Programme Officer Evidence to Action, Prevent Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) Programme

Deadline for application: 4 February 2022

Location: Based in Geneva, Switzerland; London, UK; or Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Office-based role, one day per week working from home

Reporting to: Head of the Solutions Subprogramme, Prevent CSA Programme

Starting date: 1 May 2022

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. Through our grant-making, we support others to make the world a safer, fairer, and more sustainable place to live. With offices in Europe, Africa and North America, Oak Foundation makes grants to organisations located in approximately 40 countries worldwide.

About the Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Programme  

The Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Programme (Prevent CSA) works to end child sexual abuse and exploitation, online and off-line. We promote evidence-based solutions and advance actions to strengthen prevention, and we strive to end impunity and create strong accountability for child sexual abuse where it occurs. Together we can shift the paradigm from silence and neglect to prevention, scaled response, visibility, and accountability. We organise our work through two sub-programmes: 1) solutions and advancing action and; 2) accountability and ending impunity. We build linkages between both areas of work and also support cross-cutting efforts beyond our sub-programme focus, including support for networks that strengthen the movement to end child sexual abuse, survivors groups, and other catalytic or time-bound initiatives that advance our mission.

In addition to the overarching values of Oak Foundation, Prevent CSA is inspired and guided by our Trustee and our effort to be evidence-informed in seeking change at scale to prevent child sexual abuse and exploitation.

This position will work within the Solutions Sub-programme, where we believe that a key underlying mechanism of change is the investment in the generation of evidence about what works to prevent child sexual abuse and the research uptake necessary to translate research findings into meaningful actions and change at the political and societal level.


Purpose of the role

The Evidence to Action programme officer will join the Solutions Sub-programme team to support our grantee partners in their efforts to build and mobilise evidence-based solutions to prevent child sexual abuse that are informed by and respond to advocacy opportunities.


Main responsibilities include:

  • Maintains primary responsibility for management of a portfolio of grants. This includes: handling the day-to-day responsibilities of a grant portfolio from initial inquiry to assessment to final recommendation; carrying out site visits; identifying and responding to capacity building needs; monitoring grant implementation; reporting on and closing grants; evaluating current or past grants according to needs; and drawing and sharing lessons learned from projects and clusters of grants, among other activities.
  • Contributes to the development of the programme’s strategic directions including through the co-drafting of various submissions and reports to the Foundation leadership and Advisory Panel meeting.
  • Develops new granting opportunities in line with strategic priorities.
  • Supports our grantee partners and team to ensure that funded proposals design and execute robust research impact/uptake plans which maximise their potential for political and social change.
  • Supports our grantee partners and team to ensure that funded proposals develop and implement strong advocacy and communications plans.
  • Represents the programme in a variety of settings, including among peer groups and at public events.
  • Contributes to the learning processes of the programme by collaborating with Oak’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Senior Advisor to use data and knowledge gathered in the field to inform learning and grant-making.
  • Remains up to date on emerging issues, trends, and research related to the prevention of child sexual abuse and trends on research uptake.
  • Once travel resumes post-pandemic, conduct site visits, field meetings (up to 20 per cent of time). International travel may be required.
  • Participate and engage in cross-programme work, which may include cross-cutting grant making and support to other team members.


Position requirements

  • University degree and at least seven to ten years relevant professional experience within the children, women, or other related social justice field; Graduate degree strongly preferred.
  • Several years of demonstrated track record of developing, managing, or supporting the translation of research into policy/ practice, helping initiatives maximise research impact or working on advocacy and communication strategies required.
  • Knowledge of research and evaluation methodologies and best practices
  • Working knowledge of the not-for-profit sector.
  • Working knowledge of the international violence prevention field desired. Specific knowledge of prevention of child sexual violence highly valued.
  • Prior grant-making experience a plus.
  • Demonstrated track record of strong teamwork and managing teams or collective initiatives.
  • Ability to work cross culturally, and in different country contexts.
  • Strong analytical, strategic planning skills.
  • Creative thinker, with an eye for innovation.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Tact, maturity, and a good sense of humour.
  • Willingness to travel within Oak guidelines once travel resumes.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the values of Oak Foundation.



A competitive package of remuneration and benefits will be provided.


How to apply

To apply for this role, please prepare your CV (in English) and a motivation letter (one page) that summarises how your profile aligns with the key requirements, skills and abilities of this role. Both files should be submitted in .doc(x) or .rtf format via this portal:

After submitting your application, you will receive an automated confirmation. If you do not receive this or have general questions about submitting your application, please write to


*For Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Applicants must have the right to live and work in the US.

*For Geneva, Switzerland: Applicants must have EU/Swiss citizenship or a valid work permit for Switzerland.

*For London, UK: Applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK.

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.

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.

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