27 August 2019

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Job title

Chief Executive - Interim

Reporting to

Board of Trustees


£50,000 per annum

ORG operates a contributory pension scheme with an employer’s contribution of 6%.

Contract type


Fixed term – 6 months


5 days (37.5 hours per 5-day week)


The Green House

244-254 Cambridge Heath Road E2 9DA

How to apply

Please send a covering letter (1-page max.) and CV (2 pages max) to [email protected] by noon (GMT) on Friday 20th September 2019.


Please note that you must be eligible to work in the UK in order to apply.


We expect to hold interviews in London at the end of September.


This is an exciting and critical time of growth and organisational development for Oxford Research Group. As we have recently developed our new 3-year strategy into action, we are looking to put it into action and scale-up our organisation to ensure we can deliver on our planned impact.

We are looking for an inspirational Chief Executive to build on our current successes, drive our strategy and accelerate progress towards our vision.

The role requires a focus to income generation to support the strategy and credibility to be a compelling spokesperson and advocate for the organisation to build its reputation.



You will be an experienced people leader with the strategic vision and drive to ensure a forward looking and ambitious agenda, bringing significant experience of leading a team and an ability to deliver organisational change.

You will be entrepreneurial, authentic, adaptable and action orientated. You will have excellent communication and ambassadorial skills as well as the ability to build strong relationships across a complex range of stakeholders. Most importantly, you will demonstrate a passion for the cause, personal integrity, a commitment to diversity and positive leadership.



We are influential in developing new approaches to sustaining peace and security. We use our research and peacebuilding projects to connect, educate and inspire others to work together to break the cycle of violence.

Our work is more important than ever with 33 countries currently experiencing armed conflict, 70.8 million people being forcibly displaced globally and almost half of all post-civil war countries relapsing into conflict within 5 years.

We work with those affected by conflict and engage with policymakers around the world because we believe that together we can make a change.




  • Has a major focus on income generation by driving delivery of existing income channels and spearheading the development of new, sustainable income streams. 
  • Develop and build relationships with partners, supporters, funders and potential funders to maximise opportunities for income generation. 
  • Develop the organisation’s capabilities and readiness for future grant funding from high profile donors. 
  • Ensure that the organisation can communicate demonstrable impact and is able to clearly articulate this to a range of stakeholders, including key donors. 
  • Provide direction and support to staff and volunteers involved in income generation activities and ensure team efforts are coordinated.



  • Maintain and further develop networks including political decision makers, major donors, existing and potential partner organisations.  
  • Represent the organisation in the press and at public speaking engagements to raise the profile and awareness of its work. 



  • Lead in the implementation of strategic and operational plans, ensuring effective systems and procedures are in place for projects, communications, fundraising and monitoring & evaluation. 
  • Ensure current work is in line with objectives and identify strategic opportunities in potential new areas of work. 
  • Take overall responsibility for achieving, monitoring and reporting on performance.
  • Work with the team to ensure that the organisation has the most effective and robust systems in place to monitor and capture evidence of impact. 
  • Develop a culture of continuous improvement throughout the organisation. 



  • Responsibility for a staff team of ten including five direct reports. 
  • Lead a culture which actively encourages and values the contributions of all team members and creates a collaborative and integrated environment. 
  • Ensure that staff are recognised and rewarded, and that sufficient support is provided to develop
  • Develop and maintain robust communication with all staff. 



  • Provide leadership to the charity to deliver its objectives consistent with its mission and aims. 
  • Provide appropriate, regular information and advice to the Board to enable them to execute their duties responsibly in the best interests of the charity. 
  • Agree any major changes to policy, procedures or plans with the Board. 
  • Be responsible for the overall financial health of the organisation ensuring diverse streams of income. 
  • Ensure a disciplined approach to budgeting and expenditure so that resources are managed effectively and efficiently, with the aim of achieving value for money in all that the organisation does. 
  • Regularly review and manage potential organisational, external and reputational risks. 







Education & Qualifications

A degree or equivalent professional qualification.



Proven fundraising skills that have resulted in major income streams.



Experience in leading and managing organisational change.



Proven track record in scaling up organisations.



Experience in implementing and operationalising strategies.



Experience in synthesising and communicating complex information for different audiences.



