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Programme Associate

Job Title: Programme Associate – Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Programme
*Location: Geneva, Switzerland or Chapel Hill, North Carolina, US
Reporting to: Programme Officer, Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Programme
Job Status: Full-time position
Salary: Competitive salary and benefits
 
About Oak:
 
Oak Foundation www.oakfnd.ch commits its resources to address issues of global, social, and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, and North America, Oak Foundation has an annual grant-making budget of over USD 250 million and makes grants to organisations located in 41 countries worldwide.
 
Background:
 
The Prevent CSA Programme envisions a world where child sexual abuse and exploitation are prevented. We promote solutions and accelerate actions to strengthen prevention, and we strive to end impunity and create strong accountability for child sexual abuse where it occurs. We believe that together we can shift the paradigm from silence and neglect to prevention, scaled response, visibility, and accountability.
 
We work through two sub-programmes: (1) the Solutions Sub-programme that works to promote, scale and accelerate solutions to reduce child sexual abuse; and (2) the Accountability Sub-programme that focuses on holding global institutions accountable for preventing abuse and ending impunity for child sexual abuse.
 
The programme associate will work with the Accountability Sub-programme. The work of the Accountability team focuses specifically on the following areas:
  • Holding technology companies accountable for preventing and responding to online child sexual abuse. Grant-making in this area focuses on supporting civil society and survivor advocates’ efforts to put pressure on technology companies in an effort to change business practices and to promote stronger regulation of tech in the US and Europe; investing in technology solutions to prevent, identify and remove illicit images online; and building campaigns designed to shift the responsibility to keep children safe from individuals to the industry.
  • Ensuring that in sports, child wellbeing and safety are prioritised over medals and profits. The Accountability Sub-programme supports civil society groups and survivor advocates’ efforts to hold mega sporting organisations, such as FIFA and the Olympic family, accountable for keeping children safe, including promoting stronger safeguarding across the industry, ensuring that host cities respect children’s rights, and building accessible complaint and remedy mechanisms to ensure justice when harm occurs.
  • Catalysing a global movement to end impunity for child sexual abuse and exploitation. The sub-programme is currenting investing in several new partnerships to explore how best to promote justice for survivors of child sexual abuse. This includes advocating for critical legal reforms, such as: the statutes of limitations and consent laws; strategic litigation and promoting and documenting practices to improve survivors’ access to justice. 
Job description:
Main responsibilities include:
 
Grant management
  • Under the supervision of a programme officer or the director, manages a small grant portfolio as delegated. This includes handling the day-to-day responsibilities of a grant portfolio, from initial inquiry, to assessment, to final recommendation; site visits; monitoring grant implementation; and reporting on and closing grants.
 
Strategic planning, research, and communications
 
  • Contributes to the strategic development and implementation of the programme, including participating in planning exercises and professional conferences and seminars.
  • Conducts research on strategic issues in the field, including on potential partners, policy moments and media coverage.
  • Supports the Accountability Sub-programme by assisting with the preparation of relevant reports, briefings and presentations for the Foundation’s purposes, as well as financial and other detailed sub-programme level analysis.
 
Administrative/Other
 
  • Supports the sub-programme in organising internal and external meetings, and partner/ expert convenings.
  • Supports cross-programme work, including coordination planning, preparation for team meetings, and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning.
  • Performs all other relevant duties that may be assigned from time to time, including administrative support.
 
Position Requirements
  • A university degree in a related field (An advanced degree will count for one year of work experience).
  • 3-5 years’ relevant experience desired, including working for a not-for-profit or development organisation, ideally with international experience.
  • Knowledge of campaigning and activities in the field of corporate responsibility desired.
  • Knowledge in or deep interest in learning about at least one of the core grant-making areas is desirable (e.g., human rights, sports, technology and justice).
  • Ability to juggle a wide range of responsibilities that may demand ongoing re-prioritisation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Poise, maturity, warmth, curiosity, humility, and a good sense of humour.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. A second major language and/or a region-specific expertise would be an asset.
  • Demonstrated openness and capacity to learn quickly.
  • Confidence and presence to conduct meetings with high profile external audiences.
  • Excellent computer skills (Office, e-mail, database management, desk research).
  • Willingness to travel, up to a maximum of 20 per cent per year.
  • A commitment to advancing Oak’s organisational values.
 
*For Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Candidates must be able to legally work in the US where this position is located without visa sponsorship.
*For Geneva, Switzerland: Only candidates with Swiss/EU citizenship or a valid work permit for Switzerland will be accepted.
 
Reporting Lines
 
The position will be based in Geneva, Switzerland or Chapel Hill, North Carolina and reports to a Prevent CSA programme officer in the Accountability Sub-programme. Frequent interactions with the programme’s director, Oak’s President and Oak’s Trustees will also be required.
 
How to apply
Submit your Curriculum Vitae and a compelling covering letter to the jobup platform by 7 June 2021.  Please indicate in the covering letter to which location you are applying to. Please note that we will only be contacting shortlisted candidates.
 
By submitting your application, you confirm that you have read and understood Oak’s job applicant’s data privacy notice.
 
Oak Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, as detailed in our child safeguarding policy. We expect all staff to share this commitment. Please note that the successful candidate will undergo reference checks and be required to provide a police record prior to starting employment.
 
Oak Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer for all qualified job applicants without regard to race colour, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital/partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other attributes protected by law. The Foundation abides by all applicable rules and regulations in its recruiting and employment practices, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state disability laws.
 
 
 
Location:
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, US
Compensation:
competitive
Contact:
Julie.hill@oakfnd.org

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