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More than aid: tax is crucial for sustainable development

Oxfam EU blog - 13 January 2017 - 16:59

by Aurore Chardonnet

Sustainable development is about so much more than development aid: rich countries, development countries, civil society and the private sector need to work together to enable people and their governments to fight inequality and poverty. One key issue is tax justice: companies must pay their fair share, and governments must be in a position to collect the taxes they need to finance essential services such as healthcare and education. This is where the EU can do much more.

In its proposed new framework for development policy, the EU reaffirmed its willingness to ‘support developing country efforts to strengthen revenue mobilisation, debt and public expenditure management and develop tax systems’. Besides goodwill support, the EU needs to take action to make sure that the relevant information of companies is available to tax administrations and citizens both in developing and in developed countries.

Tax justice is a key element of sustainable development

When world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) last year, they acknowledged inequality was at the heart of the problem of poverty. Indeed, global wealth is concentrated in the hands of a very few: as Oxfam has shown last year, just 62 people have been owning as much wealth as half of the world population. If more fairly distributed, this wealth could save lives.

Taxes play an important role in this struggle: not only helps tax to redistribute wealth and reduce poverty, it also provides the resources for much needed essential services such as education and healthcare.

However, tax revenues in developing countries continuously fall short of what could be obtained due to their economic performance. Without these resources, most developing countries will not have the necessary means to implement the SDGs.

‘Collect better, Spend more’

The EU is promoting an agenda to ‘Collect more, Spend Better’. This approach – which also features in the proposed new European Consensus for Development – aims at improving ‘domestic resource mobilisation; more effective and efficient public expenditure; and debt management’.

For this strategy to succeed, the European Commission will not only have to support governments in poorer countries to mobilize their own resources, but also their citizens so they are able to hold their decision makers to account on how they spend those resources.

Fighting tax dodging requires public scrutiny

Extreme inequality is a failure of government, a product of political and economic choices. Reversing inequality requires political power and citizens to be heard. Any development policy should therefore aim at speaking with those living in poverty, not to speak for them.

This is the role of civil society organisations that hold governments, and the private sector, to account. Improving tax systems not only requires boosting capacity and ability of local tax administration, but also involving local citizens groups. When it comes to taxes, this boils down to transparency tools, for instance making multinational companies disclose where they earn their profits and where they pay their taxes. Such rules, known as public country-by-country reporting (CBCR), are a great tool when it comes to accountability.

 

This blog is part of a series analysing the details of the proposed review of the European Consensus on Development. Read all our stories on the EU’s new development framework.

Country Director - Lebanon (INT3160)

Oxfam Great Britain - 13 January 2017 - 15:13
Region: MECIS, Division: International, Job Type: Fixed Term The Role

 

The Country Director for Oxfam's Lebanon program will contribute and implement Oxfam’s Global Strategy, by providing vision and strategic direction to all of Oxfam’s work in the country. This includes Oxfam’s humanitarian responses, long term development programme design and implementation, and advocacy, policy and influencing objectives. They will be responsible and accountable for the strategic direction and effective management of the Country programming ensuring development, continued improvement in quality and impact of programmes, and effective financial and human resource management in line with Oxfam Policy. 

 

 

About the MECIS Region

 

The Middle East and Commonwealth of Independent States (MECIS) region implements and manages programmes in Yemen, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Russia,...

Web Delivery Manager (FIN0265)

Oxfam Great Britain - 13 January 2017 - 14:39
Region: Finance & Info Systems, Division: Finance & IS, Job Type: Open endedWhat are we looking for?

 

Oxfam GB seeks to recruit a Web Delivery Manager to develop and deliver technical strategy for Oxfam’s web infrastructure, and engage with specialist IS teams (RAD, Infrastructure, Service Desk, Technical Design Authority (TDA's) and Projects) to ensure the effective support & operation of the web environment.

 

Also work across Fundraising, Campaigns, Comms and Online shop to help provide a world-class web platform to achieve Oxfam's purpose. Creating and owning a Web roadmap to meet our public engagement and business requirements.    

 

What skills, knowledge and experience are needed? 

(not comprehensive)Experience of web technologies – enterprise web architecture, cloud infrastructure and development (e.g. HTML/CSS/JavaScript, .Net and Sitecore)Managing priorities, objectives and...

Portfolio Manager (FIN0264)

Oxfam Great Britain - 13 January 2017 - 11:21
Region: Finance & Info Systems, Division: Finance & IS, Job Type: Open endedDo you have experience providing project portfolio reporting and are looking for your next challenge?

