Oxfam Cymru

Head of Oxfam Cymru

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 Oxfam Cymru 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.

The 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.

The 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.

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 them.

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 to Oxfam website.

Oxfam Cymru


Chief Executive Officer

Interburns is an innovative, dynamic, global, health sector NGO focussed on improving the quality of burn prevention and treatment in low resource and conflict settings. It is a charity that is highly regarded and unique in its field. They have built a large community of volunteers who share a passion for burn prevention and treatment, and who have supported each other to develop and share resources that are innovative and proven to reduce burn injuries in low-and middle-income countries where the highest number of injuries occur.

The organisation supports long-term change through strategic planning, building networks of multidisciplinary practitioners to share best practices, and delivery of tailor-made tools and training programmes. They also work with international partners to improve emergency response mechanisms for mass casualty disasters.

The Board is seeking a part-time CEO to provide strategic oversight and lead them into the next exciting phase of growth and influence. They aim to scale up the adoption of their comprehensive approach, identify and secure sustainable sources of funding, and continuing to deliver impactful programmes that improve the quality of burn prevention and care. Interburns currently employs a full-time programme manager and an operations manager, who will report to the CEO; they also have a part-time medical and a part-time nursing lead (both 0.2fte).

They are looking for someone with vision, energy and a proven track record in engaging with the governance systems of a charity while supporting strategic and organisational development for growth and sustainability.

As a result of the new CEO’s leadership, within two years Interburns aim to:

  • expand the number of countries and partners that use their comprehensive approach
  • secure a broader spread of funding partners and options, for instance with a mix of philanthropic, corporate and international development sources
  • have a strategically sound ‘business’ plan agreed and in place for the next five years.


  • At least 10 years’ experience working in international development or global health with knowledge of managing projects related to Sustainable Development Goals
  • Experience in raising the profile of an issue or organisation on the international stage
  • Proven ability to take forward innovative practices and/or technologies to scale in challenging policy environments
  • Demonstrated skills in identifying and engaging with a wide variety of donors and securing new funding streams
  • Ability to work collegially within a small team and engage with professionals from a range of backgrounds and with different skill sets.
  • A background in international health sector development would be an advantage
  • Experience of living and working overseas in a low resource environment would be beneficial.

It is anticipated that the role will be equivalent to 2 days a week and can be worked flexibly in agreement with the Board. Interburns has registered offices in Cardiff and Brussels but the role is home-based with quarterly Board meetings in the UK.

The position will be funded initially for two years. The salary is commensurate with a CEO of a charity, pro-rata £70,000-75,000 FTE depending on experience.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a CV and a cover letter explaining how they meet the essential criteria to by Monday 16th August.

Applicants who have been successful in getting through the first round will be contacted for an informal phone/Zoom discussion before invitation to formal interview.

The Board hopes that the successful candidate will be in position by 1st October 2021.