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Women’s Rights Officer - Program Design & Institutional Funding

Oxfam Canada

Internal/External Posting Notice
DEADLINE:  31 January 2018

Title:   Women’s Rights Officer - Program Design & Institutional Funding
Department:   International Programs
Status:   7 month, Full-time, unionized
Location:   Ottawa, Ontario                                
Immediate Supervisor:   Manager, Program Development, Quality & Knowledge
Salary:   $58,373.33 to $76,815.93

Level:   Band 2

Please submit applications to quoting competition number WROPDIF0118 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.



Under the supervision of the Manager, Program Development, Quality and Knowledge, the Women’s Rights Officer – Program Design and Institutional Funding (WRO-PDIF) will work closely with Ottawa and country-based program staff to identify and respond to institutional funding opportunities that leverage and expand Oxfam Canada’s expertise and experience in women’s rights and feminist programming. 

The incumbent will lead and support efforts to secure new funding for Oxfam programs through the design of innovative women’s rights and feminist initiatives, and the development and submission of quality proposals to institutional funders, with the aim of ensuring the growth and sustainability of Oxfam Canada’s women’s rights and feminist program portfolio. S/he will also act as Global Affairs Canada (GAC) lead on behalf of the Oxfam confederation, and provide strategic direction on the full range of institutional funding opportunities available to Oxfam Canada. 

Finally, the WRO-PDIF will also work to improve Oxfam Canada’s systems and processes for institutional funding, and transfer knowledge and skills in women’s rights and feminist program design and proposal development such that the capacity of Oxfam’s country-based program staff is strengthened.



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

  • Lead concept note and proposal development for identified opportunities, or in response to calls and requests for proposals from institutional donors;
  • Support Oxfam’s country-based staff to design innovative women’s rights and feminist initiatives, ensuring strong alignment with Oxfam country strategies and commitments to women’s rights and gender equality;  
  • Ensure quality control on submissions, including proposal budgets, logic models and monitoring, and performance management frameworks
  • Ensure submissions are properly stewarded, and maintain relationships with institutional funders post-submission;
  • Prospect and track institutional funding opportunities for Oxfam’s programs/projects, including GAC (various branches), Canadian foundations and other institutional donors. This work will include research and meetings/presentations with and to donors. For non-GAC donors, this work will require communication and coordination with designated staff of other Oxfam affiliates and Oxfam International;
  • Ensure the transfer of knowledge and skills program design and development (from prospecting to submission and stewarding) to Oxfam’s country-based staff through deliberate capacity building initiatives;
  • Support effective monitoring and evaluation of institutional funding activities within Oxfam Canada through provision of accurate and timely reports;
  • Contribute to strategic planning and analysis in regard to institutional funding for Oxfam Canada, including the setting of realistic targets for new program funding.
  • Support other funding opportunities as time permits, working closely with other institutional funding, program, and fund development staff;

Other accountabilities: 

  • Participate actively in the International Programs Department;  
  • Represent Oxfam Canada at designated tables within the Oxfam confederation and the Canadian NGO community, and with donors;
  • Take on operational projects as directed by the Manager



  • University degree in related field and minimum five years’ work experience with a non-governmental organization working in a similar role;
  • Strong analytical understanding of women’s right and gender equality issues (particularly violence against women and girls, women’s sexual health and reproductive rights, women’s movement building);   
  • Demonstrated experience in designing programs that focus on women’s rights and gender equality, and include feminist principles and approaches;  
  • Extensive knowledge of institutional donor requirements and trends, and demonstrated experience in writing successful funding applications to various branches within GAC, foundations and other institutional donors;
  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communications skills in English, including strong analytical and writing capability;
  • Demonstrated skill in budget preparation and experience related to the administration of international development grants and contracts. Knowledge of a variety of donors’ requirements in this regard is considered an asset;
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in M&E, including strong understanding of logic models and performance management frameworks. Knowledge of a variety of donors’ requirements in this regard is considered an asset;
  • Strong collaborative skills and demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively with colleagues and with a variety of counterparts (government and non-government), multiple funders and other partners;
  • Capacity to work in a self-directed manner and under tight deadlines;
  • Ability to travel: this post may require travel to program countries.

The following qualifications are considered significant assets: 

  • University degree (or masters-level education) with a focus in gender or women’s studies;
  • Experience with programming related to violence against women and girls, women’s sexual health and reproductive rights, and women’s movement building;
  • Professional training or certification in gender / program design;
  • Working knowledge of French or Spanish


** 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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