Advancing Diversity in Leadership

Africa

Based in Nairobi and London, our Africa team is dedicated to helping organisations find qualified, top-performing executives for Africa-based roles.

We work across the continent with social change organisations, multilateral and intergovernmental organisations, NGOs and foundations in a wide range of sectors and disciplines, from organisations supporting post-conflict recovery and reconstruction in fragile states, to those promoting responsible trade, and improved agribusiness practices and incomes for small farmers. We specialise in sourcing candidates with a private sector ethos, who are motivated to work in the increasingly complex international development arena.

We are known as the ‘go to’ agency for hard to fill roles and we are proud of our success in placing African candidates in 90% of the roles we have filled in the last two years. We are heavily invested in continuing to build our already extensive network across the continent and forming critical partnerships with multilateral funding institutions and government institutions to further economic development in the region.

Our team is drawn from experts who have all worked and lived in Africa, understand the market for talent in Africa and have the crucial knowledge and networks  needed to find the leaders who will address Africa’s unique challenges.

of placed candidates in the last two years were African nationals

Our placed
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With our diverse, international staff complement, and over 140 years’ collective experience of working in Africa, we are well placed to understand the major social and economic development issues facing the continent and to provide a high calibre service in support of HR and more specific leadership issues.  We understand  both the  opportunities and obstacles to achieving the SDGs in Africa including issues related to improving livelihoods and the business environment, regional integration, the role of transformational technology, state governance, climate change, health and education. Our team strives continuously to further its understanding of the issues and is dedicated to working together with you in the search for a better world.

A selection of our experience in Africa

Our Africa Team

Anne Catherine

Anne-Catherine Schaub-Jones

Helen Dalton

Helen Dalton

Karen

Karen Twining

Ottilia

Ottilia Dube

Peter Irungu

Peter Irungu

Suzie Li

Suzie Li

Toby

Toby Weaver

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"I immensely appreciated and benefited from the professional way in which the screening and recruitment process was conducted by Oxford HR Consultants."

Andrew Harberd

Oxford HR
2018-10-02T07:44:14+00:00

Andrew Harberd

"I immensely appreciated and benefited from the professional way in which the screening and recruitment process was conducted by Oxford HR Consultants."
"Life is going on very well on my end. I was certainly impressed by Oxford HR's rigor and dedication during my recruitment into AWARD and I would very well recommend you to others."

Apollo Nkwake

Oxford HR
2018-10-02T07:44:56+00:00

Apollo Nkwake

"Life is going on very well on my end. I was certainly impressed by Oxford HR's rigor and dedication during my recruitment into AWARD and I would very well recommend you to others."
"Thank you for your support in my own placement. Toby was a true professional and a real pleasure to work with. I'm delighted to be at IWMI."

Claudia Sadoff

Oxford HR
2018-10-02T07:45:32+00:00

Claudia Sadoff

"Thank you for your support in my own placement. Toby was a true professional and a real pleasure to work with. I'm delighted to be at IWMI."
"Oxford HR managed the process extremely professionally helping us to source great candidates, whilst taking all the weight off us through the process. Importantly they helped to filter and ensure the fit was right and that candidates were well briefed and genuinely interested and suited to us."

Justin Highstead, Africa Executive

Gatsby Charitable Foundation

Oxford HR
2018-09-14T18:41:55+00:00

Justin Highstead, Africa Executive

Gatsby Charitable Foundation

"Oxford HR managed the process extremely professionally helping us to source great candidates, whilst taking all the weight off us through the process. Importantly they helped to filter and ensure the fit was right and that candidates were well briefed and genuinely interested and suited to us."
"We have worked with Oxford HR a number of times. The relationship has grown into a full understanding of our organisational culture, leading to some very successful appointments. We can but recommend Oxford HR as it is a pleasure to collaborate with such a professional team"

Kay Richiger
Manager Governance, International Board and Council, WWF International

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2020-11-02T16:35:46+00:00

Kay Richiger
Manager Governance, International Board and Council, WWF International

"We have worked with Oxford HR a number of times. The relationship has grown into a full understanding of our organisational culture, leading to some very successful appointments. We can but recommend Oxford HR as it is a pleasure to collaborate with such a professional team"
"We opted for Oxford HR to assist us with a search for our Senior Policy Advisor upon recommendation from one of our big donors. It was quite an eventful journey in the search of the right caliber person to take up the role of Senior Policy Advisor. The Senior Consultant and all other supporting Consultants from Oxford HR, were extremely helpful and professional in the way they took us through the different milestons of the search process. If you are looking for a search organisation offering value for money services, then look no-where but Oxford HR"

