Women's Rights Programme Officer
Kenya - Nairobi
18h ago

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

The Role

The Women’s Rights Programme Officer will be a core member of the Women’s Rights Programme team and will be responsible for implementing specific projects through effective programme management approaches, supporting partners to develop organisational capacity building, to deliver a high-quality women’s rights programmes and to establish and maintain linkages with other thematic and programmatic areas as well as with relevant state and non-state actors particularly at County level.

The Women’s Rights Programme Officer will be required to implement campaigning and influencing strategies, undertake research and monitoring, evaluation and learning as well as ensuring the programme takes into account active citizenship.

The Programme officer will also support the Women’s Rights Strategist as the gender focal point in Kenya, to ensure that gender is taken into account in the other programme themes.

The Programme Officer will also contribute to resource mobilization for co-financing of the projects to ensure that the programme is fully resourced.

This role will also contribute to the Humanitarian programme when required, including support to and participation in gender assessments that will inform programme design.

What we are looking for


  • Professional / Technical qualifications a bachelor’s degree in law, gender, social sciences or governance-related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task between direct programme implementation and partners’ management with positive outcomes.
  • Proof of ability to work independently to deliver project outcomes and results as well as any other tasks that may be delegated from time to time.
  • Proven ability to analyse complex contexts, monitor change and translate this analysis into problem solving strategies that can be communicated in developing appropriate plans which have impact.
  • Proven analytical and conceptual thinking, high level research, project management knowledge and skills and experience using participatory tools and methodologies for assessment, programme identification, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Ability to gather and apply lessons learned and to communicate this learning effectively to influence others for action both internal and external audiences.
  • Fund raising, donor reporting and budget management skills.
  • Great Partnership building skills including facilitation and networking skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including strong negotiation skills with diverse teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and sensitively with different values systems and cultures.
  • A high level of self-awareness, initiative, sound judgement, personal energy and flexibility.
  • Excellent computer skills particularly in MS Word, Excel and Power Point.
  • Knowledge

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the governance, and gender justice sectors in Kenya
  • Strong programme management and quality knowledge, with ability to ensure consistent quality against standards and to implement effective monitoring and evaluation systems to assess and adjust performance.
  • A strong understanding of gender, women’s rights, development issues and the political and economic context in Kenya
  • Commitment to and good knowledge of working with networks, coalitions and a partnership approach across the spectrum of Oxfam’s work, including innovative approaches to capacity strengthening
  • Good knowledge of and experience in developing advocacy and campaign strategies and plans and successfully achieving external impact and change.
  • Fluency in English with knowledge of Swahili being an added advantage.
  • Experience

  • At least 3 years’ progressive experience in designing and implementing development programmes in Kenya.
  • Demonstrated experience in influencing public policies and positive practices with positive results to the poor and marginalized groups.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing partners including effective oversight and capacity building as well as mobilizing and organizing marginalized communities and groups to influence positive change to their lives.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with senior government officials both elected and the executive as well as civil society on diverse programmatic areas such as capacity building, policy enactments and implementation, and budget influencing.
  • Proven experience working in a complex, dispersed organisation with evidence of facilitating and integrating a specific area of expertise across a wide network, contributing to vision setting and implementation with impact, some level of decision making and the delivery of agreed results.
  • Politically astute, with high impact influencing and persuasive skills and personal gravitas to gain respect and build and maintain strong, credible relationships, with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
  • Strong organisational and personal management skills, with ability to prioritise work issues to meet deadlines with minimal supervision and adjust to constantly changing situations while maintaining focus on delivery and follow-through.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and working with researchers and consultants which include developing the terms of reference and effective supervision.
  • Our values and commitment to safeguarding

  • Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct;
  • and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom Oxfam GB engages. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct.

    We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

    The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.

    All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.

    Oxfam GB also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and / or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment.

    By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his / her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

    We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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