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First Peoples Program Policy and Advocacy Lead

Oxfam Australia |
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Location: VIC
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  • Exceptional opportunity to lead and provide strategic oversight of Oxfam Australia’s advocacy on First Peoples rights.
  • Permanent, Full Time, 35 Hours per week
  • Melbourne based

About Us 

At Oxfam Australia, we believe all lives are equal and no-one should live in poverty. We are a member of Oxfam International, a global confederation working with partners and local communities in 87 countries.

Would you like to join this global movement of people working together to eliminate the inequalities that keep people in poverty?

We are currently seeking an enthusiastic and committed person to fill the role of First Peoples Program Policy and Advocacy Lead.

Why you will love working at Oxfam

As part of First Peoples’ Program team, you will use your skills, qualifications, lived experience and initiative to tackle inequality and flight poverty. Yes, you read that right, lived experience and initiative, because it is not all about key selection criteria.

Research shows that women will only apply for a job if they meet 100% of the selection criteria, while men will apply if they meet an average of 60%. We understand that life teaches us so much, so if you don’t meet all the criteria but just know that you have what it takes, then please apply.

The Role 

This position sits within the Programs Section. It leads and manages Oxfam Australia’s advocacy on First Peoples’ rights, including the development and implementation of advocacy strategies; the development, analysis and review of policy; the management of key stakeholder relationships and the coordination of identifies campaigns.

A key foundation of this role is Oxfam’s commitment to support and work with First Peoples leaders, organisations and communities to advocate for the self-determination of Australia’s First Peoples.

 Desired Skills and Experience

A little about you (the key selection criteria)

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • High level understanding of human rights, with a particular focus on the rights of First Peoples and issues affecting First Peoples.
  • Experience working in and building coalition or alliances.
  • Demonstrated experience of working effectively with First Peoples communities, organisations and individuals.
  • Comprehensive understanding and experience of using advocacy strategies to bring about change.
  • Experience influencing and building relationships with a range of decision-makers and key stakeholders.
  • Experience in research and policy development.

We can offer you 

  • A base salary of $108,844 plus superannuation, superior leave benefits and access to generous non-for-profit salary packaging program (up to $18,450 of your salary tax-free).
  • The opportunity to use your talents and expertise to make a positive impact around the world.
  • We value flexibility and seek to support our people to work in ways that meet their work/life commitments and support their wellbeing.
  • Cultural leave
  • Superannuation matching

Our culture is shaped by our values, which reinforce what we care about and how we do things, not just what we do. Our five core values of Accountability, Empowerment, Equality, Inclusiveness and Sustainability drive everything we do at Oxfam.

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct. We are 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. Therefore, our people are required to comply with the One Oxfam Child Safeguarding and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse policies and sign the Oxfam Australia Child Safeguarding and One Oxfam Employee Codes of Conduct. 

How to Apply

Complete the online application form, then, as three separate documents, upload:

  1. a cover letter that tells us how your professional history and lived experience makes you the right candidate.
  2. your CV.
  3. your response to the selection criteria outlined in the advertisement.

Applications close on 25 August 2023.

Here is the link to the Position Description

Our people are at the heart of everything we do. We care deeply about creating a safe and inclusive workplace where our people feel valued, respected and impowered. We are committed to providing equal opportunities and encourage applicants with personal experience of the forms of injustice we seek to address to apply for opportunities at Oxfam Australia.

Applicants will be required to show proof of their right to work in Australia with the subject to satisfactory clearance of a Police Records Check, and Counter Terrorism and Aid Diversion Check.

We give priority to protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of our people, supporters, and the communities we work with. If successful you may be required to provide evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination or approved medical contraindication prior to commencing employment with Oxfam Australia.

This is a First Nations Identified role only open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The filling of this position is intended to constitute a special measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), s 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) and s 27 of the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT).

Closing Date: Aug 25, 2023

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