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12 Jun 2019

Gender Officer

Job Description

[Gender Officer]

Fixed Contract: up to 31st March 2020

Somaliland National

Fulltime/ 40 hours a week

Based in Bur’o, Somaliland with frequency travel to the field

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

That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.

We are an international confederation of 19 organizations (affiliates) working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.

All our work is led by three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness. To read more about our values please click here.

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to 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.

Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.

The Role

Job Purpose 

  • To support and advise Oxfam and partners in delivering gender-sensitive and gender-responsive project activities for affected communities in project areas in Somaliland
  • To ensure the needs and voices of women and girls are represented in project activities and plans, reports
  • To support the implementation of gender activities of Oxfam and partners, including trainings for partners, community volunteers, disseminating gender and protection information, feeding into MEAL activities and gender and protection analyses
  • To support the improvement of quality of development-humanitarian interventions by Oxfam and partners in Somaliland
  • To ensure lessons learned and improvements suggested from activities are implemented
  • To conduct specific project implementation activities as assigned by the line manager
  • To ensure that Oxfam safe guiding policies is promoted at field level
  • To act as Safeguarding focal person at field, train staff, partners and support in ensuring safeguarding policies are adhered.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Training /Capacity Building:
    • Preparing the content of and conducting Focus Group Discussions and trainings with women, men, girls and boys in project areas – either individually, with the project team or partner organizations
    • Assist the Oxfam and partner teams to understand gender and power dynamics in the project areas, and in a conflict-sensitive way, promote women’s leadership and empowerment among targeted communities and partners
    • Support trainings for community committees, volunteers, women groups on gender and protection information management/self-referrals, basic gender and protection concepts, GBV and women’s empowerment and leadership
    • Support women to take on leadership roles in their communities (e.g. as community volunteers, in Village or women’s groups)
    • Identify gender issues and contribute proposal development for different sectors
    • Advise that gender analysis recommendations are adopted during program implementation and programs is adjusted accordingly.
  1. Programme Implementation:
    • Adhere and promote Oxfam safeguarding policies in the program teams and community committees/volunteers through organising meetings, short sessions and laisse with Oxfam safe guiding focal point.
    • Regular sensitisation of Oxfam Minimum Standards on Gender in Emergencies throughout the program teams.
    • Identify gender concerns that are not addressed
    • Develop check list for Gender mainstreaming including gender in emergency
    • Building relationships and trust with women’s groups, women and girls, to understand their needs and support tailoring project activities to meet those needs
    • Assist in identifying opportunities and engaging with key influencers (power holders) for influencing at the local level
    • Identify challenges in context and project activities and inform programme team in a timely manner
    • Be an active learner and, where required, support the dissemination of good practices internally and externally (either directly or in an advisory capacity to partners)
    • Assist partners and the MEAL team in monitoring, project assessments, and donor field visits
    • In close collaboration with the Senior Gender Protection Officer, support gender mainstreaming in humanitarian response and support Oxfam team and partners to properly implement Oxfam gender standards in all work
    • Ensure the age, sex and gender segregation of all beneficiary data for protection activities and reports and support teams to be more gender protection sensitive for programme implementation.
  1. Programme approach:
    • Ensure that wherever possible an empowering approach to working with communities is employed rather than an approach, which relies solely on message-based methodologies.
    • Ensure that all members of the community, women, men and children are involved in all aspects of the programme implementation.
    • To ensure that all work is carried out in a way that is sensitive to community needs, protection and gender issues.
    • To ensure that work aims to meet Minimum Standards and adheres to Oxfam’s emergency guidelines and protocols
  2. Documentation and Representation:
    • Document lessons learned success stories to maximize the impact of Oxfam community-based protection work.
    • Support the developing and updating of relevant information for beneficiaries: education and communication tools leaflets, brochures, posters etc;
    • Represent Oxfam in community meetings involving local leaders engaging protection actors in the field;
    • Produce regular monthly reports, regular FGDs and surveys, and submit to the Senior Gender Protection Officer and Burao Programme Manager; contribute to donor reports
    • Work with Safeguarding focal person at CO and HR Manager to organize safeguarding trainings and the roll out of safeguarding action plan at field level
    • Support staff, partner and communities in safeguarding and associated policies and procedures
    • Work with HR and field manager to make office environment as safeguarding friendly
    • Promote Oxfam’s core values and value-based Oxfam culture as per 10-points action plan of Oxfam International (with the support of CO and other relevant internal stakeholders)
    • Be safeguarding focal person at field office
    • Any other work-related duties assigned by line manager.

Mainstreaming Gender

  • Ensure the age, sex and gender segregation of all beneficiary data for humanitarian activities, reports and support teams to be more gender sensitive for program implementation.
  • In close collaboration with the Senior Gender Protection Officer, support gender mainstreaming in humanitarian response and support Oxfam team and partners to properly implement Oxfam gender standards in all work,
  • Any other work-related duties assigned by line manager.



  • At least 3 years’ experience of working on community-based development and facilitation of trainings and FGDs
  • At least 1-year experience on working on women’s empowerment and gender leadership
  • Knowledge and understanding of gender and gender equality, protection risks, community-driven leadership and governance in Somaliland
  • Good coordination, communication and community facilitation skills – with communities, partners, local authorities
  • Experience in establishing women’s groups at community level and training them on identifying risks (gender, protection) that specifically affect women and girls and how to address those issues at community level.
  • Ability to build strong networks with communities, partners, local civil society and local authorities and experience of building knowledge and capacity of these groups on gender and protection issues.
  • Experience in undertaking monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning in programme implementation.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, as well as ability to work independently
  • Good report writing skills and good knowledge of written and spoken English.
  • Proven analytical and decision-making skills
  • Commitment to humanitarian principles, safeguarding principles and Oxfam’s principles and values of accountability, inclusiveness and empowerment; respecting and valuing diversity
  • Willingness to be based in Burao and frequently travel to field locations


  • Experience of undertaking needs assessments in communities.
  • Excellent computer knowledge and skill of using Microsoft word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Experience of working with local organisations
  • Previous experience in working Sool, Sanag is an asset

Application Procedure:

Please apply the position by clicking the Apply button. Application Deadline on June 24, 2019, However, applications will be shortlisted as we receive it and interviews will be carried out if necessary, before the end date. Therefore, qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and before the deadline. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Gender Officer will be based in Burao but will require the staff to be roving when necessary during emergencies. It is expected that the staff will be travelling to field for at least 70% of the programme duration.


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