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Don’t Let the Poorest Foot the Bill

Oxfam EU blog - 18 February 2016 - 9:25

By Hilary Jeune, EU Policy Advisor on Development Finance at the Oxfam EU Office

In West Point, Liberia, development aid is funding women’s empowerment through skills training, and enables better community health through hygiene education. (c) Andy Hall/Oxfam

Just six months after world leaders pledged to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030, rich countries are risking to jeopardize this landmark promise. When our governments are gathering today for crucial meetings in Paris and Brussels, the effectiveness of development aid is at risk. Instead of looking at how best to protect the most vulnerable people, our leaders are focusing on quick budget fixes.

 

European leaders meeting for a summit in Brussels today will discuss their response to the refugee crisis. So far, instead of focusing on root causes of displacement, EU states have been favoring their own security agenda over, searching for remedies to stop migrants before they arrive in Europe.

Development ministers are gathering at the same time in Paris to discuss the issue on a far more technical level: they are coming together for a meeting of the Development Assistance Committee, a forum within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that regulates the international aid landscape. Ministers will discuss a highly complicated and detailed set of rules, but the decisions they take are far-reaching: they will decide what government money is considered development aid and what not, hence determining how much aid will reach poor people in developing countries.

We need development aid – and it works

Aid can have a transformative impact on the lives of millions of people. Amazing progress has been achieved over the last 15 years, demonstrating that aid works. In 1990, close to 40% of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty; this rate has dropped by two thirds. During the same period, the proportion of undernourished people in developing regions has almost halved, and the primary school enrolment in developing regions has reached 91%.

However, extreme poverty and inequality still exist in this world. This is why development aid is – and will remain – crucial to providing essential public services like education and health care in many states, and especially in Least Developed Countries.

Rigging the books at the expense of developing countries

But current discussions in many European donor countries question whether governments are still committed to leaving no-one behind in the most vulnerable communities across the globe.

The proposal on the table to be decided is for further adaptions to the aid rules that would allow to further use aid money to pay for security and defense costs.

That kind of questionable alliance between aid money and non-aid goals might be convenient for governments, but it completely undermines effective development cooperation. Rather than empowering the poorest people in the world, changes to aid spending rules covering defense and security expenses would only serve to patch holes in national budgets and serve our own European foreign policy agenda. Safeguards are supposedly being put in place, but there is no guarantee that these will be enforced and properly monitored on the ground.

Since every euro can only be spent once, such a shortsighted relaxation of aid spending rules would effectively fix donor states’ budgets to the detriment of the most marginalized people in developing countries.

Inflated aid instead of real support for the poorest

But it is not only about diversion of aid towards security and defense; an always larger portion of aid money is actually spent in the donor states themselves. A great number of rich European states have been declaring their expenses for hosting refugees as aid spending for a while. In 2014, ahead of the refugee crisis’ latest spike, close to $4.4 billion have been labelled as development aid, but actually never left the EU states. These figures are set to increase sharply for 2015 and 2016.

It must be an absolute priority to cater for the needs of those who arrive in our countries and depend on our help: it’s not about charity, it’s about human rights, dignity and international law. But labelling money as aid even though it does not leave a donor country is misleading: aid that never reaches the poorest people is inflated aid.

Not a time for penny-pinching

Development aid needs to do what it says on the tin: support the world’s poorest people in lifting themselves out of poverty, not to fill budget holes and rig the books.

The meetings of the Development Assistance Committee in Paris as well as the European summit should put in place accountability mechanisms that ensure development funding fully contributes to helping the most marginalized. When aid is allowed to do its job, it can successfully tackle the issues threatening the well-being, peace, security and prosperity of people in the developing world.

Together with a coalition of other NGOs, Oxfam has launched a petition to ask European leaders to meet the needs of refugees arriving at our borders without doing so at the expense of the world’s poorest. The organizations are calling on governments to make sure aid is focused on fighting extreme poverty and prioritizes the countries and people that have the least.

Sign the petition now!

Warehouse Operative (Batley) 3 Positions (TRD0705)

Oxfam Great Britain - 17 February 2016 - 15:53
Region: United Kingdom, Division: Trading, Job Type: Open endedHours: 36 Per Week

Type of contract: Open Ended

Salary: £14,696 Per Annum

Interview date: TBC

OXFAM PURPOSE:  To work with others to overcome poverty and suffering

TEAM PURPOSE: To process surplus textiles to maximise the income generated from donated goods.

JOB PURPOSE: To maintain the efficient through put of clothing through the factory from feeding to packing.

REPORTING LINES: Post holder reports to - Production Manager. Day-to-day tasks are supervised by the team co-ordinator.

