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Poverty Footprint Officer

Location: Oxford, UK
Last Date: December 5, 2010

Poverty Footprint Officer

Location:     Oxford
Salary:         £30,000 pro rata
Contract:     3 days per week or 21.6 hours fixed term for 18 months

Oxfam is an International confederation of 14 independent, non-governmental organizations working together in 99 countries to achieve our vision of ‘a just world without poverty’. Our Secretariat is based in Oxford, with advocacy and campaigns offices in Washington DC, New York, Brussels, Geneva, Brasilia and Addis Ababa.

We’re looking for someone to work with Oxfam affiliates, to coordinate the activities of the Oxfam International Poverty Footprint Working Group, and to manage the development and communication of the Oxfam Poverty Footprint Methodology.  You will also act as the liaison between external institutions and Oxfam Affiliates.  Responsibilities include managing the revisions and maintenance of the Oxfam Poverty Footprint Methodology, as well as developing a branding strategy.

You will have an interest in development, poverty reduction and sustainability. You must have excellent interpersonal and networking skills, with the ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing.  You will have the ability to work on your own initiative, manage complex workloads, and be able to work independently and think innovatively and strategically, as well as collaborate within a team.  

Fluency in English required and competence in French and/or Spanish is desirable.

The post holder must have the legal right to be employed in the UK.

To apply please send your CV (MS Word format) and covering email to 

Job Description available on


Job Title:                   

OI Poverty Footprint Officer




Advocacy and Campaigns



Reports to:   

Joyce Kortlandt, OI Private Sector Coordinator



Created/Reviewed by:

Joyce Kortlandt


October 2010


Job Purpose


To manage the development and communication, and coordinate the application by affiliates, of the Oxfam Poverty Footprint Methodology and coordinate activities of the Oxfam International Poverty Footprint Working Group.  To liaise with external (government, company, NGO) institutions on similar themes and initiatives.


Key Responsibilities 

·   Developing an OI launch (for 2012 at the latest) and branding strategy for the long run for the OPFM.

·   Delivering a revised Oxfam Poverty Footprint Methodology, with input and assistance provided by affiliates, by June 2011.  Managing all revisions and maintenance of the OPFM.

·   Developing and managing an external communications plan in collaboration with interested affiliates to capitalise on key media events taking place globally and coordinate release of Poverty Footprint studies and other publications.

·   Sign posting specific external queries to the relevant affiliate and ensuring these are responded to promptly and in line with Oxfam’s position on the private sector.

·   Communicating about the Poverty Footprint with all Oxfam Affiliates, responding or sign-posting to core OIPFWG members as needed.

·   Recruiting wider OIPFWG membership and managing new and existing members through regular communications, telcons, virtual and physical meetings.

·   Coordinating and liaising between OIPFWG members on strategic management issues (such as agreements on the launch strategy).

·   Supporting brokering and negotiating new studies with interested affiliates;

·   Supporting affiliates in following OI Private Sector processes and Risk Management during negotiation and implementation of Poverty Footprint studies.

·   Providing advice and quality assurance [I assume that this is methodological QA – not substantive] on agreed Poverty Footprint studies.

·   Coordinating agreements and sign-offs between affiliates on studies.

·   Supporting external relationships with key stakeholders such as Business Fights Poverty / WBCSD / GRI on matters relating to poverty footprinting.

·   Coordinating and providing support on fund-raising efforts.

·   Providing regular management updates on progress of the Oxfam Poverty Footprint programme to the OI Private Sector Team. 

Key Working Relationships

OI poverty footprint working group (representatives from Oxfam America, Oxfam Great Britain, Oxfam Novib, Oxfam Germany, Oxfam Australia).

Key Competencies 


·   Experience working in / with the Private Sector.

·   Experience and interest in development, poverty reduction, and sustainability.

·   Experience of planning, conducting or commissioning research.

·   Understanding of corporate reporting, benchmarking, and impact assessment.

·   Experience in research methodologies in both corporate and development settings.

·   Experience working in and with multi-stakeholder forums including NGOs and Companies.

·   Sound judgement about brand risk for NGOs operating in an international setting, and ability to manage complex and sensitive organisational relationships.

·   Demonstrable understanding of and commitment to promoting gender equity and the interests of marginalised people in all advocacy work.

·   Enthusiasm for and commitment to Oxfam International’s values and mission.

·   Ability to work on own initiative, manage complex workloads and deliver outputs and reports to agreed deadlines.

·   Excellent written and communication skills.

·   Experience working in and managing multi-stakeholder processes, including working with different civil society, academic, private sector, and government organisations.



·   Communications, media, and branding experience.

·   Knowledge of Open Source / collaborative initiatives including overview of technical and legal requirements to set such initiatives up.  


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