Organisation: Oak Foundation

Position: Programme Officer, Issues Affecting Women Programme

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Salary: Competitive


Closing date: 02/05/2019 (day/month/year)

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Programme Officer, Issues Affecting Women Programme

Oak Foundation


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Programme Officer, Issues Affecting Women Programme (IAWP)

Job Title:   Programme Officer, Field Building on Psychological Violence

Location:  Geneva, Switzerland

Reporting to:   Director, Issues Affecting Women Programme (IAWP)

Type of contract: Full-time permanent position

Starting date: August or September 2019

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 approximately 40 countries worldwide.

About the Issues Affecting Women Programme (IAWP): IAWP supports women’s rights groups, organizations, networks and movements globally to build 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. We want to help 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.

A major focus of our strategy is to enable women to leave violent and controlling relationships by supporting groups that provide services that empower women to recover from trauma and thrive. Psychological abuse in intimate partner relationships is an emerging field that we are investing in.


Job description

Purpose of the Role: Oak Foundation is looking for a Programme Officer with experience in field building and/or psychological abuse, coercion and control to help us build on the successes of our grantees who are working on domestic violence. As the Programme Officer, you will work closely with the lead Trustees and the Issues Affecting Women Programme team to increase knowledge of the field of psychological abuse, embed learning across our growing domestic violence portfolio, build and manage a portfolio of grants that will contribute to changing the wider domestic violence sector, and support service providers to recognise, address and intervene to end psychological violence, coercion and control in all its forms.

The IAWP team has high standards. We are collegial, mutually supportive and joyful. We are looking for a new team member who is excited about making a difference in the sector, is comfortable leading from behind and who draws energy from supporting women working on the front lines to end violence.

Main responsibilities include:

  • As part of the overall IAWP strategy, lead the development and implementation of a strategy to support organizations addressing psychological violence, coercion and control within intimate partner relationships;  To develop the strategy, the Programme Officer will:
    • Convene experts in the field, academics, donors, civil society and other actors as needed;
    • Analyze and assess existing knowledge, research and data in the field and commission further research as needed;
    • Find experts that can generate innovative ideas and strategies and commission the development of new campaigns to increase awareness of psychological violence, coercion and control within intimate partner relationships;
  • Support other programme officers in IAWP to mainstream awareness of psychological violence throughout the programme as necessary;
  • Once the grant portfolio has been developed, share and support awareness of psychological violence to relevant other programmes (e.g. the Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Programme) within the Oak Foundation family;
  • Grow and manage the psychological abuse grant portfolio from point of initial inquiry to assessment and final recommendation to the President/Trustees/Board; ensuring alignment with programme strategies and compliance with Oak’s grant management system and related grant-making procedures;
  • Conduct the monitoring and evaluation of grants including through the conduct of site visits, review/edit progress and end of grant reports, monitor progress against objectives, suggest ways to improve and assess the overall impact of a grant and recommend next steps;
  • Work with outside reviewers and experts to gather information and assess grant proposals;
  • Coordinate activities and funding with peer philanthropists;
  • Travel, including internationally, up to 25 per cent of the time during the year;
  • Perform other relevant duties as requested by the Director and/or the Trustee.

Candidate requirements

  • A university degree in a relevant field such as psychology, public health, women’s rights;
  • At least 7-10 years’ relevant work experience in the field of women’s rights, non-profit sector, civil society or relevant field;
  • Proven experience in successful strategy development and implementation and/or campaigning for creating change;
  • Expertise in intimate partner violence with a focus on psychological violence, coercion and control AND/OR in field building in the women’s rights or human rights sector;
  • Comfortable working in a multicultural environment;
  • Solid analytical and writing skills, experience setting up impact evaluation systems and analysing financial budgets;
  • Excellent networking, presentation and communication skills;
  • Tact, maturity and a good sense of humour;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of another language an asset;
  • Swiss/EU citizen or holder of valid Swiss work permit preferred.
  • A commitment to advancing feminism and human rights, and to Oak’s organisational values.

How to apply

To apply, please send your curriculum vitae and a covering letter by e-mail only to no later than 02 May 2019. Please state “Programme Officer IAWP” in the subject line of your email.  Please note that we will only be contacting shortlisted candidates.

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Closing date: 2019-05-02

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