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10 Jun 2021

Contract PACCCIL NETWORK OFFICER – VANUATU

Oxfam in Vanuatu –  Port Vila, Efate

Job Description

Climate Justice · Port Vila, Shefa Province
OXFAM IN THE PACIFIC VACANCY

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.
That means, we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.

We are an international confederation working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries, Pacific countries included.

The total portfolio for the entire region is around AUD$15 million per annum. The Pacific regional platform works to support the following countries in the region: Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji and the Polynesia Micronesia country cluster comprising of Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, Niue, Kiribati, Palau, Nauru, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) (Micronesia). Country teams operate with a mix of direct implementation and via partners, the goal being to increase strategic partnerships where appropriate. Oxfam in the Pacific’s ambition is to ensure funds are available for longer-term regional and multi-country thematic programming.

This portfolio of programming sits under three thematic pillars, as defined by the Oxfam in the Pacific Regional Strategy 2020 – 2030. These three thematic pillars include Gender and Citizen Justice, Climate Justice and Economic Justice. Thematic Pillar leads are expected to work closely with each other as part of the Senior Programs Team. In addition, they will work closely with Oxfam’s Program Management Unit (PMU) and Partnership, Evidence, Learning and Innovation (PELI) Hub to ensure learnings across the pillars and to create long-term impact, quality partnerships and knowledge products in collaboration with PELI leads.

Pillar leads also are a critical surge capacity in times of disaster response. The Leads will contribute to Oxfam’s humanitarian preparedness and response operations around the Pacific, facilitating training opportunities for pillar staff to develop their secondary humanitarian technical support functions, and working with country Emergency Management Teams and the OiP Humanitarian Lead to lend pillar staff surge support to Oxfam’s response operations.

Our work is guided by Oxfam’s global values and by Pacific values and culture including: openness, flexibility, respect, equity, justice, solidarity, collaboration, sharing and humility. We also value local ownership and leadership of change processes.
Oxfam has embarked on a journey of self-reflection, focussing on its culture with the safeguarding being one of the key areas that the Pacific Team and Program will integrate into its ways of working to model behavioural change. The Pacific Regional Strategy speaks to the programmatic and operational direction for the new look Pacific Region given the changes.

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. 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.

Applications are invited for the position of;

PACCCIL NETWORK OFFICER – VANUATU

The Role

The Network Support Officer works with VCAN to coordinate and facilitate all network related activities, and support and build capacity for the wider resilience program. The position aims to grow network membership and participation, increase coordination, collaboration and sharing of information and expertise amongst NGO practitioners and between NGOs, government and other stakeholders, and grow network members’ capacity for collective impact on climate change issues across Vanuatu. The position is also responsible for oversight of network monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning, 2 and promoting participatory approaches to network activities, gender justice and network members’ participation in government processes.
Working with the PACCCIL Project Coordinator in Vanuatu, and with the Influencing Support Officer, the Network Support Officer will also represent the network at meetings and events at all levels as required by seeking input from and providing feedback to network members. The Network Officer will develop, organise and facilitate a series of meetings, events and consultations at the national, provincial and community level, fostering strong relationships between women and girls, men and boys, NGOs and government that inspire positive and lasting impacts related to climate change and strong links across all levels.
The Network Officer will receive mentoring and a range of training and capacity building support and time for self-guided learning as required by this role.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
Program Specialty

  • Ensure coordinated network planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, learning and documentation
  • Coordinate and facilitate network meetings, events and consultations on a regular basis
  • Coordinate with network members to ensure appropriate approaches are shared and used in community assessment, planning and implementation processes
  • Provide an information brokering service on Vanuatu and regional issues related to climate change and climate action including regular updates through mail chimp campaigns and the NAB portal
  • Create enabling environment for the network members to share and consult together.
  • Work with network members on capacity development, especially as it relates to project design and funding opportunities
  • Explore opportunities as they arise and support the evolution and expansion of the network, especially as it relates to including new sectors, such as private sector, education sector and more.

Operations and Management

  • Management of network budgets and procurement
  • Ensure the development and delivery of network monitoring and evaluation plans that are able to demonstrate impact. This includes coordination of information and stories for external dissemination
  • Contribute to program narrative reporting in compliance with Oxfam and donor requirements
  • Ensure compliance to Oxfam’s policies and relevant sector codes of good practice
  • Create space to share information and stories that is accessible to everyone,

Management and Capacity Development

  • Collaborate with the other members of the PACCCIL team to develop capacity, increase influencing, enhance relations and connections, and optimize Oxfam in Vanuatu’s effectiveness in the area of Climate Change
  • Organise, implement and support systematic capacity development with the VCAN partners, including working to enhance governance and grant readiness
  • Work with the VCAN members to organise and support the development of learning around Climate Change Best Practices
  • Support the capacity development of other staff members as required and encourage learning between programs especially around climate change, network coordination and collective action
  • Ensure that gender is mainstreamed in all aspects of the network

Representation and Relationships

  • Provide the lead coordination role between network members 3
  • Along with the PACCCIL project coordinator, represent the network and Oxfam at public fora and with the government as mandated by the network members or Oxfam
  • Develop and maintain professional networks and relations with related NGOs, donor agencies, academic institutions, other networks, organisations and individuals at all levels
  • In consultation with network members, seek opportunities for publication of research findings and manage all publication submissions

Professional Attributes

  • Commitment to encouraging participatory engagement by all network members and the ability to facilitate and lead a range of organisations to deliver a common goal
  • Ability to form and strengthen relationships with and between diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to effectively communicate, negotiate, motivate and influence a wide range of internal and external audiences
  • Excellent understanding of the Vanuatu context and the Vanuatu base organisations
  • Confidence and ability to manage sensitive relationships and negotiate different points of view
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a team
  • Ability to meet deadlines and balance competing priorities and to respond effectively to the all urgent demands and/or requests
  • Understanding of and commitment to Oxfam’s values including promoting diversity and gender equality

Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of and experience with climate change policy, organisation work and policy development
  • Strong facilitation skills and experience in encouraging participatory engagement of network members and facilitate consultation within network members discussion
  • Experience in training and capacity development
  • Experience in the development of strategies to influence positive change
  • Experience in training and capacity development
  • Experience in the development of strategies to influence positive change
  • Experience coordinating diverse stakeholders and preferable experience in collaborative programs/networks
  • Experience liaising with communities, governments and donors and public representation
  • Experience organising workshops and events
  • Analytical and report writing skills
  • Knowledge of community based climate change adaptation/ climate action an advantage
    It is a condition of employment that staff abide by all agency security and safety protocols, policies and
    procedures and Oxfam International Security Protocol.

Child Safe

As an agency undertaking work both nationally and internationally and in humanitarian response, Oxfam in Vanuatu takes its duty of care seriously to safeguard children and recognizes that it must meet community expectations and the trust placed in its personnel to maintain the highest standards of conduct with children. Therefore, all positions within Oxfam in Vanuatu are required to comply with the Child Safeguarding Policy and Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct.

Job Expired 18/06/2021

Job Category: Non Government Organisation (NGO). Job Type: Contract.

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