Consultant, grant-making strategy (short term)

Deadline for application: As soon as possible

Location: Home based in Switerland

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 makes grants to organisations located in approximately 40 countries worldwide.

 Short term consultancy for the development of a grant making strategy for Switzerland – Issues Affecting Women Programme (IAWP)
The Issues Affecting Women Programme is seeking to hire a consultant to support the development of a grant-making strategy in Switzerland. The objectives are to: 1) gather relevant data and information on the specific needs and priorities of women’ organisations and networks as well as potential funding gaps in Switzerland; and 2) establish priority areas in which Oak’s funding could have the most impact to advance women’s rights in Switzerland.

Location: Home based in Switzerland
Reporting to: IAW Programme Director
Type of contract: Temporary consultancy (approximatively 25 days over 3 months)
Starting date: As soon as possible
Application deadline: 30 March 2020

About the Issues Affecting Women Programme:
Oak Foundation’s Issues Affecting Women Programme seeks to contribute to a world in which women have the rights, capacity and opportunity to be safe 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 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 currently funds ten organisations across Switzerland, located in French, German and Italian-speaking cantons. Most of them are based in one canton only (mainly Geneva) and focus primarily on one of the three programmatic outcomes prioritised by the IAWP: ending domestic violence, stopping trafficking and exploitation, or addressing violence against women in situations of crisis. For now, the IAWP will continue providing core support grants to most of its current grantee partners. In addition, the programme is exploring whether to expand its portfolio in Switzerland, involving potential partners with a wider reach and connection to the IAWP’s strategic outcomes on movement building.

Main responsibilities include:
The consultant will be required to:

  • Perform a desk review of key documents, including summaries of former and current IAWP grants, research on Federal and Cantonal offices for Gender Equality, Swiss Federal Office for Gender Equality’s, and the UN recommendations for actions on the implementation of de CEDAW, UPR etc.
  • Map existing feminist networks and women’s rights organisations and their donors in Switzerland (with a particular interest for grassroot feminist organisations working on domestic violence, trafficking and exploitation, situation of crisis and sexual and reproductive health and rights and for organisation working on feminist movement building).
  • Convene and facilitate a one-day meeting in Geneva with current Oak grantees to discuss priority areas, advocacy, mobilisation and ways to strengthen women’s leadership.
  • Interview relevant stakeholders including representatives of feminist organisations and networks and donors (may include travelling in Switzerland).

The consultant will then produce a grant-making strategy document, including an executive summary, with clear recommendations on funding rights-based services, building the capacity of organisations, and connecting people, organisations and networks.

Position requirements

  • Previous experience in strategy development / strategic planning;
  • Good knowledge of the women’s rights sector, especially in Switzerland (including knowledge of federal and cantonal gender services and policies);
  • Familiarity with local women’s rights organisations and networks in Switzerland;
  • Capacity to search specific information on organisations, public institutions and key actors;
  • Experience in conducting qualitative interviews;
  • Experience in facilitating workshops;
  • Excellent English written and oral communication skills; working knowledge of French, German and/or Italian an advantage;
  • A commitment to Oak’s organisational values.
  • AVS independent status.

How to apply
To apply, please send your curriculum vitae and a covering letter (one page maximum, including your daily rate) by email only to Please state “Swiss Strategy Consultancy” in the subject line of your email. Please note that we will only be contacting shortlisted candidates.

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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 may be required to provide a police record prior to starting employment.


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