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Humanitarian Innovation Advisor


Humanitarian Innovation Advisor

Ref: 56-17/18

Oxfam is a global development organization that mobilizes the power of people against poverty. We are an activist organization fighting poverty and inequality and working on the causes of the injustices.

Would you like to join our team?

Oxfam is looking to fill the position of Humanitarian Innovation Advisor to be part of Oxfam Global Humanitarian Team (GHT). This position contributes to strengthen Oxfam's innovation in Oxfam’s humanitarian programmes in line with the innovation roadmap. This role will be pivotal in working with a wide range of stakeholders in Oxfam and beyond to creatively realise the vision in the roadmap. The aim is not to create a standalone innovation programme but rather to strengthen the capability for innovation across Oxfam’s Global Humanitarian and Country teams.

What will be your functions? 

Work effectively with colleagues across the Oxfam confederation to build momentum around key aspects of the Innovation Roadmap Lead in providing support to the successful establishment of the joint agency Response Innovation Lab. 40% of time Identify quick wins in the four roadmap pillars (the first year the priority will be focused on the first objective, ‘future focus’, and to raise resources to support objective 3, increase intentional evidence-based thematic innovation); work with target countries and Global Humanitarian Team (GHT) and work collaboratively to achieve them Facilitate or organise events and training (remote and face to face) related to areas such as foresight/scenario planning and Human-Centred Design Gather deep insight of internal stakeholder needs and build strong networks to enable effective, collaborative working Coordinate and provide project management support to initiatives related to the four roadmap pillars such as developing thematic R&D strategies. Hands on support to key innovation initiatives Support building skills and confidence of staff directly involved in humanitarian response Work with thematic leads and others to embed innovation practice and priorities into wider organisational plans and investments Work with Programme Funding colleagues to increase Oxfam’s ability to increase funding and partnership for innovation Work with the Knowledge Exchange team to disseminate Oxfam work on innovation internal and externally Report to senior leadership on progress and propose future direction and focus

What are we looking for? 

We believe that this role can be fulfilled by someone with strong humanitarian experience and a track record of directly innovating OR an innovation specialist experienced in working with large organisations and a strong commitment to Oxfam’s values

  • Understanding and experience of humanitarian programming
  • Knowledge and experience of designing and delivering innovation and improvement programmes
  • Knowledge and experience of using change and innovation methods and tools and how these can be applied in a complex global organisation
  • Ability to design and facilitate workshops/events through a range of facilitation techniques
  • Track record of accessing resources (internal or external) – experience of winning bids/competitions/tenders/grants an advantage
  • Influencing: ability to engage with diverse stakeholders in a way that leads to increased impact for the organization We spot opportunities to influence effectively and where there are no opportunities we have the ability to create them in a respectful and impactful manner.
  • Mutual Accountability: explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our organizational values. 
  • Agility, Complexity, and Ambiguity: scan the environment, anticipate changes, are comfortable with lack of clarity and deal with a large number of elements interacting in diverse and unpredictable ways.
  • Vision Setting: ability to identify and lead visionary initiatives that are beneficial for our organization and we set high-level direction through a visioning process that engages the organization and diverse external stakeholders.
  • Self-motivated, resilient problem solver
  • High communication and networking skills
  • Fluent in English and French or Spanish
What can we offer you? 
  • Contract: Contract for 12 month. Spanish labour contract.
  • Grade: C in Oxfam Intermon wage scale
  • Annual gross salary:  33 373 euros
  • Social benefits: Medical insurance and Accident and life insurance when travelling in the field missions.
  • Holidays: 28 working days / year (in 2017)
  • Working place: Barcelona Head Quarters (Oxfam Intermon)
  • Starting date: As soon as possible

Applicants must – due to legal reasons – hold EU citizenship or valid EU residence permit and a valid Spanish work permit. Applications not meeting these conditions can unfortunately not be considered.

Send your CV and motivation letter to

Please put the reference that corresponds in the subject box of the email: ref. 56-17/18 HUMINNOVAD

The closing date for applications is the 24-09-2017. Oxfam reserves the right to change this date, if considered necessary. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Oxfam is committed to the principle of equity, diversity and inclusiveness.