Demonstrated experience in acting as the public face for an organisation with a desire to grow its profile.


Skills & Abilities

Ability to build and manage successful relationships with policymakers, funders and partners.



Demonstrated ability to think creatively and strategically and to understand political sensitivities.



Outstanding time management and prioritisation skills and works well under pressure.



Fluency in spoken and written English with excellent communication and presentation skills.



Excellent people management skills and knowledge of HR practice.


Knowledge & Understanding

An interest in peace and security issues, foreign policy or international relations.



Strong commitment to ORG’s vision, mission and values.



Oxford Research Group aims to recruit and retain passionate people who have the skills and commitment to meet our vision, and we have a pay and benefits system which is competitive in our sector and reflects our values.


Our reward system aims to:

  • Encourage and enable accountability;
  • Enable on-going learning and career development;
  • Recognise achievement, skills, competence and development;
  • Support and enables recruitment and retention of the best candidates;
  • Be equitable, fair, transparent and flexible. 



Our London office is currently based at The Green House near Bethnal Green, London E2. The building is a bright and friendly shared space for social businesses, charities and not-for-profit organisations.


Flexible working

We embrace flexible working practices and endeavour to accommodate requests for flexible working where possible.


Probation period

All appointments are subject to a 3 months’ probationary period. During probation, you are required to give one weeks’ notice.


Employee Benefits and Assistance

ORG appreciates the invaluable contribution made by all employees and offers a range of benefits and policies.



Living Wage Employer

Oxford Research is an accredited Living Wage employer and has a commitment to pay a Living Wage, as set by the Living Wage Foundation for all UK employees.

Benchmarked salaries

In 2018, ORG conducted a salary benchmarking using an independent advisor to ensure that our salaries remain competitive. The expectation is that such a review be conducted every 3-5 years.


ORG is committed to assisting staff to make adequate provision for retirement and offers membership of a group personal pension plan operated by Aegon. ORG will make a 6% contribution and employees are asked to contribute 3%.

If eligible, ORG will auto-enrol you into a pension scheme, in accordance with its pensions auto-enrolment obligations. Full details of the scheme will be given to you when you are enrolled including your right to opt out if you do not want to be a member of the scheme.

Work life balance

Annual Leave

All staff are entitled to 25 days annual leave per year plus UK bank holidays (pro rata for part-time staff). In addition, our office is closed on Christmas Eve. Staff are entitled to carry over 5 days (pro rata for part-time staff) to the next annual leave year.

The annual leave year runs from 1st January – 31st December.

Staff starting during the annual leave year will receive a pro– rated entitlement for the remainder of that year.

Flexible working

ORG is open to a range of flexible working arrangements. The right to request flexible working arrangements is open to all staff.

Compassionate leave

ORG will provide employees full pay for time off on compassionate leave up to a maximum of 5 days (pro rata for part-time staff) in a rolling year. Further time off will be unpaid.

Emergency leave

ORG will provide employees full pay for time off on emergency leave up to a maximum of 2 days (pro rata for part-time staff) in a rolling year. Further time off under this policy will be unpaid.

Health and well being

Sick leave and pay

ORG offers 4 weeks occupational sick pay scheme in place to all staff in any rolling year.

Cycle to Work Scheme

This scheme provides a tax efficient way to obtain a bicycle and accessories up to the value of £1,000. Repayments are made over 12 months by means of salary sacrifice in order to obtain full relief from both income tax and National Insurance. To be eligible, employees need to have completed their probationary period and have an employment contract which lasts for at least

12 months from the date the bicycle is collected.

Employee Assistance Programme

ORG is committed to health and well-being of its employees and has put in place an employee assistance programme that offers access to a variety of confidential services including telephone and online counselling and legal and financial information services.

Personal and Professional Development

Performance Management Process

Each year the Chief Executive and Directors participate in performance appraisals, as part of the same feedback and appraisal scheme operated for all ORG staff.

Learning and knowledge sharing

Working alongside our passionate and dedicated staff is one of the main attractions of working at ORG. Staff here are experts in their field, which contributes to informal learning and knowledge sharing opportunities across the organisation.

Training and career development

ORG is committed to ensuring staff receive appropriate professional development and therefore aims to offer formal and informal training and development to all its employees