Senior Advisor, Psychological Violence – Issues Affecting Women Programme - based Geneva or North Carolina

Job Title: Senior Advisor, Psychological Violence – Issues Affecting Women Programme - based Geneva or North Carolina
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Geneva
Salary: Salary will be competitive with market rate
Job Published: June 13, 2018 11:52

Job Description

Location: Geneva, Switzerland is preferred and North Carolina, USA is a possibility.

Oak Foundation commits its resources to addressing issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged.

Oak Foundation is family-led and reflects the vision and values of its founders. In all its work Oak pursues rights-based approaches, gender equality and partnership with the organisations we fund. We support civil society as a pillar of democracy and justice and nurture innovation and visionary leadership within it. We value diversity both within Oak and among our partners; we seek to be inclusive, flexible and engage with different points of view. We believe that the best grant-making reflects both careful due diligence and the willingness to take risks. With offices in Europe, Africa and North America, Oak Foundation makes grants to organisations located in 40 countries worldwide. Read more about our work here:

Oak Foundation’s Issues Affecting Women Programme (IAWP) seeks to contribute to a world in which women have the rights, capacity and opportunity to experience safety from violence and to enjoy their full and equal human rights. Specifically, the programme aims to build a strong and vibrant women’s movement that is empowered to challenge patriarchal norms, tackle the root causes of inequality, and demand the full spectrum of women’s rights. Additionally, we work to end the existing patterns of violence in the family, outside the home, and in crisis contexts by ensuring rights-based laws and policies that guarantee an environment in which women are safe from violence. We also support a broad range of services that empower women to recover from the trauma of violence and to rebuild their lives.

The IAWP team strives to live the values it works to advance. In addition to a deep commitment to advancing women’s rights, our culture is characterized by collegiality, mutual support, high expectations and laughter. We are currently recruiting a Senior Advisor on Psychological Violence. Psychological abuse in intimate partner relationships, as well as in other situations, is an emerging field that Oak is committed to investing in with a view to building knowledge and embedding learning across its growing domestic violence portfolio among others. The Senior Advisor will work closely with the lead Trustees and the Director of the Issues Affecting Women Programme to research and develop a portfolio of grants that will advance the field of intimate partner violence by highlighting the impact of psychological violence, coercion and control. Reporting to the Director of the Issues Affecting Women Programme, the Senior Advisor will also support other programmes (e.g. Child Abuse Programme, Housing and Homelessness Programme) in identifying potential strategies and grants in areas related to psychological abuse.

We are seeking a leader with a minimum of ten years’ relevant work experience in the field of women’s rights, non-profit sector, civil society or relevant field, as well as expertise in the field of intimate partner violence with a focus on psychological violence, coercion and control. The successful candidate will bring to bear solid experience in successful strategy development and implementation and solid analytical and writing skills, including evaluation for potential success and in financial budgets. Fluency in spoken and written English is a necessity and knowledge of another language would be an asset in this role.

If you have excellent networking, negotiating presentation and communication skills; tact, maturity and a good sense of humour; and you are comfortable working in a multicultural environment, then we encourage you to read more about the role by downloading further information at quoting reference 3514.

To apply for the role or to ask any queries, please email Please state that your application or query is for the Senior Advisor, Psychological Violence – Issues Affecting Women Programme (IAWP) role in the subject line of your email.

Oak Foundation will be supported in conducting this search by Perrett Laver in partnership with Alec Allan.

The closing date for applications is 9am GMT on Wednesday 11th July 2018.

For Geneva-based candidates, a Swiss work permit or EU citizenship is preferred; for North Carolina-based candidates, US work permit is preferred. The salary will be competitive with market rate in either of those locations.