Fellow – Brazil Programme

Deadline for application: 8 February 2021

Location: São Paulo, Brazil or London, UK

Job title: Fellow – Brazil Programme

Reporting to: Ana Alfinito, Programme Officer and Adrian Arena, Programme Chair

Job status: 60% (3 days a week)

Estimated Start date: 01 March 2021

End date: 31 December 2021

Pay rates are competitive and contingent on location.



Oak Foundation is a family-led Foundation established to address issues of global, social, and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged.

In the past years, Oak Foundation started taking a closer look at Brazil. Currently, the Brazil Programme (BrP) supports communities across Brazil, with a focus in the North-eastern region of the country, in their efforts to work towards greater security, fairness, and justice.

Within an overarching framework of violence reduction, the BrP supports civil society organisations in three thematic areas: i) socioenvironmental rights and territorial justice; ii) drug policy and the ‘war on drugs’; and iii) changes in the public sphere, disinformation, and polarisation.


Placement Description

The fellowship is to be pursued on a consultancy basis and involves both substantive and administrative tasks relating to the core goals of the Brazil Programme. The placement will be based either in London or in São Paulo and the candidate must have a valid work authorization for one of the two locations. If London based, the successful candidate will be expected to work (Covid-19 permitting) from the office in Victoria, central London. If in São Paulo, the position is home-based.


Fellow´s tasks 

  • Assisting in the monitoring and evaluation of grants, through preparatory work and initial due diligence on progress and end of grant reports.
  • Participating in team discussions related to work programmes and strategic directions.
  • Identifying collaboration and strategic alliances among organisations and fields with related goals, constituencies, and interests.
  • Conducting preparatory research for the team on core programme priority issues and related issues.
  • Monitoring and tracking relevant political and societal dynamics in Brazil, with a focus on the Northeast, staying abreast of developments in the field and providing updates to the team.
  • Attending external meetings/conferences with Brazil Programme staff upon request.


Profile and requirements 

  • Knowledge of current issues, actors, and dynamics concerning civil society, human rights, violence, and environmental justice in Brazil.
  • Interdisciplinary interest and a sound grounding in the key areas of the programme: socioenvironmental rights and territorial justice; drug policy and violence; and democracy and participation.
  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in international relations, law, politics, or related field.
  • Outstanding written, verbal, organisational, analytical and time management skills.
  • Proven research, analysis, and synthesis skills.
  • Ability to use initiative, prioritise competing workloads and work independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; desire and ability to work in an international and collaborative team environment.
  • Fluency in Portuguese and English.
  • Demonstrable ability in using Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Brazilian nationality and knowledge of Northeast of Brazil are desirable.
  • A commitment to Oak’s organisational values (http://oakfnd.org/values-mission-history/)

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV in PDF format, named as

SURNAME_Name_CV-CL by 08/02/2021, to brazilfellow@oakfnd.org with Fellowship -Brazil Programme on the subject line.

Interviews for short-listed candidates will be held online in February 2021.


Oak policies

Oak Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, as detailed in our child safeguarding policy. We expect all staff to share this commitment. Please note that the successful candidate will undergo reference checks and be required to provide a police record prior to starting employment.

Oak Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer for all qualified job applicants without regard to race, colour, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital/partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other attributes protected by law. We seek to build an organisation that is inclusive and representative of our partners and the larger world and encourage applications from those who self-identify as members of disadvantaged or underrepresented ethnic, racial, gender, and social groups.  

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