 

Do you have experience of planning projects in a complex, uncertain environment?

 

And perhaps most important of all, do you want to be part of a movement of millions of people, all working towards one goal - an end to poverty for everyone?

 

If so, come and join us.

 

You will provide portfolio management across a number of business areas to support specific Oxfam objectives by: leading and building a team(s) of specialists; communicating with senior business managers to advice, influence and determine strategic business needs; solving complex problems and Identifying opportunities to operate and develop industry standards...

Senior Project Officer - AWANE Project (INT3157)

Oxfam Great Britain - 11 January 2017 - 15:56
Region: MECIS, Division: International, Job Type: Fixed Term The Role

 

The Senior Project Officer (SPO) will be Oxfam’s focal point for working directly with selected local civil society organizations (CSOs) ensure full implementation of key Water Governance and Gender activities. The SPO is responsible for managing the relationships with Oxfam’s local partners and Municipal Authorities in the project’s target areas and will carry out effective monitoring of the partners implementation of activities, learning, and knowledge management. In collaboration with the Project Manager, the SPO will assist in identifying and assessing new partners based on project and community needs ensure that partnerships have compatible values and principles. S/he will also carry out or oversee appropriate training with the partners and build their capacity or that of relevant community stakeholders.

 

Project Manager - AWANE Project (INT3156)

Oxfam Great Britain - 11 January 2017 - 15:42
Region: MECIS, Division: International, Job Type: Fixed Term The Role

 

The Project Manager will manage the Water and Governance Project across two governorates in Jordan, ensuring effective and timely implementation of project activities and will provide leadership to the project team. The Project Manager will also manage the project’s partnership with a national NGO partner, as well as coordinating closely with the Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ) and municipal authorities to ensure quality programme delivery according to the project objectives and required outcomes.

 

The Project Manager will coordinate with the technical team on WASH, water governance, and gender technical inputs. The role will also ensure accurate budget management, establishing and adjusting activity plans, developing and updating procurement plans, and monitoring budget performance and produce professional internal...

CONSULTOR/A-GESTOR/A DE PROYECTOS BI/CPM

Oxfam Intermón - 11 January 2017 - 14:29
Tipo  Interna-externa Origen  Intermón Idioma  ES Localització  Barcelona Referència  94-16/17

Dentro del Departamento de Marketing y Desarrollo Comercial, y en dependencia de la Responsable del Área de Relación con el Colaborador, serás responsable de analizar las tendencias del mercado y los patrones de comportamiento del colaborador/a. En base a ello, deberás realizar los estudios e informes que apoyarán a la toma de decisiones y orientarán las campañas de captación de fondos y los planes de relación con los/las colaboradores/as.

Quines seran les teves funcions? 
  • Identificar y analizar las tendencias globales del mercado y los patrones de comportamiento de los/las colaboradores/as, así como las conexiones entre esos comportamientos, para proporcionar información relevante para la toma de decisiones estratégicas y poder identificar oportunidades y evaluar los riesgos. 
  • Diseñar y desarrollar todo el ciclo de análisis de datos en base a las necesidades internas, desde consensuar los objetivos de ese análisis hasta la elaboración y presentación de las conclusiones y aprendizajes.
  • Proponer los indicadores de seguimiento de la actividad estratégica del departamento, garantizando su correcta aplicación, fiabilidad y seguimiento.
  • Innovar y liderar los modelos de predicción del comportamiento (Big Data), los modelos de análisis digital, colaborar con expertos externos, etc. 
Què estem buscant? 
  • Formación en matemáticas, estadísticas, ingeniería o ADE.
  • Experiencia mínima de 3 años en puestos similares, preferiblemente en equipos de marketing/ fundraising.
  • Conocimientos de herramientas informáticas relacionadas con la explotación de BBDD (SAP-CRM) y conocimiento avanzado de herramientas de extracción, manipulación y análisis de datos.
  • Se valorará positivamente haber realizado un máster en Big Data.
  • Alta capacidad analítica y de redacción de informes orientados al desarrollo de conclusiones y aprendizajes que puedan utilizarse para la toma de decisiones.
  • Capacidad relacional y trabajo en equipo.
  • Orientación a resultados.
  • Imprescindible inglés medio-alto.
  • Pasión por el fundraising y motivación por la cooperación al desarrollo e identificación con nuestros valores y misión.
Què t'oferim? 
  • Incorporarte en un puesto de nueva creación, en una organización de carácter internacional, que lucha contra la pobreza y la injusticia, con oportunidades de crecimiento personal y profesional.
  • Contrato de un año, con posibilidad de incorporación definitiva en la Organización. 
  • Jornada de 40h semanales
  • Ubicación: Barcelona.
  • Salario: 32.829 € brutos/anuales por 12 meses. 
  • Incorporación: Marzo 2017

