Oxford Policy Fellowship programme to significantly expand
Oxford Policy Management’s innovative programme to provide low- and middle-income country governments with tailored support is set to expand this year, with up to 12 Fellows being recruited to the programme.
After a successful pilot, OPM is expanding its Oxford Policy Fellowship programme with further legal posts in additional ministries. The Fellowship represents a new kind of technical assistance, providing support where governments have identified gaps in capacity. The Fellowship sources high-quality early career professionals to fill these gaps. The newly appointed Fellows complete two-year postings within government departments, as direct employees of those departments.
High demand for the pilot postings has continued into this year, with expressions of interest for Fellows from ministries across sub-Saharan Africa. The programme is meeting this demand by significantly expanding its intake beyond the current four Fellows.
Speaking at the launch of the Fellowship’s new website, Kari Lipschutz, Director of the Fellowship and Consultant at OPM said: ‘We’re delighted by the demand we’re seeing for Fellowship posts from our government partners. Right from its conception, the Fellowship was always meant to be a government-led initiative, and it’s great to see that this approach is being well-received. The additional posts this year will increase our ability to support governments across the policy cycle, providing junior-level support where it will have the greatest impact on policy design and implementation’.
The deadline for government requests for a Fellow is just weeks away, with Saturday 20 February being the final date to submit expressions of interest. Recruitment for Fellows will immediately follow, with shortlisting to be completed by June 2016, and Fellows due to arrive in-country by October 2016.
Vanessa Fullerton, Oxford Policy Fellow in the Ministry of Finance, Djibouti said of the programme: ‘To me, the Fellowship represents the opportunity to share the skills and experience that I have already acquired working in the private sector with public sector lawyers working in a completely different context.