collection program 
  • Have significant experience in editing and integrating datasets from diverse sources 
  • Be knowledgeable of statistical analysis particularly as related to spatial data 
  • Be fluent in written and spoken English and Kiswahili; French is an added advantage 
  • Have the ability to work independently and within a team in multicultural settings often in physically demanding conditions 
  • Have demonstrated ability to build capacity of multiple stakeholders to engage in landscape planning and management
A professional operating environment with latitude to innovate and deliver value as well as a competitive remuneration package is available to the right person who shares an interest in AWF’s mission and core values.

How to apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter and your detailed CV indicating daytime telephone numbers, address and names of three referees with subject ”Senior Program Officer- GIS”, to jobs@awf.org. 

Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

For further information on the position and AWF, please visit www.awf.org/jobs

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