March 2013 OXFAM AMERICA JOB DESCRIPTION
TITLE : Senior Policy Advisor for Extractive Industries
LOCATION: Washington, DC
DEPARTMENT: Policy and Research
REPORTS TO: Senior Policy Manger for Extractive Industries (EI)
COORDINATES WITH : Internal: EI Global Program Manager; EI Center for Strategic Support Advisor; Extractive Industries Global Program team members from Outreach and Campaigns, Communications and Community Engagement, Regional Programs, Private Sector Department and Resource Development; other members of Oxfam departments and relevant OI affiliate staff engaged in extractive industries, essential services and private sector issues as needed. Under SMS, coordinate and support Oxfam country programs engaged on extractive industries. External: Publish What You Pay coalition; leadership and staff in extractive industry companies, International Financial Institutions (IFIs); US Executive Branch agencies and US Congress; civil society groups, investors and other target actors.
PURPOSE OF POSITION : The Senior Policy Advisor for Extractive Industries will staff Oxfam America’s policy, advocacy and research work on extractive industries transparency issues, including disclosure of payment, contract and environment/social impact information. The position will provide strategic input, thought leadership, policy analysis, representation and advocacy on extractive industries transparency issues. She/he will support implementation of the policy, advocacy and research components of the OA Extractive Industries Global Program Strategy (2011-2014) related to transparency as well as objectives set out in restricted funding proposals. The Senior Policy Advisor will also contribute to implementation of Strand Three of the OA Strategic Plan (2013-2018) focusing on active citizenship engagement for effective spending of government finances.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: Strategy Development and Implementation:
Play a lead role in the development and implementation of advocacy strategies to increase transparency of extractive industries payment, contract and other information as part of Oxfam America’s “Right to Know, Right to Decide” campaign. Monitor and adjust strategies as needed.
Coordinate closely with Oxfam offices in the design and implementation of national level campaign strategies to increase extractive industry transparency, with a primary focus on Ghana and Cambodia.
Execute or manage the execution of advocacy oriented-research related to extractive industry transparency.
Support Oxfam country programs through strategic advice, information sharing, technical support, and joint strategy formulation.
Conduct or assist in the implementation of trainings for civil society organizations in resource-rich countries on information from mandated disclosures requirements (e.g. Dodd-Frank Act, EU Directives) so they are prepared to understand and use this information and monitor company compliance.
Monitor and influence global programs designed to increase extractive industries transparency, such as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
Monitor and analyze events in the extractive industry field in relevant Oxfam regions and assess their impact on Oxfam partners.
Collaborate with peer and cross-functional management teams to execute plans.
Support the monitoring and execution of restricted funding projects and support fundraising efforts targeting foundations.
Advocacy and External Affairs:
Protect, deepen and replicate recent gains in mandatory extractive industries transparency (e.g. the extractive payment disclosure provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act).
Develop and maintain relationships with key staff in target corporations, US government agencies, IFIs and other actors to advance EI policy reform agenda.
Provide thought leadership and represent Oxfam America in high-level fora as a spokesperson and advocate on EI transparency issues
Act as an agency spokesperson with the media.
Develop or manage the development of research and advocacy materials to influence decision-makers and key actors in extractive industries around transparency issues.
Build and maintain short term and longer-term strategic alliances with U.S.-based and developing country NGOs and coalitions for advocacy campaigns, such as the Publish What You Pay Coalition.
EXPECTATIONS FOR THE POSITION:
The incumbent will stay abreast of professional standards, trends and issues affecting this set of responsibilities, demonstrating continuous learning of the field.
S/he will work effectively and collaboratively in support of building a team-based culture of work, will perform all duties appropriately for a multi-cultural environment, treating all persons with dignity and respect, and will be familiar with and committed to Oxfam America mission and goals.
The ability to devote full time effort to this position, as well as the ability to travel up to 25% of the time.
QUALIFICATIONS: Required: Education : Master’s Degree in political science, international development or related field or equivalent work experience Experience and Core Competencies:
Over 7 years work experience, in advocacy, international development, human rights and/or environmental fields, with 4+ years’ experience working on extractive industries issues.
Knowledge of extractive industries transparency issues and trends.
Ability to think and operate strategically and creatively.
Proven lobbying and political skills: persuasive, diplomatic and articulate.
Experience advocating before or working within the US Congress, the US Executive Branch and World Bank.
Skilled in an integrated approach to advocacy that includes research, policy, lobbying, media work and public campaigning.
High-level policy analysis skills.
Strong oral and written communication skills that include the ability to communicate to a variety of audiences. Proven media and public presentation skills.
Ability to communicate clearly and work cooperatively in a cross-cultural setting with a number of long distance working relationships.
Ability to work under pressure.
Preferred: Ability to communicate in Spanish and/or French. Union / Cat. 1 Term Position (Three Year Restricted Funding Position with Possibility of Extension)