I've got a new job, but am staying with Oxfam and the blog goes on (and on)

strategic_adviser_hat-continuing/expanding some existing areas – this blog, a new edition of the From Poverty to Power book due out in September, a lot of public ranting speaking, media, writing and being a token NGO prized member on a range of panels and advisory boards. I’ll keep doing the ‘horizon scanning’ – following new thinking and reading lots of new books and papers to save Oxfam big cheeses from having to do so. I also want to do some more teaching. More interestingly, I will be developing the work around theories of change – lots of ideas there, from building up both a strong conceptual framework and a good range of case studies from Oxfam’s experience on the ground, to training packages, publications and websites. Watch this space. I’ll also be working more with other Oxfam International affiliates. Beyond that, we’re going to see how the post evolves, but I’m pretty pumped. And taking over as head of Oxfam’s burgeoning research empire (well, a few more bright people scattered around the world, anyway) is Ricardo Fuentes Nieva (already a guest blogger here – he doesn’t hang around). Ricardo’s arriving from UNDP, where he has been a senior economic advisor in the Bureau for Africa, leading the research and production of the Africa Human Development Report, launched two weeks ago. cartoon-expertI shall miss being putative head of the research team: as well as being enormous fun, they’ve done some great work in recent years on climate change and doughnuts, food prices, research capacity building or (going further back) the impact of the financial crisis, the case for aid and essential services. I’ll still be working closely with them, of course, but I will no longer have to pretend to be their boss and (sadly) I won’t be able to take the credit for their work any more. Booo. Wish me luck. And please fill in the reader survey (red box on the right) – it’s only running for a few more days, and we need maximum sample size, please.]]>

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8 Responses to “I've got a new job, but am staying with Oxfam and the blog goes on (and on)”
  1. Kalyan Chakrabarti

    I am a vivid reader of this Blog, and I will perhaps miss the fragrance of this blog. However I am optimistic that it will continue as it was in the past. Wish you all the best in your future assignment.

  2. Carlos S. Zepeda

    I am also another compulsive reader of this blog. I can only congratulate the Oxfam big Cheeses for having someone so proactive and enlightening as its leading ‘opinionator’. This blog is pure light for many of us, so please do keep up the excellent work of maintaining it alive. It is already a forest of ideas, and the world is a little bit better by reading it.. and perhaps pushing some to action…
    All the best,

  3. Ben Phillips

    We say: Live the values of participation, active citizenship & crowdsourcing-futurism! Let your readers choose your new job title!

  4. Fekadu T. D.

    Good luck with your new post. Good to know that you will continue blogging and ‘opinionating’. By the way, I am quite scared of the title. It has 2 of three words that I am yet to come to terms with (as far as position titles are concerned): Strategic & Advisor. The third one is Specialist!