Yes. While postings are for two years, we recruit on an annual basis. Applications open in late December/early January of each year. We will update the website regularly in run-up to the call for applications.
We aim to provide a valuable service to under-served Ministries in participating host countries. For example, the pilot placements range from working with Ministries of Finance and Planning Commissions, with an emphasis on legal frameworks for Public Private Partnerships, to more general policy advisor roles in Ministries of Agriculture. To date the Fellowship has partnered with ministries of finance, trade, agriculture, environment, energy, health and education in ten countries.
At this time, we are not sharing which countries are involved in the next phase. This is in part because these countries may change and/or expand. Further, we want to prevent any sort of preferential treatment of postings by applicants.
Currently, all of our postings require Fellows that have at least a degree and some experience in legal areas. Most postings will expect a Fellow who is a qualified lawyer. Applications from individuals who do not have a law background will not be taken to the first round interview stage.
Some referees will prefer to submit the references directly to the Fellowship team rather than via the applicant, references can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by referees. Please make sure the applicants name is clearly referenced in the submission email.
There are four stages to the recruitment for Fellows:
Skype interviews – selected candidates will be invited to participate in a first round Skype interview in between 26 February and 17 March. Candidates are expected to be available on Skype at the agreed time.
Panel interviews & group exercises - shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a panel interview in person in Oxford or Sub-Saharan Africa (location TBC), usually in May. The Oxford Policy Fellowship will provide visa and logistical support to candidates.
Candidates who are invited for the second-round panel interview will be reimbursed for their travel costs. If they are coming from overseas, we will organise and pay for your airfares and local Oxford accommodation.
Successful candidates will attend an Orientation training in early September before deploying to their posting. All Fellows are expected to deploy in September/October each year, and by the end of November at the latest. However this will depend on the start date agreed with the government, taking the notice period of the Fellow and the government's preference into account.
Successful candidates will be given an offer for one specific country. Since we have a relatively small number of posts with specific demands, it is unlikely that one candidate will be appropriate for more than one post. Please seriously think about if you are prepared to deploy to a country for two years before applying for the programme and again before panel interviews. It is incredibly expensive, disruptive to our relationships with government and to running the programme if candidates drop out of the process once we offer their CVs to government. You will have a much higher likelihood of being posted (if shortlisted) if you are open to being posted to any ministry and we encourage candidates to be open-minded.
The Oxford Policy Fellowship is a demand-driven programme, whereby participating governments come to us requesting a Fellow for certain Ministries that they feel would most benefit. We have not received any requests from Ministries of Justice to date, and given the nature of the programme it is unlikely that we will be securing placements relating to Human Rights specifically.
Please contact us at email@example.com before applying if you are only interested in postings relating to Human Rights.
No. The fellowship programme is specifically aimed at placing early-career professionals in low- and middle-income country governments to work as civil servants.
Your partner or family are very welcome to go with you on your Fellowship posting. However we are unable to provide duty of care, insurance, further allowances or financial resources to cover this. Each Fellow will receive a total salary of around £26,000 per annum, and some assistance from their host ministry with visas and living arrangements, if possible.
Fellows work directly for their ministries, and will be provided with the same resources available to local civil servants. The Oxford Policy Fellowship staff also provide some support to Fellows when they are in country, including pastoral care and technical backstopping support in situations where all other resources have been exhausted.
Whilst a computer will be made available by the ministry, the Fellowship advises bringing a personal laptop.
Fellowship programme staff will have met with each line manager and been in contact with them regularly through the design of the terms of reference for each placement. The line managers in country will have the final say on selection of the Fellow for their posting, so Fellows can be assured that they are going to be working with a line manager who values their skills and experience. The Oxford Policy Fellowship Annual Meeting in September will provide the opportunity for the Fellow to meet the manager ahead of the posting, although we cannot guarantee that all managers will attend the Annual Meeting.
Yes. We will hold a two-day intensive Orientation Training course prior to each Fellow’s departure to their posting. This briefing session will cover useful topics such as:
The commitment from all parties (governments, Fellows and the Fellowship) is for two full years. However, each posting is reviewed at the one year mark by all parties to ensure continued value add. Candidates should only apply if they are prepared to spend the two full years in post; it is very disruptive to the programme and to our relationships with government partners if Fellows leave for non-critical reasons mid-posting. Fellows can continue working with the government beyond two years, but the Fellowship only provides support for two years.
The Fellowship is an initiative of Oxford Policy Management and its major funding partner is the UK Government's Department for International Development (UK DFID). It has also received funding from the New Venture Fund and a private donation.
Given the nature of its funding, the growth of the Fellowship in the fourth cohort is contingent on the level of funding secured. The size of the 2018-2020 cohort is therefore contingent on the amount of funding secured by the Fellowship.