Women’s Rights Knowledge Specialist (SRHR) 

The Women’s Rights Knowledge Specialist, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) will act as a women’s rights and gender justice (WR/GJ) focal point to support Oxfam program quality and impact. The Specialist will provide thematic expertise in SRHR to support a designated portfolio of women’s right/gender justice programming to ensure quality through best practice approaches.


Internal/External Posting 

Title:                                       Women’s Rights Knowledge Specialist (SRHR)                                         

Department:                          International Programs

Status:                                    Full time, unionized

Location:                                Remote in Canada                             

Immediate Supervisor:     Manager, Program Impact

Salary:                                    $66,485 – $86,330

Level:                                    Band 3

Deadline to apply:              December 5, 2022

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!


The Women’s Rights Knowledge Specialist, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) will act as a women’s rights and gender justice (WR/GJ) focal point to support Oxfam program quality and impact.  The Specialist will provide thematic expertise in SRHR to support a designated portfolio of women’s right/gender justice programming to ensure quality through best practice approaches.  As well, the Specialist supports program development efforts to grow Oxfam’s programming in this area, and engages in influencing through expertise and thought leadership.

In addition to thematic expertise, the Specialist ensures OCA’s continued leadership as an expert in knowledge sharing for impact — making resources and knowledge related to WR/GJ accessible to program staff; producing evidence-based and user-friendly publications and communications materials; and leading action research initiatives related to Oxfam Canada programs. 

Some international travel will be required.

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

  • Lead and support knowledge-sharing and learning through:
    • Provision of technical assistance to project teams, including strengthening capacity of country teams and/or project partners on feminist research methodologies, applying feminist knowledge strategies and learning plans – in accordance with international best practices
    • Lead the coordination of research initiatives related to SRHR projects that aim to generate evidence, expand influence and improve quality in a collaborative way.
    • Contributing to the curation of an evidence base in support of OCA’s SRHR Theory of Change (TOC) and adjust the TOC based on new evidence
    • Supporting learning and knowledge sharing, including with technology, in both virtual and in person settings; moderating discussions and exchanges; networking with and convening a variety of stakeholders; organizing multi-stakeholder learning events; optimizing the use of virtual platforms as knowledge sharing and problem-solving spaces 
  • Collaborate with other specialists in developing and implementing a cross-unit feminist knowledge sharing and learning agenda 
  • Produces compelling publications, including briefs, editorials and reports, with a judicious mix of facts, analysis, and stories based on the learnings emerging from SRHR project portfolio that meet Oxfam editorial, quality and brand standards. 
  • Contribute to healthy portfolio development including strategy development, and writing and reviewing proposals, with a particular focus on ensuring strong WR/GJ integration in new proposals. 
  • Provide analysis and content, as well as scopes and seizes opportunities to demonstrate Oxfam’s value-added and consistent messaging with external audiences, such as governments, private sector, the public, the media, and the aid community, through publications, media, and events. 
  • Provides thematic expertise and supports OCA’s engagement in relevant internal and external policy spaces and initiatives.
  • Participate in relevant Oxfam institutional and working groups, ensuring positive contributions to One Oxfam vision and goals.
  • Engage in organizational processes including team and departmental meetings, and cross-organizational working groups and committees as assigned. 
  • Other duties as required.


  • Post-graduate degree in a related field (political science, international development, women’s studies).
  • A minimum of five years’ work experience in international development and/or women’s rights and gender equality; at least 3 years related overseas work experience required
  • Strong analytical understanding and demonstrated experience/knowledge in women’s rights and feminist programming, policy and influencing required;
  • Advanced knowledge and experience leading and/or supporting knowledge and learning initiatives on sexual and reproductive health and rights required, including work on stigmatized or contested issues both domestically in Canada and overseas. The combined work experience in these areas should be at least 3 years.
  • Demonstrated capacity for strong, persuasive analytical writing required; ability to assess the writing of others; record of past publications an asset; a creative and innovative approach to communications an asset.
  • Excellent research skills, including applying a feminist lens to quantitative and qualitative methods required; experience with applied or operational research a strong asset; ability to distill research into “knowledge for practice” a strong asset.
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage multi-country research projects, working with a variety of institutional stakeholders.
  • Previous experience in supporting WR/GJ-focused program development initiatives, particularly for institutional donors, a strong asset.
  • Previous experience or involvement in providing WR/GJ thematic support and guidance to country teams and country programs in support of improved program quality a strong asset.
  • Previous experience in capacity-strengthening and organizational development from a feminist approach a strong asset.
  • Ability to analyze and communicate complex program information to a wide range of audiences; ability to design effective learning activities; experience in technology-supported knowledge sharing an asset.
  • Strong listening, facilitating, and communications skills, as well as familiarity with participatory adult learning methodologies, consistent with the convening and connecting responsibilities of the position.
  • Demonstrated commitment to global justice, gender equality and social change.
  • Fluency in English is required. Excellent written and spoken skills in French, Portuguese and/or Spanish is a strong asset.
  • Strong computer skills in word processing, spreadsheet, electronic mail and data base systems.
  • Strong project manager, results-focused, meets deliverables and timelines.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work in a self-directed manner in a team-based setting, and to work effectively in a wide range of cultural and political settings.
  • Willingness to sign and abide by the Oxfam Code of Conduct
  • Ability to travel internationally, occasionally to remote locations in difficult conditions.

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.

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. Applicants are encouraged to share accessibility needs in the application process, and every attempt will be made to accommodate them.

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 oxfam.ca/employment-opportunities. Please note that we are not able to offer internships or overseas volunteer placements. 

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

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November 28, 2022


December 5, 2022


Full-time Permanent




Oxfam Canada