Program Officer, Canadian Program


Reporting to the Manager, Canadian Programs will support the implementation of advocacy and outreach programs to advance women’s rights and gender equality in Canada.Under the direction of the Manager, Canadian Programs, the Program Officer, Canadian Program works with policy, campaigns, communications and program staff across Oxfam Canada, as well as civil society partners, and the Manager, to maintain effective operational and reporting relationships with funders and project stakeholders,


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Title:                                           Program Officer, Canadian Program                             

Department:                              Policy and Campaigns

Status:                                       Full-time, 2 year term, unionized

Location:                                   Ottawa, ON Canada (remote available)                           

Immediate Supervisor:             Manager, Canadian Programs

Salary:                                        $62,814 – $82,659

Level:                                         Band 2  

Application Deadline:              March 13, 2023                      

Oxfam Canada is an affiliate of the international Oxfam Confederation networked in over 90 countries as part of a global movement for change. Our mission is to build lasting solutions to poverty and injustice with a focus on improving the lives and promoting the rights of women and girls. We work directly with communities, partners and women’s rights organizations to challenge the systems that perpetuate inequality and keep people poor. Together we seek to influence those in power to ensure that women trapped in poverty have a say in the critical decisions that affect them, their families and entire communities. That’s why we believe that ending global poverty begins with women’s rights. 

Oxfam Canada offers a generous compensation and benefits program, including robust health, dental and wellness benefits, flexible workplace, 4 weeks’ vacation, but more than that, we offer the opportunity to be a part of our global movement for change. If you advocate for gender equality, are passionate about women’s rights, and share our values of Equality, Empowerment, Solidarity, Inclusiveness, Accountability and Courage – we want you on our team!


Reporting to the Manager, Canadian Programs, the Program Officer, Canadian Program will support the implementation of advocacy and outreach programs to advance women’s rights and gender equality in Canada.

Under the direction of the Manager, Canadian Programs, the Program Officer, Canadian Program works with policy, campaigns, communications and program staff across Oxfam Canada, as well as civil society partners, and the Manager, to maintain effective operational and reporting relationships with funders and project stakeholders, and to deliver quality program activities on time and on budget. The Program Officer, Canadian Program may also engage with a range of stakeholders within Oxfam and externally to promote Oxfam programs, advance good practices and disseminate learnings.

Program activities may span across various projects, and change over time as programs evolve.

Currently, this position will lead the inception period and full delivery of a WAGE funded program in support of intersectional approaches to childcare advocacy in Canada. Working in alignment with our global work on paid and unpaid care, this position will work with childcare advocates, community members and other interested stakeholders to support research, networking and collective advocacy on building an inclusive approach to early learning and childcare. Activities will include workshops, seminars, coordinating stakeholders, supporting research, and public outreach with a strong focus on accessible communications materials.

The Program Officer, Canadian Program is a people’s person who enjoys making connections and building support for women’s rights and gender justice issues. They will play a lead role organizing logistics and events across various programs and work in partnership with stakeholders and communities to achieve program goals. They must also be familiar with current trends in gender justice issues, and have strong networking, advocacy and coordination skills.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: (This is not an exhaustive list of duties to be performed)

1.    Advocacy and Outreach Activities 

  • lead the development, execution, and coordination of Canadian programming activities in collaboration with others in the project teams; 
  • lead strategic campaigning and outreach activities including email campaigns, petition drives, public events and speaking engagements, media stunts and social media activities and creative engagement initiatives – online and offline – as defined by project plans.
  • act as a visible and dynamic ambassador for Oxfam Canada with allies, coalitions and volunteers.
  • engage in organizational processes including team meetings, hiring/selection committees, working groups and committees as assigned;
  • ensure effectiveness of cross-organizational linkages with other departments;
  • engage in select Oxfam International groups, spaces and processes;
  • maintain a current understanding of domestic and international development issues, in relation to gender justice and women’s rights, and including Canadian government policies and programs related to project portfolios.

 2.   Program Administration 

  • ensure timely submission of narrative and financial reports in accordance with contractual requirements with donors including coordinating with Canadian partners for inputs, report analysis, synthesizing of information and editing, and make use of appropriate project management documents and tools (logic models, report templates, performance measurement frameworks, budgets);
  • ensure accurate project budgeting, and close monitoring of spending and progress, including reforecasting of budgets as needed and with inputs from project stakeholders and partners;
  • administer contractual agreements with stakeholders, ultimate beneficiaries, partners and consultants (including reporting, liaison and accountability functions);
  • monitor, both remotely and in-person, partner agreements, work plans, reports and performance for compliance with program contracts.
  • Provide training and support to project partners and stakeholders on donor compliance as needed.

3.    New Business Development 

  • contribute to the design and development of new proposals being prepared for institutional donors
  • engage with project inception processes as required

4.    Other related duties as assigned


  • University degree in a directly related area such as international development, political science, gender studies, environmental studies, adult education or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Minimum three years’ experience in a community or non profit organization,
  • Demonstrated experience in advocacy programming, and specifically on women’s rights and gender equality;
  • Demonstrated commitment to global justice, women’s rights, gender equality and social change, as well as feminist ways of working.
  • Proven track record managing programs funded by Canadian Government agencies, including knowledge of policies, practices and requirements of a range of institutional funders;
  • Demonstrated skills in budget preparation, monitoring and reforecasting;   
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills, including demonstrated experience managing accountability/implementation processes (contract compliance including financial and narrative reporting); 
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills (notably facilitation skills, mobilization and organizing skills) and passion for connecting with people;
  • Excellent written and spoken English, including strong analytical and report-writing abilities;
  • Demonstrated capacity to work both in a self-directed manner and collaboratively with other staff and stakeholders;
  • Strong computer skills in word processing, spreadsheet, electronic mail and data base systems, use of social media; 
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively in a wide range of cultural and political settings;
  • Willingness to sign and abide the Oxfam Code of Conduct.
  • Ability to travel in Canada and internationally;

B.  ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: The following qualifications are considered significant assets:

  • Professional training in gender analysis and/or project management;
  • Experience in women’s economic justice programming;
  • Experience in innovative approaches to monitoring and evaluation of public engagement projects;
  • Experience in the documentation and dissemination of project and program learning;
  • Working knowledge of French

In addition to competitive pay, we offer:

  • 35-hour workweek and the ability to work flexible hours
  • A hybrid workplace where staff can work from home and the Ottawa office
  • 4 weeks paid vacation per year, plus paid office closure between Christmas and New Year
  • Extensive health, dental and wellness coverage for you and your dependents
  • Paid sick days, and additional time off for personal and care responsibilities
  • Pension plan contributions
  • Caring, compassionate and supportive work environment that recognizes that work is one of the many responsibilities we have to prioritize in our lives
  • Regular opportunities for all staff across Canada to meet – in person and virtually – to learn, connect and grow as a team!

** MUST be eligible to work in Canada ** 

If you don’t see yourself reflected in every job requirement listed in the posting above, we still encourage you to apply.

We thank all those who apply, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Oxfam Canada is committed to diversity and equity around the globe and in our workplace. All our work is led by three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness. We welcome applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification and share our values. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us as soon as possible of any particular adaptive measures you might require.

Important Note: All offers of employment are conditional upon signing our strict code of conduct, subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for Oxfam Canada.

For additional career opportunities within Oxfam Canada, please visit Please note that we are not able to offer internships or overseas volunteer placements. 

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