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 candidates are:
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 Latest Africa Posts
Latest news from Africa
- Uganda: Is co-opting the opposition shrewd politics or a desperate ploy?by Michael Mutyaba on 10 August 2022 at 8:07 am
Uganda’s oldest opposition party is now allied to President Museveni’s NRM. Last month, one of the longest standing features of Uganda’s political landscape crumbled as President Yoweri Museveni signed an historic “cooperation agreement” with the country’s oldest opposition party. The pact between the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) and the Democratic Party (DP) is purportedly aimed at ensuring collaboration on matters of constitutional importance. Norbert Mao, the leader of the DP, was immediately appointed as Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. This development is the latest example of Museveni’s long-established pattern of co-opting opposition figures into government. Many pundits have
- Dance to Buga, but please don’t do thisby Ifeanyi M. Nsofor & Adekemi Adeniyan on 29 July 2022 at 9:39 am
Opening a bottle with your teeth could end up being painful, disfiguring, and expensive. Buga by Kizz Daniel and Tekno has everyone dancing globally. The song has gone viral on TikTok and even Nigerian political parties have succumbed to Buga fever, using it as a victory song. In some of May, Buga was the most Shazammed song in the world. It is little wonder then that since the song’s music video premiered on 22 June, it has garnered more than 34 million views. Buga’s theme is aspirational, encouraging people to wake up and be successful. The video features dancers in colourful costumes
- Fortress conservation is heading for a crisis that can’t come soon enoughby Simon Counsell on 28 July 2022 at 8:49 am
Governments “protect” wildlife from the very people who have conserved it for centuries, while allocating mining concessions in the same areas. Outside Africa, many people’s first encounter with the continent is through images of wildlife in savannahs unfolding across their TV screens – the mortal dramas of lions chasing zebra while vast herds of wildebeest wheel and stampede with awe-inspiring force. These documentaries have given generations an appreciation of nature’s wonders, but they also contain an oddity: the total absence of Black people. As Kenyan conservation ecologist Mordecai Ogada has pointed out, in the European portrayal of Africa’s wildlife, African
- What will it take for monthly rent payment to work in Nigeria?by Immaculata Abba on 27 July 2022 at 8:36 am
Nigerians currently have to shell out a whole year’s rent in advance. Many renters want this to change, but landlords will need reassuring. Renting in Nigeria can feel like an extreme sport. Not only is there a shortage of affordable housing in many cities, but renters that do find a suitable property typically have to fork out a whole year’s rent in advance to secure it, if not two. This longstanding norm of annual rent payments reduces risks for landlords and gives them more financial flexibility. Some tenants prefer it too. But with Nigeria’s economy in crisis and the cost
- Three reasons ethnicity will count for less in Kenya’s upcoming voteby Nic Cheeseman on 26 July 2022 at 8:46 am
Elections have always been about much more than ethnicity, but this will be particularly so this 9 August. Elections in Kenya have a reputation for being heated, controversial, and driven by ethnicity. In the popular imagination, election campaigns largely involve Big Men trying to mobilise their communities en masse, and the outcome of the polls – if they are free and fair – represents little more than an ethnic census. However, this simplistic cliché has never been accurate – and it looks like it will be particularly inaccurate in relation to the upcoming general elections on 9 August. Though still
Justin Highstead, Africa Executive
Gatsby Charitable Foundation
Manager Governance, International Board and Council, WWF International
Senior Policy Advisor, AMCOW
Board Chair, Sabre Education
Executive Director, YouthConnekt Africa
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
Deborah Clayton Hatfield
Chair, Board of Trustees, Rwanda Action
Regional HR Manager, Gatsby Africa
Self Help Africa
Director, Water Witness International
Elizabeth Williams Bassi
Operations Director, Sabre
Self Help Africa