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 nearly 200 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

Alisha Muchemi

Alisha Muchemi

Angeline

Angeline Siparo

Anne Catherine

Anne-Catherine Schaub-Jones

Ben Hennesy

Ben Hennesy

Blaise

Blaise Abong’o

Blessing

Blessing Gwelo

Bongani

Bongani Matabane

Edna

Edna Mukonoweshuro

Evah Mbogoh

Evah Mukami Mbogoh

Helen Dalton

Helen Dalton

Jessica Gogo

Jessica Gogo

Karen

Karen Twining

Neil Berry

Neil Berry

Ottilia

Ottilia Dube

Peter Irungu

Peter Irungu

Prisca

Prisca Jeruto

Sarah Odhiambo

Sarah Odhiambo

Suzie Li

Suzie Li

Toby

Toby Weaver

Latest news from Africa

  • Uganda: The tiny flea making it painful for people to walk and work
    by Apophia Agiresaasi on 24 June 2022 at 9:17 am

    Authorities in western Uganda are battling an outbreak of jiggers that has hit several rural villages. Evangelista Kanohili sits on a mat on the earthen ground outside her tin-roof mud hut in Bwayegamba, a rural parish in western Uganda. Her dusty bare feet are stretched in front of her. Her toes, from the tips to the lower parts, right above the balls of her feet, have small swollen lesions with black spots, some as large as peas. For the last three months, Kanohili’s feet have been infested with jiggers, small parasitic fleas that burrow into skin, usually on feet. Multiple The post Uganda: The tiny flea making it painful for people to walk and work first appeared on African Arguments.

  • Somalia faces worst humanitarian crisis in recent history
    by Mukesh Kapila on 23 June 2022 at 8:17 am

    The most severe drought for 40 years, war in Ukraine, and poor governance have led Somalia to the brink. Aid raised is a fraction of what’s needed. The warnings have been coming for some time. Somalia is on the brink of catastrophe. A recent assessment suggests that 7.7 million Somalis need emergency aid right now. This is a similar number to those affected by the Ethiopian famine in 1984, one of the worst humanitarian disasters in history in which about one million people died. The immediate trigger for the likely famine is three successive years of failed rains leading to The post Somalia faces worst humanitarian crisis in recent history first appeared on African Arguments.

  • Believing in gender equality isn’t enough. Men must join the fight
    by Monica Geingos on 22 June 2022 at 10:33 am

    The key to achieving greater female political representation lies with those occupying most leadership positions worldwide: men. Women form more than half of Africa’s population, but you wouldn’t know this from looking at African parliaments, governments, and boardrooms. In sub-Saharan Africa, women remain significantly outnumbered in the upper echelons of public leadership. There are just five women serving as prime ministers and two as presidents, while just over one in four members of parliament is a woman. African women continue to suffer from lack of opportunity and outright prejudice. So, it is no surprise, then, that they are disadvantaged in The post Believing in gender equality isn't enough. Men must join the fight first appeared on African Arguments.

  • The bold campaign to defund the East African Crude Oil Pipeline
    by Sophie Neiman on 22 June 2022 at 9:04 am

    Activists have convinced 20 big banks not to finance the controversial oil project leaving its fate in the balance. This February, the heads of TotalEnergies and the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) held a long-awaited meeting in Kampala. Together with leaders from Uganda and Tanzania, the French and Chinese energy giants signed a momentous Final Investment Decision for the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP). In doing so, what would be the world’s longest heated pipeline – a $5 billion behemoth set to transport oil 1,443km from Uganda’s Lake Albert to the port of Tanga in Tanzania – took The post The bold campaign to defund the East African Crude Oil Pipeline first appeared on African Arguments.

  • The unseen trial of Congo’s “phantom spymaster” and what it means
    by Jean-Michel Nlandu on 21 June 2022 at 9:45 am

    The veteran political operator François Beya Kasonga had been one of the president’s inner circle, until his sudden arrest. Few people manage to navigate the notoriously competitive and complicated world of high-level politics in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) successfully. Even fewer manage to do so consistently for several decades, making themselves indispensable to multiple presidents amid changing political winds and shifting factional battles. A rare exception to this has been François Beya Kasonga. Likened to a phantom by some, he has not just survived Congolese politics over several cycles but quietly risen through its ranks. Having first served The post The unseen trial of Congo's "phantom spymaster" and what it means first appeared on African Arguments.

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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."
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Apollo Nkwake

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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."
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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

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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

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Thomas Banda

Senior Policy Advisor, AMCOW

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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

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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."


I am writing to thank you and the team at Oxford HR for all the work done, and guidance given, on our search for a chief executive for Rwanda Action.

I know that we could not have found such an impressive candidate with such an excellent fit with our organisation, without you and the team at Oxford HR. I also know how much work has gone on behind the scenes to make this appointment possible: the preparation of the initial brief, discussions with candidates, the collating of all the information and the reporting back to the board


Rwanda Action

Deborah Clayton Hatfield

Chair, Board of Trustees, Rwanda Action

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2022-02-01T11:12:36+00:00

Deborah Clayton Hatfield

Chair, Board of Trustees, Rwanda Action

Rwanda Action
I am writing to thank you and the team at Oxford HR for all the work done, and guidance given, on our search for a chief executive for Rwanda Action. I know that we could not have found such an impressive candidate with such an excellent fit with our organisation, without you and the team at Oxford HR. I also know how much work has gone on behind the scenes to make this appointment possible: the preparation of the initial brief, discussions with candidates, the collating of all the information and the reporting back to the board
"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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