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.
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 the weeks commencing 06 March and 13 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 at the end of April or beginning of May. The Oxford Policy Fellowship will provide visa and logistical support to candidates.
Candidates who are invited to Oxford 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 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.
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 did not receive any requests from Ministries of Justice for the pilot of the Fellowship, and given the nature of the programme it is unlikely that we will be securing placements relating to Human Rights specifically.
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 basic resources available to local civil servants. We advise bringing a personal laptop. The Oxford Policy Fellowship staff also provide some support to Fellows when they are in country, such as pastoral care and some technical backstopping support in situations where all other resources have been exhausted.
No. Fellows will not have an opportunity to travel to their host country before departing on their posting. However, 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.
Yes. We will hold a two-day intensive Orientation Training course in Oxford prior to each Fellow’s departure to their posting. This briefing session will cover useful topics such as: