Programme Associate -

Issues Affecting Women Programme

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Job Status: Full-time  position

Reporting to: Programme Officer, Issues Affecting Women

Salary: Highly competitive salary and benefits


Oak Foundation’s Issues Affecting Women Programme (IAWP) seeks to contribute to 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.  Specifically, the programme aims to 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. Additionally, we work to end the existing patterns of violence in the family, outside the home, and in crisis contexts by ensuring rights-based laws and policies guarantee an environment in which women are safe from violence. We also support a broad range of services that empower women to recover from the trauma of violence and to rebuild their lives.


The IAWP team strives to live the values it works to advance. In addition to a deep commitment to advancing women’s rights, our culture is characterized by collegiality, mutual support, high expectations and laughter. We are currently recruiting a new Programme Associate to the team. The Programme Associate will provide overall programmatic support to the entire IAWP team, across multiple grant portfolios and areas of responsibility.



Main responsibilities include:

  • Under the supervision of a Programme Officer, manages a modest 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; coordinating capacity building support; monitoring grant implementation using Impact Mapper; and reporting on and closing grants.
  • Conducts research on issues in the field and on potential new partners.
  • Contributes to the strategic development of the programme including participating in planning exercises and professional conferences and seminars.
  • Performs all other relevant duties that may be assigned from time to time, including administrative support.


Position Requirements

  • A university degree in a related field. (An advanced degree will count for 1 year of work experience.)
  • 3-5 years’ relevant experience working for a not-for-profit, human rights, women’s rights, and/or development organisation ideally in the Global South and/or East.
  • A commitment to advancing feminism and human rights, and to Oak’s organisational values (http://oakfnd.org/about-oak.html).
  • Familiarity and solidarity with local, regional and international women’s rights organisations and networks.
  • Ability to juggle a wide range of responsibilities that may demand ongoing reprioritisation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Poise, maturity, warmth, curiosity, humility  and a good sense of humour.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. A second major language and/or a region-specific expertise would be an asset.
  • Understanding of non-profit and/or governmental financial reporting and budgeting.
  • Strong computer skills (Office, e-mail, database management, 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).


Reporting Lines

The position will be based in Geneva, Switzerland, and reports to an IAWP Programme Officer. Frequent interactions with Oak’s President and IAWP Trustees will also be required.


To Apply

Please submit an application (see below) and resume as two separate documents. The application should be entitled [Your name], IAWP PA, application; your resume should be entitled [Your name], IAWP PA, resume. Documents should be sent to jobs@oakfnd.org by March 30, 2018.


Rather than a cover letter, the Oak Foundation is requesting candidates 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. Tell us about a job where you had to juggle many different responsibilities. How did you set priorities? How did you make sure everything got done, and on time?
  3. If you were asked to do something you did not know how to do, how would you proceed?
  4. How would your current manager describe you? How would your co-workers describe you?







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, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.


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Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Temp to hire


Job rate:
50 per cent position


Start date:
January 2018


Reporting to:
Director of the Learning Differences Programme