Thursday, February 18, 2010

Oxfam, Policy Officer, Deadline March 8, 2010.



Title: Policy Officer
Category: National Staff Position
Responsible to: Program Manager, Humanitarian & Advocacy
Location: Dili, Timor-Leste with travel to districts 
Preferred Start: April 2010
Application Due: Send completed application form to Beni Martins by 5:00PM on Monday, March 8.

Oxfam has been supporting development and humanitarian work in Timor-Leste for over 30 years and currently implements a mutli-sectoral program by working in partnership with civil society organisations, communities and government.  Three Oxfam affiliates (Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia) have agreed to develop and implement a Joint Oxfam Strategic Plan with a single management structure as Oxfam International.  Oxfam Australia will be the managing affiliate.    The current Oxfam program includes work towards four change goals – Economic Justice, Essential Services, Gender Justice and Rights in Crisis.

This position will develop and lead Oxfam’s advocacy and policy work within Timor-Leste. The position will manage a portfolio of partnerships, principally at the national level, and will work together with civil society to achieve advocacy related goals. The position will help to define Oxfam’s policy related work, and also work together with Oxfam program teams to support advocacy work in Economic and Gender Justice. The position will contribute to the overall strengthening of civil society, active citizenship and good governance within Timor-Leste and will represent Oxfam at national level groups, forum and networks.

  • Successful experience in policy level advocacy work on issues of relevance to poverty reduction and good governance.
  • Strong analytical skills and a proven ability to analyze policy and its impacts on poverty and marginalization.
  • Experience in working with civil society organizations and in strengthening their capacities, both in program effectiveness and in organizational development.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Timor Leste’s international legal commitments
  • Experience in facilitating learning processes.
  • University degree preferable
  • Able to understand and explain basic budget and financial reports
  • Tetum and/or Indonesian language skills
  • English language skills also required

  • Commitment to social justice, participation and transparency, and ability to role model these values.
·         Ability to work on ones own initiative.
  • Willingness to promote women’s empowerment and gender equity in Timor-Leste
  • Experience with Word and Excel
  • Good written communication skills
  • Ability to build network and collaborate with local, international organizations working in the same scope of work
  • Ability to build good relationship with respective government departments

See Position Description for full description of position and qualifications