HINGO/RINGO Advocacy Coordinator

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Oxfam GB
Closing date: 28 Jun 2020

The specific objective of the role is to develop and implement a clear country advocacy strategy for the transformation of programmes to HINGO/RINGO members. This will be done though influencing and supporting the mandates of HINGO/RINGO to increase the impact of the country programme at scale and bring change (in policy, practice and/or attitude). This change will be driven by new resource strategies, partnerships relations and ways of working that will extend and amplify programme outcomes.

The HINGO/RINGO Advocacy Coordinator leads to the mandate of HINGO/RINGO country advocacy strategy, which has the objective of ensuring the influencing programme is delivered.

Strengthen to maximize HINGO/RINGO’s impact and influence on National Humanitarian Policy and Practice

  • Lead, convene and support the development of the HINGO/RINGO Humanitarian Advocacy Strategy via working with the humanitarian and advocacy staff of member organizations and beyond.
  • Ensure links between humanitarian advocacy and other priority advocacy work (e.g. Gender in Emergencies, Sexual, Reproductive Health and Rights, GBV) as prioritized with HINGO/RINGO members to provide a consistent and coherent advocacy voice and policy representation to agreed priority external audiences.
  • Provide analysis and intelligence on key policy issues at national level humanitarian context, informing and HINGO/RINGO members’ policy response
  • Coordinate strategically within the HINOG/RINGO members to maximise timeliness of intervention and advocacy effectiveness in humanitarian influencing.

High level of communications and representation of HINGO/RINGO members on advocacy and influencing on humanitarian responses

  • Develop relationships and represent in agreed priority HINGO/RINGO , government and UN meetings, and represent HINGO/RINGO members in key networks, ensuring that participation reflects the perspective HINGO/RINGO’s field experience and key policy priorities
  • Support the HINGO/RINGO members in their humanitarian representation, advocacy and external relations
  • Work with Advocacy and Communications staff of member organizations in public messaging related to humanitarian advocacy initiatives.

Strategic advocacy support to HINGO/RINGO member’s work in humanitarian crises, including conflict, slow-onset emergencies and rapid-onset disasters, with an emphasis on selected emergencies and other complex emergencies

  • Support HINGO/RINGO members’ humanitarian response team by providing support in policy efforts and humanitarian responses in line with agreed strategy as needed to contribute to high level humanitarian policy/advocacy processes and events in Ethiopia;
  • Build strong relationships with selected country programs that have dedicated advocacy capacity, to ensure that HINOGO/RINGO policy work is grounded in members’ experience and to support relevant national and international debates.
  • Act as the advocacy focal point on specific humanitarian crises and facilitate synergy among advocacy work of member organizations
  • Support HINGO/RINGO to document meetings and other records

Strategic Support to HINGO/RINGO member organizations’

  • Monitor and relay relevant policy developments; support development of research and analysis on relevant topics in line with strategy (emergency and program); and contribute to and support the drafting of HINGO/RINGO members’ positions, briefing papers, strategies, articles, lobbying advocacy letters and talking points.
  • Ensure appropriate monitoring, evaluation and learning as well as reporting of results from humanitarian advocacy undertaken in different ECHO supported project implemented by HINGO/RINGO member organizations.

Education and Experience:

· Postgraduate degree from a recognized university/college in communication, development studies, social sciences or other areas that can bring an added value to the related jobs.

· Relevant experience with more than 7 years preferably in an International NGO.

· Experience of advocacy, campaigning and lobbying work with governments, donor institutions and inter-governmental bodies.

· Experience of leading, designing and delivering influencing, campaigning and advocacy programmes and research and policy work

· Experience of using media, popular mobilisation and public campaigning in a developing country context.

· Proven experience of capacity strengthening and advisory work.

· In-depth understanding of the economic, political and social causes and dynamics of poverty and a familiarity with policy issues related to the creation or reduction of poverty in Ethiopia and globally.

· Comprehensive knowledge and experience of development programmes, humanitarian response and campaigning.

· Excellent in written and verbal communication in English with high impact influencing and persuasive skills.

Leadership and Management

· Leadership, management, negotiation and coordination skills (of people and projects) in a complex multi-stakeholder, networked, global and largely virtual environment.

· Excellent inter-personal and collaboration skills, particularly in cross-cultural contexts.

· Demonstrate leadership behaviours and ways of working within the team that promotes value addition, non-duplication of roles across functions, empowerment and role enrichment of team and a culture of cost effectiveness by all functional managers.

· Development of customer service attitude within the team and a focus on integrated teamwork.

· Proactively address the interface between different functions and programme teams in-country to ensure efficiency and accountability.

· Demonstrated organisational awareness and understanding of knowledge management.

· Strong analytical and conceptual thinking skills; able to understand complex issues and translate them into simple, workable actions and plans.

· Persuasive influencing, motivation, team-building and facilitation skills.

· Good understanding of management roles and dynamics in organizations.

· Developing organizational strategies and plans for communication and measuring effectiveness.

· Experience of leading and managing conflict resolution.

· Ability to think and act strategically and understand the relationship between national and regional programmes and the global objectives of Oxfam.

· Ability to coach on the building of strong, credible relationships with international and local NGOs, government associations, business leaders and communities.

· Ability to adjust to constantly changing situations while maintaining focus on delivery and follow-through.

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

· Superb judgement that ensures the delivery of a cohesive strategy and policy and grows HINGO’s/RINGO’s reputation in the country.

· Familiar with relevant themes and debates in the DRR, resilience and development domains

· Diplomatic and influencing skills in support of effective collaboration and cooperation with multiple stakeholders

· Familiar with working with civil society networks and coalitions

· Ability to think strategically, plan, prioritise and implement multiple work tasks under tight timelines

· 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.

Key Attributes

· Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities.

· Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity for all aspects of development work.

· Commitment to undertake Oxfam’s safeguarding training and adherence of relevant policies to ensure all people who come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible.

Organisational Values

· Accountability – Our purpose-driven, results-focused approach means we take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions.

· Empowerment – Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen.

· Inclusiveness – We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.

Note to candidates: Shortlisted candidates will be assessed on our organisational values and attributes at the interview stage. The successful candidate(s) will be expected to adhere to our code of conduct. We encourage candidates to read and understand our code of conduct here.

How to apply:

As part of your online application, please upload your up to date CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile through Oxfam application portal (https://jobs.oxfam.org.uk/vacancy/12341/description) on or before 28th June 2020. Your application will be shortlisted based on your CV and your responses to the above questions. You need not comment on your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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