Organisation: Oak Philanthropy Ltd

Position: Temporary Programme Associate, Joint Brazil Programme (1 year contract, non-renewable)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Salary: Commensurate with experience


Closing date: 07/09/2017 (day/month/year)

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Temporary Programme Associate, Joint Brazil Programme (1 year contract, non-renewable)

Oak Philanthropy Ltd



Oak Foundation ( is a group of philanthropic organizations, with its administrative office in Geneva, Switzerland, as well as offices in the UK, US, Bulgaria, Belize, Tanzania, Denmark and Zimbabwe.  It commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged.  Since its establishment in 1983, the organization has given over 3,000 grants to not-for-profit organizations around the world.

The Joint Brazil Programme

In the past years, Oak Foundation started taking a closer look at Brazil. Recognizing the diversity of social movements, civil society, social, economic and environmental relevance of the country in the region, the Foundation decided to create a cross-programmatic initiative to work in Brazil. Recife and its Metropolitan Area were elected as the starting point of our work, relating to broader countrywide issues. Five different programmes worked together to better understand the local context and developed an innovative strategy that aligns each programme’s priotities with the issues on the ground. The Joint-Brazil Programme is composed of the following programmes: (i) Child Abuse, (ii) Environment, (iii) Issues Affecting Women, (iv) Housing and Homelessness and (v) Human Rights.

Aiming to strengthen inclusive, efficient, democratic and sustainable process the Joint Brazil Programme focuses in Recife and its Metropolitan Region, and operates in the best interests of all citizens irrespective of gender, race, age or socio-economic position. Through the grant-making, Oak Foundation aims to support the improvement of citizen security in both the public and private sphere; protection of quality urban space especially for disadvantaged communities; improvement of mobility for all; and promotion of citizen participation.

Job description

The Programme Associate works under the supervision of the Chair of the Joint Brazil Programme. In that capacity s/he will be:

  • in coordination with a local consultant in Brazil and the Environment Programme Director, s/he will be acting as a liaison point between Brazilian grantees and Oak staff;
  • conducting research, writing reports and papers for the team on core programme priority issues and related issues;
  • monitoring and tracking relevant political and societal dynamics in Brazil, with a focus on Recife and its Metropolitan Region, staying abreast of developments in the field and provide update to the team. This will require both desktop research and regular consultations with Brazilian interlocutors;
  • assisting in the monitoring and evaluation of grants, through preparatory work and initial due diligence on progress and end of grant reports;
  • identifying collaboration and strategic alliances among organizations and fields with related goals, constituencies and interests in Brazil, specifically in Recife;
  • attending external meetings/conferences involving local organisations and government authorities in Brazil. 

Candidate requirements

  • Interdisciplinary interest and a sound grounding in the key areas of the Joint Brazil initiative: child rights, human rights, women’s rights, environment and housing and homelessness and/or social and sciences related areas;
  • Up to date knowledge of the political, economic and regulatory environment in Brazil;
  • At least 3 years of relevant professional experience at the international level (an advanced degree may substitute for 1 year of experience) including experience working in civil society in Brazil and experience in the philanthropic world; 
  • Knowledge of Northeast of Brazil is an advantage;
  • Has an established network of key civil society interlocutors in Brazil;
  • University Degree, if possible Master’s Degree in International Relations/International Affairs;
  • Proficient written and oral communication skills in both English and Portuguese. Proven interpretation and translation skills in Portuguese-English; Fluent French would be an asset;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Availability to travel, up to 20% of time;
  • Excellent computer skills, word processing, database entry, power point, Excel etc;
  • Tact, maturity, and a good sense of humour;
  • Swiss work permit or EU citizen

Additional comments

This is a one year contract, non-renewable.

Additional information (pdf): See pdf

How to apply

Interested candidates should send their Curriculum Vitae and a compelling covering letter by email only to, no later than 7 September 2017.  Please note that we will only be contacting shortlisted candidates.

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Closing date: 2017-09-07

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