Research & Policy Advisor Job Opportunity Dar es salaam at Oxfam Tanzania | Deadline: 07th December, 2018

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Research & Policy Advisor (INT5090)
Research & Policy Advisor
Location: Dar es Salaam
Contract Type: Fixed Term – 2 Years
Salary Scale: National C2
Who We Are
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 20 organizations (affiliates) working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.

Oxfam in Tanzania’s country strategy 2015-19 envisions empowered citizens with reduced poverty, reduced inequality and injustice with especially women and young people having access to resources and a good quality of life. We want to see evidence of citizens being more aware of and demanding their rights to resources and essential services. We also want to see less policy incoherence and positive changes at national level (policy) and community level (practices, perceptions, ideas and beliefs).
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The above vision will be achieved through delivering strategically interrelated goals:
  • Goal 1: Enhanced Governance and Transparency Transformed power relationships between women, men, government and businesses enabling citizens to demand accountability and advocate for the provision of quality essential services.
  • Goal 2: Women’s Empowerment -Women are politically, economically and socially empowered to be transformative leaders and change agents within their households and communities.
  • Goal 3: Tackling Rural Poverty - Oxfam in Tanzania Country Strategy 2015-2019 works towards rural women having access and control of economic resources, including land, and influence over markets and investments to ensure sustainable food security and resilience to disasters, especially those induced by climate change.
  • Goal 4: Focuses on Oxfam’s capacity and partners to manage humanitarian response and preparedness. Building resilience to climate change and adaptation. All our work is led by three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness. To read more about our values please click here
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 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. 

The Role
Oxfam GB is looking for a Research and Policy Advisor who is responsible for managing all research and policy analysis to support campaigns and advocacy as well as basis for programme development. Provides specialists advise to CD and CMT. Champions Oxfam’s role of thought leadership internally and externally. The primary liaison between OiTZ and the various policy working groups within Oxfam. Responsible for managing OiTZ relationships with external research service providers, including academic institutions and think tanks, and quality assures all research generated by the programme. Contributes to capacity building of staff and partners. 

Key responsibilities for the role includes;
Strategic management and thought leadership
  • Provides specialist advise to CD and CMT on emerging based
  • Support OiTz managers and coordinators prepare Policy Positions and Briefing Papers on key development and humanitarian issues and work closely with the Communications Manager to ensure production of quality external communication materials.
  • Coordinate with colleagues in the Oxfam Confederation around Oxfam’s global influencing agenda and support and contribute to the development of Oxfam’s global Position Papers, which is reflective of the Tanzania’s development, political and humanitarian contexts.
  • Contribute towards the development, implementation and evaluation of programme, campaign and advocacy strategies for Oxfam and partners.
  • Working closely with program teams, identify, Initiate and support the building of strategic partnerships with key external contacts in the CSOs, private sector, government agencies, political entities, educational institutions, diplomatic circles, informal groups and the citizenry.
  • Contribute to ensure strong and consistent advocacy messaging and adherence to the OCS commitments on the issues of women rights, youth and pastoralists.
  • Initiate and coordinate the development of a clear mapping of the sphere of influence for the thematic areas of the OCS.

Lead on research and policy analysis for Oxfam in Tanzania
  • In consultation with program leads and partners, advice on areas, which require deeper investigations or studies to inform the program implementation design as well as the advocacy agendas of Oxfam.
  • Provide leadership in ensuring Oxfam and partner’s commission quality and innovative researches and coordinate the production process of the study.
  • Compile and keep an up-to-date inventory of the contemporary and past research publications and Policy Positions by Oxfam, partners, other INGOs, government agencies, private sector institutions and other stakeholders.  
  • Provide and assess up-to-date information including a power analysis about trends in politics, development work, humanitarian and citizens’ engagements and advise on the likely implications to Oxfam’s programs
  • Advise Oxfam and implementing partners on the opportunities and risks associated with policy advocacy especially on political and governance issues.

Working with partners and stakeholders
  • Initiate and support capacity-building initiatives of Oxfam program teams and partners in areas of policy advocacy and research.
  • Guide and support program managers to ensure they are fully capacitated with relevant and contemporary concepts, tools and tactics in the market to take forward the model of integrating advocacy in programs across all thematic areas

Skills & Experience
Our next Logistician will require a range of skills and experience.
Key Experience and Competencies;
  • Academic qualification: social or political sciences, research or related field.
  • Ability to critically analyze external or independent processes, risks, opportunities and provide accurate assessment of t the implications to Oxfam program and brand.
  • Strong research and research management skills with demonstrable experience of designing and managing public policy research projects
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills
  • Excellent skills in political and power analysis
  • Ability to build and maintain connections with external resource persons.
  • Ability to write high quality research reports, policy briefings and position papers.
  • Strong analytical skills and keen eye for details in public policy pronouncements or publications.
  • Experience of contributing to developing advocacy and campaigns strategies delivered in a multi stakeholder policy reform drives
  • High level of interpersonal and communication competencies, persuasive capability, diplomatic tact and negotiation skills. Able to effectively represent Oxfam in relevant policy spaces.
  • Sound understanding of external contexts and contemporary development especially in the socio economic and political environments.
  • Excellent knowledge of gender dimensions and issues with capability of conducting quality gender analysis
  • Knowledge of working in and managing coalitions, networks and loose groupings
  • Sound knowledge of government policy formulation cycle, processes and structures.
  • Good knowledge of Tanzania’s legal context including policy and law formulation processes.
  • Experience in civic engagement and citizen mobilization.
  • Knowledge of national, regional and international affairs, engagements and process broadly but relevant to Oxfam areas of work
  • Knowledge and experience in linking local, national, regional, continental and international campaign and advocacy issues and opportunities.

  • Experience of working in a large INGO
  • Kiswahili comprehension.
This role will give you an opportunity to make a difference by encompassing the organisation’s advocacy, policy, campaigns, research and communications functions, the team will manage external relations and public perception in addition to supporting wide dissemination of Oxfam’s policy positions, facilitating networking and ensuring that the organisation has the necessary information to engage in influencing activities. 

How to Apply
If this sounds like you and you would like to learn more about this impactful role please click on the Job Profile attachment for all of the details.
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If you wish to apply for the above post, please submit your application and CV, detailing your experience for the post and include two referees, preferably your current line manager by applying online using the above link. The closing date for applications is the 7th December 2018.
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