Deputy General Counsel (FIN0499)

Oxfam GB, OXFORD (OXFAM HOUSE), United Kingdom

Skill Required:, HR and AdminPolicy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Closing Date for Applications: 
15th September, 2019

Job Description

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

Are you a qualified lawyer in the UK or other common law jurisdiction?

Do you have experience of managing a legal team?

Do you have experience in complex charity, commercial or government environments?

Are you collaborative, empathetic and committed to helping people living in poverty?

If the answer is yes, then we would like to hear from you.

The Role

We are looking for a Deputy General Counsel who encourages innovation in the use of the law, and manages the small Oxfam GB legal team, to support a compliant and enabling culture, with business skills, and will promote human rights. This is a new role, to reflect the heightened importance of law and compliance.

What we are looking for

Our Deputy General Counsel will work closely with the General Counsel and members of the senior leadership team, and will bring a combination of empathetic management skills, and ability to provide a flexible and professional legal skill across our international programmes and a wide range of commercial and regulatory issues (ranging from sanctions to domestic UK charity issues), with a passion for helping other people.

We offer

  • This role will give you an opportunity to be part of a flexible and innovative team that uses the law in innovative ways to overcome poverty and suffering. You should be in Oxford for a minimum of two days per week but otherwise the work is agile.
  • The role is an influencing one internally and externally, will work with some fabulous pro bono lawyers from leading law firms, and will contribute to an evolving and diverse culture. You will work with a committed group who use the law to campaign, to save money, to work across challenging international contexts, and to play a leading part in not for profit law. It offers great opportunities for training and development.

Our values and commitment to safeguarding

  • Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom Oxfam GB engages. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.
  • The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation. All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.
  • We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.
  • Please note interested candidates must already have right to work & reside in the UK in order to apply for this role.

How to apply

As part of your online application, please upload your up to date CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.

About us

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.

Oxfam GB is a member of international confederation of 19 organisations working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.

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