Senior Gender and Protection Officer

at Oxfam Great Britain
Location Gambela, Ethiopia
Date Posted July 3, 2021
Category Business Development
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


About us

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 the 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. 

Oxfam GB is a member of the 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. 


Since the early 1970s, we have been working to address the underlying causes of poverty and marginalization by focusing on developing sustainable livelihoods, providing water and sanitation, agriculture, climate research, gender, and humanitarian issues.

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.

our team

To work directly with Oxfam’s beneficiaries and partners to overcome poverty and suffering and to provide technical support to the wider team to mainstream Gender and protection across Oxfam Gambella, Ethiopia South Sudanese Refugee Response programmes as well as institutionally. This position will be part of the Humanitarian team and will support projects as required.

Job purpose

The Senior Gender and Protection Officer is responsible for leading the design, planning, implementation, and management of gender and protection programs across all operational areas of the Oxfam Gambella Response program.

This Senior Gender and Protection officer position will work under the technical supervision of the Gender Program Manager at the CO level and Line management of Area Program Manager to implement the gender and protection program within the Gambella Refugee response with regular field visits in all refugee camps and host community sites where Oxfam operates.

Core details


Gambella with frequent travel to operations areas.

Salary:As per the Oxfam benefit package
Internal Grade:D1, National
Job Family:Programme
Contract type:Fixed-Term contract for 6 (Six) months with possible extension.

Hours of work:

37.5 hours per week. This is a full-time role; however, Oxfam offers various flexible arrangements which candidates can discuss with the Recruiting Manager at the interview stage
This role reports to:Refugee Response Programme Manager
Staff reporting to this post:Project Assistant
The annual budget          for the post:N/A
Key relationships/interactions:Will interact closely with UN Agencies, ARRA, IPs, regional sectors, and other relevant stakeholders
Screening checks:All successful candidates will be screened through Refinitiv World-Check One to comply with counter-terrorism and financial sanctions regulations.
References:Should you be successful and not already employed by Oxfam GB, we will require a minimum of two references covering five years of employment history.
DBS checks (for roles based in the UK):

It is a requirement in the UK for a new DBS check at an enhanced level for every new member of staff who works directly with or has regular contact with, children or vulnerable adults in the UK (consistent with DBS guidance and relevant law).


Key responsibilities

Technical support

  • Actively engage in the implementation of UHHCR, UNICEF, GAC, OSF, and ECHO projects throughout the project cycle.
  • Support program team in providing technical inputs in the project and strategy design, advocacy strategy development, campaigning, and influencing paper preparation
  • Actively participate in concept note preparation, proposals development from gender lenses and make sure protection and gender-specific indicators, tools, and methodologies are in place during the onset of each project
  • Lead programmatic assessments including gender and protection analysis to ensure continuous improvement mainstreaming of finding on programme strategy and designing.
  • Enhance the capacity of, WASH, Promoting Refugee and Local Led Organizations within the Gambella Refugee Response, and protection partners towards mainstreaming Gender, protection, and safeguarding.
  • Carry out regular focus group discussions and individual interviews ensuring that issues of women, men, girls, boys, and people with special needs are identified and analyzed
  • Work closely with program and MEAL team to ensure gender, protection, and other cross-cutting issues are properly assessed and integrated into Oxfam Gambella programming for a timely response.
  • Ensures gender-sensitive approach is taken to programming and integrated into protection assessments and activities.
  • Make sure Oxfam Gambella Refugee response programs ensures the needs, priorities, safety, and dignity of women, men, boys, and girls through periodic tracking and documentation of progress.
  • Ensure Gender and protection integration in humanitarian Programmes of implementing and conduct periodic safety audits in multi-sectoral humanitarian actors' response in the refugee camps.
  • Provide ongoing feedback to supervisor on progress, lessons learned, achievements and gaps, issues, and problems.
  • Document success stories, work with WASH on Gender and Protection on the storytelling of their experiences as women participating in the beneficiary of safe WaSH and self-protection.
  • Ensure that issues of SGBV and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) are explored in sensitive ways and that services and follow-up are provided in keeping with Oxfam guidelines.
  • Represent work being done in gender transformation and women’s social and political empowerment under the Program in relevant internal and external forums.
  • Establish and maintain active relationships with Humanitarian Organization on gender equality and women’s issues to strengthen key alliances and partnerships, enhance collaboration, share and influence agenda and priority setting.
  • Provide support to other sectors as needed to deliver the program and mainstreaming activities
  • Represent the organization at national and regional gender and protection coordination related meetings, workshops, and events
  • Integrate gender and protection into MEAL plans to develop a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation framework and gender and protection-specific indicators for the program.
  • Oversee the implementation of all Protection and gender integration, including programme quality and budget management across all donors.
  • Undertake regular on-site visits to monitor the quality of activity implementation and provide technical advice to field staff as necessary.
  • Support donor, stakeholders, and other internal reporting requirements by providing accurate and timely input on gender and protection activities.
  • Develop protocols and guidelines for gender and protection activities and mainstreaming and train/coach staff to understand and implement, including strong integration and cooperation with the WASH team.
  • Carry out implementation review, experience sharing, consultation events, prepare case stories, document best practices specific to gender and protection activities for learning and knowledge management
  • Prepares written gender and protection updates for Oxfam situation reports.
  • Coordinates activities with WASH and EFSVL teams to ensure integration of protection throughout program activities.

