Programme Officer – Issues Affecting Women Programme

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Highly competitive salary and benefits



Application Deadline:



58, Avenue Louis Casaï


Main responsibilities include:

·        Actively participates in the development of IAWP’s strategic directions.

·        Develops new grant-making opportunities in line with IAWP strategic directions and its learning and evaluation system.

·        Fully manages a substantial grant portfolio, ensuring alignment with programme 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; having site visits; identifying and responding to capacity building needs; monitoring grant implementation using Impact Mapper; reporting on and closing grants; evaluating current or past grants according to needs; and drawing and sharing lessons learned from projects and clusters of grants, among other activities.

·        Supports the IAWP Director in the programme’s significant work with Trustees, the Board, and the Foundation President.

·        Engages with the international women’s movement and the funder community as a partner, colleague and student.

·        Plans and supervises capacity building, evaluations and other processes, including identifying and enlisting support of technical consultants and outside reviewers, when appropriate.

·        Represents Oak’s IAWP team on organisation-wide task forces, study groups, public events, etc.

·        Performs all other relevant duties that may be assigned from time to time.

Position Requirements

·        Master’s Degree in human rights, international law, gender studies, or equivalent.

·        At least 7-10 years relevant professional experience working on human rights or women’s rights, preferably with country-level experience in the Global South or East.

·        A commitment to advancing feminism and human rights and to Oak’s organisational values (

·        Understanding of and experience in multiple aspects of women’s rights and using a range of strategies for social change.

·        Familiarity and solidarity with local, regional and international women’s rights organisations and networks.

·        Experience providing technical assistance or other forms of capacity building to civil society organisations.

·        Strategic, research and analytical skills, including in learning, monitoring, and evaluation, and the ability to synthesize and communicate information.

·        Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

·        Ability to juggle a wide range of responsibilities that may demand ongoing reprioritisation.

·        Poise, maturity, warmth, curiosity, humility, and a good sense of humour.

·        Excellent English written and oral communication skills; working knowledge of Spanish and/or French an advantage.

·        Understanding of non-profit and/or governmental financial reporting and budgeting.

·        Strong computer skills (Office, e-mail, 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).

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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 PO, application; your resume should be entitled [Your name], IAWP PO, resume. Documents should be sent to by 30 March 2018.

Rather than a cover letter, Oak Foundation is requesting candidates to 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.     Describe an experience of choosing a goal for your work. What did you take into account? How did you choose what do say “yes” to and what to say “no” to?

3.     Tell us how your professional experience has prepared you for the Programme Officer position.

4.     How would your current manager describe you? How would your co-workers describe you?