OXFAM – Private Sector Senior Advisor Finance

Neera Shah
Neera Shah 13th November 2023
DIVISION: Impact TEAM: Programme and Influencing Enablers
SALARY: £49,601-£58,940 HOURS: 36

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.

DIVISION PURPOSE: We will tackle the root causes of poverty and suffering working in solidarity with people and partners in fragile contexts and by addressing some of the world’s most pressing barriers to equality.

TEAM PURPOSE: The Programme and Influencing Enabler team aims to bring together our work through a One Programme approach. It will deliver and enable influencing in the UK and internationally and enable the programme work of countries, partners, and allies

JOB PURPOSE: Develop a vision for how Oxfam can leverage, influence, and engage with private sector finance in support of Oxfam’s strategic aims.

POST HOLDER REPORTS TO Private Sector Engagement Lead

Develop and support implementation of long-term vision for how Oxfam can engage with private sector finance in support of Oxfam’s strategic objectives

Represent Oxfam corporately and help to develop, manage, and influence significant external relationships in the finance sector particularly investors.

Contribute to effective communication of Oxfam’s policy analysis and messages on the role of the private sector in reducing poverty and inequality and climate justice with a particular focus on the finance sector.

Contribute to shaping organisational and divisional objectives and strategies, which involve specialist knowledge of the interaction between business (especially the finance sector) and poverty issues, and the wider political and economic context.

Contribute to Oxfam’s research, analysis and policy development relating to the role of private finance and investment in contributing to poverty reduction, and the mechanisms/institutions required to maximise its positive impacts, in support of Oxfam’s priority campaigns and its wider private sector strategy.

Contributes to the formulation, organization and delivery of high-level lobby, and advocacy and actively participates in lobbying and advocacy.


  • Develop a vision for how Oxfam can leverage, influence, and engage with private sector finance in support of Oxfam’s strategic aims.
  • Undertake research and analysis and contribute to policy and programme development on the role of the private sector in development with a particular focus on the finance sector, in accordance with Oxfam’s advocacy objectives and sector-wide strategies.
  • Lobby private sector, particularly actors in the financial sector and public policy decision-makers with Oxfam’ s messages on the role of the private sector in contributing to poverty reduction and sustainable development.
  • Contribute to communicating Oxfam’s views on the role of private finance and investment in poverty reduction to UK/international media and to the public including through representing Oxfam at external events.
  • Support the development of constructive and assertive relationships with key private sector leaders and opinion-formers, including CEOs, their advisers and consultants, public policy decision-makers (including national governments and multilateral institutions), academics and activists.
  • Manage relationships with existing financial sector actors engaged in Oxfam’s work.
  • Establish, maintain, and expand a network of relationships with financial sector actors, particularly those with a focus on Oxfam thematic areas of focus, Valuing Women’s Work, Climate Justice & Rights Resilience and Response.
  • Plan and manages financial resources and processes related to funding for specific pieces of work


Person Specification:

Most importantly, every individual at Oxfam GB needs to be able to:

Live our values of INCLUSION, ACCOUNTABILITY and EMPOWERMENT (read more about these here).

Ensure you commit to our ORGANISATIONAL ATTRIBUTES (including adhering to the Code of Conduct):

1. Be committed to our feminist principles, and to applying them in your day-to-day behaviour and

your work. Be ready to keep learning, with accountability to those who experience oppression as a result of their identities, such as their   gender, race/ethnicity, disability, class, or    LGBTQIA identity.”

2. Be committed to undertaking Oxfam’s

safeguarding training and adhering to relevant policies, to ensure all people who come into Oxfam are as safe as possible.


Experience, Knowledge & Competencies


For this role, you will be expected to role model Oxfam’s feminist leadership approach and we have selected the most relevant feminist leadership practices which we will use for assessment purposes (which you can read more about here):

  • Knowledge and understanding of issues relating to responsible investment and the role of private finance in poverty reduction and sustainable development
  • Working knowledge on climate change, just transition and the role of UK Financial Institutions
  • Working knowledge on business and human rights
  • Excellent analytical skills, including the ability to produce effective policy demands for complex political and policy environments.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively, achieve results, good project management skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills to motivate, influence and negotiate with a range of audiences both internally and externally.
  • Good interpersonal and networking skills and a commitment to teamwork.
  • Awareness of key sensitivities for NGO advocacy around the private sector
  • Demonstrable understanding and experience of gender and diversity issues and a commitment to promoting gender equity.


  • degree-level qualification in a relevant field e.g. finance, business, economics.
  • Proven experience and skills tor managing and delivering highly complex projects, utilising formal project management skills and tools, including funding
  • Significant expertise and experience of working in the financial sector
  • An understanding of social / impact investment community within the UK and around the world

Safer recruitment: All offers of employment are subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks (which can include counterterrorism, safeguarding and criminal records checks). You can find out what this means here.

DBS Check Required: No

Application Link: https://jobs.oxfam.org.uk/vacancy/private-sector-senior-advisor—finance-1859/20192/description/

The deadline for applications is 31st December 2023.

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