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Appointment Brief

Appointment Brief -Head of Practice (International Development) – Oxford HR


Managing a high performing team in our global executive search practice in the field of international development, you will apply your commercial acumen and executive search skills to adapt to rapidly changing markets.
Along with an impressive career in executive search, you’ll need a demonstrable strong track record of success in appointing senior candidates. You’ll need a strong interest in International Development and a search background that is relevant to the broader non profit sector. Entrepreneurial by nature you will also demonstrate an ability and the tenacity to respond positively to challenges.


£55,000 per annum, plus bonus and commission.

Person Specification

Experience & Knowledge

  • Substantial experience of carrying out executive search and selection, either in the UK charity sector or international development arena;
  • Demonstrable experience of working in an international context with appropriate cultural understanding and ideally multilingual;
  • Sound knowledge of the international development, both in the UK and overseas, including sources of income, legislation, topical issues, etc;
  • Experience of leading and developing a team to perform to the highest standards;
  • A demonstrable interest and broad knowledge of global current affairs and geopolitical issues.

Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with keen attention to detail and the confidence to liaise with senior candidates, clients and opinion formers;
  • Calm under pressure;
  • Intuition and a high level of diplomacy with the ability to gauge potential suitability of individuals;
  • Exemplary organisational skills, able to prioritise and manage conflicting deadlines and ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Excellent project management skills with a ‘completer – finisher’ attitude;
  • Networking and excellent relationship management skills;
  • Ability to work within a small, close-knit team often dispersed across continents;
  • Ability to work autonomously with minimal supervision and using own initiative.

Personal Style & Behaviour

  • Collaborative and inclusive working style, able to reach collegiate decisions;
  • Able to foresee and mitigate problems – proactive approach to problem solving;
  • Innovative and creative, and able to inspire others;
  • Keen eye for detail, consistency and quality;
  • Strong interest in civil society, self motivated and driven to succeed;
  • Empathy with the vision and values of the business and those of our civil society clients;
  • Open and inclusive communication style, approachable yet decisive.

Qualifications: A relevant degree or above.

Application Instructions

To apply for this post, please download and read the Appointment Brief, then send your CV and covering letter to David Lale at

You will be asked to submit the following information:

  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (of no more than 2-3 sides of A4)
  • A detailed statement (of no more than 2-sides of A4) explaining why you are interested in this post and giving evidence of how you meet the Person Specification criteria. (Please look at Help for Candidates for hints on how to write a successful statement).

The documents should be saved in Word in the following format:

Your First Name, Your Last Name, Document Name, and Date (yymm) e.g.:


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Contact information

About you

Education – your degree(s)

Please give the full details of your degrees, including degree title, university and country. For example: "BA English, University of Wales, United Kingdom; MSc Economics, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa".

Education – your language(s)


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Please indicate which of these sectors you have significant professional experience of, at any period of your career history.

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These should be demonstrable in your CV; please select a maximum of 6.

Please list all countries you have worked in for three months or more.  Please separate country names with a comma and a space e.g. UK, USA, etc.

Please select as many as are appropriate.

Your CV and statement

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The documents should be saved in Word in the following format:

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If you are applying for a specific vacancy, please upload a Word document explaining why you are interested in this post and giving evidence of how you meet the Person Specification criteria.

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Equal Opportunities

This is strictly confidential and optional.

At Oxford HR, we are committed to equal opportunities. Our policy is to ensure that all candidates and clients are treated fairly, openly and honestly irrespective of age, gender, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, religion, social class, nationality or ethnic origin. Occasionally, there may be specific reasons why one of these factors may have an operational effect in particular countries or circumstances. In these cases, we will say so. Otherwise we select candidates to put forward to our clients only on the basis of how closely they meet the needs of the job in terms of experience, skills, qualifications, abilities and personal qualities.

In order to assist us in checking that this policy is carried out, and for that purpose only, it would help if you could complete this form. However, you are under no obligation to do so. This sheet will be separated from the application form on receipt, will remain confidential and will not be used as part of the selection process.


As a UK-based consultancy, we use the categories generally used in the UK NGO sector and following guidance from the UK Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

Please also feel free to provide additional information to clarify the answer you gave above.


Oxford HR will provide you with recruitment services for permanent and / or interim posts, acting as an ‘agency’ as defined under the UK Employment Agencies Act 1973.  By consenting to this agreement, you authorise Oxford HR to identify new executive or non-executive appointments on your behalf.  These opportunities will be within the international development and / or UK charity sectors.  We also commit to consulting with you before sharing your details with potential employers.

Oxford HR will process and store all data in compliance with the UK Data Protection Act 1998 and Oxford HR’s Information Security and Data Protection Policy and Privacy Policy.

Any enquiries relating to this agreement and / or our services can be addressed to


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Oxford HR Consultants Limited

World Leaders

Established in the mid 1990s, Oxford HR has developed an enviable reputation in the area of executive search for INGOs globally. With around ten staff based in Oxford, a small growing team in London and Associates in Australia, Africa and Europe we’re well positioned to provide tailored, bespoke services to charities and non profits worldwide.
We are now looking to grow the business – developing into new areas such as the mainstream charity sector in the Uk, and the education sector too.

With impressive leadership, and a core team with a strong track record already in place, we have an ambition to become the leading Executive Search firm based in the UK.
In addition, we’re looking to open our first international office this year, in Nairobi.