Partnership Advocacy Officer

  • Contract
  • Erbil


Partnership Advocacy Officer

Partnership and LHL department



Closing date:               – 22 December – Midnight

Interview date:            – TBC

Vacancy reference:    – INT8104 – Partnership Advocacy Officer


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Shaping a stronger Oxfam for people living in poverty.



Oxfam is a global movement of people who won’t live with the injustice of poverty. Together we save and rebuild lives in disasters. We help people build better lives for themselves. We speak out on the big issues that keep people poor, like inequality, discrimination against women and climate change. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can live without poverty.

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Oxfam in Iraq is working with more than 23 local/national NGOs across the country in different programs. These programs are run in nine governorates managed by our field teams. We also engage with more than 53 local and national NGOs across 11 governorates of Iraq to facilitate the process of local humanitarian leadership and transformative partnerships. We also work with number of individuals, government authorities, women rights organizations, youth and volunteers’ organizations, and networks etc.

The partnership team leads and facilitates local humanitarian leadership and transformative partnerships across different projects and programs in the country and provides support to the Oxfam field offices as well as the partners we work with. The team focuses on the following key objectives:

  • To facilitate strengthening of transformative partnerships in Oxfam in Iraq with a focus on equality and diversity
  • To uphold the principles of partnerships and commitments in Charter for Change and our internal commitments
  • To strengthen and facilitate the process of local humanitarian leadership among local and national humanitarian actors in Iraq

JOB Purpose

The Partnership Advocacy Officer will lead on liaison and coordination on the localisation and advocacy works in different projects jointly with national and local partners, with a particular responsibility for delivering on a grant funded by RDPP  being run in Duhok, Erbil and Sulimaniyah governorates of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The position will be based in Erbil with frequent travel within KRI and federal Iraq (expected level of travel is three days per week to be agreed with the line manager).

He/She will oversee effective management and relationships with relevant internal and external stakeholders, oversee the interventions throughout the project cycle, including budget oversight (expenditure planning and expenditure monitoring together with Programme Managers), lead in preparing and developing high-quality program plans, including Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) and procurement plans, progress and donor reports, ensure appropriate monitoring and project quality, and enhance internal and external learning and representation.

The person will be responsible for effective communications, visibility of partners’ work on LHL and partnerships, coordination with all stakeholders involved, coordination of capacity strengthening and exchange processes in different projects in the country.

Core Details

Location: Based in Erbil with Frequent Travel within the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and Federal Iraq (expected travel three days per week to be agreed with line manager)
Our package:

Internal Grade:

As per Oxfam Salary Scale


Contract type: Fixed term

Hours of work:

 40 hours per week. This is a full-time role; however, Oxfam offers various flexible arrangements which candidates can discuss with the Recruiting Manager at interview stage
This role reports to: Partnership Manager
Staff reporting to this post: NA
Annual budget for the post: N/A
Key relationships/interactions: Policy, Advocacy, and Communications Manager; Media and Communications Officer, Policy Coordinator; Programme Managers in relevant field office locations; MEAL team; EFSVL and Cash Coordinator (as a member of the Durable Solutions Technical Working Group).
DBS checks (for roles based in the UK): N/A
Screening checks: All successful candidates will be screened through Refinitiv World-Check One to comply with counter terrorism and financial sanctions regulations.






Key Responsibilities


  • Work with national and local organisations to deliver partner-led advocacy campaigns, including identifying clear objectives, stakeholder analyses, and appropriate tactics and tools
  • As part of the RDPP-funded project, ensure the three partners are able to deliver against their agreed workplans and that there remains a clear focus on advocacy that increases pathways to durable solutions for Syrian refugees.
  • Provide capacity strengthening, using Oxfam resources, to national and local organisations looking to increase their advocacy capacity
  • Ensure that all relevant project documents are maintained, including detailed implementation plans, budget and spending plans, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) plans, procurement plans etc.
  • Have sufficient understanding and experience of partnership and advocacy to ensure meeting project objectives and job requirements
  • Within the RDPP funded project, work with MEAL, finance and logistics teams for effective implementation of the project activities as per the plans ensuring community participation, as well as accountability towards communities.



  • Ensure the overall implementation of project activities and that project deliverables are achieved as stipulated by the project design.
  • Keep track of project progress against approved implementation plan and update program managers, head of programs and technical coordinator about progress, bottlenecks causing delays in delivery, challenges encountered and suggested solutions.
  • Conduct detailed review of budget expenditures on a regular basis and advise on budget and implementation plan adjustments as necessary.
  • Follow up on MEAL activities and findings to ensure that learning from monitoring and evaluation is included and strategies and program implementation are adapted accordingly.



  • Work closely with partnership team as well as policy and advocacy team, field office colleagues and project partners to ensure project deliverables.
  • Compile and consolidate internal narrative/financial reports from the implementing teams and field offices and ensure that quality reporting requirements are met.
  • Ensure that budgets are drawn up for all activities, and that activities costs are kept within the approved budgets.



  • Required to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values as well as the promotion of gender justice and women’s rights
  • Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing principles


Skills, Experience andKnowledge



  • Some experience in partnership, advocacy, communications and/or in the NGO or similar sector.
  • Experience in delivering local and / or national level advocacy in Iraq, with some experience of formal advocacy approaches / tools e.g. conducting stakeholder analyses and setting objectives
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, Arabic and Kurdish
  • Experience of working in partnership and managing relationships with different stakeholders.
  • Excellent teamwork and collaboration skills and has experience working closely with partner staff, programme teams, and technical experts to provide sound advocacy
  • Strong organisational and personal management skills, with ability to prioritise work issues to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to model Oxfam’s values (empowerment, accountability and inclusiveness) with staff, partners, allies and other stakeholders.



  • Knowledge of Iraqi socio-political context



Key Attributes

  • Ability to engage with diverse stakeholders in a way that leads to increased impact for the organization We spot opportunities to influence effectively and where there are no opportunities we have the ability to create them in a respectful and impactful manner.
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities
  • Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity for all aspects of development work
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s safeguarding policies to ensure all people who come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible.

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