Gender Adviser

  • Anywhere
Organization: Oxfam GB
Closing date: 15 Sep 2023


LOCATION: This role can be located in a country where Oxfam has a presence, subject to Oxfam’s ability to employ in that location, the affordability of doing so and right to work requirements being met. Follow this link to see where we work.

Due to legislation constraints, it is not currently possible for this role to be based in some locations. These include Brazil, France and Italy.

Please indicate your preferred location and whether you have the right to work there on your application.


JOB FAMILY: Programme Technical


DEPARTMENT: Global Humanitarian Team

TEAM: Performance and Innovation Team (PIT)

SALARY: Competitive salary and benefits packages will be offered in line with local cost of living and national pay structures. Exact details to be confirmed by employing Affiliate.

HOURS: Full time – According to contracting affiliate and location.

FLEXIBLE WORKING: We believe flexible working is key to building the Oxfam of the future, so we are open to talking through the type of flexible arrangements which might work for you. We think this role would work particularly well as hybrid working (flexibility in time spent office-based and home-based working).


We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organization.

GLOBAL HUMANITARIAN TEAM PURPOSE: The Global Humanitarian Team (GHT) has designated responsibilities to support, coordinate and lead humanitarian response and policies to reduce the impact of, prepare for and respond to crises, harnessing the resources of the whole Oxfam confederation to deliver support for Oxfam’s strategic plan.

The GHT works across Oxfam countries and regions and in close coordination with others working on fragility, development and influencing to ensure Oxfam delivers quality work across the nexus. GHT will work with others to maximise the quality and impact of Oxfam’s humanitarian programme by:

  • Delivering rapid, safe and high-quality emergency surge capacity.
  • Supporting program strategy, operational design, humanitarian preparedness and response.
  • Promote greater local humanitarian leadership and collaborate on our approach to fragility and across the nexus.
  • Facilitate the development of humanitarian capacity across Oxfam and partner organizations through building and brokering a cross confederation network and community.
  • Supporting the gathering of evidence to enable learning, innovation and advocating for change across the sector.
  • Working with Campaigns and Policy to influence for greater respect of the basic rights of crisis affected men and women.
  • Working closely with affiliates in their roles as EAs and PAs for the best interests of the humanitarian program.
  • Ensure connection with global and technical humanitarian system and coordination structures to share good practice, be informed of new developments, maintain Oxfam’s reputation and influence the system.

PERFORMANCE & INNOVATION TEAM PURPOSE: The Performance and Innovation Team (PIT) is composed of experts in each Oxfam key programming and quality area, to provide strategic leadership, expertise and support to the confederation’s humanitarian programme and global positioning. They PIT builds and brokers a network of practitioners in key technical areas to improve coordination, coherence and learning across the confederation. It sets and monitors programme standards, uses evidence to drive organisational learning and innovation, gathers evidence, analyses performance and makes recommendations for internal change or adaptation and to ensure Oxfam remains a key humanitarian actor able to influence the global sector. The PIT leads innovation and collaborates with external partners and stakeholders to improve the humanitarian system.

JOB PURPOSE: Working alongside and jointly with the GHT Gender Technical Lead contribute to and achieve high quality and effective emergency responses as part of the GHT mandate by:

  • Driving high quality responses, with strong integration of gender and inclusion, working alongside and jointly with the other GHT Advisors as part of the GHT mandate.
  • Contributing to research and development on gender, diversity and inclusion that informs humanitarian action internally and externally through knowledge management, learning and documentation.
  • Supporting technical teams in incorporating gender, diversity, and feminist principles consistently across responses including by meeting Oxfam’s Gender in Emergencies Strategy and Standards.
  • Ensuring technical teams are equipped and capacitated to pay special attention to gender and diversity across all components of the programme, operations, and institutional culture.
  • Promoting the humanitarian approach through safe programming, community engagement and championing for local humanitarian leadership as well as following feminist principles including strong awareness of power dynamics, anti-racism and decolonization.
  • Supporting the development of Oxfam positioning in Gender in Emergencies by ensuring influence in international standards, knowledge management, learning and innovation.


Gender Technical Lead






Global – The scope is global, with focus on supporting priority countries that have large scale humanitarian responses


Internal: Global Humanitarian Team, Affiliate, cross-confederation at Regional & Country level.

External: External representation in humanitarian and/or gender platforms and spaces.


Internal: GHT PIT, GHT Gender Team, Gender Leads at country, regional, affiliate and global level, and relevant coordination groups.

External: LNGOs, INGOs, UN Agencies

DIMENSIONS of the Role (see Standard Role Profiles, Oxfam Reward Job Slotting Toolkit Link)

Helps shape objectives at the affiliate level (or divisional level in larger affiliates) in a specific programme unit or team/region.

Manages a broad spectrum of programs or geographies, requiring a variety of competences and skills of the job holder. Management tasks and problems are diverse and complex and involve a significant degree of risk (financial, security, brand).

Produces, assimilates, analyses and uses programme information from varied and diverse sources to provide in-depth analysis in the specific programme unit or policy area.

Decision-making is strategic and operational with a high degree of judgement based on specific problem-solving experience, drawing on a range of external and internal factors.

