Apply for the position of Gender and Protection officer at Oxfam

Deadline: 15 February 2021

Location: MENA Region

About Oxfam

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

Oxfam is a global community who believe poverty isn’t inevitable. It’s an injustice that can be overcome. We are shop volunteers, women’s right activists, marathon runners, aid workers, coffee farmers, street fundraisers, goat herders, policy experts, campaigners, water engineers and more. And we won’t stop until everyone can live life without poverty for good.

Oxfam GB is a member of international confederation of 19 organisations working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.

In response to Covid-19 if you are offered a role where you are required to travel between countries please ensure you have been briefed by the Hiring Manager about any changes to working or precautions you should take as part of your role.

The Role


  • Ability to think critically and raise issues in a timely and effective manner
  • Ability to communicate clearly, as well as in eliciting clear communication from others
  • Ability to contribute to others’ learning
  • Highly organized and able to adhere to work plans and schedules and self-starting
  • Works independently, making decisions and problem solving on routine, new and complex issues/problems, which are often highly unpredictable in type, content, or circumstances
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others (service providers, change actors, programme staff, volunteers, partners)
  • High level of interaction with various stakeholders from government, international community and civil society organizations and networks.
  • High level of negotiation and replication of good practices.
  • Delegated authority to supervise junior staff and/or volunteers and delegated projects/purposes.
  • Problems vary and include a combination of routine and some complex.
  • Work pattern is a mixture of reactive and project work.
  • Required to make sound judgements regularly within agreed processes using a good understanding of the team and the facilities of the team.



  • Works closely with the Programme Manager, the Gender Manager and the Programme teams to develop, implement and monitor Gender Equality Plans and activities in the Programme.
  • Facilitates the inclusion of gender aspects into all aspects of programme planning processes and activities.
  • Provides support to the Partnership Advisor in mapping of potential women’s rights partners and gender capacity assessment of partners
  • Supports research leading to gender equality programs, campaign and policy change.
  • Ensures gender mainstreaming is embedded in all programme activities.
  • Provides support to the Policy Advisor to ensure gender issues are included in our advocacy agenda with various stakeholders.
  • Co-ordinates and manages training on gender sensitization for staff, partners and other stakeholders.
  • Visits projects, monitors partners’ activities and work-plans; draws attention to successes and challenges faced in the programme.
  • Prepares weekly reports on programme progress on gender and women’s rights activities and assist in the preparation of the annual report.
  • Organizes workshops and network meetings for partners and ensure timely and effective arrangements, prepare minutes and its distribution.
  • Builds database and resources on gender, violence against women with specific focus on women’s legal rights and gender mainstreaming using intranet, internet and other sources of information.
  • Organizes Oxfam’s gender debates with partners and other stakeholder; documents program experience and wider gender debates.
  • Drafts correspondence to partners and maintains a good filing system for gender activities records.


  • Participates in developing and updating the mapping of services for threats and issues that IDPs and Host Community members face in Oxfam areas of operation
  • Prepare for and organize community consultations and community-based orientation sessions, in coordination with Oxfam team(s) and other partners
  • contribute to the overall objective of the Oxfam protection country strategy and the implementation work plan
  • Monitors protection issues affecting IDPs and host population in areas of operation
  • Support the Programme Manager and Team Leaders to strategies, plan for and ensure appropriate integration and safe programming through all protection programme activities
  • With support of the Programme Manager and Protection Manager, develop and update relevant Information, Education and Communication tools (leaflets, brochures, posters etc.)
  • Coordinate and organize regular internal mapping of services available in the area of intervention, and establish an effective referral pathway to key service providers
  • Support the Programme Manager in developing safe programming and conflict-sensitive approaches capacity building
  • In collaboration with the Protection Manager and the Programme Manager, ensure program staff are fully trained on protection and existing referral systems and relevant SOPs
  • Capacity building for Oxfam staff &CHVs on Safe programming to ensure integrating and designing projects accordingly.
  • Improve internal protection capacity of the community and government authorities.
  • Establishing community protection committees
  • Enhancing accountability to existing standards: Embedding minimum safe programming standards in Oxfam’s humanitarian operating model.
  • Implement the protection activities under different projects as integrated or stand-alone projects.

Advocacy and Research:

  • Support Gender and protection-related advocacy researches and surveys in coordination with the Protection and gender Manger and the Policy lead.
  • Support Program Team for preparing written Gender and protection updates for Oxfam situation reports.
  • Oxfam’s areas of competence in Gender and protection include advocacy at all levels; information dissemination programmes; facilitating referrals; and work to improve vulnerable and marginalized people’s access to aid. These and other higher-risk activities should only be carried out by affiliates who have the necessary resources and experience and can meet the appropriate standards (e.g. ICRC Protection Standards, Sphere Protection Principles).
  • Conduct Gender and protection rapid need assessment, Gender and protection analyze, and create fact sheets on Gender and protection and inclusion
  • Lead and supervise assessment teams during thematic surveys, needs assessment and data collection for Gender and protection-related research
  • Develop lines of communication and close collaboration with the PHE, PHP and EFSVL teams and contribute to a coordinated humanitarian response
  • Liaise with logistic and procurement to ensure Gender and protection activities have the required resources in good time. Complete and keep records of the necessary paperwork
  • Attend working groups and meetings in coordination with Gender and Protection Mangers
  • Coordinate field activities with another Oxfam team and attend internal meetings.

MEAL and reporting:

  • Produce gendered protection updates that will be included in field visit reports
  • Conduct Site Visits to the intervention sites to monitor the implementation of the risk mitigations measures.
  • Organize and prepare regular Gender and protection analysis.
  • Contribute in Strips, biweekly/monthly reports, donor reports and proposals.
  • Prepare weekly and monthly plans and facilitation of community awareness sessions on basic and specialist Gender and protection services using approaches that promote gender equality
  • Conduct assessment to identify the gaps and needs on Gender and protection and to know what the good practices is related to Gender and protection and inclusion, and how to enhance Gender and protection and inclusion mainstreaming
  • Support and coordinate with MEAL Officers and assistants for baseline survey, post-distribution and other monitoring activities related to protection activities.
  • Support country teams to ensure MEAL processes are engendered and include Gender and protection to ensure learning and protection issues are captured.

Programme Administration

  • Translate English reports to Arabic for government counterparts and partners.
  • Prepare project’s summary in Arabic for the Ministry of planning and development and follow up with approval.
  • Maintain proper filling system and draft correspondence to partners.
  • Facilitate regional and international programme missions/ consultants – providing documentation, supporting on logistics/administration and arrange visits to agreed stakeholders
  • Organize workshops and network meetings for partners and ensure timely and effective arrangements, prepare minutes and its distribution.

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What we are looking for


  • Minimum of a College or Diploma in Data Management, social sciences or communications
  • Experience in communications with affected communications (CWAC) or accountability to affected populations (AAP)
  • At least two years’ similar work experience with an international NGO;
  • Experience with feedback and complaints response mechanisms;
  • Strong commitment to Oxfam and core values


  • University/College qualification in the relevant field (e.g. gender studies, social sciences or related discipline) or equivalent experience.
  • Good Experiences and knowledge on Gender and protection mainstreaming and providing capacity building trainings for the staff and local partners
  • An understanding of and experience of working in the humanitarian sector.
  • Capacity and willingness to travel to the field
  • Very good interpersonal skills, particularly in networking, working with communities, local civil society and local authorities.
  • Demonstrated capacity of social and communication skills and ability to work with others and as part of the team.
  • Excellent grasp of English in written and oral communication.
  • Willingness and eager to learn about organizational procedures.
  • Good understanding and knowledge in application of do no harm, conflict sensitivity principles and ICRC standards and ethics for protection work.
  • Good understanding of protection concerns, including GBV issues in displacement, human rights, and international humanitarian law
  • Proven analytical skills
  • Understanding of monitoring processes, learning, adaptation and evaluation
  • Good levels of spoken and written English and Arabic.
  • Commitment to humanitarian principles and action and to Oxfam’s equal opportunity and gender policies
  • Excellent computer knowledge and skills of using Microsoft word, power point and excel.
  • Commitment to a rights-based approach, gender equality and protection.
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural team.
  • Willingness to work in insecure environments and a high level of adaptability and initiative
  • Willingness and fitness to travel and stay in the field for sustained periods of time
  • Advanced knowledge and skills in computer usage.

OTHER: This job profile is not incorporated into the employment contract.  It is intended as a guide and should not be viewed as an inflexible specification as it may vary in light of strategic developments following discussion with the post holder.  The post holder will be expected to work to agreed objectives, which should facilitate achievement of the key responsibilities in accordance with the performance review process.



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