Gender Coordinator

Location : Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Amman)
Statut : Overseas salaried staff
Direction : International programmes
Supervision : Line manager in Jordan : Country Director

Job purpose

Oxfam first established a presence in Jordan in the early 1990s, working primarily through Jordanian civil society and focusing largely on women’s economic empowerment, women’s access to justice and transformative leadership. Oxfam was also in Jordan to respond to the Iraqi refugee influx. In early 2013, Oxfam significantly scaled up operations to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis and provide essential humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees as well as vulnerable Jordanian households. Since 2013, Oxfam was able to reach 138,493 crisis-affected people in Jordan with integrated programmes in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods (EFSL) and Protection in Za’atari Camp, the Balqa and Zarqa governorates, as well as Amman.


Given the protracted nature of the crisis in Syria, refugees and vulnerable Jordanian host communities are in need of more sustainable solutions. Oxfam is providing urgent humanitarian assistance to refugees from Syria in Jordan, while working alongside Jordanian civil society to build community resilience and maintaining a commitment to uphold the rights of crisis affected people, improve national policies, and hold duty bearers to account. For instance, within its Host Community Programme, Oxfam is also implementing the project Addressing Water Needs of Jordanian Host communities (AWANE), funded by Global Affairs Canada, a project that aims to improve the capacity of the Jordanian population to face the socio-economic impact of the impulse of Syrian refugees on the national water infrastructures.

Gender  is not only mainstreamed through all interventions, but also stands alone as a key pillar of a more long term response in which Oxfam empowers local partners to promote gender justice and strengthen the role of women in their communities.



Within this context, Oxfam requires a gender expert with practical experience of gender justice programs in an international development context and able to work in a multicultural team. The selected candidate will be based in Amman and will provide support and leadership to ensure women’s rights are at the heart of Oxfam’s humanitarian and resilience response strategy, and Oxfam’s long term gender justice strategy is relevant and adapted to a post crisis context.


The selected candidate will support the country team in the development and implementation of its national strategy on gender justice within its overall programming, and will lead on the design, implementation and monitoring of the AWANE project for the gender component. The person will also provide technical advice to ensure Oxfam’s Minimum Standards on Gender in Emergencies are applied in humanitarian projects, and that other international standards on Gender are incorporated when planning and responding to the needs of men, women, boys and girls.

Key responsabilities

The selected candidate will be part of Oxfam in Jordan’s team and will work closely with its partners. She/he will report to Oxfam Jordan’s Deputy Country Director. The person will also receive technical support from Oxfam’s Regional Gender Advisor and will liaise with Oxfam-Québec team in Montréal for contractual issues.


In compliance with Oxfam’s codes of conduct, policies, norms and procedures, the selected candidate will take on these key responsibilities:


  • Provide technical input and take the lead on all gender components of the GAC funded Water Governance and Gender project including monitoring and evaluation
  • Provide direct technical support and advice to the Jordan country office on mainstreaming gender in design, management, monitoring and evaluation of programmes
  • Liaise and coordinate closely with the GAC’s Partner on the gender component including designing and carrying out training
  • Lead on gender specific assessments and serve as the gender specialist in programme assessments
  • Provide strategic gender analysis for programming and advocacy on an on-going basis
  • Provide support and leadership to ensure women’s rights are at the heart of Oxfam’s humanitarian response strategy, and Oxfam’s long term gender justice strategy is relevant and adapted to a post crisis context
  • Work with others to develop advocacy and policy positions on gender in emergencies and in development
  • Provide technical support to the gender project manager on thematic areas of women’s political participation, ending violence against women, access to legal justice.
  • Contribute to and/or lead the development of gender-related and women’s rights funding proposals
  • Building the team’s capacity to implement gender in emergencies minimum standards, mentoring and coaching programme teams.
  • Facilitate documentation, knowledge capture and exchange of learning on gender, supporting the organisation to learn about if and how programming in crisis affected contexts can be used as opportunities to address gender power imbalances and transformative change.
  • Support engagement on Gender in Emergencies and Women’s Rights with peer agencies and key Working Groups, including representation of Oxfam in relevant coordination meetings including with the Canadian Embassy on Gender issues related to the AWANE project.

Skills and Experience

  • University degree in international development, humanitarian, or gender studies. A master’s degree is an asset.
  • Minimum of five years experience in providing technical advice on gender mainstreaming and/or women’s rights programming
  • Experience in the Middle-East is essential
  • Substantial knowledge of the socio-economic and political context of the region and how it affects women’s rights and gender equality.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural team and establish good relations with colleagues
  • Working experience in a conflict or post conflict situation.
  • Knowledge of Results-based management (RBM) approach and Performance measurement framework (PMF).
  • Strong understanding of gender issues in WASH and Water governance is an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage workflows and balance competing priorities


  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Working proficiency in spoken Arabic (Levant dialect)
  • French language skills are an asset

Informatique : Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).

How to apply

All interested applicants should send their resume and cover by July 4th 2016 at: [email protected]