Senior Communication and Influencing Officer

at Oxfam Great Britain
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted June 16, 2021
Category IT / Information Technology
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


About us

Oxfam is a global community who believe poverty isn’t inevitable. It’s an injustice that can be overcome. We are shop volunteers, women’s right activists, marathon runners, aid workers, coffee farmers, street fundraisers, goat herders, policy experts, campaigners, water engineers and more. And we won’t stop until everyone can live life without poverty for good.

Oxfam GB is a member of international confederation of 19 organisations working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries. 

Our values and commitment to safeguarding

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom Oxfam GB engages. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Oxfam GB also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.  In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Our Work in Ethiopia

Since the early 1970s, we have been working to address the underlying causes of poverty and marginalization by focusing on developing sustainable livelihoods, providing water and sanitation, agriculture, climate research, gender, and humanitarian issues.

Our team

To work directly with Oxfam’s beneficiaries and partners to overcome poverty and suffering; and in alignment with the programme “Empower Youth for Work” conduct media and communications and to advocate and campaign for poverty reduction, youth empowerment, and gender equality for young women and men living in rural climate-change affected areas

Job purpose

To create, implement and develop specific communications and communication strategies, for a variety of internal and external audiences for the youth programme.

Core details


Addis Ababa with frequent travel to field offices.

Salary:As per the Oxfam benefit package
Internal Grade:D1, National
Job Family:Programme
Contract type:Fixed-Term contract for 1 year with possible extension.

Hours of work:

37.5 hours per week. This is a full-time role; however, Oxfam offers various flexible arrangements which candidates can discuss with the Recruiting Manager at the interview stage
This role reports to:Media and Communications Lead and Matrix Managed by Empower Youth for work Project Manager
Staff reporting to this post:None
The annual budget          for the post:N/A
Key relationships/interactions:Will interact closely with the staff report, line manager, technical coordinators, country support team, partners, and other stakeholders.
Screening checks:All successful candidates will be screened through Refinitiv World-Check One to comply with counter terrorism and financial sanctions regulations.
References:Should you be successful and not already employed by Oxfam GB, we will require a minimum of two references covering five years of employment history.
DBS checks (for roles based in the UK):

It is a requirement in the UK for a new DBS check at an enhanced level for every new member of staff who works directly with or has regular contact with, children or vulnerable adults in the UK (consistent with DBS guidance and relevant law).


Key responsibilities

  •  Networking, relationship building, information gathering, and dissemination, with all relevant external actors in Ethiopia (e.g. other agencies, the media, etc) and internal actors across Oxfam International and the Regional Centre and Oxfam House.
  • Lead the drafting, development, delivery, and implementation of Communications and Influencing Strategy for the Empower Youth for Work programme and OI in Ethiopia in partnership with the Media and Communications Coordinator and other Oxfam staff, making effective use of various communication channels and technologies.
  • Together with the Media and Communications team, draft OI in Ethiopia Media and Communications Strategy and work with relevant program staff for its approval and implementation.
  • Support OI in Ethiopia other projects in documentation, promotional materials production, stories’ and case stories’ writing, photographing, video recording, events facilitation, and organizing.
  • Develops and executes the project communications and influencing plans, both at the project and organizational levels.
  • Together with the Media and Communications team, take part in the preparation of a variety of communication materials for both Oxfam-internal and donor-partner-external use (web content, background briefings, case studies, press releases, reactive lines) for advocacy, campaigning, and fundraising work, ensuring all media and communications work is gender-sensitive and follows Oxfam’s sign off procedures.
  • Participate and provide inputs in program and project design to ensure media and communication and influencing interventions are well incorporated
  • Research compile and analyses information (from media, other agencies, Oxfam programme, etc).
  • Ensure the creation of access for youth on information about job opportunities and the co-creation of the job services network via mobile phones with the involvement of stakeholders and target youth.
  • Develop and maintain communication processes and internal systems.
  • Provide project updates and OI in Ethiopia interventions through the production of documentary films, success story writing, promotional materials, and photo gallery
  • Involve in mass media communications and campaigns by closely working and liaising with Regional and National TV and Radio stations, BBC media action, and government radios to transmit youth-friendly information.
  • Involve in advocacy, campaigning, and fundraising work efforts ensuring all communications and advocacy work is gender-sensitive and follows Oxfam’s sign-off procedures.
  • Plan and organize influencing moments and for as well as profile-raising opportunities including media opportunities and events.
  • Advise EYW Project staff and partners on external communication, ensuring best practice, and supporting the provision of training where necessary.
  • Be familiar with and abide by (where relevant) the NGO/Red Cross as well as Oxfam in Ethiopia’s Code of Conduct, Oxfam International procedures and international standards (e.g. Sphere Minimum Standards, etc), IHL as well as protection issues.
  • Actively participate in the implementation of Performance Management including objective setting, performance review, upward feedback, and personal development plans. Ensuring relevant aspects of Oxfam GB’s work in Ethiopia e.g. gender equity is reflected in your objectives.
  • Ensure and be part of the implementation of Oxfam GB’s operational policies, procedures, and guidelines, especially gender equity, in all aspects of Oxfam’s work.  With support from technical advisors and programme service staff as needed.
  • Act as Empower Youth for Work programme representative and focal point for OI in Ethiopia at the local and national level with local authorities, partners, etc as required, mainly in events relating to communication.
  • Be a member of Oxfam’s team; participating in appropriate staff meetings, planning sessions, and ongoing liaising as needed and work closely with Oxfam International in Ethiopia.

