Oxfam Head of Influencing & Public Engagement (IPE) Jobs in Nigeria

Oxfam Head of Influencing & Public Engagement (IPE) Jobs in Nigeria

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can defeat poverty or any type of inequality or discrimination.

We are an international confederation of 19 organizations (affiliates) working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development, and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.

The job holder is responsible for leading the strategic thinking and implementation of Oxfam Nigeria’s campaign, advocacy, media and communication platforms to promote programs and change policies in delivering on Oxfam’s WorldWide Influencing Strategy (WIN) to address the root causes of poverty.


Program , Project and Partnership Management

  • Actively work with national programs and partners to build research capacity of Country Program teams and Partners’ staff and develop effective, evidence-based campaigns
  • Ensure Oxfam’s gender justice and gender mainstreaming in the full cycle of project and program management and guarantee verifiable result achievement related to Oxfam’s gender objectives.
  • Support implementing partners in their capacity to implement projects and achieve results.
  • Develop and facilitate cooperation with civil society organizations (including non-implementing partners), the private and public sector, media, philanthropic, academic and other knowledge institutions.
  • Coordinate and mobilise technical support for program and project partners and ensure high quality of programming.
  • Support extensive networks that promote Oxfam’s work in the thematic areas related to this position. Especially deepen the collaboration with private and public actors towards a greater impact of the program.
  • Ensure synergies between the program and other Oxfam initiatives on transparency and accountability in Nigeria as well as within the region and on global level.
  • Represent Oxfam at the various coordination platforms at national and regional levels ensuring compatibility with overall commitments and policy/project priorities

    Communication and Relationship Management

  • Identify and establish opportunities for engagement with and influencing of the public, ministers, media, press and senior public servants to further Oxfam’s influence and agenda
  • Represent Oxfam Nigeria and establish strong and productive relationships with key stakeholders, across the Nigerian Government including ministers, public servants, parliamentarians and their staff.
  • High level liaison with staff in Oxfam Nigeria, international affiliates and external partners to develop and contribute to policy priorities and strategies for influencing political change
  • Provide strategic advice and facilitate the planning of events targeted at, or for the benefit of, public, government representatives, media or partners

    Strategic Leadership of our Public Engagement & Influencing Unit

  • Develop long-term vision and strategic planning, long-term research strategies to achieve significant impact on Oxfam’s public engagement and influencing work from research, policy and advocacy
  • Builds influential relationships and develops networks for effective change, both internally and externally, and is committed to maximising our influencing capability.
  • Lead and coordinate the development of Oxfam Nigeria’s Public engagement and Influencing Strategy that embodies the One Oxfam’s Program Approach addressing inequality in the food system, on gender, and rights in crisis and addressing transparency in public and private governance systems in line with a new and highly complex environment
  • Accountable for ensuring that appropriate tools and technology are in place to allow a strong flow of positive and consistent programme content to influence and communicate with internal audiences and external stakeholders including but not limited to government, media, donors, nongovernmental sector and supporters.
  • Lead on synergy on all Oxfam’s Nigeria Public engagement and influencing strands of work ensuring that they build on each other both geographically and thematically.
  • Lead and provide strategic oversight of Oxfam Nigeria’s public engagement and influencing with the objective of bringing about public engagement, influencing and practice changes aligned with Oxfam’s Strategic Plan and which ultimately achieve positive and lasting change in people’s lives.
  • Oversee the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of strategies and projects with a public and WIN focus

    Provide specialist technical advice on:

  • Political context and
    relevant policies of major political parties
  • Public Service and operations of specific government departments and agencies
  • Ensure consistency with best practices in public engagement and influencing across programs at Federal, State and LGA levels; ensure a direct link between Oxfam Nigeria’s programme work and our media coverage through familiarization with Oxfam’s work on the ground and the development of stories to be used in media work for advocacy, campaigns and fundraising.
  • Develop work practices and procedures for, and oversee the preparation of meeting requests, briefing papers, submissions and general correspondence

    Leadership & People Management

  • Proactively contribute to the Country Office’s leadership team as an important member of the team; working with thematic teams to champion change in the way we relate to the public
  • Manage the operations and output of Oxfam Nigeria’s Public Engagement and Influencing priorities
  • Provide general advice to, and build the capacity of, staff, partners and coalitions in relation to public engagement and Influencing, as required
  • Other related duties as delegated.

    Financial management

  • Direct responsibility for budget management of up to 2- 4 million EUR project per year including significant donor funds.
  • Manage all revenue streams related to public engagement and Influencing to maximize contributions to Oxfam.
  • Responsible for formulating, managing and monitoring an annual budget to facilitate Oxfam Nigeria’s public
  • Support the Country Director in identifying funding priorities that can support delivery on key income targets and determine appropriate distribution


  • First degree in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Administration with a postgraduate degree in Development, Public Policy, Administration or a relevant subject
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience leading and providing strategic oversight of public engagement and influencing with the objective of bringing about policy and practice changes
  • In-depth understanding of the economic, political and social causes and dynamics of poverty, vulnerability and inequality and a familiarity with policy issues related to the creation or reduction of poverty, vulnerability and inequality
  • Comprehensive understanding and experience of advocacy and campaigning tools and techniques
  • Delivery orientation and ability to inspire and work collaboratively and build cohesive relationships with others to achieve outcomes
  • Identifying and establishing opportunities for engagement and influencing with various stakeholders with the view to being able to influence an organisation’s agenda
  • Well-developed conceptual, critical, and analytical thinking with the ability to convey complex information in a straightforward way and influencing this to a wider audience
  • Strong interpersonal and representation skills including good team work, and experience of working in multi-cultural and virtual teams
  • Personable and professional approach when working with others internally and externally
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal English) and the ability to write clear, concise reports including effectiveness in representation and the ability to translate policy into clearly written material for decision-makers
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities.

    How to Apply

    Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 30th June 2019

    For more information and job application details, see; Oxfam Head of Influencing & Public Engagement (IPE) Jobs in Nigeria

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