For both searches, Oxford HR focused on individuals with lived experiences of the challenges faced by the communities Malala Fund supports, so we looked beyond the national capital-based development professionals and connected with organisations active in provinces and regions.
“It was also important to find the right values alignment, and so candidates’ own stories and commitment to the issues Malala Fund supports was also vital in matching them to the role profile.” Dominic Bond, Lead Consultant
The placed candidate for the Programme Director Pakistan, Javed Malik, notes that he is always attracted to work which has the potential to make impact at the system level.
Javed notes that his team are finalising their country strategy; the first-ever Pakistan programme strategy that will push for growth and enlarging girls’ agency. He is keen to deliver visible change to the way education is delivered to girls in high schools, which resonates deeply with the mission of the organisation.
“Pakistani girls are so full of talent and if Malala Fund and its local partners can play a role in helping put in place programmes where they can enlarge their opportunities and life chances, it will lift Pakistan as a country.”
On his involvement with Oxford HR, Javed explains
‘It was really great to work with Dom. He was very clear and supportive from day one and helped run a competitive and fair process. He is very kind and has a lot of empathy.’
Dom was also pleased with the results of the searches, noting
“Malala Fund is a fantastic client to partner with, the recruitment team was incredibly engaged, and ready to open their networks and offer feedback and guidance to steer these highly nuanced searches. One of the things I appreciate most is the unwavering commitment to girls’ education and gender equality of everyone involved at Malala Fund – this proud feminist value set was a really important guiding factor in our search strategy and provided space for some really interesting conversations with candidates.”