Staff reporting to this position: N/A

BUDGET RESPONSIBILITY: N/A

DIMENSIONS:

q  Carry out clearly defined tasks as instructed by managers / team co-ordinator.

q  Tasks are routine, but may require the use of some initiative and/or basic planning.

q ...

Garment Sorter (Batley) (TRD0703)

Oxfam Great Britain - 17 February 2016 - 15:44
Region: United Kingdom, Division: Trading, Job Type: Open endedHours: 36 Per Week

Type of contract: Open Ended

Salary: £14,696 Per Annum

Interview date: TBC

OXFAM PURPOSE:  To work with others to overcome poverty and suffering.

TEAM PURPOSE: To process surplus textiles to maximise the income generated from donated goods.

JOB PURPOSE: To remove and sort the appropriate garments in order for them to be packed and distributed.

REPORTING LINES: Post holder reports to:  Production/Quality and Standards Manager, though day to day task supervision is through the Team Co-Ordinators

Staff reporting to this position: N/A

BUDGET RESPONSIBILITY: N/A

DIMENSIONS:Carry out clearly defined tasks laid down by managers/co-ordinators.Tasks are routine but may require the use of some initiative and/or basic planning.Responsible for the proper use...

Technical Design Authority (FIN0190)

Oxfam Great Britain - 17 February 2016 - 14:34
Region: United Kingdom, Division: Finance & IS, Job Type: Open endedOXFAM PURPOSE: To work with others to overcome poverty and suffering.

 

TEAM PURPOSE: To contribute to Enterprise Architecture and provide architectural design support for Oxfam's IS Projects.

 

JOB PURPOSE: Support development of Enterprise Architecture and to design, develop and implement IS Projects to agreed scope, time, cost and quality.

 

REPORTS TO: Design Team Lead

DIRECT STAFF: None

INDIRECT STAFF: None

 

Closing date: 2 March 2016

 

Download the attached job description for the key responsibilities and skills and competencies.

Digital Executive (COM0116)

Oxfam Great Britain - 17 February 2016 - 11:01
Region: United Kingdom, Division: Communications, Job Type: Fixed Term Oxfam is looking for a Digital Executive to work with us on a three month fixed term contract as part of the Digital Engagement team in Communications Team.

 

This role is to help us become more reactive across our digital channels, especially on social media.

 

You’ll be working across a range of campaigns – some extremely high profile – and bring enthusiasm, creativity and production skills to help us engage with our audiences.

 

The fixed term contract is planned for April-June 2016. Some flexibility is possible but the successful candidate will need to be available for the majority of this time period.

 

About Oxfam

We are shop volunteers, aid workers, marathon runners,...

Digital Executive (Internship) (COM0116)

Oxfam Great Britain - 17 February 2016 - 11:01
Region: United Kingdom, Division: Communications, Job Type: Fixed Term Oxfam is looking for a Digital Executive to work with us on a three month internship as part of the Digital Engagement team in Comms.

 

The internship project is to help us become more reactive across our digital channels, especially on social media.

 

You’ll be working across a range of campaigns – some extremely high profile – and bring enthusiasm, creativity and production skills to help us engage with our audiences.

 

About Oxfam

We are shop volunteers, aid workers, marathon runners, coffee farmers, street fundraisers, mobilised women, goat herders, policy experts, campaigners, water engineers and more. All working together towards the same goal – an end to the injustice of poverty and the creation of...

Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihood Team Leader (Re-advertisement) (INT1806)

Oxfam Great Britain - 17 February 2016 - 9:33
Region: Asia, Division: International, Job Type: Fixed Term Oxfam is one of the world's leading International Humanitarian Agencies, assisting people affected by poverty, natural disasters and conflict throughout the world. With over 5,000 staff and dedicated volunteers in more than 90 countries, Oxfam is able to achieve the greatest impact to alleviate poverty and suffering through combining emergency response work, long-term development programmes, and campaigning for lasting change.

Oxfam has been working in Nepal since the 1980s, addressing the poverty and injustice faced by women and other socially excluded groups. Since April 25, 2015 Oxfam is also implementing Earthquake Response Programme. Oxfam is responding in these areas: Gorkha, Nuwakot, Dhading, Sindhupalchowk, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur. We are urgently looking for dynamic team players in the following positions for our response programme.

Shop Manager (Southampton Furniture Shop) (TRD0702)

Oxfam Great Britain - 16 February 2016 - 16:57
Region: United Kingdom, Division: Trading, Job Type: Open endedHours: 36 per week

Contract: Open Ended

Salary: £18,690 Per Annum

Interviews: TBC

 

 

Shop Manager

OXFAM PURPOSE: To work with others to overcome poverty and suffering.

