The Oxford Policy Fellowship (OPF) provides governments with a new kind of technical assistance. We place legal professionals in government ministries for two years.
Governments define the Fellows’ terms of reference and they are employed by them as a local employee. Fellows get involved in a wide variety of tasks, including strengthening the legal and policy environment as well as strengthening the capacity of their government colleagues. We welcome new Government Partners who see the value of employing a Fellow and look forward to them joining the programme.
OPF provides governments with a legal advisor (Fellow) based on the governments' own terms of reference. The Fellow works as a local civil servant for two years and focuses on law and policy issues. Working alongside local colleagues the Fellows are able both to fill the immediate needs of the government and also to contribute to building the long-term legal capacity of local colleagues. OPF provides both financial and technical support to its Government Partners and Fellows throughout the programme.
OPF is recognised as a programme that delivers results. Here are a few examples of key impacts:
Fellows can support work in different areas, with the majority of time spent on legal or policy issues. These are some of the activities Fellows might undertake:
- Conducting legal research, from specific contract terms to broader options such as regulatory framework design
- Bridging the gap between policymakers and lawyers
- Supporting policy initiatives with appropriate legislative and regulatory frameworks
- Liaising with donor-funded short-term senior legal technical assistance.
For more information about OPF and how to join the programme, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org