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Programme Officer, Field Building on Psychological Violence


Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Organization: Oak Foundation

About Oak:

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, and North America, Oak Foundation has an annual grant-making budget of over USD 250 million and makes grants to organizations located in approximately 40 countries worldwide.

Purpose of the Role:

Oak Foundation is looking for a Programme Officer with experience in field building and/or psychological abuse, coercion and control to help us build on the successes of our grantees who are working on domestic violence. As the Programme Officer, you will work closely with the lead Trustees and the Issues Affecting Women Programme team to increase knowledge of the field of psychological abuse, embed learning across our growing domestic violence portfolio, build and manage a portfolio of grants that will contribute to changing the wider domestic violence sector, and support service providers to recognise, address and intervene to end psychological violence, coercion and control in all its forms.

The IAWP team has high standards. We are collegial, mutually supportive and joyful. We are looking for a new team member who is excited about making a difference in the sector, is comfortable leading from behind and who draws energy from supporting women working on the front lines to end violence.

Main responsibilities include:

  • As part of the overall IAWP strategy, lead the development and implementation of a strategy to support organizations addressing psychological violence, coercion and control within intimate partner relationships; To develop the strategy, the Programme Officer will:
    - Convene experts in the field, academics, donors, civil society and other actors as needed;
    - Analyze and assess existing knowledge, research and data in the field and commission further research as needed;
    - Find experts that can generate innovative ideas and strategies and commission the development of new campaigns to increase awareness of psychological violence, coercion and control within intimate partner relationships;
  • Support other programme officers in IAWP to mainstream awareness of psychological violence throughout the programme as necessary;
  • Once the grant portfolio has been developed, share and support awareness of psychological violence to relevant other programmes (e.g. the Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Programme) within the Oak Foundation family;
  • Grow and manage the psychological abuse grant portfolio from point of initial inquiry to assessment and final recommendation to the President/Trustees/Board; ensuring alignment with programme strategies and compliance with Oak’s grant management system and related grant-making procedures;
  • • Conduct the monitoring and evaluation of grants including through the conduct of site visits, review/edit progress and end of grant reports, monitor progress against objectives, suggest ways to improve and assess the overall impact of a grant and recommend next steps;
  • • Work with outside reviewers and experts to gather information and assess grant proposals;
  • • Coordinate activities and funding with peer philanthropists;
  • • Travel, including internationally, up to 25 per cent of the time during the year;
  • • Perform other relevant duties as requested by the Director and/or the Trustee.

Position Requirements

  • A university degree in a relevant field such as psychology, public health, women’s rights;
  • At least 7-10 years’ relevant work experience in the field of women’s rights, non-profit sector, civil society or relevant field;
  • Proven experience in successful strategy development and implementation and/or campaigning for creating change;
  • Expertise in intimate partner violence with a focus on psychological violence, coercion and control AND/OR in field building in the women’s rights or human rights sector;
  • Comfortable working in a multicultural environment;
  • Solid analytical and writing skills, experience setting up impact evaluation systems and analysing financial budgets;
  • Excellent networking, presentation and communication skills;
  • Tact, maturity and a good sense of humour;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of another language an asset;
  • Swiss/EU citizen or holder of valid Swiss work permit preferred.
  • A commitment to advancing feminism and human rights, and to Oak’s organisational values.

How to apply:

To apply, please send your curriculum vitae and a covering letter by e-mail only to

Please state “Programme Officer IAWP” in the subject line of your email. 

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