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: 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 this
    by 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 enough
    by 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 vote
    by 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

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

Andrew Harberd

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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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"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

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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

Oxford HR
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

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"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

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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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