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Women's Rights, GE/MEL Knowledge Specialist

Oxfam Canada

Internal/External Posting Notice
DEADLINE:  8 September 2017

Title:   Women’s Rights, GE/MEL Knowledge Specialist          
Department:   International Programs
Status:   Full-time, two-year term, unionized
Location:   Ottawa, Ontario                                
Immediate Supervisor:   Manager, Program Development, Quality & Knowledge
Salary:   $ 61,784 - $ 80,226

Level:   Band 3

Please submit applications to quoting competition number MEL0817 in the subject line of email.

Oxfam Canada (OC) is an international development agency with a focus on women’s rights and gender equality, committed to building lasting solutions to global poverty and injustice by advocating for fundamental social change.  We work in relationships of solidarity and partnership to build the capacity of civil society in the Global South. As a founding member of Oxfam International, Oxfam Canada works in collaboration with other Oxfam affiliates to increase impact and influence locally, nationally and globally.



The Women’s Rights, GE/MEL Knowledge Specialist will act as Oxfam Canada’s (OCA) women’s rights and gender justice (WR/GJ) Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) focal point to support program quality and impact.  The Specialist will provide programmatic MEL support to OCA’s programs, particularly those focused on preventing and ending VAWG/GBV and advancing women’s rights.

As well, the Specialist will spearhead OCA’s ambition to provide leadership in the sector on Gender and Feminist MEL, adapting concepts and approaches to the real world for programming, analysing and documenting experiences, and communicating those to influence program practice – within OCA, Oxfam International, and beyond. 

Lastly, the specialist will support program development efforts from a MEL perspective and contribute to growing Oxfam's WR/GJ-focused programming; as well as engaging in influencing efforts through MEL expertise and thought leadership.

In addition to thematic expertise, the Specialist will ensure OCA’s continued leadership as an expert in knowledge sharing - making useful MEL and Gender and Feminist MEL resources and knowledge accessible to people who need them, particularly program colleagues overseas; producing evidence-based and user-friendly MEL publications and communications materials; and facilitating technology-supported knowledge sharing, networking and learning, both remotely and face-to-face. 

Some international travel will be required.



(This is not an exhaustive list of duties to be performed)

  • Work with VAWG/GBV and WR/GJ program teams to ensure the strategic functioning of the programs’ MEL system and program learning. 
  • Design quantitative and qualitative methods and systems, analysis of data gathered, production of a variety of documents, and quality control, in support of generation and dissemination of evidence and knowledge.
  • With the recognition that most MEL tools and methods are gender-blind, spearhead experimentation and innovation with feminist MEL, and MEL tools and methods leading to their gender adaptation.  
  • Support program quality and continuous improvement that contributes to the strengthening of OCA’s program strategies on CSO capacity building and on the promotion of women’s rights and gender equality. Develop dissemination plans that emphasize the need to share results, learning, and knowledge with a range of stakeholders, in formats tailored to their different needs.
  • Work closely with relevant OI forums – in particular the OI MEL Network – leading efforts to advance gender and feminist MEL within the OI confederation.  
  • Support staff to fulfill OCA’s MEL obligations.  This support can include the review of data collection tools or strategies, the review of draft reports, contributions to new project proposals, and the provision of sessions on M&E concepts and approaches.
  • Support the international programs department and the Knowledge Hub on VAWG/GBV in their fundraising efforts with evidence, content and MEL expertise.
  • Represent Oxfam, in particular communicating Oxfam’s perspectives on gender capacity building and gender MEL, to a range of external stakeholders, including partners, funders, implementing agencies, governments, media and the public.
  • Develop and manage the process of producing compelling materials highlighting impact and key strategies that contribute to strategic knowledge sharing.
  • Other duties as required.



  • Master’s degree in international development, with university-level academic or professional training in program monitoring and evaluation.
  • A minimum of five years’ work experience in monitoring and evaluation in the international development setting; overseas work experience considered an asset.
  • Strong analytical understanding and demonstrated experience/knowledge in the area of gender and women’s rights.
  • Experience engendering MEL tools and methods with an in-depth understanding of the associated challenges and strong knowledge of feminist MEL concepts, guiding principles, and approaches. 
  • Demonstrated experience in the conceptualization and implementation of program MEL systems.
  • Demonstrated experience with a wide range of MEL methods, in particular case study design, survey design, focus groups, interviews, Most Significant Change, Theory of Change, and Outcome Mapping, with strong ability to implement systems based on triangulation.
  • Demonstrated expertise in qualitative and quantitative techniques for data gathering and proven experience in quantitative and qualitative analysis, including autonomy with data base and analysis software.
  • In-depth understanding of Results-based Management (RBM) is required; in particular extensive experience with the design of effective program Results Chains and Performance Management Frameworks.
  • Demonstrated commitment to participatory MEL approaches, including demonstrated experience in social or downward accountability.
  • Demonstrated commitment to global justice, gender equality and social change;
  • Strong analytical writing skills required and strong ability to communicate the importance of demonstrating impact through evidence; experience in the documentation and dissemination of program learning required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Fluency in French or Spanish is an asset.
  • Strong computer skills in word processing, advanced excel functions, spreadsheet, and electronic mail and data base systems.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work in a self-directed manner in a team-based setting.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively in a wide range of cultural and political settings.


** MUST be eligible to work in Canada **  

This position offers a comprehensive Benefits package.

We thank all those who apply, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Oxfam Canada is committed to diversity and equity around the globe and in our workplace. We welcome applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification and share our values. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us as soon as possible of any particular adaptive measures you might require.
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