Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
This is not a graduate scheme; our 11-month trainee scheme is an entry-level programme, which is unique in what we offer and what we’re looking for from applicants.
Are you looking for an exciting opportunity following a decision to change your career? Or…
Are you looking for a new challenge with some work experience?
Do you have passion and an enthusiasm for fighting against inequality?
If so, we would like to hear from you. You don’t need to already know how charities work or to have any formal qualifications or work experience.
Oxfam is a global movement of millions of people who share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn't inevitable. In just 15 years, extreme poverty has been halved. 15 more years and we can end it for good. We are an international organisation looking for fresh ideas, approaches and ways of thinking from a variety of people, from a wide range of backgrounds, but particularly those from under-represented or disadvantaged groups.
In Oxfam’s Campaigns, Policy and Influencing team we campaign to change attitudes, systems, institutions and policies that keep people in poverty. As a trainee, you’d be working to support a range of campaigns and activities, rotating between teams and projects. In addition to Campaigns projects there are often opportunities to work in other Oxfam departments, such as our Fundraising and Communications teams.
You will be able to build skills flexibly in areas that are most beneficial to you and we’re interested in supporting you to share the skills, experience and insights you have with our teams. From learning about and conducting your own policy research to event planning, and from digital communications to community fundraising, you’ll have exposure to a range of areas of Oxfam’s work. If you have specific areas of interest or a desire to learn more about something we will work with you to achieve your learning goals and help guide you in discovering what you’re interested in.
We’re a friendly, flexible and supportive team; but don’t take my word for it, join us on either Monday 16 January at 12.30pm or Thursday 19 January at 3pm for a live chat. Feel free to ask us about Oxfam, the scheme, your particular circumstances and anything general or more specific that would help you to decide whether applying is right for you. To get involved, enter your email address and preferred time into this online form: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3246409/Oxfam-Online-Chat-re-Trainee-Scheme. We’ll then be in touch before that time to let you know how to join us online. The discussion will be in a group, but we will also be available to answer questions confidentially.
Closing date for applications: Sunday 29 January 2017 (at midnight at the end of the day)
When you’ll hear back: sometime during the week of 06 Feburary, via email
Assessment and interview day:Wednesday 15 February in Oxford**(OX4 2JY). The assessment day will consist of a selection of group and individual exercises and is designed to be a relaxed and enjoyable opportunity for us to find out more about you and you of us. You must be available to attend on this day in Oxford in person. Unfortunately, due the format of the day, we cannot do Skype/phone assessments instead. Lots more information will be sent to you in advance should you be invited to attend.
Flexible working: Our trainee roles are usually full-time, but we are happy to explore part-time options as well as flexible work patterns.
Right to work: If you do not have the right and proof of your right to work in the UK currently, we cannot consider your application for this role. Like all organisations in the UK, Oxfam must adhere to the UK’s immigration rules and points based sponsorship process, which does not permit Oxfam to sponsor for this particular recruitment. Please only submit an application if you have the right to work in the UK. Proof of right to work will be required during the assessment process.
Masked applications: All of our applications for this scheme are ‘masked’ which means that when we shortlist, we cannot see your name or any of the Personal Details you supply us. We shortlist purely on the merit of the content of individual applications, and masking names helps us to make extra sure we’re doing just that. It does also mean that, if you join us via the live chat, your queries are not linked to your application so do please feel free to ask us anything you’d like to.
Disability Confident Employer Commitment: Oxfam is a disability confident employer, which means that we strive to recruit people and retain them in ways that are flexible to the requirements they may have as a result of disability.
Diversity: We are committed to ensuring diversity (in all its many forms) within our organisation.
Attachment(s): Please download the Role Profile for further information about the opportunity. This document also includes a section on guidance and tips to support you with your application. Good Luck!