Gender Justice and Women's Rights Lead Job Vacancy in Nairobi, Kenya

Oxfam GB 

Position Title: Gender Justice and Women's Rights Lead


To work as part of Oxfam Kenya’s Programme Team which exists to realize the vision of “a transformed Kenyan Society that challenges poverty and inequality to claim their rights”. We contribute to this vision by strengthening analysis and generating knowledge and influence for Transformative Women Leadership, Women Economic Empowerment, Ending Violence Against Women and Girls and Youth Empowerment. We identify and work with strategically fit Women’s Rights Organizations, Civil Society Organizations, Private Sector, Networks, Coalitions, Movements and Alliances to engage and influence the government, Private Sector, People we work with, Civil Society Organizations and other stakeholders. We convene and influence for effective development and implementation of key international, continental and national policies, Programmes and human rights instruments that are gender responsive.


The Gender Justice and Women’s Rights (GJ & WR) Lead will be a core member of the Gender Justice and Women’s Rights Programme. The role is part of Oxfam Kenya Development Programmes that facilitates mainstreaming of gender across all programmes and projects within the country programme; and contributes to national and global advocacy and influencing efforts on Gender Equality. The GJ & WR Lead has overall accountability for Gender Justice and Women’s Rights programme, which arises from the understanding that across the country, poverty and Injustice is rampant and has a disproportionate impact on women. That unless all our actions and analysis intentionally assume a gendered lens, we will not achieve lasting impact. S/he contributes significantly to Oxfam’s thought leadership including power and gender analyses and strategic direction on Gender Justice, Climate Justice, Accountable Governance and Humanitarian Systems Strengthening. H/She ensures an integrated approach and connectedness (synergy) of all our programmes including cross-campaigns (ways of working and coordination). S/he leads in programme/project conceptualization, design, development and resource mobilization for the Women Economic Empowerment, Ending Violence Against Women, Transformative Women Leadership and Youth Empowerment sub-themes; and connects them with the wider confederation Global Strategic Framework, country programme’s strategy, programmes in such a way as to maximise resource acquisition efficiency and impactful delivery. S/he nurtures and supports a high performing team and partners to integrate and implement key gender influencing strategies and actions. S/he develops and pushes for joint influencing actions with Oxfam and partners in engaging the governments, corporates and regional bodies. S/he strengthens strategic partnerships on gender and women’s rights organizations and coalitions to maximize the impact of Oxfam’s work in Kenya.


Programme Management, Implementation and Resourcing – 40%

  • Leads in the conceptualization, design, implementation and coordination of the Gender Justice and Women’s Rights Programme and projects within the programme.
  • Ensures an integrated delivery of the Programmes and Projects in line with Oxfam’s One Programme Approach.
  • Engages with other country Programmes, Oxfam in Africa, Oxfam International and affiliates to support effective implementation of campaigns and influencing programs on GJ & WR, Accountable Governance, Climate Justice and Humanitarian Systems Strengthening.
  • Closely monitors country level and regional trends on Women’s Rights and Gender Justice and provide timely advise to the country team on ways to respond; and maximize positive impact from the country’s interventions including on Feminist leadership approaches.
  • Provides technical support to the SMT, MEAL Advisor, Media and Communications Advisor and Technical Thematic Leads to effectively integrate Gender Justice and Women’s Rights in their work and instutional systems and structures..
  • Ensures that agreed strategic objectives and operational plans relating to the Gender Justice and Women’s rights programme are implemented in a way that maximizes synergy and in line with Oxfam’s Strategic framework/vision.
  • Leads in the designs of fundable projects and mobilization of resources for the GJ & WR Programmes and Projects.
  • Ensures donor compliance and leads in the delivery of donor reports that meet Oxfam program quality standards.
  • Supports the M.E.AL Advisor in the delivery of quality internally reports in a timely manner.
  • Supports program staff and leadership to review reports and relevant documents and adequately reflect GJ & WR perspectives in Oxfam in Kenya’s work.

Partnership management, coalition building and support – 30%

  • Provides technical guidance and support to the implementation of key projects by working in collaboration with countries as well as Oxfam partners on GJ & WR.
  • Leads and/or coordinates capacity building initiatives for partners on relevant approaches and tools including but not limited to the Care work, Feminist Principles and Approaches.
  • Broker relationship and identify key partnerships with civil society organizations, the private sector, and governments, establish/strengthen coalitions/networks/alliances to enhance Oxfam’s work under the Gender Justice and Women’s Rights Programme
  • Ensures Oxfam Program Influencing Standards and Partnership Principles are well integrated and constantly referenced by staff and partners to guide Oxfam’s work.
  • Informs and influences wider Gender and Women’s rights working groups/teams as appropriate and coordinates with the regional, affiliate and global colleagues.
  • Supports partners and alliances/coalitions resource mobilization efforts.
  • S/he develops and maintains relationships with professional networks with partners and allies, think tanks/knowledge institutions, national legislative bodies and policy mechanisms (Parliamentarians, ministries, local governments,).
  • S/he also participates in relevant regional/continental/national/international events.

Research, knowledge generation, campaigns and policy influencing – 25%

  • Provides thought leadership and adopts a political economy analysis to Gender Justice and Women’s rights work.
  • Shares relevant information and tools such as briefing papers, internal documents and reports with relevant teams, partners, and allies, as necessary.
  • Supports the convening of key stakeholders to shape correct and impactful narratives which in turn achieve design influence on issues of gender justice and women’s rights work in the country.
  • Implementation of the projects under the Tax and Climate Justice Programme that include influencing tax and fiscal justice, Climate Financing, Domestic Resource Mobilization, public finance management including budget policies, legislation and decisions for the benefit of target beneficiaries.
  • Through technical guidance, to support relevant research and policy analysis taking into consideration gender and inequality.
  • To support partners on their influencing and campaigning strategies and activities.
  • To support the design and implementation of public offline and digital campaigns relevant to the programme.
  • To coordinate with the Communications and MEAL advisors on the documentation of the programme and partner information, learning and case stories for programme visibility and fundraising.
  • Manage consultants and researchers as required, in accordance with Oxfam policy and procedures.

Human resource management – 5%

  • Manage direct reports in in line with Oxfam’s HR policies and procedures.

  • Manage direct reports in a way that enables them to achieve their objectives and empowers them to deliver to their full potential.

  • With support from HR, manages the life cycle of individuals within their team from pre-recruitment to exit, including performance management processes, and working with HR on issues such as disciplinary matters.

  • Models Oxfam values and principles.

    Person specifications

  • Most importantly, every individual at Oxfam needs to be able to:

  • Live our values of INCLUSION, ACCOUNTABILITY, EMPOWERMENT, COURAGE, SOLIDARITY and EQUALITY (read more about these here)

  • Most importantly, every individual at 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).

How to apply

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