 

TRADING PURPOSE: To make as much money as possible to overcome poverty and suffering.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITES:

 

Open for business since 1948, Oxfam shops are at the heart of the charity and their community, raising vital funds and increasing public awareness of what we do. They are always guided by our values of empowerment, accountability and inclusiveness and focussed on making as much money as possible. Shop teams are the heart of our shops and 22,000 volunteers donate their diverse skills...

Shop Manager (Brecon) (TRD0701)

Oxfam Great Britain - 16 February 2016 - 16:42
Region: United Kingdom, Division: Trading, Job Type: Open endedHours: 24 Per Week

Contract: Open Ended

Salary: £10,774 Per Annum

Interviews: TBC

 

 

 

Shop Manager

OXFAM PURPOSE: To work with others to overcome poverty and suffering.

 

TRADING PURPOSE: To make as much money as possible to overcome poverty and suffering.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITES:

 

Open for business since 1948, Oxfam shops are at the heart of the charity and their community, raising vital funds and increasing public awareness of what we do. They are always guided by our values of empowerment, accountability and inclusiveness and focussed on making as much money as possible. Shop teams are the heart of our shops and 22,000 volunteers donate their diverse...

Translations Officer (COM0115)

Oxfam Great Britain - 16 February 2016 - 15:45
Region: United Kingdom, Division: Communications, Job Type: Open endedThis is an exciting opportunity for a talented English to Spanish translator to join our dynamic Translations Team. You’ll be joining Oxfam GB’s Translations Team who is responsible to provide a top quality language service to the organisation globally.

 

You’ll be responsible for translating from English and occasionally French into Spanish a diverse range of materials both for internal and external audiences. The role also involves project managing translation requests and creating and updating terminological resources. You’ll work very closely with the other members of the Translations Team as well as with requestors across the organisation.

 

What we’re looking for

You’ll be a qualified, English to Spanish translator, preferably with French, and/or Portuguese and Arabic, with experience working in...

FIELD WASH Coordinator (INT2234)

Oxfam Great Britain - 16 February 2016 - 11:35
Region: HECA, Division: International, Job Type: Fixed Term South Sudan being the newest country in the world has an unstable background marred with insecurity, and a long history of civil wars and inter-tribal conflicts. The country has been classified as a “Fragile State”, and therefore, both the humanitarian, as well as the development needs are tremendous.  Only 6% of the population has access to toilets and the general population also have limited access to safe drinking water. Several potential emergency situations are developing within the country requiring concerted efforts to increase Oxfam in country capacity and preparedness.

 

The Field WASH Coordinator will be responsible for running and supervising the water, sanitation and hygiene projects operating in Northern Jongeli at all stages of the project management cycle.

 

Some...

District Support Coordinator (INT2238)

Oxfam Great Britain - 16 February 2016 - 10:28
Region: Asia, Division: International, Job Type: Fixed Term Oxfam is one of the world's leading International Humanitarian Agencies, assisting people affected by poverty, natural disasters and conflict throughout the world. With over 5,000 staff and dedicated volunteers in more than 90 countries, Oxfam is able to achieve the greatest impact to alleviate poverty and suffering through combining emergency response work, long-term development programmes, and campaigning for lasting change.

 

Oxfam has been working in Nepal since the 1980s, addressing the poverty and injustice faced by women and other socially excluded groups. Since April 25, 2015 Oxfam is also implementing Earthquake Response Programme. Oxfam is responding in these areas: Gorkha, Nuwakot, Dhading, Sindhupalchowk, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur. We are urgently looking for dynamic team players in the following positions for our response...

District Programme Manager (INT2235)

Oxfam Great Britain - 16 February 2016 - 10:14
Region: Asia, Division: International, Job Type: Fixed Term Oxfam is one of the world's leading International Humanitarian Agencies, assisting people affected by poverty, natural disasters and conflict throughout the world. With over 5,000 staff and dedicated volunteers in more than 90 countries, Oxfam is able to achieve the greatest impact to alleviate poverty and suffering through combining emergency response work, long-term development programmes, and campaigning for lasting change.

 

Oxfam has been working in Nepal since the 1980s, addressing the poverty and injustice faced by women and other socially excluded groups. Since April 25, 2015 Oxfam is also implementing Earthquake Response Programme. Oxfam is responding in these areas: Gorkha, Nuwakot, Dhading, Sindhupalchowk, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur. We are urgently looking for dynamic team players in the following positions for our response...

