Senior Policy Advisor, Int'l Financial Institutions
DATE:January 2020 to December 31, 2022*
TITLE: Government Affairs Senior Policy Advisor, International Financial Institutions
REPORTS TO: Director, OUS Government Affairs
DEPARTMENT: Government Affairs
LOCATION: Washington, DC
COORDINATES WITH: OUS Government Affairs, Oxfam International Washington DC Office, OUS Power and Money theme (including Aid and Development Finance team) and other appropriate OUS Global Programs staff; Private Sector team; and the Executive Office as well as Oxfam affiliates, regional platforms, and country offices.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
Represent Oxfam’s IFI policy agenda in the US Congress, with relevant IFI policy influencers including non-profit organizations and associations, and Federal government executives and staff.
Lead OUS implementation of US government-related influencing strategies, policy advocacy, and engagement of allies and partners to achieve specific, measurable goals to change IFI power dynamics, policies and practices. Ensure seamless coordination with Oxfam International and represent OUS within Oxfam confederation processes as appropriate on joint influencing work. Represent Oxfam’s thinking and action on IFI policy advocacy for external audiences where relevant.
- With associated OI offices, lead OUS influencing of US government as it relates to multilateral institutions that the US is part of - primarily the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
- In coordination with OI Washington DC staff, build and leverage Oxfam’s strong presence in Washington in coordination with US CSO allies; engage with the US Congress in its oversight function, putting a spotlight on developments related to IFIs; and (2) engage with the Administration and relevant federal agency officials and staff including: the White House and National Security Council, the US Departments of Treasury and State; and (3) other relevant agencies.
- Develop opportunities for OUS questions and statements for the record at Congressional hearings and when necessary, deliver OUS congressional testimony.
- Coordinate US influencing work with the Oxfam influencing work in other influential shareholding capitals, such as the UK, and with US-based civil society allies who have also built relationships with the US Government on IFI-related matters over the years.
- Develop and implement a targeted and multi-faceted strategy to leverage the US government to affect significant change in the power dynamics, policies, and practices of International Financial Institutions (IFIs) with a focus on the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
- Work internally and with allies to develop an integrated set of actions to drive toward two inter-connected objectives: •Objective One: IFIs positively contribute to reducing economic inequality, improving gender justice, and supporting more open societies at the national level in specific countries. •Objective Two: IFIs systematically change their policies, programs, and practices to promote reduced economic inequality, improved gender justice, and more open societies.
- Use evidence-based influence and pressure tactics at the global, national and local levels. As appropriate, strategically leverage Oxfam’s world-wide influencing network to link activists, organizations and allies, connecting impacted communities to the halls of power and governance of the IFIs.
- Seek and create opportunities for Oxfam country teams, partners, allies, CSOs, and women’s rights organizations (WROs) to raise their voices with different parts of the US government regarding IFI-related policies and practices.
- As appropriate link and leverage OUS’s IFI work aimed at combatting corruption and impunity, protection of women, human rights, land, environmental and indigenous rights defenders; inclusive security and protection of women human rights defenders; fiscal justice advocacy, participatory policy monitoring and advocacy, and the right to protest.
- Integrate Oxfam’s IFI advocacy work within OUS’ Aid and Development Finance agenda and principles vis-à-vis US government Contribute to the reporting of restricted funded projects.
- Identify and articulate needs for building the evidence base on what works in IFI influencing and as appropriate collaborate with researchers and Power & Money MEL advisor to develop and implement evidencing agenda.
EXPECTATIONS FOR THE POSITION:
- Will stay abreast of professional 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 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.
- Travel may be required (up to 8 weeks/year)
- 5+ years relevant US Government Affairs advocacy experience required, and experience with the key relevant House and Senate Committee staff preferred.
- 5+ years of relevant and progressive US government/IFI related policy and practice including experience in policy, advocacy, organizing and relationship management.
- Experience developing and executing successful advocacy plans with measurable milestones.
- Demonstrated ability to manage complex multi-functional projects in a distributed work environment.
- Expertise in global, regional, and national trends regarding IFI policy and practice.
- Excellent communications skills, both oral and written.
- Ability to represent Oxfam and public speaking experience.
- Ability to think and operate strategically and creatively.
- Ability to work with Microsoft Office Systems and use multimedia technologies.
- Experience working in a developing country.
- Demonstrated leadership ability.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a demanding environment with tight deadlines.
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