Si estás interesado/a envía a seleccion@oxfamintermon.org tu CV y carta de motivación, respondiendo a estas 3 preguntas: 

  1. Explica brevemente la experiencia que consideres más relevante en relación con el puesto de trabajo ofertado.
  2. ¿Con qué herramientas trabajas o has trabajado para la explotación y análisis de BBDD?
  3. ¿Qué ventajas crees que podría aportar el Big Data a una ONG?
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Gender Officer (INT3151)

Oxfam Great Britain - 11 January 2017 - 8:13
Region: Asia, Division: International, Job Type: Fixed Term Gender Officer

"Applicable for Nepali Nationals only"

Level: D1

 

Duration: Fixed term contract until March 2018

Location: Gorkha

 

 

Job Role: This position will be responsible for providing support to the Nepal Response Team in response operation area in enhancing their capacity to meet the Minimum Standards on Gender for Humanitarian, so that the different needs of men, women, boys, and girls affected by crisis can be addressed.

This position will requires building the capacity of women within the community to facilitate their participation and leadership role in emergency management, Mentoring coaching & supporting Oxfam programme teams and partner staff in gender mainstreaming and safe programming. S/he will also require to lead in integrating gender...

Consultant for 3 Years Comparative Analysis of National Budget (INT3154)

Oxfam Great Britain - 11 January 2017 - 7:52
Region: HECA, Division: International, Job Type: ConsultancyConsultant for 3 Years Comparative Analysis of National Budget

Background

The `Agriculture Coalition` is a partnership between Oxfam in Tanzania, ANSAF TGNP - Mtandao, Action Aid Tanzania and Policy Forum. It is an initiative that seeks to further the strengths of the said organizations in engaging, analyzing and advocating on issues around the national budget processes in Tanzania; specifically working on agriculture budget analysis, improving budget allocation and disbursement processes and its impact on to rural inhabitants.

Tanzania has a population of 48.8 million, according to 2015 figures, and a per capita GDP of about 864.8 dollars.[1]  The economy has been growing at an average rate of 6.5% for more than a decade.[2] Agriculture sector contributes 29% of the GDP and it...

Consultant for Data Analaysis (INT3152)

Oxfam Great Britain - 11 January 2017 - 7:26
Region: HECA, Division: International, Job Type: ConsultancyConsultant for Data Analysis

 

Background and Rationale

For a long time, CSO and NGOs have led a call on the Government and private sector to increase investment and support towards small scale food production. In spite of multiple country level and regional government commitments to increase budgetary allocations to agriculture, the investment trend has not been steady.[1]

Current records indicate that agriculture employs more than 65% of the population. Majority of farmers reside in rural areas and engage in small scale farming.[2] Basically, there is a consensus among scholars and activists that small scale farming is critical to household food and income security. This means that agriculture is central to poverty alleviation, first and foremost, in rural areas and then...

WASH Coordinator (INT3153)

Oxfam Great Britain - 11 January 2017 - 7:24
Region: Asia, Division: International, Job Type: Fixed Term About Oxfam

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.

About the Role

BACKGROUND:

 The Sittwe team is implementing a component of the DFID funded Consortia project or conflict affected IDPs in 7 camps and villages in and around Sittwe,...

CHANGE Logistics Coordinator-Temporary

Oxfam America - 10 January 2017 - 17:14
Boston area job and opportunity boards and on Idealist and the Oxfam website.

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Project Officer

Oxfam America - 10 January 2017 - 16:15
Program Officer, responsible for successful implementation of a project entitled “Protecting the Amazon - Social Control of Agribusinesses in Peru and Colombia".  This two-year project aims to monitor and curb exponential expansion in the Amazon region of agribusinesses based on monocropping and massive deforestation.  Candidates must have an academic degree in social sciences, the environment, forestry or similar, as well as a minimum of 5 years of demonstrated work experience with Amazonian communities, e.g. , counseling public institutions or civil society organizations; direct involvement in multi-stakeholder dialogue, or design of policies that are relevant to the project’s scope.  The position requires an advanced English communication skills, both written and spoken, as well as proven adaptation to multicultural environments.

