Project Officer, US Program (Oxfam)

Oxfam America 


Project Officer, US Program


Boston, MA

Reports to:                 

Deputy Director, US Program


Half-time, 8 months (August 2016-March 2017)


In coordination with Oxfam colleagues, the Project Officer for the US Program supports grantmaking and partner support, desktop research for planning purposes, strategic planning, and MEL systems.


US Program Deputy Director, Director and program staff.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assists program staff in grantmaking and provides support to partners as appropriate. This includes reviewing grant applications for quality control, managing grants in CCGT and obtaining and reviewing partner reports.
  • Conducts desktop scoping and issue research to support program planning.
  • Supports strategic planning, including monitoring, evaluation and learning systems, for programs and campaigns in alignment with Oxfam America’s program approach.
  • Gathers and analyzes monitoring and reporting data for evaluation and learning purposes.
  • Produces key written reports of program activities and impact for internal and external purposes, as needed.
  • Coordinates with US Program’s Senior Research Advisor on external program impact evaluations.
  • Organizes team processes for planning, internal learning/evaluation and teambuilding for USRO staff.
  • Maintains a library of US Program learning documents.
  • Ensures that learning generated through evaluation systems is well integrated into ongoing as well as new program development.
  • Supports the integration of gender issues into US Program plans with research and planning support. 
  • Manages smaller projects including event planning, retreat planning, materials production, off-site meetings, etc. as needed. 
  • Undertakes other projects as appropriate and as directed by the Deputy Director.


  • Has an understanding of gender equity and diversity within key areas of responsibility and a commitment to promoting gender equity and diversity in our workplace and programs.
    • Stays abreast of professional standards, trends, and issues affecting this set of responsibilities; demonstrates continuous learning of the field.
    • Works effectively and collaboratively in support of building a team-based culture of work.
    • Performs all duties appropriately for a multi-cultural environment, treating all persons with dignity and respect.
    • Commitment to Oxfam America’s mission and goals.


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a social science or other relevant field.
Experience and Skills

  • Three to five years’ experience with grantmaking, program implementation or monitoring/evaluation/learning systems for domestic rights-based social/economic justice programs.
  • Strong desktop research skills.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Strong group facilitation skills.
  • Highly organized with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced working environment.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting with Oxfam staff and partner organizations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills essential.

 Core Competencies:

  • Substantial rights-based program planning, implementation and/or evaluation experience.
  • Strong English language written and verbal communication skills.
  • Comprehensive computer skills; fully conversant with Microsoft Office software.
  • Leadership and meeting facilitation skills.
  • Ability and aptitude to learn quickly.


  • Demonstrated interest and understanding of the causes of poverty, exclusion and social change processes.

Exempt / Boston Union / Band F