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Anyone want my job? Oxfam’s looking for a new Head of Research

August 23, 2011
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So here’s the deal. After seven happy years in charge of Oxfam’s policy research team, I’m moving sideways to take up a new post as senior strategic adviser (though I personally prefer my colleague John Magrath’s suggestion of ‘chief opinionator’) and we’re looking for a new head of research. Here’s the blurb from the ad in the last week’s Guardian (the cartoons are added):

The role
This is one of the most influential positions within Oxfam. You will be managing a team that will deliver high profile research in support of Oxfam’s global campaigns. You will also play a key role in building the capacity of the whole organisation to deliver high quality, high impact research in countries where we work, including developing a vibrant community of practice, creating high profile research collaborations and securing significant research funding. Moreover, you will play a large role in shaping the intellectual leadership of Oxfam on the challenges facing development, positioning Oxfam as a cutting edge development thinker. You’ll represent us externally, both as a media spokesperson and as a writer of key articles.

dilbertjobWhat we’re looking for
A strong conceptual thinker, and recognised researcher of development, humanitarian and poverty issues, you’ll have proven your ability to link grassroots programmes to policy development and be equally comfortable with the use of statistics and modelling. You’ll also be an adept strategist, bringing an appreciation of the impact research has on making change happen, and with the written and verbal communications skills to influence through lobbying and media. You’ll have the leadership and management skills to drive complex organisational change that delivers high-impact, high quality research.

I can’t recommend the job highly enough – the team is great, there’s a major new campaign to resource and interest in research across the organization is at an all-time high. We could be at the threshold of something new and exciting – want to lead it?

Full details and online application here. Closing date is 4 September, so get your skates on.

Please tell any suitable friends and colleagues, and if you want to pick my brains, feel free – just use the comments box and say if you don’t want it published for other blog readers to see.

dilbert interview

5 comments

  1. does the job involve the head conducting surveys in remote areas or is it about overseeing that research is well done?

    would you hire a Phd with research experience in academia?

    Duncan: more the latter John, and sure we’d hire a PhD, provided they could meet the other criteria

  2. I’m obviously not qualified, but this seems as good a place as any to ask…
    As a philosopher by training (BA and MA), who’s worked on ethics, global justice etc., what could or should I do to move into work in research for an NGO like Oxfam? Despite being a philosopher, I have an interest in empirical research (and doing some research training).

    Sorry for hijacking your comments, thanks for your time.

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