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  • Extractive Industries Transparency
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Full-time
  • Department: Global Programs
  • Exempt Status: Exempt


Company Description

Oxfam is a global organization working to end the injustice of poverty. We help people build better futures for themselves, hold the powerful accountable, and save lives in disasters.


Job Description

The Senior Policy Advisor will contribute to Oxfam America’s Extractive Industries Global Program and support implementation of Oxfam America’s 2030 Strategic Framework. They will provide policy analysis, research and advocacy to support Oxfam America’s agenda on economic justice and accountable governance, with particular emphasis on issues related to the promotion of transparency in the extractive industries. They will work with the Associate Directors – for Extractive Industries to provide policy analysis, research, strategic advice in support of the Extractive Industries work, as well as to design and lead implementation of advocacy strategies, especially in relation to extractive industries transparency. They will work closely with country and regional programs to support in-country policy analysis, research and campaign efforts. They will identify ways to improve extractive industries transparency and accountability. They will identify advocacy opportunities in the US and priority countries, with International Financial Institutions, extractive industries corporations, and international processes to promote extractive industries transparency and accountability.


Strategy development and implementation:

  • Help develop and implement strategic plans for policy development, research and advocacy on extractive industry transparency issues.
  • Monitor and analyze domestic and international policy and practice related to extractive industries transparency.
  • Provide policy research and analysis on emerging issues in extractive industries transparency and accountability to inform Oxfam, partners and interested parties.
  • Develop and present potential advocacy opportunities to Oxfam country programs and partners as they develop country strategies.
  • Participate in annual Extractive Industries and Global Programs program planning as well as agency strategic planning.
  • Contribute to Oxfam International advocacy strategies related to economic justice, accountable governance, and Fiscal Accountability for Reducing Inequality (FAIR) program.
  • Advocacy and external affairs
  • Act as an Oxfam America spokesperson and advocate on extractive industries issues before the Congress, Executive Branch, Government Agencies, international financial institutions, extractive industry companies and the media.
  • Identify advocacy opportunities to advance the extractive industries and transparency agenda, and participate in advocacy meeting with targets.
  • Develop and maintain key relationships with international financial institutions, corporations and governmental targets relevant to the issues prioritized.  In close coordination with the Private Sector Department, help develop and maintain key corporate and investor relationships.
  • Develop and maintain key relationships with NGO allies and NGO networks; represent Oxfam America in NGO coalitions and events; play a lead role in NGO coalitions and working groups as appropriate to Oxfam’s expertise and program experience.
  • Develop and write policy papers, advocacy issue briefs, and research reports on extractive industry transparency issues in collaboration with relevant Oxfam staff.
  • Collaborate with media and campaign staff to support the development of press and campaigning strategies that support policy change strategies related to transparency and extractive industries.
  • Organize briefings and advocacy events and represent Oxfam America in these and other public forums as necessary.
  • Organize and coordinate international partner visits to Washington to support advocacy strategies.
  • Coordination internally with Oxfam America and Oxfam International, including regional and country offices and programs:
  • Share information on relevant IFI, corporate and government policy positions, processes and opportunities for influence with Oxfam country and regional offices and Oxfam International.
  • Provide policy and advocacy perspectives to Oxfam workshops and meetings relevant to extractive industries transparency issues.
  • Provide technical assistance to Oxfam country programs and partners
  • Support the development of country-level strategies to improve extractive industry transparency and accountability.
  • Develop and maintain strong collaborative working relationships with relevant Oxfam regional and country offices to take maximum advantage of advocacy opportunities as well as to support regional and country advocacy through policy analysis and help with local strategy development.
  • Participate in relevant Oxfam America and Oxfam International team meetings and retreats.


  • Will stay abreast of professional and ethical standards, trends and issues affecting this set of responsibilities, demonstrating continuous learning of the field.
  • Will work effectively and collaboratively in support of building a team-based culture of work, will perform all duties appropriately for a multilateral and multi-cultural environment, treating all persons with dignity and respect, and will be familiar with and committed to Oxfam America mission and goals.
  • Will have an understanding of gender justice and diversity within key areas of responsibility and a commitment to promoting gender justice and diversity in our workplace and programs.
  • Within key areas of responsibility, will have a commitment to providing a safe environment for staff, partners, and beneficiaries, and a commitment to promoting safeguarding in our workplace programs, and the communities we serve.
  • The incumbent will be available to travel internationally up to 20% of the time (once the global health crises has reduced and Oxfam determines that travel is safe).



Experience and Core Competencies:

  • Minimum of five to seven years of work experience in international development, policy advocacy, human rights, tax, climate, environmental, and/or governance fields.
  • Knowledge of and experience working on transparency and accountability issues.
  • Ability to effectively engage in dialogue and public debate with extractive industry experts from oil, gas and mining companies, investors, governmental agencies, academia and international financial institutions.
    Knowledge of and experience working with international financial institutions, high-level multi-stakeholder initiatives, and /or US government institutions.
  • High level policy analysis skills.
  • Strong communication, analytical, research and professional writing skills; writing must be easily adaptable to a variety of audiences.
  • Good public presentation skills and the ability to communicate to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Flexibility, creativity, and strategic thinking.
  • Work effectively in a fast-paced and complex work environment.
  • Demonstrated advocacy and network building skills.
  • Diplomatic and tactful in dealing with a variety of actors and influence targets.
  • Ability to communicate cross-culturally.
  • Proficiency in at least one foreign language such as Spanish or French.


  • Knowledge of and/or experience dealing with extractive industries, including fiscal regimes and contractual arrangements between companies and host governments.
  • Experience living and working overseas, preferably in developing countries.


Master’s degree in political science, economics, accounting, law or related fields, or equivalent combination of education, experience, and training.

Additional Information

Exempt/Union/Band G

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Oxfam America is a Gender Just organization and an equal opportunity employer. We have a zero tolerance policy for any sexual harassment, exploitation, and/or abuse. We welcome all persons to apply and do not discriminate. We take measures to prevent discrimination against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

We are an E-Verify employer.

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