Chief Human Resources Officer

Closing date:

Based in Washington DC; with up to 20% travel

This role is classified as requiring advanced pre-employment checks.

All applicants must have the right to work in the US.

About Relief International

Relief International (RI) is a leading nonprofit organization working in 16 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

RI includes the four corporate members of the RI Alliance: in the UK, USA, France, and Belgium. Under our alliance agreement, we operate as a single, shared management structure.

  • RI employs 5,000+ staff and auxiliary workers
  • 97% of staff are in-country nationals
  • We only have some 90 ex-pat staff out of 7,000+
  • RI spent $125 million in 2021 on our programs

RI invests in four broad program sectors: Economic Opportunity, Education, Health, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). We design our programs to incorporate The RI Way: local participation, integrated programming, the development of civic skills, and partnerships including with local NGOs, governments, and the private sector.

RI is committed to ensuring that all those involved in our work uphold the highest ethical standards and are safeguarded against any form of exploitation and / or abuse.

About the opportunity

The Chief HR Officer will lead people management globally, developing and driving HR strategy in order to:

  • attract, retain, and develop a highly skilled, motivated and engaged workforce
  • ensure that all aspects of people management in RI are compliant with our safeguarding and ethics & compliance standards, and with employment law across the jurisdictions in which we work
  • align HR strategy, policies and practices, ensuring they support our organizational strategy

Lead and manage the Global Support Office (head office) HR team and Regional HR teams (through a technical reporting line), to improve the quality and compliance of HR practices at country level.

As the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) lead, you will drive change to ensure that DEI is embedded in our organizational culture and ways of working, while promoting HR functional excellence and process improvement.

As a member of the RI Senior Management Team (SMT), the Chief HR Officer will play a role that is both strategic and hands-on and providing full cycle HR support.

About you

You will be a global, strategic Human Resources executive, who will work across and collaborate at all levels of the organization to contribute to Relief International’s mission.

Your international HR experience will provide an excellent grounding for leading and developing high performing staff at all levels of the organization. With a track record of leading a global HR function in a US organization, you will have experience of working with operations across multiple countries.

You will bring a degree or Professional human resource qualification(s). A University bachelor’s degree is required, and a masters level degree is a plus.

  • You will have broad knowledge of and experience in:
  • employment law
  • talent acquisition and management
  • compensation and benefits practices
  • employee relations
  • performance management; and HRIS’s
  • organizational planning
  • safeguarding
  • diversity, equity, and inclusion

You will have strong interpersonal and coaching skills will position you to work hand in hand with senior management and HR teams across the different countries. Together with excellent communication skills, verbally and written language skills in English; and preferably in French as well.

This role has a global remit that requires the candidate to be able to travel internationally up to 20% of the time, and under difficult conditions in some of the most underdeveloped, insecure, and remote parts of the world.


Closing Date: 31 March 2022

First Round Interviews w/c 18 April 2022.

Final Panel Interviews w/c 25 April 2022.

*These dates may be subject to change and shortlisted applicants will be advised in advance should this happen.

How to apply

To apply for this post, click on the “Apply” button in the job advert page.

You will be asked to upload a CV and Cover Letter. The cover letter should be no more than 2 pages long and explain why you are interested in this post with Relief International and how your skills and experience make you a good fit.

Closing date. 31 March 2022

Due to limited resources, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

To ensure a safe workplace, RI follows government requirements, and in some locations a mandatory vaccination policy applies. When working or traveling on RI business, all staff, contractors, and visitors must follow the rules and entry requirements of the country.

As this role is US based a mandatory policy for COVID 19 vaccination will be required by the post holder.

Relief International has a zero-tolerance policy for unlawful harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse. Relief International is committed to protecting our staff and the communities we work with from abuse and harm including sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and sexual harassment.

All staff are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct.

Recruitment to all roles in Relief International include a criminal records self-declaration, references and other pre-employment checks, which may include police and qualifications checks.

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