Global Learning and Communications Officer – Oxfam – Oxford, United Kingdom

Is it possible to promote good governance in fragile and conflict-affected contexts? Experience from the ‘Within and Without the State’ programme (WWS) shows that it is – and that it is vital to tackling poverty and ensuring long-term stability. Now we want to use what we have learnt from our work in Afghanistan, Yemen, South Sudan, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel to continue to improve our programme – and to share our learning with other parts of Oxfam and the wider development world.

It’s an exciting time for WWS. Initially funded by DFID from 2011-14 under the under the Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Programme Partnership Arrangement (CHASE PPA) we have just heard that our funding has been extended until 2016. This gives us a great opportunity to build on what we have already achieved, and use our experience to help to influence the quality of other governance programming in fragile contexts.

We already have a body of evidence about what works – and what works less well. And we have developed a range of practical tools and resources to support programme managers and staff. Your role will be to work with country teams to support them to adapt lessons learnt and help improve programming, and to support their continued learning and development. You will also work to embed learning from WWS in Oxfam’s wider programme practice, and help to influence organisational policy where appropriate.

This is a really interesting and varied role. It could involve mentoring country programmes in using governance tools (such as power analysis); facilitating workshops  to enable colleagues to share learning and experience;  presenting experience from WWS within a variety of Oxfam, and external, forums. And producing new communication products as required.

To succeed you will need a mature, flexible approach to work, and a real desire to support learning and to influence practice – as well as experience and understanding of working in fragile and conflict-affected contexts, and knowledge of advocacy and governance approaches. Willingness to travel is essential.

You will have plenty of support. You will be based in the ‘learning team’ in the newly-formed Programme, Strategy and Impact Team, working closely with other learning and communications colleagues. And you will have a dotted line to the Gender and Governance Team which supports the ‘Within and Without the State’ Programme.


Oxfam works in more than 70 countries and a simple, inescapable truth underlines everything we do. There’s enough wealth in this world to go around. It’s not unfortunate that people live in poverty. It’s unjustifiable. Thousands of people already commit their time and talents to our campaigning, humanitarian and long-term development projects. Now we’re looking for yours.


If you have previously applied for this position, please do not re-apply

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