Reporting to the Program Manager, Women’s Economic Empowerment and Transformative Leadership (WEE/TL), the Program Officer (PO) has a dual mandate. They:Monitor compliance and quality and ensures effective reporting for an WEE/TL project supported by Oxfam Canada; and, Support Oxfam Canada’s strategic focus on Women’s Economic Empowerment and Transformative Leadership (WEE/TL) by ensuring program quality, implementation of feminist principles and ways of working, and capturing and sharing lea


Internal/External Posting – 2 Positions (Experience working in South Asia is required for one position. Fluency in Spanish is mandatory for one position)

Title:                                           Program Officer, WEE/TL

Department:                          International Programs

Status:                                        Full-time, 2 year term, unionized

Location:                                   Ottawa, ON                           

Immediate Supervisor:     Program Manager (WEE/TL)

Salary:                                         $62,814.53 – $82,659.63

Level:                                           Band 2

Deadline to apply:                 June 11, 2021

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, Women’s Economic Empowerment and Transformative Leadership (WEE/TL), the Program Officer (PO) has a dual mandate. They:

  1. Monitor compliance and quality and ensures effective reporting for an WEE/TL project supported by Oxfam Canada; and, 
  2. Support Oxfam Canada’s strategic focus on Women’s Economic Empowerment and Transformative Leadership (WEE/TL) by ensuring program quality, implementation of feminist principles and ways of working, and capturing and sharing learning in these areas in the implementation of the assigned project(s).

Under the direction of the Program Manager, the PO supports staff in Country Offices, Regional Offices, International NGO partners, and the Manager, to maintain effective operational and reporting relationships with Head Office in Ottawa, funders and other stakeholders. The PO may also engage with a range of stakeholders within Oxfam and externally to promote Oxfam programs, advance good practices and disseminate learnings.

Successful completion of this mandate requires the PO to negotiate and maintain effective working relations with a range of stakeholders, including: staff of Country Offices, Head Office colleagues in the International Programs and other departments; Oxfam International and other Oxfam affiliates; as well as partners and allies, funders, governments and agencies.

This role will engage directly with stakeholders, colleagues, and partners based in Latin America.

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

  1. Project Implementation Support (approximately 85% level of effort)

  • monitor the implementation of assigned project(s), providing timely and quality support to and liaising with Country Office and international partner staff directly managing projects (support can include capacity strengthening through training on topics such as donor compliance);
  • ensure timely submission of narrative and financial reports in accordance with contractual requirements (including report analysis, synthesizing of information and editing);
  • collaborate with OCA staff engaged in the project on deliverables and coordinate the final product
  • ensure accurate project budgeting, and close monitoring of spending (including developing annual budgets and periodic reforecasts, with input from country teams and OCA staff, and monitoring for donor compliance and fraud risk); 
  • oversee contractual agreements with international stakeholders, partners and consultants (including reporting, liaison and accountability functions);
  • advise on and use appropriate project management documents and tools (logic models, performance measurement frameworks, budgets);
  • support Country/Regional Office and international partner staff in the documentation and dissemination of program experiences and lessons learned, in keeping with Oxfam and donor guidelines and standards;
  • monitor, both remotely and in-person (in Canada, and other countries as required), partner agreements, work plans, reports and performance for compliance with program contracts; and,
  • maintain a current understanding of development issues, in relation to gender equality and women’s rights and of WEE/TL in particular, and including Canadian government policies and programs) related to the designated project portfolio. 

  2. New Business Development (approximately 10% level of effort)

  • conduct background research;
  • review and provide quality control support to Country/Regional Offices for unsolicited proposals or proposals developed in response to sudden emergencies or standing calls for proposals;
  • advise on results-based management documents and tools (logic models, performance measurement frameworks, work breakdown structures, budgets); and,
  • participate in the negotiation of contribution/grant agreements and facilitate project inception processes. 

  3. Institutional Engagement and Representation (5% level of effort)

  • engage in organizational processes including team meetings, hiring/selection committees, working groups and committees as assigned;
  • ensure effectiveness of cross-organizational linkages with other departments;
  • engage in select Oxfam International groups, spaces and processes;
  • engage in select public engagement activities that may include preparation of briefs and other materials, public speaking and media work representing Oxfam; and
  • ensure effective linkages and communications, and develop relationships with external stakeholders including the Canadian public (including diaspora communities and Oxfam members), as well as donors, coalitions, networks and other audiences.

  4. Other related duties as assigned


  • University degree in a related field;
  • Minimum three years’ experience in a humanitarian organization, including one year of international experience;
  • Demonstrated experience in women’s rights and gender equality programming, and the capacity building of civil society and women’s rights organizations;
  • Understanding of the policies, practices and requirements of a range of institutional funders, especially Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills, including demonstrated experience managing accountability processes (contract compliance including financial and narrative reporting);
  • Strong interpersonal and team skills;
  • Excellent written and spoken English, including strong analytical and report-writing capabilities
  • Fluency in Spanish is mandatory;
  • 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 data base 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 undertake international travel, sometimes in difficult circumstances.

B. ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: The following qualifications are considered significant assets:

  • University degree (or masters-level education) with a focus in gender or women’s studies;
  • Professional training in gender and/or project management;
  • Experience in Women’s Economic Empowerment and/or Transformative Leadership for Women’s Rights programming;
  • Experience in innovative approaches to monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • Experience in the documentation and dissemination of project and program learning;
  • Work Experience in Asia and Latin America.

** MUST be eligible to work in Canada **  

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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mai 31, 2021

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