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Vacancy: Policy and Advocacy Advisor
Based: Nairobi Kenya with frequent travel throughout Somalia
1 year fulltime with extension possibility
Start date: ASAP
Are you a creative, dynamic, and passionate advocate for Somalia?

The Role: Support and participate in developing and delivering Oxfam’s Somalia policy analysis, strategy and messages through consultation and coordination with CD, HPC, Regional Advocacy Coordinator and under leadership of OI (Novib) Policy Advisor. 

Work with OI policy lead on development of advocacy/policy action planning. 

Be a link between Oxfam’s regional and Somalia advocacy work. 

Undertake vigorous networking, training, creative information dissemination and investing in relationships, within and outside Oxfam, nationally and internationally to inform, challenge and improve advocacy messaging and tactics. 

Undertake other duties as required by the CD, in agreement with the OI team.

The Person:
  • Experience in emergency and development work with demonstrated understanding of context, challenges and ways of working. 
  • Experience in influencing governments, multilateral bodies, donors, etc through representation and/or advocacy, 
  • Strong understanding of humanitarian principles and law, 
  • Analytical and strategic thinker,
  • Excellent communication skills, 
  • Experience in dealing with media and acting as  spokesperson.
Refer to the job description online and apply with your CV and letter of motivation to by 8th April 2015.
Consultancy:Analysis on the Implications of the Revised Protocol on the Pan African Parliament 

Ref: INT1343



Job Type:

 The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) was established under Article 17 of The Constitutive Act of the African Union, as one of the nine Organs provided for in the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community. 

The Protocol to the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community Relating to the Pan-African Parliament was adopted on 2 March 2001 and came into force on 14 December 2003. 

The Pan African Parliament which has its seat in Midrand, South Africa held its inaugural session on 18 March 2004.
The establishment of the Pan-African Parliament is informed by a vision to provide a common platform for African peoples and their grass-roots organizations to be more involved in discussions and decision-making on the problems and challenges facing the continent.

The members of the Pan-African Parliament represent all the peoples of Africa. It is composed of 235 parliamentary representatives who are elected by the legislatures of 47 of the 54 AU Member States that are party to the Protocol establishing the Pan-African Parliament. 

At present PAP exercises oversight, and has advisory and consultative powers. However, the ultimate aim of the Pan-African Parliament is to evolve into an institution with full legislative powers, whose members are elected by universal adult suffrage.

Following the expiry of its first term and in pursuance of Article 11 of the PAP Protocol, the AU Assembly at its 22nd Ordinary Session in June 2014 adopted the Protocol to the Constitutive Act of the African Union relating to the Pan-African Parliament.

The adoption of the revised protocol brings with it new opportunities for citizens to engage continental governance processes. 

Consultancy Objective: Oxfam’s Pan Africa Programme is seeking to engage a consultant researcher to conduct a legal and policy analysis on the implications of the revised Protocol of the Pan African Parliament.  

This analysis will be Oxfam’s contribution to the work of the AU WE Want network. 

The AU We Want is a network of CSOs working on and in Africa that seeks to create space to collect, collate and amplify CSO priority issues as they concern the organs and operations of the African Union.

The study seeks to;
1.    Examine the viability of a PAP with limited legislative powers as espoused in the revised protocol (priority areas for legislation; funding; institutional capacity; independence; representation through universal suffrage; etc…).
2.    Assess the new role and mandate of the PAP in relation to the AUC and other Pan African Organs (ACHPR; African Court; AGA platform and Secretariat; APRM; NEPAD); and the regional parliamentary bodies.
3.    Assess the legal and policy implications of the revised protocol on  the PAP, and its effects on AU Member States and African citizens
4.    Identify challenges, strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities of the revised protocol
5.    Assess the PAP Strategy and work plan in relation to the revised protocol 
6.    Identify opportunities for citizen engagement and advocacy in ensuring that the revised protocol attains the necessary ratifications to bring it into force, and continued engagement after it has come into force
The findings and recommendations of the study will be used to inform advocacy strategies of Oxfam, The SOTU Coalition and the AU We Want Coalition. 

It will also aid in strategic engagement with AU member states, the PAP leadership, and other policy leaders in Pan African institutions, on collaborative work focusing on the transformation issue. 

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Consultancy:Analysis on Inequality & Existing Resources in Horn East and Central Africa 

Ref: INT1353



Job Type:

 The Horn East and Central Africa (HECA) is a dynamic region with many changes continuously happening politically, socially and economically.  

Currently some countries in the region frequently face conflict situations, natural disasters such as drought and governance as well as social issues such as population growth and the bulging youth population.  

Most of the issues facing these countries emanate from power struggles, e.g. over natural resources, inequality and sometimes interference by external actors.

According to the recent reports, Economic growth in Sub Saharan Africa remains strong with growth at 5.5% in 2014 and forecasted to be 6% in 2015. 

Almost a third of countries in the region are growing at 6% or more, and African countries are now routinely among the fastest growing countries in the world. Africa’s rising growth is underpinned by strong private investment. 

Gross fixed capital formation in the region has steadily increased from about 16.4% of GDP in 2000 to about 20.4% in 2011. 

The pickup in investment has directly contributed to economic growth and has also helped boost the productive capacity of the region’s economy. 

It is projected that the growth will pick up to 6% in 2015, buoyed by rising private investment and remittances valued at US$33 billion a year. Strong government investment and higher production in the mineral resources, agriculture and services sectors are supporting the bulk of the economic growth.

A World Bank publication, African Pulse, notes that poverty and inequality remain unacceptably high and almost one out of every two Africans lives in extreme poverty today. 

Despite strong growth, Africa’s progress on ensuring that growth translates into considerably less poverty has been slow and hindered by high inequality. 

According to the World Bank Africa Region’s Chief Economist, Africa grew faster in the last decade than most other regions, but the impact on poverty is much less. Africa’s growth has not been as powerful in reducing poverty as it could have been because of the high levels of inequality. 

The report suggests that most of the world’s poor will live in Africa by 2030 [1].   

Poverty has persisted and in 2010, approximately 38% of East Africa’s population (53.3 million) were living below the poverty line. It is feared that the gaps between the rich and poor is likely to undermine the gains made [2].

Economic inequality – the gap between the rich and poor, and the trend of increased concentration of wealth & income at the top – is out of control and self-perpetuating. It is inextricably linked to inequality of power.  

Inequality is a political issue, and is as much about who is abusing their ability to write the rules in their favour (rich elites and multi-nationals) as is about those whose interests are neglected even as they are locked out of decision-making (e.g. citizens, women, marginalised groups). 

The rights of the many cannot be trampled by market fundamentalism, and endless pursuit of wealth and profit. 

The political systems and institutions that should represent citizens and keep inequality in check are being undermined by gross inequality.

Institutions and the rules of the game have been captured by rich elites creating a cycle of growing inequality & poverty, and undermining opportunity and fuelling democratic bankruptcy. 

Meanwhile citizens are excluded in many countries. Extreme economic inequality, gender inequality, and other social inequalities create traps of disadvantage for the few. 

This therefore puts the issue of inequality squarely on the plate of Oxfam, CSOs and Governments as we fight poverty and social injustice.  

It’s against this background that the HECA region would like to undertake a mapping of all actors working on inequality issues in the region as well as resources available to enable make informed decisions on the focus that Oxfam will take in the region as well as avoiding duplication.


Gain a better and up to date understanding of  types of organizations working on inequality, what their focus is on inequality and resources existing within these institutions and as well as elsewhere for inequality.

This will enable us have a clear focus on our work on inequality and also inform on relevant partners to work with, without reinventing the wheel and use resources to add most value.

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