Thomas Banda

Senior Policy Advisor, AMCOW

Oxford HR
2020-11-02T16:38:59+00:00

Thomas Banda

Senior Policy Advisor, AMCOW

"We opted for Oxford HR to assist us with a search for our Senior Policy Advisor upon recommendation from one of our big donors. It was quite an eventful journey in the search of the right caliber person to take up the role of Senior Policy Advisor. The Senior Consultant and all other supporting Consultants from Oxford HR, were extremely helpful and professional in the way they took us through the different milestons of the search process. If you are looking for a search organisation offering value for money services, then look no-where but Oxford HR"
"Oxford HR have a good level of experience in the space. And knowledge and experience of the space is really important."

David Main
Board Chair, Sabre Education

Oxford HR
2020-12-18T13:34:09+00:00

David Main
Board Chair, Sabre Education

"Oxford HR have a good level of experience in the space. And knowledge and experience of the space is really important."
"I had great support from the Oxford HR team. They were available to answer any questions I had and to update me on the processes every step of the way"

Oulie Keita

Executive Director, YouthConnekt Africa

Oxford HR
2020-11-02T16:48:26+00:00

Oulie Keita

Executive Director, YouthConnekt Africa

"I had great support from the Oxford HR team. They were available to answer any questions I had and to update me on the processes every step of the way"
"I think it’s an enormous strength that most of their staff come from the sector."

Link Education

Oxford HR
2020-12-18T13:37:31+00:00

Link Education

"I think it’s an enormous strength that most of their staff come from the sector."
"The Oxford HR African team are amazing professionals...thank you so much!"

Julius K.Rono

Candidate

Oxford HR
2020-02-17T10:03:08+00:00

Julius K.Rono

Candidate

"The Oxford HR African team are amazing professionals...thank you so much!"
“I’m a big fan and I know I’m very biased, but I’ve had just the best experience and keep recommending Oxford HR – to those people who value quality and personalized service. The difference with Karen is that not only does she understand our organization very well, but she also takes keen personal interest in understanding the individuals that work for Gatsby and this just makes the experience all the more unique and effective. I love working with Oxford HR.”

Judith Sequeira

Regional HR Manager, Gatsby Africa

Oxford HR
2019-12-06T15:12:58+00:00

Judith Sequeira

Regional HR Manager, Gatsby Africa

“I’m a big fan and I know I’m very biased, but I’ve had just the best experience and keep recommending Oxford HR – to those people who value quality and personalized service. The difference with Karen is that not only does she understand our organization very well, but she also takes keen personal interest in understanding the individuals that work for Gatsby and this just makes the experience all the more unique and effective. I love working with Oxford HR.”
"All in all, Oxford HR were professional and value for money"

Mark Ireland

Self Help Africa

Oxford HR
2019-12-06T15:17:29+00:00

Mark Ireland

Self Help Africa

"All in all, Oxford HR were professional and value for money"
"What was most impressive was their laser-beam like ability to scan the market to quickly come up with a set of individuals for final interview"

Nick Hepworth

Director, Water Witness International

Oxford HR
2019-12-06T15:19:11+00:00

Nick Hepworth

Director, Water Witness International

"What was most impressive was their laser-beam like ability to scan the market to quickly come up with a set of individuals for final interview"
"The team at Oxford HR was great. They were flexible in how we worked together to meet up to our needs and lived up to their commitments".

Elizabeth Williams Bassi

Operations Director, Sabre

Oxford HR
2019-12-06T15:21:40+00:00

Elizabeth Williams Bassi

Operations Director, Sabre

"The team at Oxford HR was great. They were flexible in how we worked together to meet up to our needs and lived up to their commitments".
"My experience with Oxford HR was excellent. Meeting face to face with Toby was really useful, so that he got a good insight to the role and the type of person we were looking for"

Mark Ireland

Self Help Africa

Oxford HR
2019-12-06T15:22:43+00:00

Mark Ireland

Self Help Africa

"My experience with Oxford HR was excellent. Meeting face to face with Toby was really useful, so that he got a good insight to the role and the type of person we were looking for"
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