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Knowledge Architecture Lead: Oxfam, OIS office or Oxfam existing office location – Deadline 22 February

By 14/02/2022

Knowledge Architecture Lead, Oxfam International Secretariat

Deadline:  Tuesday 22nd February 2022 @ 23:59 GMT
Salary: in line with Oxfam values & according to location
Term: 36 hours per week
Location: OIS office or Oxfam existing office location
Other: Candidates must have and be able to retain the legal right to work in the location of the role

The role

Oxfam International Secretariat is looking for a Knowledge Architecture Lead. This role will lead on the design, evolution, and functioning of Oxfam’s knowledge network: the ecosystem of communities of practice, knowledge hubs, working groups, practitioner networks, learning labs, and more that bring Oxfam staff and partners together to co-create solutions. The job holder will lead on helping Oxfam run and evolve its knowledge network; set up and implement learning and evidence agendas; and use the most appropriate knowledge management and sharing practices.

Please see the job description for further details.

Who we’re looking for

Do you believe knowledge is created when people exchange and collaborate in groups? Do you enjoy helping communities and networks apply knowledge to co-create solutions? This role may be for you!

We look forward to hearing from creative Knowledge & Learning professionals who possess high self-awareness and attention to relationship building; who can engage with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives; who are proficient at facilitating collective thinking and decision making; and who can work with agility in contexts of ambiguity and complexity.

This role is NOT for creating IT platforms or developing ICT4D tools. It does NOT architect IT solutions. This role is about helping Oxfam figure out its ecosystem of communities of practice, knowledge hubs, working groups, practitioner networks, learning labs and more, so that it supports the strategic intent of the organization through the generation and sharing of knowledge.

What we offer

This role will give you an opportunity to lead and shape how Oxfam and partners generate, package, curate, share, and use knowledge and knowledge products. This is an exciting opportunity to think and act with others to set up a vibrant and impactful knowledge network linked with the strategic ambition of Oxfam. As a leader in Oxfam’s knowledge and learning space, you will have the ability to guide the organization’s practice but also challenge it and experiment with new solutions. Understanding context and experience working in diverse, multi-cultural and multi-locational settings are key for success in this position. At Oxfam, we believe that every aspect of our work can lead to a positive outcome. If you have the same opinion, together with the ability to meet the challenges involved, this role offers scope for immense personal fulfilment – as well as outstanding opportunities to develop your career. Oxfam is committed to providing a fair compensation package and a flexible working environment

How to apply

Please click on the “apply” button to start the application process. Please upload an up-to-date CV and a covering letter, clearly explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile. Please address the following questions in your cover letter:
1.    How have you built relationships between different teams or networks with the aim of knowledge generation and sharing?
2.    What aspects of your experience with organizational learning and knowledge management do you most want to bring to Oxfam?

Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be shortlisted- usually within 2 weeks of the closing date.

About us

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

That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.

We are an international confederation of 21 organizations (affiliates) plus the Oxfam International Secretariat, working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in around 90 countries.

The Oxfam International Secretariat is currently headquartered in Nairobi, with offices in Oxford, Washington DC, New York, Brussels, Geneva, and a liaison office with the Africa Union in Addis Ababa.

All our work is led by our core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness, Courage, Solidarity and Equality. 

Our commitment to safeguarding

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. 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.

Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Please note that Oxfam International participates in the Inter-Agency Scheme for the Disclosure of Safeguarding-related Misconduct in Recruitment Processes within the Humanitarian and Development Sector. Under this scheme, if you have been employed by another member of the scheme, we will request information from that organization on any misconduct history in accordance with the terms of the scheme. For scheme details please click here

Oxfam International is an equal opportunities employer, committed to diversity and inclusion within the workplace.

To apply for this role or for more information, please click here.