Senior Policy Advisor, Aid & Development Finance

  • Mid-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 28 July 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States | United States
  • Remote position
  • Closing on 27 August 2020
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Job Description

Oxfam is hiring a Senior Policy Advisor to lead Oxfam America’s influencing related to the thematic area of the private sector and development, focusing in particular on the US Development Finance Corporation, to advance development effectiveness, and to advocate around the US foreign aid agenda. The position will center reform efforts around a country-led, solidarity-driven approach to development that aligns with Oxfam’s values and feminist principles.

COORDINATES WITH: Power and Money Director; Government Affairs (GA); Aid Effectiveness Team (AET); Humanitarian Advocacy Team; Research; Private Sector Department; Communications; Media Relations; Gender Justice team; Oxfam country offices and relevant Oxfam International teams and colleagues, including the Global Aid and Development Finance Team and the Even it Up campaign.


The primary purpose of this position is to influence US foreign aid policy and practice to advance key aid reforms in US aid agencies in line with aid effectiveness principles and efforts to reduce inequalities. The secondary purpose is to lead Oxfam America’s strategy development and influencing targeting the US Development Finance Corporation. The Senior Policy Advisor will lead Oxfam America’s influencing related to the thematic area of the private sector and development, focusing in particular on the US Development Finance Corporation, to advance development effectiveness within its policy and program implementation. The Senior Policy Advisor will lead high-level lobbying efforts when needed as related to the US foreign aid agenda, contribute to media outreach efforts, and support policy advocacy and analysis. The position will center reform efforts around a country-led, solidarity-driven approach to development that aligns with Oxfam’s values and feminist principles.


  • Contribute to the design and execution of Oxfam America’s policy advocacy and plans to advance aid reforms in primarily US-based aid agencies, including USAID, MCC, the DFC, and IFIs, including by providing strong policy and political analysis, in line with AET plans and OA’s strategic plans.
  • Serve as expert representative and resource within Oxfam America and in public settings including public events, conferences and media on aid effectiveness issues, including the centrality of country-owned and locally-led development, gender justice, and reorienting decision-making in the aid system towards the Global South
  • Lead Oxfam America’s policy and advocacy strategies on the thematic area of aid and the private sector, focused on the US Development Finance Corporation.
  • Develop strong relationships with allies, partner organizations, think tanks, and policymaker targets and represent Oxfam in relevant networks and coalitions, such as the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, InterAction, and the Big Ideas for Women and Girls Coalition.
  • Represent Oxfam at high-level meetings with US targets, working with the GA team when needed, to support advocacy and lobby efforts.
  • Serve as Oxfam America’s leading representative in coalitions and working groups related to the Development Finance Corporation, and play a leading role to build Oxfam’s positions related to aid and the private sector.
  • Work with the Aid and Development Finance Manager in the ADF team, the Together Against Poverty research lead, and policy leads to identify research needs, develop research plans, and carry out research and writing to support primarily US accountable use of primarily US and development finance.
  • Work with the ADF policy team, Aid Effectiveness Team, Humanitarian Advocacy Team, and Oxfam regional and country offices to develop advocacy strategies and support advocacy for programming related to development effectiveness.
  • In consultation with media and communications staff, draft for leadership and author in her or his own name external-facing materials—op-eds, press releases, blogs, and briefs—on areas of specialization (US foreign assistance, US DFC, aid reform).
  • Support the development and implementation of influencing strategies with selected international/multi-stakeholder policy targets, in line with broader OA influencing strategies and objectives and in collaboration with OI and the Global Aid and Development Finance team.
  • Manage assigned budgetary resources for these activities, assuring effective use of Oxfam and donor resources.
  • Manage relationships and ensure clear communication with key internal and external stakeholders.


  • Will stay current with and serve as an Oxfam internal focal point for knowledge, learning and trends in the effective use of development assistance and trends in international development related to the private sector in support of policy advocacy and campaigns.
  • Will stay current with professional standards, trends and issues affecting this set of responsibilities, demonstrating continuous learning of the field.
  • Will work effectively and collaboratively in support of building a team-based culture of work, 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’s mission and goals.
  • Will understand gender justice and diversity within key areas of responsibility and promote gender justice, feminist principles, and diversity in Oxfam America’s workplace and programs.
  • Occasional travel to regional or OI offices may be required (no more than 8 weeks/year)


  • Master’s degree or above in social science, development studies, humanitarian assistance, or equivalent combination of education, experience, and training.

Experience and Core Competencies:

  • Minimum of 5-7 years professional experience in the area of policy, advocacy, organizing and relationship management
  • Substantial knowledge and experience in international development, humanitarian assistance, or a related field
  • Substantial knowledge and experience working on issues related to development effectiveness and the private sector highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex multi-functional projects in a distributed work environment.
  • Familiarity with US government’s foreign aid policy and practice;
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written;
  • Ability to represent Oxfam and public speaking experience;
  • Ability to think and operate strategically and creatively;
  • Ability to work with Microsoft Office Systems and using multimedia technologies.
  • Experience working in a developing country;
  • Experience writing and executing advocacy plans with measurable milestones;
  • Demonstrated leadership ability;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a demanding environment with tight deadlines;
  • Experience conducting, commissioning, and reporting on peer-reviewed research;
  • Experience working with OPIC, the Development Finance Corporation, or other development finance institutions strongly preferred.


  • Experience in writing policy briefs and blogs.
  • Experience in external representation with aid specialists and political targets and decision makers.
  • Experience with feminist approaches to international development and decolonization.
  • Experience with an advocacy-focused NGO and/or coalition.

About the Organization

Oxfam is a global organization working to end the injustice of poverty. We help people build better futures for themselves, hold the powerful accountable, and save lives in disasters.

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