Programme Officer, Campaigns, Prevent Child Abuse
The Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Programme at Oak Foundation has been working to build societies where children are never sexually abused. The aim is to hold global institutions accountable in preventing abuse, and to end impunity for child sexual abuse. While you will not be on the front line, your campaign experience will be important, as will your knowledge in engaging NGOs, funders, governments and global sports organisations at a high level. As a humble and engaged member of the team, you will contribute your knowledge and expertise to make a significant difference in the sector.
About Oak Foundation
Oak Foundation 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 issues grants to organisations located in 41 countries worldwide.
The Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Programme is working to end child sexual abuse and exploitation online and offline. The Oak Foundation promotes innovative solutions to prevent abuse, as well as getting behind the advocates and activists working to end impunity and holding governments and global institutions accountable. For more than 20 years this programme has supported organisations that share this commitment with multi-year project and core support grants.
About the Role
The Oak Foundation is looking for a dynamic Programme Officer who will also spearhead a new grant-making campaigns strategy to stop online abuse. This will include holding technology companies accountable; increasing investments in technological solutions; building new pressure groups. The person will also work closely with the Director and the team to strengthen our campaigning work across the grant portfolio.
Purpose of the Role
The person will lead and support sub-programme teams in Solutions and Advancing Action, as well as Accountability and Ending Impunity. You will be implementing the strategy defined by these teams, including the way the sporting industry looks at competitive child athletes; holding major financial institutions and large-scale sporting organisations responsible for their commitments to children; and making the issue of child sexual abuse a political priority.
You will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of a cutting edge grant-making strategy to hold tech companies accountable and drive action to prevent online child sexual abuse. You will also oversee the development and implementation of a grant-making strategy to shift the way sporting industries and communities treat elite child athletes.
Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible for management of a grant portfolio, from point of initial inquiry to assessment. Make final recommendations to the President/Trustee/Board; including conducting due diligence on grants/grantees. Researching information, context, structure and objectives of grants
Monitor and evaluate grants, including site visits
Map the field for potential partnerships, as non-traditional partners sitting outside of the child protection community
Regularly consult grantees on strategy implementation, including tracking and assessing collective impact
Travel up to 25 per cent of the time during the year.
Campaigns for PCA:
Strategy development: spearhead the development of a cutting-edge grantmaking strategy to tackle online child sexual abuse and exploitation, holding companies accountable while increasing public resources and commitment to drive sustainable solutions.
Implementing the campaigning strategy:
Prepare and present grant-related work to the Board
Organise field visits for the Trustee, President, and Director; including briefing notes and logistics
Organise sessions and learning events for the team and partners
Support programme communications
Advise the Director on key opportunities to advance Oak’s mission
Cross-foundation work, including joint collaborations and working groups.
Provide advice and recommendations to the Director and Trustee on strategic opportunities and future areas of investment to advance the programme’s mission
Provide technical support to fellow Programme Officers to develop effective campaigns and advocacy work within their respective domains.
Skills and Experience
Relevant professional experience in campaigning
Proven track record in designing and overseeing effective communications, campaigns, social movements, and advocacy work
Solid experience in planning and strategy development at an international level
Excellent research and analytical skills
Understanding of non-profit/governmental budgeting and financial management
Excellent networking, negotiation, and communication skills
Fluency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of another language is an asset
Strong team player and ability to work independently
Deep listener, forward thinking and committed learner
Comfortable working in a multicultural environment
Experience in the prevention of child sexual abuse and child protection and philanthropy is a plus
Demonstrated commitment to the values of the Oak Foundation
Grant-making experience is desirable.
In addition, you have:
Excellent written and spoken English (French and other foreign languages would be a plus).
Tact, maturity and a good sense of humour.
A commitment to the values of the Oak Foundation.
The right to live and work in either Switzerland or in the USA.