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Shop Manager (Tunbridge Wells) (TRD0973)

Oxfam Great Britain - 10 January 2017 - 15:59
Region: Shop Operations, Division: Trading, Job Type: Open endedHours: 24 hours per week

Contract: Open-ended 

Salary: £11,360 gross per annum

Interviews: 8 February 2017

 

Additional information:

 

Please bring to the interview your Proof of Right to Work in the UK, such as your passport, or Birth Certificate with the names of at least one of your parents on, together with a document with your NI number on it.

 

 

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...

Shop Manager (Ashford) (TRD0972)

Oxfam Great Britain - 10 January 2017 - 15:48
Region: Shop Operations, Division: Trading, Job Type: Open endedHours: 24 hours per week

Contract: Open-ended

Salary: £10,914 gross per annum

Interviews: 2 February 2017

 

Additional information: 

 

Please bring to the interview your Proof of Right to Work in the UK, such as your passport, or Birth Certificate with the names of at least one of your parents on, together with a document with your NI number on it.

 

 

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...

Buyer (FIN0263)

Oxfam Great Britain - 10 January 2017 - 15:36
Region: Finance & Info Systems, Division: Finance & IS, Job Type: Open endedAre you looking for an opportunity to join a forward looking organisation and make a significant impact?

 

If so Oxfam is seeking a dynamic, proactive & motivated Buyer to work within its Operations & System Procurement Team. The primary focus will be on the Operations & Systems improvements to improve and enhance user experience when buying goods and services, with ample opportunities to gain exposure to procurement category areas by supporting projects within the Team.

 

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following essential skills and competencies: Practical understanding of procurement processes, proven experience of working in a buying or services environment or a similar role with strong customer facing skills preferably with use of financial reporting,...

Deputy Shop Manager ( Tenterden ) (TRD0971)

Oxfam Great Britain - 10 January 2017 - 13:56
Region: Shop Operations, Division: Trading, Job Type: Open endedHours: 6 hours per week ( Saturdays only )

Contract: Open Ended 

Salary: £2,595 gross per annum

Interviews: 9 February 2017

Additional information:

 

Please bring to the interview your Proof of Right to Work in the UK, such as your passport, or Birth Certificate with the names of at least one of your parents on, together with a document with your NI number on it.

Deputy 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...

Field Officer (INT3150)

Oxfam Great Britain - 10 January 2017 - 10:36
Region: MECIS, Division: International, Job Type: Fixed Term The Role

 

 

The Field Assistant will facilitate the implementation of the GIZ HC project amongst various stakeholders. S/He will support the local partners involved on the project to ensure the project’s implementation in line with work plans and set indicators.  The role will provide a link/accountability between communities / partner and Oxfam's team, ensuring refugees have opportunity to input, participate and provide feedback on implemented activities.  The successful candidate will also be expected to build the capacity of local partners to deliver a high quality program that is responsive to the needs of the community.

 

 

About the MECIS Region

 

The Middle East and Commonwealth of Independent States (MECIS) region implements and manages...

Project Officer (INT3149)

Oxfam Great Britain - 10 January 2017 - 10:32
Region: MECIS, Division: International, Job Type: Fixed Term The Role

 

The Field Officer will coordinate the implementation of the GIZ HC project amongst various stakeholders. S/He will liaise/supervise the local partners involved on the project to ensure the project’s implementation in line with work plans and set indicators. Specifically, the role will be required to assist the Oxfam team and local partner(s) involved in the design and implementation of cash for work/recycling activities to most vulnerable families and to strengthen accountability both at community and Oxfam levels and ensure that support is effectively extended to local partners, vulnerable Syrian refugee families i.e. men, women, female-headed households as the beneficiaries of the project.

 

The project officer will be required to carry out the recycling projects in 2 selected...

WASH Program Manager (INT3146)

Oxfam Great Britain - 10 January 2017 - 10:24
Region: MECIS, Division: International, Job Type: Fixed Term The Role

 

This role will be responsible for overall management of the Oxfam WASH Programme in Jordan.  This will include the following key performance areas (for a more detailed appreciation of the role, a Job Profile is enclosed with this advertisement):

 

Development and management of WASH programme: Programme design, efficient and effective delivery, budget planning, forecasting and executing all technical aspects to ensure  high programme quality in all aspects of the WASH programme;

 

Programme Team Management: Recruitment and management of staff in line with Oxfam policies, developing and maintaining a positive and inspiring environment for the team, and performance management

 

Representation and influencing: Strengthen alliance building and develop strong cooperation with wide range of partners and...

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