Business Support Administrator- International Programmes Team (INT2236)

Oxfam Great Britain - 16 February 2016 - 10:11
Region: United Kingdom, Division: International, Job Type: Open endedDEPARTMENT PURPOSE: To lead and manage the International Programme Team

JOB PURPOSE:  To work within the International Programme Team (IPT) Hub to provide travel and logistical support to teams and departments across the  UK based International Programme Team – Programme Funding Department, Programme Stategy and Innovation Team and the IPT Hub

 

This role is part time 21.6 hours per week just Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The interviews will be on the 8th March 2016

Senior Staff Health Advisor (CHR0129)

Oxfam Great Britain - 16 February 2016 - 9:13
Region: United Kingdom, Division: Human Resources / Chief Executive Office, Job Type: Open endedWHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

Are you passionate about delivering an outstanding Staff Health service including occupational health advice and travel health? Do you have excellent people skills and experience in leading a team of like-minded individuals? Interested in continuous professional development and working for one of the leading NGOs in the UK?

 

Oxfam is a global movement of people who won’t live with the injustice of poverty. Our work is led by the principles of empowerment, accountability and inclusiveness.

 

We are looking for someone who enjoys working at pace, supporting others, committed to continuously improvement for self, team and organisation. With excellent people skills you would have managed successfully a small team in the...

Livelihoods Training Project Coordinator (CAP0191)

Oxfam Great Britain - 15 February 2016 - 16:29
Region: United Kingdom, Division: Campaigns, Policy & Influencing, Job Type: Fixed Term Fixed term: 18 month contract

 

Oxfam's vision is for everyone in the UK to have enough to live on, and for all women, men and children to be treated with respect and dignity. The UK is the world’s sixth largest economy, yet one in five of the population live below the poverty line; in Wales, that figure is nearer a quarter.

 

Oxfam Cymru is now looking for a dynamic, highly motivated individual to proactively coordinate an innovative new project that will work closely with the Department for Work and Pensions and community partners, as well as key internal and external stakeholders, to help tackle poverty and inequality in Wales. You will work directly with service providers to engage,...

Bookshop Manager (Dorchester) (TRD0698)

Oxfam Great Britain - 15 February 2016 - 16:10
Region: United Kingdom, Division: Trading, Job Type: Open endedBookshop Manager

Hours: 24 Per Week

Contract: Open Ended

Salary: £10,774 Per Annum

Interviews: 10 March 2016

 

 

 

Bookshop Manager

OXFAM PURPOSE: To work with others to overcome poverty and suffering.

 

TRADING PURPOSE: To make as much money as possible to overcome poverty and suffering.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITES:

 

Open for business since 1948, Oxfam shops are at the heart of the charity and their community, raising vital funds and increasing public awareness of what we do. They are always guided by our values of empowerment, accountability and inclusiveness and focussed on making as much money as possible. Shop teams are the heart of our shops...

Shop Manager (Sevenoaks) (TRD0699)

Oxfam Great Britain - 15 February 2016 - 15:58
Region: United Kingdom, Division: Trading, Job Type: Open endedHours:18 Per Week

Contract: Open Ended

Salary: £8,410 Per Annum 

Interviews: TBC

 

 

 

Shop Manager

OXFAM PURPOSE: To work with others to overcome poverty and suffering.

 

TRADING PURPOSE: To make as much money as possible to overcome poverty and suffering.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITES:

 

Open for business since 1948, Oxfam shops are at the heart of the charity and their community, raising vital funds and increasing public awareness of what we do. They are always guided by our values of empowerment, accountability and inclusiveness and focussed on making as much money as possible. Shop teams are the heart of our shops and 22,000 volunteers donate their diverse...

Category Manager (FIN0189)

Oxfam Great Britain - 15 February 2016 - 12:36
Region: United Kingdom, Division: Finance & IS, Job Type: Open endedAre you looking for an opportunity to join an organisation that positively impacts on the lives of millions of people? If so Oxfam is seeking a dynamic & motivated Category Manager to work within its IT, Facilities & Logistics Procurement team. The primary focus will be on the Facilities, Works Contracts & Utilities Categories, with opportunities to gain exposure to other category areas.

 

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following essential skills and competencies: best practise procurement of the indicated categories, management & development of suppliers to deliver tangible benefits, management of risk, collaborative procurement, stakeholder management, negotiation both internal & external, effective communication, results orientation, critical thinking and excellent time management.

 

In addition preference will...

Shop Manager (Chichester) (TRD0696)

Oxfam Great Britain - 15 February 2016 - 10:38
Region: United Kingdom, Division: Trading, Job Type: Open endedHours: 24 Per Week

Contract: Open Ended

Salary: £11,214 Per Annum 

Interviews: TBC

Additional information: previously interviewed candidates need not apply

 

 

Shop Manager

OXFAM PURPOSE: To work with others to overcome poverty and suffering.

 

TRADING PURPOSE: To make as much money as possible to overcome poverty and suffering.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITES:

 

Open for business since 1948, Oxfam shops are at the heart of the charity and their community, raising vital funds and increasing public awareness of what we do. They are always guided by our values of empowerment, accountability and inclusiveness and focussed on making as much money as possible. Shop teams are the heart of...

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