Natural Resources Policy Offcier (Re-Advertisement)

Career Opportunity:             Natural Resources Policy officer (Re-Advertisement)


The post is to be based in Yangon and opened to Myanmar Nationals and advertised nationwide.


Oxfam is a leading International NGO with a worldwide reputation for excellence and over 70 years of experience. It’s not unfortunate that people live in poverty. With enough wealth in this world to go around it’s unjustifiable. It’s not just their problem. It’s ours too. Our humanitarian, development and campaigning projects change lives around the world, and with the right support, we can beat poverty and injustice. Thousands of people already commit their time and talents to our campaigning, humanitarian and long-term development projects. Now we’re looking for yours.

The role:                                                To support policy and advocacy related activities of the Water Governance team and related work on land issues, to build relationships with key stakeholders for influencing positive change and to support Oxfam’s policy and research agenda in the Economic Justice Programme. The post holder will work closely with both the Economic Justice team and Policy and Communications team. The post holder will be managed by the Director of Policy and Communications, and matrix managed by the Economic Justice Lead.


Level:                                                    D1, National


Employment term:                               Fixed – Term (1 year)


Report to:                                             Director of Policy and Communications


What we offer:                                     Respectful and empowered working environment,

                                                              Life insurance, Medical+ dental + optical benefits,

                                                              Competitive salary and Career advancement opportunities,

                                                              Generous leave entitlement



  • Support policy and advocacy related activities linked to the natural resources work of the EJ programme, in particular water governance (focus on rivers and hydropower) and connected land issues
  • Develop and maintain high quality relationships and partnerships with relevant civil society, private sector and government actors
  • Represent Oxfam at meetings with government and private sector stakeholders as well as international and regional financial institutions in relation to natural resources and hydropower issues
  • Conduct and support regular research to support policy development and analysis on  natural resource governance (e.g. water, land, energy) in Myanmar
  • Support the organization of and participate in key events or workshops in the Economic Justice team and water governance projects, including coordination/liaison with other Oxfam country teams and affiliates if needed
  • Closely follow and identify opportunities for Oxfam to provide input into relevant policy processes in Myanmar e.g. the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process for hydropower
  • Support the inclusion of gender justice and women’s rights components in advocacy and project activities on water governance
  • Work with the water governance team to ensure that learning from projects feeds into Oxfam's policy and advocacy work
  • Identify policy and advocacy priorities linking water governance with land rights




  • Relevant degree (e.g. political science, environmental science, development studies or other relevant degree)
  • Experience working on issues related to natural resources, in particular water governance and connected land issues
  • Experience in policy analysis and advocacy in Myanmar
  • Excellent research, writing and analytical skills
  • Capacity and enthusiasm to establish working relationships with various actors (e.g. private sector, government, community members, CSOs)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Excellent inter-personal skills
  • Organises work effectively, ability to develop and deliver on own work plans
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Cultural sensitivity and ability to work in a conflict sensitive manner
  • Ability and willingness to travel regularly to project sites and/or Nay Pyi Taw


  • Understanding of ‘transboundary water governance’ and the hydropower sector 
  • Expertise on land rights issues
  • Knowledge of processes and procedures of SEAs, EIAs etc
  • Understanding of the role of business in respecting human rights and international guidelines such as those from the World Commission on Dams and the IFC performance standards
  • Understanding of gender related issues in natural resource management
  • Experience of evidence gathering (e.g. through research / documentation channels)


 Closing date:                                       11 September 2017, 5:00 PM


How to apply:                                     Please state applied position in email subject line and send CV and cover letter to                                                                  Human Resources Department through 




                                                            Oxfam office, No. 34, Corner of Aung Taw Mu Street and Golden Hill Avenue Street,                                                             Golden Valley Ward 2, Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar.

                                                             Phone: +95 (0)1 539986, 539987, 539958, 539189 and 504918


          Detail and complete job profile is available upon request.

           We regret that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

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