Consultancy – Oxfam Program Policies

15 Sep 2022


Oxfam Australia is one of 20 members of the global Oxfam confederation with a presence in 90 countries around the world. At Oxfam Australia, we believe all lives are equal and no one should live in poverty. We believe that in a wealthy world, poverty is unjustifiable and preventable, that the present state of inequality and injustice must be challenged, and that with the right support, people can change their lives for the better. In 2019-2020, Oxfam Australia directly reached more than 12.7 million people in 23 countries. We work directly with communities, in most cases through local partner organisations and seek to influence policy makers on issues which have a direct bearing on people’s lives. We strive to achieve our mission through long term development programs, humanitarian response, campaigns, policy research and advocacy. Our work is based on four intersectional thematic pillars, namely Gender Justice, Climate Justice, Economic Justice, and First People’s Justice.

The release of Oxfam Australia’s Strategic Framework 2020-2025 (see and subsequent development of its Strategic Areas of Focus necessitate a review of our current program policies in the areas of Gender, Environment and Value for Money. These program policies guide Oxfam Australia’s aid and development program implementation including activities conducted by local in-country partner organisations. The consultant will work with the Strategic Leads and the Contract Management Coordinator Team to develop an updated set of policies and associated implementation guidance.


This proposed work is envisaged to correspond to the following tasks. Alternative workplans and timeframe may be presented by the consultant based on proven methodologies, approaches or experience.


  • Desk Review of all existing and relevant materials, including
    •  Oxfam Australia Strategic Framework and detailed thematic strategies
    • Current Oxfam policies and training materials
    • Oxfam Program Standards
    • ANCP Program Quality Framework
    • DFAT policies
    • ACFID and sector standards
  • Stakeholder consultation (internal)
  • Policy drafting and finalisation (following feedback)
  • Review of relevant resources within the Program Management Procedure (PMP), with associated documentation updated to align with new polices, and including identification of any changes required to online training modules
  • Development of roll-out support material (including one-page summaries of all OAU program policies and list of additional resources) and workshop to socialise the material with key stakeholders, ensuring common understanding

Please refer to TOR for the timeline. Please note that the timeline will not necessarily follow this structure, with each policy’s independent progress dependent upon availability of key stakeholders.

Skills, Knowledge and experience required

  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field including but not limited to policy, communications, arts, public relations, international development (or similar), monitoring and evaluation, or social sciences.
  • At least 5-7 years of prior work experience in the field of policy development working for an international NGO or similar, working in humanitarian and development contexts
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in relevant aid sector industry standards and approaches, prior knowledge of Australian DFAT aid policies and developing materials for a cross cultural audience.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English.
  • Training and facilitation skills desirable.
  • Demonstrated commitment to Oxfam principles of feminism, transparency, accountability, empowerment, inclusiveness, sustainability, and equality.


  • Previous experience and knowledge (40%)
  • Workplan/proposal quality and suitability (30%)
  • Budget (30%)

Submission of Proposal 

Please send your proposal by 3 October 2022 to Shannon Tanner,

In your application, please include:

  • Bid application summarizing experience or suitability, workplan or proposal, and an indicative budget in days (max 5 pages). Please note that daily rates should be all inclusive; no separate allowances will be provided.
  • Current CV
  • Name and contact details of two professional references
  • Work samples may also be requested.

Oxfam will review and weight consultancy applications based on the following criteria. It is worth noting that Oxfam prefers a value for money approach and does not necessarily weight a lower price over a quality candidate.

For enquiries relating to this position, please contact Shannon Tanner via