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DRC, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda
Posted 6 months ago

About Oxford HR

Oxford HR is a fast-growing global leadership consultancy, specialising in the impact and for-purpose sectors. We manage executive level search and appointments and offer organisational effectiveness services which include coaching, consulting, team and leadership development. We work with non-profits, NGOs, consultancies, foundations, start-ups, think-tanks, social enterprises, multi-lateral development banks and government institutions. Our clients are from all over the world. We have developed the following sector specialist areas:

  • Environment, Climate & Conservation
  • Trade, Finance, Impact Investment
  • Education
  • Health
  • Livelihoods & Agriculture
  • Data, Technology & Research
  • Human Rights & Equality
  • Disaster & Humanitarian Response

Our teams work globally, some from offices in Europe (Oxford and Amsterdam), Africa (Nairobi), and Asia (Singapore) and Washington DC to oversee our work across the Americas. We have over 40 staff, and 45 associates spread across 20 countries. We are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion which are part of our organisational values. We embrace cultural difference and strive towards creating inclusive behaviours across our organisation. As an organisation, we are learning and growing in our EDI journey and approach our work with an intersectional lens.

Sustainability is very important to us. We have integrated SDGs to our strategic plan and have recruited staff to sharpen our responses in this area. We are engaged in the long process towards becoming B Corp certified. We are partnering with Just One Tree, to plant 25 trees monthly in Madagascar to contribute to curb the climate crisis. We plant an additional 10 trees with each placed candidate, who receive a nominal certificate on their first day in their new role.

Our Vision is ‘an equitable, sustainable planet, delivered by leaders inspired by the need for urgent change’ and our Mission is ‘identify and support leaders in creating lasting positive social and environmental impact.


Oxford HR Values

Oxford HR’s values are aligned with those of the international development sector, and we are trusted to appoint leaders who are not only technically competent but who are also aligned in terms of organisation’s culture and goals and committed to support the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the priorities in the Agenda 2030 as well as the African Union Agenda 2063. More specifically we believe in:

  • Continuous improvement – we measure and evaluate what we do, get feedback and improve upon it. We use technology to support our work and ensure our team are constantly learning and developing their skills. We innovate wherever we can to secure our approach is the best possible for any project we undertake. We’re open to criticism. We’re naturally curious.
  • Collective and personal expertise – we believe no one person has a monopoly on the right answer and ensure we work collectively on our projects and challenges. We share knowledge and focus on disseminating ideas and expertise across the whole organisation. We hire people who are steeped in the backgrounds they’re delivering services in, who are professional and resourceful, and constantly eager to learn and committed to their own personal development.
  • Care – for our staff, our associates, our clients and candidates and for the sectors we work in. We work globally, across many cultures and constantly strive for a culturally sensitive response in all our projects. Our culture is non-hierarchical, and we regard staff and associates as equal parts of our Oxford HR family.
  • Cultural sensitivity – we recognise the under representation of certain minority groups in leadership roles and want to challenge that wherever we can. We relish having a diverse workforce.
  • Ethical and transparent – we uphold principles of ethical recruitment including openness and transparency in our dealings with candidates and clients.

Education Sector Specialism

There are still big steps needed for universal access to quality Education. Which is why it’s more important than ever to have innovative people at the fore. From grassroots approaches, to influencing national education policy. Those working in this space must possess the knowledge and commitment required to achieve the ambition set out in SDG 4. Education is key for equipping children and people with the tools to create a fair and equitable future, regardless of gender or geography.

Our team has experience working on innovative and award-winning education solutions, with an extensive network of leading organisations and education specialists. We are committed to helping our partners to place the right people in the right roles, to deliver maximum impact and benefit for future generations of children. We deeply understand the motivations of candidates working in this space and want our clients to have passionate, inspired people in their Senior Management Teams and Boards. We recognize that system change in education requires visionary and catalytic leadership that can inspire, collaborate and deliver impactful solutions.

Our team has direct experience of working on innovative and award-winning education solutions with clients such as Vitol Foundation, Education Development Trust, Malala Fund, Room to Read, Akademiya 2063, Internation Educators Funders Group, Jacobs Foundation, Youth Connekt Africa, Sabre Education and Rwanda Action.


