Working at Oxfam

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.


Here at Oxfam we have made a commitment to decolonise our way of working and be safe, feminist, anti-racist and partner-led.  We need the help of a Chief People Officer to build on the momentum and provide vision, embodied wisdom, and the innovative leadership to shape the culture that demonstrates our core convictions and to apply our convictions internally across the entirety of how we do, what we do!



As a member of Oxfam’s Senior Leadership Team this vital leadership role will strategically enable our 4,000+ team members to experience the joy and creative power of working in a safe, feminist and anti-racist organisation. 



The Chief People Officer will inspire in others the hope and energy to evolve and innovate, whilst giving focus to the priorities for their teams to lead transformation projects within Oxfam GB and our global confederation. We are seeking someone of sophisticated relational and organisational intelligence to discern and enable how change happens at Oxfam.



The Chief People Officer will love systems-thinking and a bring a strategic view of the corporate change process that shapes the role their teams will play in best serving Oxfam. The Chief People Officer will be a naturally inclusive leader, who is courageous and creative, who is absolutely passionate to overcome poverty, and who understands the importance tackling institutional inequalities, internally and in the wider world.


Key Responsibilities:


  • As part of our Strategic Leadership team our Chief People Officer (“CPO”) will be a vital contributor to organisational strategy.


  • The CPO will provide leadership for all Oxfam GB HR teams, currently around 90 team members.


  • The CPO will lead People Strategy for our 4,000 employees, over half of whom are based internationally, and about 1,000 of whom manage our network of retail outlets and the majority of our 15,000+ volunteers. This future-focussed People Strategy will enable Oxfam to continue to evolve into the safe, decolonised, feminist and anti-racist organisation we aspire to be. How we work is at the heart of how we define our success.


  • Oxfam as a confederation is exploring new models to provide effective business support to all country programmes. Our CPO will provide strategic and people leadership into this challenging global project, working alongside colleagues from all other Oxfam offices.


  • In Oxfam GB we are aware that we have not been able to invest as much as we would like in people and people management in recent years. Our CPO will lead the work to put this right, bringing together new investments in business partnering, talent, reward, and HR technology.


  • Our CPO will work with colleagues to ensure a focus on building our employment brand and employee value proposition, enabling us to showcase our values, our work, and our culture in employment markets.


  • Our CPO will provide coaching style leadership to our HR teams and leaders, building their capacity and confidence, and ensuring a joined-up approach to all strands of people management at Oxfam.


  • As our culture continues to evolve, our CPO will lead us in collectively understanding what being safe, feminist and anti-racist can look and feel like for our teams and how we can truly become a partner-led and decolonised organisation. The challenges of this translation and transition will bring together our HR teams, our Equalities teams, our trades unions, and organisational leaders.


  • Under the leadership of our CPO, our teams will become more engaged, HR will be recognised as a key strategic and operational partner, our Oxfam GB employment brand will attract the diverse talent we need, and people will be at the heart of all strategic conversations and decisions.


We offer:


We offer a competitive salary and a range of additional benefits to staff including flexible working options, a generous pension scheme, annual leave, additional leave allowances, company sick pay, life assurance, and a range of other benefits. 


You can read more about all Oxfam has to offer here.





Oxfam is developing a flexible and hybrid approach to working arrangements combining remote and office-based working. The postholder will be required to work at least two days a month at Oxfam House, John Smith Drive, Oxford, OX4 2JY. You may also be required to travel within the UK and overseas.



How to apply:


Oxfam GB is being supported by Macaulay Search. Applications should be sent by email to Ewen McAlpine at [email protected]

The closing date for applications is 12pm BST on Monday, June 5th, 2023. Your application should comprise:

  • a full CV including your employment history and showing responsibilities held and relevant achievements.
  • a covering note of not more than one and a half pages summarising the career and personal experiences that
    prepare you for the role and your motivation;


Please see the full role description and information on how to apply here:




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