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Advocacy Advisor

  • Full time
  • £30,985 – £40,168
  • Edinburgh, but with hybrid home working to be agreed
  • Closing 16th January 2022

  • Advertised from 14th December 2021
  • Hours: 36
  • 0948


Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

Do you have significant experience of policy development, political influencing, and effective partnership working with a proven ability to create change?

Are you passionate about ensuring that work disproportionately undertaken by women, paid or unpaid, is better valued, while tackling poverty for everyone in Scotland and globally?

Would you thrive in a fast-paced, output-focused, small team and have the experience, knowledge and energy to drive forward activities independently to an excellent standard?

We are looking for someone with this special mix of skills to be our new Advocacy Advisor in Scotland, working within our highly impactful team in Scotland.

The Role

Oxfam Scotland is looking for an Advocacy Adviser to deliver evidence-based and impactful advocacy in Scotland on Oxfam GB’s (OGB) influencing priorities. This will include, as required, robust policy development, linked research, public affairs, and support for external communications.

The role will have a focus on action to better value roles which are disproportionately undertaken by women, as part of efforts to tackle poverty and inequality in Scotland. You will also support Oxfam’s wider influencing on the climate emergency, humanitarian crises, and sustainable international development.

The postholder will work very closely with the Head of Oxfam Scotland and the Media and Communications Adviser in Scotland, as well as UK colleagues, particularly our UK-wide Domestic Poverty Lead.

What we are looking for

Our next Advocacy Adviser in Scotland will require significant direct advocacy and policy development experience, as well as an excellent understanding of the policy and political landscapes in Scotland. You will have proven relationship building skills with an ability to create change by working in partnership, while demonstrating substantial personal ownership.

Your written and oral communication skills for different audiences will be impeccable and you will be able to demonstrate creative and innovative analytical thinking, as well as sound judgement, while thriving in a complex and fast-paced environment.

We offer

This role will give you the opportunity to work as part of a small and agile team in Scotland with a substantial track record of achieving change. You’ll play a big part in the design and delivery of Oxfam’s advocacy in Scotland, particularly our efforts to ensure that roles disproportionately undertaken by women are better valued and rewarded.

You’ll work alongside colleagues seeking to achieve similar change across the UK and globally. You’ll also support the Scotland team’s advocacy on climate justice, sustainable international development and humanitarian crisis. This is a challenging, but hugely rewarding role.


We believe flexible working is key to building the Oxfam of the future, so we’re open to talking through the type of flexible arrangements which might work for you. We think this role would work particularly well as a partially home-based role or job share.

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 ourvaluesare 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 theInter 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.

Application notes

Closing Date: 16 January 2022

To apply, pleaseclick here.

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.

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 GBis a member ofinternational confederationof 21 organisations working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.

A thriving diverse Oxfam:

It’s people power that brings about change. To play our part as a global organisation working to overcome poverty and inequality, we need equality, diversity and inclusion across our community of staff, partners and volunteers. Together, we’re committed to becoming a more diverse workforce, better able to tackle the global challenges that face our world today.

To do that:

  • We need to dismantle the unequal power structures that exist everywhere, this including Oxfam and the wider development and charity sectors.
  • We need an inclusive Oxfam where everyone can bring who they are to our work and feels celebrated for the differences they bring.
  • We want and need everyone, and that meanswe need you.

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