Job Requirements

Essential - Experience, Knowledge, Qualifications & Competencies
  • BA degree in Media and Communications or Graphics Design or in any other related fields
  • Relevant experience of 5+ years and proven success in the development and delivery of media and communications strategies preferably in international NGOs.
  • Good knowledge and experience of media and communications to a wide variety of audiences with a particular understanding of media houses in Ethiopia and beyond.
  • Understanding of the link between advocacy/influencing and communications
  • Understanding of development and humanitarian issues and knowledge of the role of NGOs in development, humanitarian, and advocacy works
  • Experience in writing articles, stories, newsletters, press releases, and providing media interview briefings
  • Experience in graphic design, high-quality picture taking, video recording, and video editing software
  • Good experience of working on design, development, and production of promotional materials like magazines, newsletters, leaflets, brochures, banners, spot, and related
  • Good computer skills (MS-word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint, and use of Email and Internet).
  • Experience in crisis communications strategies
  • Experience working with regional and national media outlets and had better communications with contact journalists
  • The ability to anticipate media opportunities and to devise and deliver imaginative plans for releasing their potential with a view to influencing key decision-makers and or the masses
  • Able to provide specialist communications advice, training, and support to the Programme Team, and key external partners
  • Understanding of international humanitarian principles, standards, and guidelines (e.g. International Humanitarian Law, Guiding principles for Internal Displacement, protection, Sphere minimum standards, etc.)
  • Ability to engage with a variety of complex issues such as gender, HIV, or livelihoods, and translate these into simple messages
  • An understanding of the importance of gender on poverty and suffering, and a commitment to promoting diversity through our work.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and Sensitivity to cultural differences, and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.
  • Proven ability to work independently and demonstrated ability to work under pressure, prioritize, meet deadlines and achieve results
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English to a variety of audiences
  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptive to changing working requirements


  • Willing to travel to project areas on a regular basis.
  • Written and verbal communication skills in Amharic, Afan Oromo and/or Somali and/or other local languages
  • Knowledge of the opportunities and constraints of working with the Ethiopian media
  • Skills of Photoshop, graphic design, and video editing
  • Skills of photo taking and video recording

 Behavioural Competencies

  • Communication and Facilitation Skills
  • Organisational awareness
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to Achieve Results under tight deadlines
  • Tenacity
  • Effective timekeeping and organizational skills


Your commitment to Oxfam

  • 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


Key Attributes:

  • 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.


Organisational Values:

  • Accountability – Our purpose-driven, results-focused approach means we take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions.
  • Empowerment – Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen.
  • Inclusiveness – We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.

Note to candidates: Shortlisted candidates will be assessed on our organisational values and attributes at the interview stage. The successful candidate(s) will be expected to adhere to our code of conduct. We encourage candidates to read and understand our code of conduct here.


Applying Instructions

As part of your online application, please upload your up-to-date CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile through or using Oxfam's internal /External application portal  on or before 27th June 2021.


Your application will be shortlisted based on your CV and your responses to the above questions. You need not comment on your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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