Private Sector Advisor–Oxfam Business Advisory Service

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

Do you have a strong grasp of human rights issues in global supply chains, particularly labour rights?

Are you able to provide clear, compelling and practical research and advice?

Are you experienced in working on complex projects?

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

The Role:

Oxfam GB is looking for a Private Sector Advisor for the Oxfam Business Advisory Service (OBAS).

In this role you will be working with senior private sector advisors to deliver impactful advisory and project work with a growing portfolio of clients, including global household names, across a range of human rights issues including living wage, worker voice and gender equity.

The Oxfam Business Advisory Service supports companies to improve their impact in global supply chains. We enable businesses to access the wealth of experience and expertise within Oxfam to strengthen corporate human rights, labour rights and gender strategies, policies, implementation and impact.

What we are looking for:

We’re looking for a candidate who cares about Oxfam’s mission to end poverty and is personally aligned to the values of empowerment, accountability, and inclusion in all you do; and our feminist principles.

An ideal candidate for the role will also be / have:


  • Knowledge of and experience in. business and human rights issues, particularly labour rights, ideally in the supply chains of one or more of the following sectors: food and beverage; agriculture; retail and FMCG supply chains
  • Strong organizational skills, including the need to be agile by responding to requests at short notice, work on multiple projects with competing priorities at same time, ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong communication skills, including communicating progress on projects and creating clear and succinct written reports and presentations for both internal and external audiences.
  • Experience of working with the private sector either within a business or in a consultancy or advisory services role
  • Excellent research, writing and analytical skills

We offer:

This role will give you an opportunity to work with an exciting portfolio of companies and to have a positive impact on workers and communities in global supply chains. You will be a key contributor to the growth of an innovative side of Oxfam’s work. You will work with a group of passionate people that are specialists in their field. It offers fair pay and a competitive benefits package.

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. Oxfam GB also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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 community who believe poverty isn’t inevitable. It’s an injustice that can be overcome. We are shop volunteers, women’s right activists, marathon runners, aid workers, coffee farmers, street fundraisers, goat herders, policy experts, campaigners, water engineers and more. And we won’t stop until everyone can live life without poverty for good.

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.

A thriving diverse Oxfam:

It’s people power that brings about change. To play our part as a global organisation working to overcome poverty and inequality, we need equality, diversity and inclusion across our community of staff, partners and volunteers. Together, we’re committed to becoming a more diverse workforce, better able to tackle the global challenges that face our world today.

To do that:

  • We need to dismantle the unequal power structures that exist everywhere, this including Oxfam and the wider development and charity sectors.
  • We need an inclusive Oxfam where everyone can bring who they are to our work and feels celebrated for the differences they bring.
  • We want and need everyone, and that means we need you.

In response to Covid-19 if you are offered a role where you are required to travel between countries please ensure you have been briefed by the Hiring Manager about any changes to working or precautions you should take as part of your role.

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