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Program Officer, Creating Spaces (CS) - Oxfam Canada

Oct 11, 2019
Ottawa, Ontario

Internal/External Posting

Title:                                           Program Officer, Creating Spaces (CS)

Department:                              International Programs                                           

Status:                                       Full-time, 1 year term, unionized                            

Location:                                   Ottawa, Ontario                    

Immediate Supervisor:             Program Manager (EVAWG)

Salary Band:                              Band 2

Salary:                                        $59,541 - $78,352

Deadline to apply:                     October 11, 2019

Oxfam Canada is an affiliate of the international Oxfam Confederation networked in over 90 countries as part of a global movement for change. Our mission is to build lasting solutions to poverty and injustice with a focus on improving the lives and promoting the rights of women and girls. We work directly with communities, partners and women's rights organizations to challenge the systems that perpetuate inequality and keep people poor. Together we seek to influence those in power to ensure that women trapped in poverty have a say in the critical decisions that affect them, their families and entire communities. That’s why we believe that ending global poverty begins with women’s rights.

Oxfam Canada offers a generous compensation and benefits program, but more than that, we offer the opportunity to be a part of our global movement for change. If you advocate for gender equality, are passionate about women’s rights, and share our values of Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness – we want you on our team!


Reporting to the Program Manager – Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG) the Program Officer (PO) provides Head Office–based support in the delivery of Oxfam Canada’s Creating Space to Take Action on Violence Against Women and Girls program. This five-year program (2016-2021), co-funded by Global Affairs Canada, aims to reduce violence against women and girls (VAWG) through coordinated prevention and response initiatives in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and Philippines.

The PO will play a key role in the effective implementation of the Creating Spaces program, monitoring program progress and performance, ensuring compliance with donor requirements, and leading efforts to improve program gender quality. The PO may also engage with a range of stakeholders to promote the program, advance promising practices and disseminate learning.

Successful completion of this mandate will require the PO to negotiate and maintain effective working relations with a range of stakeholders, including staff in the six Country Offices, Head Office colleagues in the International Program Department, as well as program partners and allies, and donors.

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

1.  Program Management:

  • oversee and ensure compliance with contractual agreements, including by carrying out  periodic  checks of systems and controls; 
  • ensure accurate development and effective monitoring of work plans, budgets and performance targets, conducting field visits and providing analytical reports as required;
  • lead  program administration and information management, maintaining the required files in keeping with Oxfam Canada standards;
  • support monitoring and evaluation processes and ensure quality reporting to a range of stakeholders; and
  • provide advisory support to a select set of Country Offices on a range of operational issues.  

2.  Gender / Women’s Rights Advisory Support:

  • further develop the Creating Spaces program gender strategy;  
  • provide technical assistance to ensure integration of gender in the program monitoring and evaluation system; 
  • provide advice and support in the implementation of key gender program components, particularly the Gender Organizational Capacity Building Model;
  • monitor and provide analytical reports on program-related gender issues;
  • contribute to Oxfam Canada’s VAWG-related knowledge initiatives, as required.

3.   Gender / Women’s Rights Capacity Strengthening:

  • provide updates on the development of gender and women’s rights-related issues in the region;
  • document and share promising practice, learning and case studies / stories relating to GE/WR; 
  • provide advice and support to other Oxfam Canada projects and programs, and contribute to
  • new project proposals. 

4. Other related duties as assigned


  • University degree in international development, women’s studies or other relevant field. University-level academic or professional training in gender equality and women’s rights considered an asset;  
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in the international development sector focusing on project management/administration; work experience in Asia considered a strong asset; 
  • Strong analytical understanding of, and demonstrated experience  in, gender equality and women’s rights in international development, including programs to end violence against women; 
  • In-depth understanding of results-based management;
  • Proven experience in the development and application of performance measurement frameworks;
  • Knowledge and experience of donor reporting; 
  • Experience managing or supporting complex and large scale multi-country, multi-stakeholder programs;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Fluency in a second language is considered a strong asset;
  • Strong analytical and report-writing skills;
  • Commitment to gender equality and women’s rights; 
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills;
  • Demonstrated capacity to work both in a self-directed manner and collaboratively with other staff and stakeholders;
  • Strong computer skills in word processing, spreadsheet, electronic mail and database systems, use of social networking;
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively in a wide range of cultural and political settings.
  • Willingness to sign and abide by the Oxfam Code of Conduct.
  • Ability to travel within Canada and internationally is required. 

** MUST be eligible to work in Canada **

Please submit applications to

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. All our work is led by three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness. 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.

Important Note: All offers of employment are conditional upon signing our strict code of conduct, subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for Oxfam Canada.

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