Cardiff, Cardiff
£39,655 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Head of Oxfam Cymru (0696)

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

Do you have strong influencing and advocacy skills and an understanding of Welsh political and economic structures?

Do you have knowledge of UK and devolved social and economic policy as it impacts on poverty and social exclusion in Wales and the UK?

Do you have leadership skills with strong people-centered management expertise?

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

The Role

Oxfam GB is looking for a new Head of Oxfam Cymru to lead overall influencing and communications strategy, policy development and approach to risk management in Wales.

This role will be responsible for developing a clear vision and plan for how Oxfam Cymru can help achieve Oxfam’s domestic and international objectives, how change can best be achieved in Wales and how action in Wales can contribute to global change.

The role will be responsible for shaping and leading influencing and communications work that challenge poverty in Wales, across the UK and globally. It will be responsible for keeping well informed of developments in the external context relevant to Oxfam’s work in Wales and seeking to make effective use of opportunities in this changing context.

The Head of Oxfam Cymru will also be responsible for developing and maintaining strategic alliances and partnerships with key actors in Wales, including civil society networks, public and private sector organisations and the media; and for ensuring gender justice and a commitment to anti-racism visibly underpins all aspects of Oxfam Cymru’s work. 

The Head of Oxfam Cymru will also be responsible for stewarding Oxfam GB’s commitment to the Welsh language. 

Please note though this is a full-time position but we are happy to consider applicants for part-time work i.e. 4 days per week.

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 and our feminist principles.

Our next Head of Oxfam Cymru will have:

  • Proven leadership skills with strong people-centered management expertise and experience of operating in complex, multi-disciplinary teams
  • Proven influencing and advocacy skills, and an understanding of Welsh political and economic structures as relevant to Oxfam’s work, including non-government organisations and the voluntary sector.
  • Strong understanding of international poverty issues and how these relate to a UK and Welsh context.
  • Knowledge of UK and devolved social and economic policy as it impacts on poverty and social exclusion in Wales and the UK
  • Strong leadership skills with people-centered management expertise
  • Understanding of feminist leadership principles and ability to apply them in day-to-day behaviour and work
  • An ability to practice accountability to those who experience oppression as a result of their identities, such as their gender, race/ethnicity, disability, class, or LGBTQIA identity
  • Competence in written and spoken Welsh or the ability and commitment to learn.

We offer

This role will give you an opportunity to lead Oxfam’s work tackling poverty and injustice work in Wales and beyond, working with a group of passionate people that are specialists in their fields. Oxfam offers fair pay and competitive benefits package.


We believe flexible working is key to building the Oxfam of the future, so we’re open to talking through the type of flexible arrangements which might work for you.

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. 

Posted on: 14 July 2021
Closed date: 03 August 2021
Job ref: 0696
Tags: Management