About the role

If you are interested in helping impact driven organisations that are committed to positive change, and like the sound of working in a multicultural entrepreneurial and nurturing environment where your expertise and opinion is valued, then this might be the place for you.

In this role you will work with a global team to develop our reputation and expertise in the education sector. You will be building relationships with new and current clients, listening deeply to understand their leadership and talent needs and running executive search processes (including head hunting, interviewing and appointments) for INGOs, charities, social enterprises, start-ups, and consultancies, depending on the need.

You’ll be encouraged to attend conferences and events and engage in general networking opportunities to promote Oxford HR and to develop your own reputation in the sector too. we run regular knowledge festivals to deepen understanding of key issues connected to education, development, for-purpose leadership, diversity and inclusion. Your knowledge and expertise will contribute to the overall strategy of the company, and particularly the shaping of this key sector specialism.

Person Specification and Qualifications

Many of our Associates are established leaders who are looking to apply their knowledge, insights and networks in an area that is interesting and relevant to them. You may well have held a senior leadership role or worked in consultancy dealing with topics around trade finance, corporate finance, multi-lateral, and bi-lateral trade, investment and industrialization.


Skills and Abilities
  • A love for networking with ability to build authentic relationships.
  • Good negotiation skills, persuasion, and ability to deliver convincing arguments.
  • Excellent communication, listening and a partnership approach to working with clients.
  • An affinity for business development, proposal writing and business planning.
  • Experience working internationally and collaboratively with diverse and multicultural teams.
  • Ability to manage a project team and a desire to get the best from people while creating a supportive working environment.
  • Strong organisation, multi-tasking skills and ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Analytical, critical and intuitive.
  • Excellent presentation and report writing skills.
  • Keen interest in learning new subjects.
  • Willingness to work flexibly.


  • Work or voluntary experience in the larger education sector with a passionate interest in tackling the current bottlenecks. An openness to different approaches to learning and a willingness to work with a range of organisations from radical activists to commercial startups.
  • Demonstrable experience in managing multiple consecutive projects, prioritising and achieving results with and through others.
  • Knowledge of climate justice issues, the decolonisation agenda and intersectionality.
  • Experience in a client facing role in a commercial setting or with partners or funders in an NGO.
  • Experience managing people, with a coaching approach.
  • Previous involvement in learning & development, talent, coaching, mentoring or consultancy would be an added advantage. Experience in Executive Search is not essential if you can demonstrate transferable skills and alignment with our values.


Attitudes and Values
  • Transparent and consistent
  • Collaborative
  • Accountable
  • Open to change and agile
  • Confident
  • Solutions oriented
  • Optimistic

Role Deliverables

  • Client management: Build relationships with new and current clients, understand their leadership and talent needs and collaborate to meet their expectations in an effective manner. Manage client relationships for continued partnership and retention.
  • Candidate management: Influence potential candidates to apply, interview and support them through appointments and rejections.
  • Team management: Lead and oversee the accomplishment of core tasks in the assignment including candidate packs, search strategies, advertising, reports, milestones, invoices and ensure there they are delivered to the highest quality.
  • Project management: Managing multiple consecutive projects, prioritising work deadlines and achieving results with and through others.
  • Business development:
    • Actively participate in business development efforts from proposal development, client calls, pitches and bring in potential clients to the BD team.
    • Develop a personal brand as a professional within the industry through networking in person or online (LinkedIn, writing thought pieces).
    • Attending and participating in conferences, networking events and exhibitions that are relevant to the industry and/or sector specialisms.
  • Research trends in project management, international development and build your brand by writing industry-relevant pieces on professional platforms like LinkedIn and contributing to LinkedIn articles.

Job Features

Job CategoryEducation, Environment, OxHR Jobs
LocationKenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, DRC
Reports ToManaging Director, Africa
Closing Date22nd July 2024. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
ContractThis role can be full, or part time and we’re open to discussions about different work patterns

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Job Features

Job CategoryEducation, Environment, OxHR Jobs
LocationKenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, DRC
Reports ToManaging Director, Africa
Closing Date22nd July 2024. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
ContractThis role can be full, or part time and we’re open to discussions about different work patterns

Apply Online

Sarah Odhiambo
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Talent Acquisition Coordinator