Second cohort of Oxford Policy Fellows appointed

Recruitment round for 2016 leads to appointment of six new Fellows in four countries.

After months of government engagement, applications, and interviews, the second intake of Oxford Policy Fellows have been recruited, ready to take up their two-year placements in autumn of this year. New Fellows come from Kenya, the UK, the US, and Australia.

The Oxford Policy Fellowship aims to provide a new kind of technical assistance to low- and middle-income country governments, by sourcing early-career professionals to fill resource gaps identified by ministries themselves.

The programme was piloted in 2015, with four Fellows appointed in Rwanda, Zanzibar, and Djibouti. The six new Fellows will take the programme up to 10 Fellows in total, advising on policy areas as diverse as finance, energy, health and climate change. New government partners include Ghana, Namibia, and Ethiopia.

Fellowship Director and OPM consultant, Kari Lipschutz, said:

It’s really exciting to have a new cohort of Fellows and to be working with new governments and ministries. The feedback we got from everyone involved in our pilot has been fantastic, so I’m glad to see that reflected in the increasing number of requests for Fellows and an exceptional calibre of applicants.

The pilot stage is already delivering impact for host governments, with all ministries reporting greater capacity and efficiency since their Fellows began their posts. A full review of the first year of the programme—due before the end of 2016—will reveal further benefits and outline any areas for improvement as the programme continues to expand.

Fatouma Ahmed Moussa, Legal Director of the Ministry of Economics and Finance in Djibouti, said of the programme:

The Oxford Policy Fellowship has supplied us with a quality individual who has been able to rapidly adapt to our needs and provide expertise on some topics that were of concern to us. The impact is there.

The newly appointed Fellows will soon undertake pre-placement training in the UK, before taking up their posts in September and October 2016.