Global Director for People – Kenya, Nairobi

About Oxfam International

Oxfam is an international confederation of 19 organizations (affiliates) led by Oxfam International, and working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries. One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam’s vision is a just world without poverty, while its purpose is to create lasting solutions to the injustice of poverty.

Oxfam is currently implementing a new vision Oxfam 2020, that has necessitated a significant organizational change, transforming how their staff and volunteers devise, deliver and support programs within countries and regions.  A huge component of this change has been a focus on increasing global balance and diversity and a shift of line management of country, regional and humanitarian programs to Oxfam international. This has seen the beginning of a truly globally balanced Confederation, with the new Global Headquarters now based in Nairobi, Kenya.

About the Role

The people agenda is fundamental to the transformative change sought by Oxfam International. The Global Director for People will be a strategic, hands-on, dynamic and motivated leader who will help to steer Oxfam through this period of transition and beyond. Working with each of the 19 affiliates of Oxfam International, the Global Director for People will focus on aligning HR functions, systems and processes including Reward, Talent Development, Employee Life Cycle and Learning & Organizational Development across the confederation. The person will also be a strategic partner to the Oxfam International Management Team, support safeguarding and align Oxfam’s culture with the core values including promoting gender equality and cherishing diversity.

The role will suit an experienced HR professional with at least fifteen years of experience, five years of which should be at Director level in an international organization. S/he will have a strong track record in building Global HR capacity and bring change management experience within a complex organizational culture/ structure. They are looking for a strategic individual with strong influencing and leadership skills; able to engage key stakeholders in the confederation to develop and execute a compelling vision, while at the same time a pioneer in setting up global operations.

The Global Director for People will be appointed for an initial fixed term of four years.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, kindly send through a Microsoft Word version of your CV and a cover letter detailing why you are suited to this role. Please mark it for the attention of Wadzi Katsidzira, email address:  Please indicate the following reference in the subject line of your email: OI-GDfP. For a full job description please click here

Please note that the interview dates for this role will be confirmed with you should your application be successful.

Oxfam is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. They will do everything possible to ensure that only those that are suitable to work within their values are recruited to work for them.

Successful candidates will be subject to additional assessment and a range of reference checks.