Women’s Rights Policy and Advocacy Specialist


Oxfam International

  • Career category:Advocacy/ Policy
  • Job type:Job
  • Humanitarian or Development:Development
  • Experience level:Other (specified in job description)
  • Organisation type:Civil Society
  • Remote option:Hybrid
  • Right to work requirements:Right to work required in advance
  • Salary: $ 70524-91579 / yearly
  • Work schedule:Full-time
  • Length of contract:Temporary/ Fixed-term
  • Deadline:22/09/2023
  • Location:Canada , Ottawa
Economic justice
The Women’s Rights Policy & Advocacy Specialist will work with Oxfam stakeholders -- supporters, partner organizations and allies, as well as communications, campaigns, and long-term development and humanitarian assistance staff, to develop initiatives that advance Oxfam policy in Canada and as part of the global policy and advocacy work of Oxfam International.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: (This is not an exhaustive list of duties to be performed)
  • Develop and execute impactful policy and advocacy strategies to advance women’s economic justice in Canada and globally.
  • Convene, implement and facilitate policy and advocacy initiatives drawing on issue experts from different departments in Oxfam Canada, the larger Oxfam confederation and partners  
  • Act as an internal subject matter expert on women’s economic justice but also contribute to a range of policy and advocacy issues and functions.
  • Produce high-quality policy and advocacy products (policy briefs, reports, op-eds, etc.).
  • Provide expert capacity in policy and advocacy relationship-building, writing, media, publications and coordination.
  • Represent Oxfam in policy and advocacy forums as well as in the media.
  • Provide strategic advice to the senior management team and board of Oxfam Canada on policy and advocacy issues.
  • Working closely with Oxfam Quebec to coordinate gender rights activities regarding policy and advocacy issues
  • Develop relationships with key officials, Ministers and their staff/committee staff, as well as other elected officials to effectively advocate for Oxfam policy objectives.
  • Build support for Oxfam Canada’s strategic policy initiatives vis-à-vis the federal government, allies and the private sector.

  • Master’s degree in relevant field of study (such as Political Science, Gender/Women’s Studies, International Relations or Development) or equivalent education and experience.
  • Minimum of seven years of related work experience with a minimum of five years in a comparable policy/advocacy position.
  • Demonstrated experience in research and writing for policy development.
  • Experience leading advocacy campaigns focused on national and global issues.
  • At least 3 years experience leading policy initiatives, including those focused on women’s rights/gender equality.
  • Significant experience in coordinating government relations and representing an organization to the government, preferably for NGOs.
  • Strong knowledge of the Canadian policy landscape and opportunities for influence.
  • Demonstrated strong writing and editing skills, especially the capacity to develop policy and advocacy materials (correspondence with government officials and decision-makers, policy papers, briefing notes, discussion papers, and submissions to government consultations).
  • Demonstrated capacity to work in a cross-cultural environment based on feminist principles.
  • Experience working in the Global South on issues related to poverty, inequality and women’s rights.is an asset
  • Capacity to work in English. French and Spanish a strong assets.

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