Lead - Research & Knowledge Building

Oxfam India, New Delhi, India

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsPolicy/ Advocacy and CampaignResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th February, 2021

Job Description

About Oxfam India

Oxfam India is a movement of people working to end discrimination and create a free and just society.

We work to ensure that Adivasis, Dalits, Muslims, and Women & Girls have violence free lives with freedom to speak their mind, equal opportunities to realize their rights, and a discrimination free future. We research to find lasting solutions to end rising inequalities and exclusion of marginalized communities from getting decent jobs, quality free education and healthcare. We campaign with the public to demand policy changes from governments for creating a just and inclusive country as envisioned in the Indian Constitution. We mobilize support to save, protect and rebuild lives of the poorest of poor affected by crisis and humanitarian disasters.

By putting the rights of marginalized at the heart of everything we do, we work to create a discrimination free India where everyone lives a life of dignity, free from injustice and inequality. Over the last year, we have changed the lives of over three million people in our six focus states—Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Assam. We are also part of the Oxfam global confederation with affiliates in 20 countries fighting together build a better world.   

Oxfam has been in India since 1951. It first came to India to respond to Bihar famine. In 2008, Oxfam India became an independent affiliate and an Indian NGO. Oxfam India is an autonomous Indian organization and has staff and board members from within India. Oxfam India is a member of the global confederation of 20 Oxfams across the world. Government of India has registered Oxfam India as a non-profit organization under Section 8 of the Indian Companies Act, 2013 and have a Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) license.

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 and adults. 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.

All our work is led by three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness.

Accountability – Our purpose-driven, results-focused approach means we take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions.
Empowerment – Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen.
Inclusiveness – We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.

Scope of Position

Oxfam India is a rights based organisation. Research based influencing through advocacy and campaigns is one of the key pillars of its work. Oxfam India’s new strategy 2020-25 proposes to deepen the work of building knowledge through grass-roots interventions. It is keen to define well-argued positions on a range of policies based on empirical research.

The incumbent will be providing strategic leadership in developing and making operational Oxfam India’s programme on research and knowledge building work to ensure that its aspirations are successfully realised, ensuring that key messages from the research carried out are properly fed back to relevant forums in a timely manner. The incumbent will be expected to lead some of the primary research work as well as mentor and guide the Research team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead, design and deliver a commonly agreed plan of research and knowledge building work for Oxfam India.
  • Be responsible for leading one or two research flagship report workflows and provide support to Research and Knowledge building work in other workflows.
  • Lead the Research and Knowledge competency cell which will involve mentoring, training and providing human resource support to members to different workflows as per requirement.
  • Ensure effective networking with think tanks and knowledge partners to ensure that relevant research outputs from such institutions are effectively integrated in Oxfam India’s own programming, advocacy and campaigns.
  • Ensure that the results and recommendations from Oxfam India’s Research publications are effectively fed back to relevant stakeholder groups in national and international forums, and the larger Oxfam confederation.
  • Coordinate with the in-house communications team to prepare and disseminate key messages from the research studies.
  • Ensure that gender analysis is applied across all levels of planning and delivery.
  • Develop and make operational an appropriate monitoring, evaluation and learning framework to ensure that the research outputs are effectively tracked.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Post-graduate in Economics, Sociology or Development Studies.
  • Mature understanding of development issues, especially those related to inequality and discrimination
  • Proven experience of around 10 years of policy analysis, research and advocacy work and ability to negotiate and agree policy positions amongst different stakeholders
  • Strong mentoring and management skills
  • Proven experience of developing, negotiating and agreeing research strategies
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively
  • Ability to prioritise, plan and organise work in a complex institutional setting
  • Proven experience in field-based research and community engagement and willingness to travel to field extensively for conducting research.
  • Excellent communication skills for lobbying and media work. Ability to communicate complex issues in a clear manner
  • Ability to work on own initiative, manage complex workloads and deliver outputs to agreed deadlines
  • Demonstrated competencies in financial management of large budgets and reporting
  • Demonstrable understanding and experience of gender and diversity issues and proven commitment to and evidence of promoting gender and diversity equity
  • Commitment to Oxfam values and mission
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential


  • During the course of employment the post holder may be required to move base on a temporary or permanent basis to any workplace controlled by Oxfam India


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