Gender Project Manager

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Job Overview

About Oxfam

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.

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Our Team


Oxfam’s programme has been established in 2014 in response to the ISIS conflict in Iraq. During the past few years the programme was built around the delivery of lifesaving humanitarian assistance, recovery assistance, and promotion of women’s rights. At present Oxfam is renewing its strategy that will focus in 2021-2026 on the following goals: 1) Humanitarian response, under which we envision all Iraqis who are conflict-affected and/or disaster-affected to have access to essential life-saving support in a timely, effective, accessible and appropriate manner; 2) Governance, under which we envision Iraq to have equal access to services and opportunities for all people, whereby equal distribution and control of resources and meaningful participation can build resilient and sustainable solutions for the future; and 3) Equality, under which we envision an equitable and just society where women and people in all their diversity, live free from violence, enjoy ownership and control of resources and participate in decision-making processes across all spheres.


In order to serve these three objectives, Oxfam work aimed to integrate the following key sectors together for every intervention in a given location:

  1. Water Sanitation and Hygiene
  2. Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods
  3. Protection of Lives and Rights of Civilians
  4. Gender Justice and Women’s Rights
  5. Advocacy and Media work


Under its Equality goal, Oxfam is particularly seeking to strengthen the women’s empowerment movement by supporting Women’s Rights Organisations and their agenda. Using a transformative leadership for Women’s Rights approach and through a rights-based approach that promotes access to justice, our programmes will focus on: Women, Peace and Security, Gender-Based Violence and Women’s Economic Empowerment.

Job Purpose

The Gender Project Manager position will lead on the project titled Women’s Voice and Leadership in 2 Governorates in Federal Government of Iraq (Ninewa & Anbar), and is accountable for all the implementation and coordination aspects of the project. As a key role within the Oxfam Iraq Country programme, the position will be based in Mosul, Ramadi or Erbil. The Gender Project Manager will lead on effective management and relationships with relevant internal and external stakeholders at local level, manage the project activities throughout the project cycle, including budget management, directly lead in preparing and developing high-quality project plans, including Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) and procurement plans, progress and donor reports, ensure appropriate monitoring and project quality, and enhance internal and external learning and representation.

The project, funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and implemented in cooperation with Oxfam Quebec, is a multi-country initiative that also includes regional dimensions led by Oxfam regional MENA teams. In Iraq, the project is fully integrated within the Gender Justice and Women’s Rights Programme, building upon previous achievements and synergies with other ongoing projects. The project aims to support Iraqi Women’s Rights Organisations (WROs) in their action against Gender-Based Violence, through capacity strengthening, funding and collective action in advocacy for greater impact.

The project is starting with an inception period that will allow Oxfam to update its Project Implementation plan with partners that will be validated by the donor and serve as basis for the realization of the project. The inception period will require substantial preparatory and coordination work within Oxfam and with partner WROs, before the effective launch of activities during the course of the year. The Project Manager is thus expected to rapidly and effectively take on and lead this process with support from Programme and Funding teams, establishing relationships with partners and ensuring the project’s long term vision is well updated and reflected in the revised Project Implementation Plan. It is then expected that full implementation of the project will start in the second half of the year, requiring solid project management and technical steering to ensure the project’s gender equality objectives.

The Programme Manager, overseeing the Advancing Gender Justice and Women’s Rights programme, will provide technical backstopping when needed. The position provides an opportunity for professional development of qualified national staff and on-the job training will be provided.


what the recruiting manager has to say about the role?

The job offers a stimulating combination of project lead and management functions including managing a sub-granting scheme together with technical specialisation, learning and development on gender justice. It comes within strategic plans to expand Oxfam’s understanding, vision and approach to empower inclusive women’s movements and contribute to lasting impact for equality in Iraq.


Core Details

Location: Anbar with frequent travelling to Ninewa and Erbil, or Ninewa with frequent travelling to Anbar and Erbil


As per Oxfam Salary Scale
Internal Grade: C2
Division National Job Family: Programme
Contract type: Fixed type

Hours of work:

 40 hours per week. This is a full-time role; however, Oxfam offers various flexible arrangements which candidates can discuss with the Recruiting Manager at interview stage
This role reports to: Programme Manager (Advancing Gender Justice and Women’s Rights)
Staff reporting

to this post:

No line management / Matrix management of Gender and Partnership Officers
Annual budget

for the post:

Key relationships/


Oxfam in Iraq Gender Team, Programme Teams in Ninewa & Anbar Governorates
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 minimum of two references covering five years of employment history.


Key Responsibilities

Project lead, delivery and monitoring

  • Take overall project management leadership and responsible to carry out implementation of project activities within approved project plans, budget, and duration.
  • Provide project management and operational support to project team to run the project activities effectively and efficiently.
  • Develop overall project documents including detailed implementation plans, budget and spending plans, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) plans, procurement plans and ensure the implementation of these plans.
  • Keep tracking of project progress against approved implementation plan and update management about progress, bottlenecks causing delays in delivery, challenges encountered and suggested solutions.
  • Ensure project deliverables are achieved as stipulated in project design maintaining the Oxfam’s program quality standards and expectation of relevant stakeholders.
  • Conduct detail review of BvA on a regularly basis and advise on budget and implementation plans’ adjustment accordingly.
  • Hold full responsibility to ensure Oxfam’s Programme Management system (OPAL) is updated for the assigned project.
  • Work with MEAL team for monitoring and evaluating the project regularly, ensuring community participation as appropriate, as well as accountability towards communities;
  • Follow up on MEAL activities and findings ensuring that learning from monitoring and evaluation is included and strategies and project implementation are adapted accordingly;
  • Ensure that risk management and contingency planning is included at all stages of the project;
  • Identify and work closely with relevant external stakeholders (institutional at different levels, from the humanitarian architecture and from civil society) in the overall implementation of project activities. This will include internal coordination at governorate level with Oxfam’s area Programme Managers, Gender Justice Programme team and Policy, Advocacy and Communication team, and externally regular meetings with various stakeholders to establish and maintain cooperation relations.



  • Develop project progress reports for the donor in collaboration with project staff, GJ Programme Manager, funding team and support teams. Ensure narrative reporting and financial accounting meet Oxfam and donor’s requirements;
  • Prepare monthly situation reports (financial and narrative) to update management on progress achieved, plans, changes in direction and challenges encountered.

Contributions to GJ Programme Strategy, Networking and Influencing

  • In close cooperation with the GJ Programme Manager, contribute lessons learned, ideas, evidence and contextual information to continuously inform the development, operationalisation and realisation of the GJ Programme Strategy, and participate in strategic events for the programme as a member of the GJ team.
  • In close coordination with the GJ Programme Manager and Gender and Policy Coordinator, liaise with peers in other agencies and organisations and represent Oxfam in coordination forums organised by civil society and Government authorities;
  • In close coordination with the GJ Programme Manager and Gender and Policy Coordinator, contribute with project-related inputs to develop advocacy and policy positions and national and international awareness-raising on gender equality.


Essential – Experience, Knowledge, Qualifications & Competencies

–  University graduate in a relevant field (gender studies, social sciences, political science, etc)

–  Proven working experience of at least three years in development or humanitarian programming

–  Good knowledge and practice of project cycle management, running assessments, monitoring and evaluation and providing capacity building.

–  Proven experience working with local partners; experience of sub-granting mechanisms and/or of development and implementation of capacity building plans is a strong asset

–  Understanding of needs and challenges of civil society development; in particular, interest and strong motivation to work with Women’s Rights Organisations, feminist activists and the women’s movement



– Fluency in English and Arabic

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