Policy Advisor, Nutrition and Gender

Oxfam Novib
Organisatie Oxfam Novib
Datum 06 dec 2017
Vervaldatum 03 jan 2018
Aantal uren >32
Plaats Den Haag

Oxfam Novib is committed to ridding the world of poverty. We have a conviction that people are well capable of building a livelihood without poverty on their own, once given the chance to do so. Which is why we support local projects in developing countries, why we lobby governments and companies to take into account the interests of the poorest people, and why we campaign to involve men and women also in our work. We work together with other Oxfam affiliates to increase our impact on development issues. Oxfam Novib is in its final year of implementing the SeedsGROW program, a 16 million Euro contract with Sida to implement an ambitious five-year project that began in 2013 and will end in December 2018, with planning for the second follow-up phase of the project currently being developed. The SeedsGROW project encompasses two important Oxfam Novib initiatives - a seeds biodiversity and food security program called SD=HS (Sowing Diversity = Harvesting Security) as well as the global GROW campaign. Both are part of Oxfam Novib’s broader Food, Land and Water programs and have a global outreach, spanning a total of 10 countries. SD=HS aims to uphold, strengthen and maintain the rights and technical capacity of indigenous peoples and smallholder farmers, and to influence local to global policies and institutions on the access to — and sustainable use of — plant genetic resources for food and nutrition security under conditions of climate change.

For the Seeds (SD=HS) component of SeedsGROW, we are currently recruiting for the position of Policy Advisor, Nutrition and Gender, SD=HS 36 hours a week, for one year (with a possibility of extension) based in The Hague. 

Purpose of the function
Sharpening the program focus and policy agenda in the relevant specialist area, realization of documented project knowledge, advice and capacity building of partner organisations, track record for external profiling, fundraising and/or Innovation purposes contributing to further program development.

  • Assist partners and the SD=HS team in sharpening the program focus, research methods  and policy agenda for nutrition in relation to biodiverse diets and the seeds of neglected and underutilized crops;
  • In collaboration with SD=HS partners and an interdisciplinary specialist team, produce cross country workplans, (Farmer Field School - FFS) curricula, methodological design, and policy briefs for the program: Women, Seeds and Nutrition;
  • Collaborate with global and regional networks on nutrition and advocate for the policy from local to global levels;
  • Work on analyzing and integrating nutritional aspects of biodiverse diets and neglected and underutilized species, as well as facilitating womens’ roles in strengthening communities food and nutrition security;
  • Provide technical assistance and services in the field of bio-diverse nutrition to partners in countries;
  • Contribute to and/or lead the further development of fundraising and delivery of (content and/or process based) project components and products;
  • Delivery of/or contribution to high quality research, reports, study, publications and curriculum and policy briefs. Also to keep up to date and report about the latest developments in his/her relevant area of expertise and participate in relevant networks. Furthermore, to foster innovation, knowledge generation for the program project, contribute to its external profiling and external fundraising;
  • Provide external representation for the SD=HS program in relevant external fora, including towards government(s), the private sector, the (Dutch) public and the (Dutch) media;
  • Collaborate with other team members to integrate bio-diverse nutrition across the other program components and/or activities; and,
  • Other duties as required.

Functie-eisen en profiel


  • Possess a degree (Master’s or higher) in a related field (e.g. nutrition, international development, agriculture, etc) with a minimum of 3 years of practical experience in developing countries;
  • Are knowledgeable on methodologies, policies, contemporary issues, and possess good contacts with relevant networks related to food security and nutrition;
  • Have demonstrable experience on gender issues, preferably as it relates to agriculture, seeds, or climate change;
  • Have a strong understanding of and/or experience in designing and/or implementing programs/projects with an explicit influencing component in a multi-stakeholder setting;
  • Have experience in the design and implementation of participatory methodologies;
  • Have excellent analytical skills and demonstrable ability to think strategically, innovatively and practically;
  • Have a result orientated and team approach;
  • Are able to multi-task and work effectively under pressure;              
  • Have excellent written & spoken English skills (for project development, reporting, presentations, meeting facilitation, etc) and ideally also in French and Dutch (Spanish is an asset) and overall good communication skills;
  • Are able and willing to travel regularly.

Ons aanbod
What we offer

  • Oxfam Novib is committed to provide you with a competitive, fair, and comprehensive pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors.
  • The salary range for this position is set in scale 10 with a salary range between € 2942 to € 4528 based on 36 hours a week.
  • Applicants for this contract must be a national of a European Union Member State, or have a valid work permit for the European Union.

Informeren en solliciteren
More information and application procedure Please submit your application via deze link and include your motivation letter and CV by 3 January 2018 at the latest. Please note that only applications received using the link provided can be taken into consideration. For more information about the position please feel free to contact Gigi Manicad, Programme Leader for SD=HS (gigi.manicad@oxfamnovib.nl).

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