Capacity building

  •  Participate in the staff recruitment process, new staff onboarding and induction process, capacity building, and performance appraisal Work with the national gender and protection team to identify capacity gaps/needs of beneficiaries and partners and develop appropriate strategies and training tools to address them.
  • Organize training plans across all proposals to improve the capacity of staff, partners, and persons of concern.
  • Conduct capacity assessment of staff, stakeholders, and beneficiaries plan and lead capacity building initiatives; training, technical and in-kind

Networking and Influencing 

  • Work closely with Oxfam partners and stakeholders (ARRA, UNHCR, UNICEF, HI, and other partners) to make sure coordinated planning, implementation, and monitoring of projects/programs across Gambella and refugee camps.
  • Represent Oxfam within the relevant technical cluster and coordination mechanisms (Protection cluster, Camp and zonal sectoral coordination meetings, review sessions, etc.
  • Work closely with protection partners in Gambella to ensure proper referral mechanisms are in place and advocate for the inclusion of gender and protection issues into their programming
  • Become a member of Regional and National level gender and protection working groups and provide technical and coordination support to implement joint activities and events.
  • Establish and maintain good working relations with UN Agencies, ARRA, NGOs, and INGOs. 


  • Work closely with the Area Manager, Country Gender Program Manager, and protection focal persons to ensure the successful implementation of the gender and protection activities in line with the objectives laid out in the donor approved proposals
  • Assist in program quality and project strengthening activities, e.g. field visits, data collection, project quality meetings, focus group discussions, interviews and observations to obtain information about protection challenges, threats, and needs facing by displacement-affected populations

Oxfam General

  • Actively participate in Performance Management including objective setting, performance review, upward feedback, and personal development plans.
  • Ensure the implementation of Oxfam’s operational policies, procedures, and guidelines, especially gender equity, in all aspects of Oxfam’s work.
  • Be a member of Oxfam’s team; participating in appropriate staff meetings, planning sessions, and ongoing liaising as needed.
  • Undertake additional responsibilities related to respective functions
  • Required to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values as well as the promotion of gender justice and women's rights
  • Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety, and staff health and wellbeing principles.

Job Requirements

  • Essential - Experience, Knowledge, Qualifications & Competencies

    Bachelor (BA) or MA Degree from a recognized university in Gender Studies, Sociology, political science, or any other related areas that can bring added value to the job.