Represents its affiliate or Oxfam International corporately and manages and influences significant and high-profile external relationships in a specific programme unit.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES (Technical, Leadership, People and Resource management)

Contribute to development in technical sector (40%)

  • Support development, dissemination, monitoring, and analysis of Oxfam Gender in Emergencies Strategy and Standards, guidelines, policies, and tools to ensure program quality at country, regional and global level
  • Raise awareness with key stakeholders of the strategic and technical requirements for good gender mainstreaming and gender standalone programming.
  • Provide strategic leadership, coordination and support to the capacity strengthening and in order to improve gender capacity, including by assessing staff learning needs and developing innovative learning schemes including peer learning, support networks, communities of practice and cross regional and country learning within Oxfam and beyond.
  • Contribute to research, learning and innovation on gender in emergencies.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of specific knowledge management agenda for gender in emergencies, and ensure it is applied across humanitarian programmes.
  • Provide technical input to support country, regional, GHT and affiliate Programme Funding Departments with proposal development.
  • Ensure programmes are safe, are sensitive to gender and other power dynamics and ensure that they are informed by the community to benefit from the work.
  • Develop Oxfam’s work in core technical/thematic (priority) areas of Gender, drawing on learning from Oxfam’s work, and promote this externally.

Provide technical support to country programmes and regional platforms (30%)

  • Work with colleagues in the GHT, regional platforms and country offices to ensure a gender responsive, coherent and timely response.

  • Broker relations, linkages, and connections between and amongst gender colleagues across the confederation including by coordinating the Gender in Emergencies community of practice.

  • Provide technical support to countries and regions as requested by the Programme Support Team, especially for surge capacity, including:

    • Provide practical advice and support to key programme staff to translate Oxfam’s Gender in Emergencies Strategy and Standards into effective humanitarian programming, influencing and strategy development, adapted to specific contexts and issues and supporting an enabling organisational environment.
    • Support gender in emergencies capacity strengthening initiatives within regions and countries, and amongst Oxfam’s partners in accordance with Oxfam’s strategic plans.
    • Support, with the rest of advisors and managers, the understanding and use of key analytical tools and frameworks related to safe programming.

Contribute to learning and influencing the humanitarian sector as a whole (30%)

  • Lobby for accountability to Oxfam’s Gender in Emergencies Strategy and Standards including through influencing and advocacy.
  • Represent Oxfam at external fora on areas of work, influence the sector and contribute to broader influence of humanitarian sector as a whole.
  • Track information, learning and knowledge on gender in emergencies developed in responses, research and global fora and ensure these are actively shared and managed internally and externally.
  • Engage key stakeholders on strategies for the growth of integrating gender in humanitarian programmes for better quality.
  • Share best practices and lessons learned in external platforms, and lead the development, refinement, and dissemination of external materials.
  • Foster feminist working culture built on Oxfam’s values, respectful and cognisant of power imbalances internally and between Oxfam, our partners and the communities we serve.


Most importantly, every individual in Oxfam needs to be able to:

  • Live our values of INCLUSION, ACCOUNTABILITY, EMPOWERMENT, COURAGE, SOLIDARITY and EQUALITY (read more about these here)
  • Ensure you commit to our ORGANIZATIONAL ATTRIBUTES (including adhering to the Code of Conduct):

1. Be committed to our feminist principles, and to applying them in your day-to-day behaviour and your work. Be ready to keep learning, with accountability to those who experience oppression as a result of their identities, such as their gender, race/ethnicity, disability, class, or LGBTQIA identity.”

2. Be committed to undertaking Oxfam’s safeguarding training and adhering to relevant policies, to ensure all people who come into Oxfam are as safe as possible.


For this role, you will be expected to role model Oxfam’s feminist leadership approach and we have selected the most relevant feminist leadership practices which we will use for assessment purposes (which you can read more about here):

  • Self-awareness
  • Relationship Building
  • Mutual accountability


  • Knowledge and understanding of global justice, social change, anti-racism, gender equality and commitment to delivering humanitarian work through feminist principles.
  • Proven practical experience of gender in emergencies programme development and delivery in multiple responses; and working along the humanitarian, peace and development nexus.
  • Proven ability to develop and manage institutional relationships across different functions (development programming, humanitarian, campaigning, fundraising) at a distance and deliver high quality remote management, guidance, and support.
  • Experience in providing advisory support to both senior managers and programme staff, and well-developed ability to facilitate learning, knowledge management and innovative capacity development schemes.
  • Experience in conducting and/or coordinating research and development on gender, diversity and inclusion that informs humanitarian action through knowledge management, learning and documentation.
  • Strong communications, influencing and advocacy skills, and demonstrated ability to communicate core gender justice concepts in humanitarian and resilience contexts to a variety of audiences and influence attitude to achieving programme goals.
  • Ability to represent Oxfam at a strategic level and in high-profile environments including strong self-awareness and excellent interpersonal communication, facilitation and partnership building skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, supportively, and respectfully with others in multi-cultural teams and strong networking skills with strong commitment to Oxfam and humanitarian values.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • The ability to travel for up to a maximum of 12 weeks per year and the ability to travel with 48 hours’ notice. In addition, this might include a block of up to 6 weeks continuous, in extremis, not more than once a year.


  • Ability to work in French, Spanish and/or Arabic.


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 promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. 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. Offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.

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