Organisation: OAK Foundation Geneva

Position: Programme Associate - Issues Affecting Women Programme

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Salary: Highly competitive salary and benefits


Closing date: 30/03/2018 (day/month/year)

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Programme Associate - Issues Affecting Women Programme

OAK Foundation Geneva


About Oak:

Oak Foundation 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. With offices in Europe, Africa, and North America, Oak Foundation has an annual grant-making budget of over USD 250 million and makes grants to organizations located in 41 countries worldwide.

Oak Foundation’s Issues Affecting Women Programme (IAWP) seeks to contribute to a world in which women have the rights, capacity and opportunity to experience safety from violence and to enjoy their full and equal human rights. Specifically, the programme aims to build a strong and vibrant women’s movement that is empowered to challenge patriarchal norms, tackle the root causes of inequality, and demand the full spectrum of women’s rights. Additionally, we work to end the existing patterns of violence in the family, outside the home, and in crisis contexts by ensuring rights-based laws and policies guarantee an environment in which women are safe from violence. We also support a broad range of services that empower women to recover from the trauma of violence and to rebuild their lives.

• The IAWP team strives to live the values it works to advance. In addition to a deep commitment to advancing women’s rights, our culture is characterized by collegiality, mutual support, high expectations, and laughter. We are currently recruiting a new Programme Associate to the team. The Programme Associate will provide overall programmatic support to the entire IAWP team, across multiple grant portfolios and areas of responsibility.

Job description

Main responsibilities include:

• Under the supervision of a Program Officer, manages a modest grant portfolio, ensuring alignment with program strategies and compliance with Oak’s grant management system and related grant-making procedures. This includes handling the day-to-day
responsibilities of a grant portfolio from initial inquiry to assessment to final recommendation; site visits; coordinating capacity building support; monitoring grant implementation using Impact Mapper; and reporting on and closing grants.
• Conducts research on issues in the field and on potential new partners.
• Contributes to the strategic development of the programme including participating in planning exercises and professional conferences and seminars.
• Performs all other relevant duties that may be assigned from time to time, including administrative support.

Candidate requirements

Position Requirements:

• A university degree in a related field. (An advanced degree will count for 1 year of work experience.)
• 3-5 years’ relevant experience working for a non-profit human rights, women’s rights, and/or development organization ideally in the Global South and/or East.
• A commitment to advancing feminism and human rights, and to Oak’s organisational values (
• Familiarity and solidarity with local, regional and international women’s rights organizations and networks.
• Ability to juggle a wide range of responsibilities that may demand ongoing reprioritization.
• Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
• Poise, maturity, warmth, curiosity, humility, and a good sense of humour.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. A second major language and/or a region-specific expertise would be an asset.
• Understanding of non-profit and/or governmental financial reporting and budgeting.
• Strong computer skills (Office, e-mail, database management, desk research).
• Willingness to travel, up to a maximum of 25 percent per year, sometimes for extended periods (up to two weeks).
• To be considered for this position, you must be eligible to work in Switzerland (Swiss or EU citizen).

Additional comments

Reporting Lines
The position will be based in Geneva, Switzerland, and reports to an IAWP Program Officer. Frequent interactions with Oak’s President and IAWP Trustees will also be required.

Additional information (pdf): See pdf

How to apply

To Apply
Please submit an application (see below) and resume as two separate documents. The application should be entitled [Your name], IAWP PA, application; your resume should be
entitled [Your name], IAWP PA, resume. Documents should be sent to by March 30, 2018.
Rather than a cover letter, the Oak Foundation is requesting candidates submit a brief application, answering four questions. Please limit your entire application to 1’000 words, distributed as you like across the four questions. Please include only the questions and answers in the application document, plus your name at the top.

Application questions:
1. Why have you chosen to work in this field?
2. Tell us about a job where you had to juggle many different responsibilities. How did you set priorities? How did you make sure everything got done, and on time?
3. If you were asked to do something you did not know how to do, how would you proceed?
4. How would your current manager describe you? How would your co-workers describe you?

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Preferred method of response: Email

Closing date: 2018-03-30

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