  • Relevant experience of 5+ years managing gender and protection in projects/programs related to WASH and Emergency Food Security
  • Proven work experience in the Humanitarian context mainly in the region will be an asset and preferably in an international NGO out of which 2 years should be at the level of senior or middle project management
  • Experience in gender and protection analysis, research, policy engagement, and developing a policy brief
  • Experience in dealing with and addressing gender, access to social protection and other social inequalities, promoting women’s empowerment
  • Hands-on experience in developing and implementing gender mainstreaming strategy and experience in integrating gender and social protection perspectives into emergency projects, strategies, and program
  • Good networking, alliance building, and multi-stakeholder engagement skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in challenging contexts, multidisciplinary and multicultural teams and under pressure, and to initiate, plan and organize own work and meet the deadline
  • Competent in the use of computers and Microsoft applications, especially spreadsheets (Excel), word processing (Word), and PowerPoint.
  • Competent in the use of email packages
  • Proven ability to work independently whilst knowing when to refer for advice
  • Demonstrate excellent communication and human relation skill


  • Previous work experience with INGO working in a Humanitarian context is considered as an advantage
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to a variety of audience
  • Women are highly encouraged to apply

Behavioural Competencies

  • Communication and Inter-personal Skills
  • Organisational awareness
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to Achieve Results under tight deadlines
  • Tenacity
  • Effective timekeeping and organizational skills

Your commitment to Oxfam

  • Required to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values as well as the promotion of gender justice and women's rights
  • Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety, and staff health and wellbeing principles

Key Attributes

  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities
  • Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity for all aspects of development work
  • Commitment to undertake Oxfam’s safeguarding training and adherence to relevant policies to ensure all people who come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible

Organisational Values:

  • Accountability – Our purpose-driven, results-focused approach means we take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions.
  • Empowerment – Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen.
  • Inclusiveness – We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.

Oxfam Behaviour Competencies and Commitments:

  • Decisiveness – We are comfortable making transparent decisions and adapting decision-making modes to the context and needs.
  • Humility – We put ‘we’ before ‘me’ and place an emphasis on the power of the collective, nurture the team and play to the strengths of each individual. We are not concerned with hierarchical power, and we engage with, trust and value the knowledge and expertise of others across all levels of the organization.
  • Relationship Building – We understand the importance of building relationships, within and outside the organization. We have the ability to engage with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in ways that lead to increased impact for the organization.
  • Mutual Accountability – We can explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our organizational values.  We are ready to be held to account for what we do and how we behave, as we are also holding others to account in a consistent manner.
  • Agility, Complexity, and Ambiguity – We scan the environment, anticipate changes, are comfortable with lack of clarity, and deal with a large number of elements interacting in diverse and unpredictable ways.
  • Systems Thinking – We view problems as parts of an overall system and in their relation to the whole system, rather than reacting to a specific part, outcome, or event in isolation. We focus on cyclical rather than linear cause and effect. By consistently practicing systems thinking we are aware of and manage well-unintended consequences of organizational decisions and actions.
  • Strategic Thinking and Judgment – We use judgment, weighing risk against the imperative to act. We make decisions consistent with organizational strategies and values.
  • Vision Setting – We have the ability to identify and lead visionary initiatives that are beneficial for our organization and we set high-level direction through a visioning process that engages the organization and diverse external stakeholders.
  • Self-Awareness – We are able to develop a high degree of self-awareness around our own strengths and weaknesses and our impact on others. Our self-awareness enables us to moderate and self-regulate our behaviors to control and channel our impulses for good purposes.

Note to candidates: Shortlisted candidates will be assessed on our organisational values and attributes at the interview stage. The successful candidate(s) will be expected to adhere to our code of conduct. We encourage candidates to read and understand our code of conduct here


Applying Instructions

As part of your online application, please upload your up-to-date CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile through or using Oxfam's internal /External application portal on or before 11th July 2021.


Your application will be shortlisted based on your CV and your responses to the above questions. You need not comment on your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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