Job Opportunity: Oxfam Land Rights Policy Lead Position.

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Application Deadline: Sunday 26th June 2016 17:00 GMT+1  

One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilizing the power of people against poverty.

For millions of people around the world, land is life. Oxfam International is looking for a dynamic new leader of our global advocacy work on land rights.

Land rights have been a core focus of Oxfam’s global GROW campaign for food justice since its launch in 2011. The campaign has a track record of major victories in this time – from pushing the world’s biggest food and beverage companies to adopt commitments to zero tolerance for land grabs, and securing major reforms in the land policies of international financial institutions, to supporting communities in numerous countries to access justice for land rights abuses. Now we need someone to take this work to the next level.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced policy advocate to lead a globally diverse team to achieve change at national, regional and global levels in both the public and private sector in support of land rights.

Around the world, Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. We save lives and help rebuild livelihoods when crisis strikes. And we campaign so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions that affect them. In all we do, Oxfam works with partner organizations and alongside vulnerable women and men to end the injustices that cause poverty.

Our Secretariat is based in Oxford, with advocacy and campaigns offices in Washington DC, New York, Brussels, Geneva, and a liaison office with the Africa Union in Addis Ababa.

This role is based in the Oxfam International Campaigns and Advocacy team.

Job Purpose – Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities 

To lead Oxfam’s advocacy on land rights, with the aim of helping to increase secure access to land for those whose land rights are at risk.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Leads the Oxfam global land advocacy team, including delivery of power analysis, policy propositions and advocacy strategies with the aim of achieving policy changes on land rights
  2. Co-ordinates and implements advocacy strategies to advocate for agreed policy propositions towards public and private global policy-makers and decision-makers
  3. Participates in relevant Oxfam teams, including the Grow campaign’s advocacy leadership team, working closely with thematic policy leads for both agricultural investment and climate change
  4. Initiates, co-ordinates and/or takes part in meetings and negotiations with allies to bring about jointly the desired policy changes
  5. Supports colleagues in country teams in the south working on land issues
  6. Influences government officials, business representatives, press, stakeholders, academics and knowledge institutes
  7. Liaises with partner organizations, (inter)national sister organizations, with the private sector and with other stakeholders.

Management oversight

  • Reports to Head of GROW Policy, Advocacy and Research
  • Dotted line to Head of SIDA Seeds-GROW Programme (Note: this post is part-funded via the SIDA Seeds-GROW Programme)

Technical Skills, Experience & Knowledge


  • Significant experience of successful policy, advocacy and research work in a campaigning context
  • Demonstrable experience of impactful advocacy or campaigns work on land rights issues
  • Understanding of range of campaigning and advocacy tactics (eg research, advocacy, public engagement, media and social media work)
  • Experienced in managing, leading, conflict resolution and supporting others to develop skills and understanding
  • Effective negotiation abilities and informal leadership skills in a multi-stakeholder, network environment
  • Experience of developing and managing budgets
  • Demonstrable organizational and project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects to deadlines
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to liaise with a wide range of people, both internally and externally and at many levels, with credibility, tact and diplomacy
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills with demonstrable ability to lead, influence and motivate others
  • Fluent spoken and written English
  • Able to undertake some international travel


  • Fluent in another language
  • Experience in conducting original research and authoring research reports
  • Experience of working to shared objectives with colleagues or organizations located in the global South
  • Experience of advocacy on gender justice or applying a gender lens to advocacy work
  • Experience of impactful advocacy or campaigns work on issues related to climate change, agricultural investment, biofuels or other issues connected to the global food system

Apply Now for the Oxfam Land Rights Policy Lead Position

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