The Oxford Law & Policy Fellowship 2019 for Early-Career Professionals [Salary up to £26,000]

Applications are invited from early-career professionals for the 2019 Oxford Policy Fellowship. The deadline for submission of applications is 1st February, 2019.

Oxford Law & Policy Fellowship


Are you are looking for your next challenge, or planning a wholesale career move? Become an Oxford Policy Fellow for a unique opportunity to apply your legal knowledge within an international development context.

The Fellowship is the start of an exciting new chapter in your career. It opens the door to a career with a range of international agencies, NGOs, development consultancies and governmental organisations.

The programme has three key objectives:

  • To provide governments with outstanding early-career advisors, where there is a need for additional capacity.
  • To create a community of practice of law and policy practitioners across governments.
  • To foster a culture of learning through our innovative monitoring and evaluation framework.

The Oxford Policy Fellowship also provides transformative career opportunities for professionals who are passionate about development.

The Fellowship is an initiative of Oxford Policy Management and its major funding partner is the UK Government’s Department for International Development (UK DFID). It has also received funding from the New Venture Fund and a private donation.

Oxford Policy Fellowship : Fellows Responsibilities.

Fellows will be asked to perform a variety of tasks while in their post, some technical, some administrative. Examples of the types of work expected of the Fellow include the following:

  • Coordinating and supporting various specialist consultants that may be providing advice to the Ministry;
  • Analysing complex contracts;
  • Contributing to procurement processes and contract management;
  • Drafting contracts, memoranda of understanding and regulations;
  • Providing inputs to drafting Public Private Partnership (PPP) policies, and conducting research on possible accompanying legal frameworks;
  • Facilitating capacity building in areas requested by the Ministry and where you observe clear gaps: from providing training or tools on how to review complex commercial contracts to side-by-side learning achieved through team work (e.g. working with colleagues to utilise track changes function in Word or refining drafting and formatting skills);
  • Assisting with Environmental Impact Assessments, particularly relating to disputes and appeals;
  • Providing support to Ministerial teams that are negotiating and implementing agreements, including: a) regional harmonisation agreements, laws, and policies, b) international environmental agreements (e.g. climate change and biodiversity), c) investment agreements with the private sector, d) bilateral agreements with other governments;
  • Acting as a liaison between the Ministry and other government departments and line ministries;
  • Assisting on advocacy and information dissemination on legal aspects pertaining to line ministry activities;
  • Reviewing existing policies and proposed legal instruments or tools to support the Ministry in their implementation;
  • Providing ad hoc legal advice to the Minister, PS and directors in response to both internal and external requests;
  • Providing technical drafting input to a range of legislative instruments including laws, regulations, and ministerial orders and well as contracts and memorandums of understanding;
  • Undertaking sector-specific legal research and analysis, often of a comparative nature, to inform policy development and or legislative drafting (e.g. regarding pharmaceutical sector reform, or regulation of private schools).

Oxford Policy Fellowship Eligibility.

  • Open to outstanding candidates who have a demonstrable interest and some work experience in law and/or policy;
  • Relevant work or voluntary experience in a developing country; and strong computer skills;
  • Depending on the specific post for which you are applying, a law degree, an LLM, a Masters in Law, a Masters in Public Policy, or a related field will be required;
  • You must also be willing to commit to a two-year posting in any of the participating countries.

Oxford Policy Fellowship Remuneration & Accountabilities.

  • In all cases, the Fellow will be accountable to their host Government ministry and their line manager in Government. In all cases Fellows will be expected to contribute to the Fellowship’s monitoring, evaluation, and learning framework through regular reporting procedures.
  • Inclusive of contributions from host Ministries, Fellows will receive a total salary of £26,000 a year, plus a housing allowance and, airfare to and from the posting.

How to Apply for Oxford Policy Fellowship.

There are four stages to the recruitment for Fellows:

  1. Application – candidates will be required to provide a completed application form along with supporting documents in order to be considered. Details will be made available on the ‘how to apply’ page.
  2. Skype interviews – based on the applications we receive, candidates will be shortlisted to participate in a first round Skype interview. These are informal 45 minute interviews over Skype with two Fellowship representatives. Questions at this stage will be focused on hard and people skills.
  3. Panel interviews & group exercises – a further shortlist of candidates will be invited to attend an in-person interview and group exercise. Requirements will include a 15 minute presentation, competency based questions and group interaction.
  4. Shortlist to governments – the final stage of the recruitment is for Fellowship staff to present the final shortlist of candidates to each government line manager who will select their preferred candidate based on their needs.

Application ProcedureA completed application form and all other required documentation should be emailed to fellows@policyfellowship.org by Friday 01 February 2019 at 12 noon (GMT), please submit all required documentation in one email.

Application Form Official Link


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