HR Advisor At War Child Holland

“all-round advisor with an international mindset to enable War Child colleagues to do the best work of their lives, everyday, to help chldren affected by war”


At War Child Holland (WCH) we work to improve the resilience and wellbeing of children living with violence and armed conflict. To empower those children we need to empower our people, and that’s what we aim for at HR. In line with War Child’s ambition to be a networked expert organization it is the expertise that matters to us, in a global environment where country borders in terms of workplace slowly disappear, and working conditions and the full employee life cycle should fit for purpose.

To harness the incredible power and diversity of global talent we need an HR Advisor who thinks in possibilities, makes things happen, even if this has never been done before; one that understands the challenges of working for an international NGO in a dynamic, global setting and is ready to explore, innovate, advise and support our talent in the Netherlands and abroad, helping to increase the impact of their work.

You are a born HR advisor with strong technical expertise, affinity for building relationships and a fine sensor for interpersonal intricacies. You know and understand the challenges of talent management in an international NGO sector and nothing makes you more excited than an interesting dilemma in international mobility. You make a difference by managing HR processes thoughtfully and with integrity, also if the message is less positive. You challenge your internal clients and strive to find the best solution, staying flexible and agile and keeping a helicopter view of the organization.

As HR Advisor you are part of Human Resources Team that, together with Finance, ICT and Procurement teams, forms the Department of Shared Operations. This role is stationed in Amsterdam (but can also be carried out from one of WCH offices, provided that you have solid knowledge of Dutch labour law and HR practices and eligible to work in that country. By equal suitability, preference will be given to local applicants.

Your challenge

· Realize and boost a strong employee life cycle for our international staff around the world, and staff at our International Programs Department in Amsterdam

· Dive into complex (contracting) issues requiring technical and fiscal/legal research and follow up

· Advise and guide staff in their career planning, provide staff care and assist in resolving individual matters. In case of conflicts take on a mediating role.

· Balance various high priority tasks – at one moment you translate a strategic vision into operational follow up and at another you provide an ad hoc advice to a colleague on an urgent matter

· Advise and support the International Management Team (IMT), line managers and staff in all people management issues, ensuring an actable solution in line with WCH’s strategy and policy

· Own and lead global HR projects

· Stay abreast and account for internal and external developments in the field of global HR

· Carry out all these exciting tasks independently from one of our offices and travel to our other offices when required (and once it become possible again).

Your Profile

· HBO+ degree in the areas of HRM, Management, Business Administration

· Min. 5 years of work experience as HR Advisor in an international context

· Solid (technical) experience with international compensation & benefit and implementation of a full global employee journey

· Proven experience with International mobility

· Ideally, a track record in an International NGO

· Ability to implement and adapt policies to different contexts

· Excellent advisory skills, combining empathy with confidence

· Excellent command of English and Dutch (fluency in other languages is a plus (Arabic, Spanish, French)

· Results-oriented and hands-on team player

· Approachable with keen interest in people from different backgrounds and sensitive to organizational dynamics

· Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills; ability to give and receive feedback

· Fully support War Child’s mandate and mission

· Available for 32 – 40 hours per week.

Our Organisation

War Child is a dynamic organization. We try to keep an informal ambiance within our office, with a lot of room for creativity, inspiration and self-initiative from employees. We practice what we preach: dynamic, innovative, integrity focused, and a drive to reach the highest possible results against the lowest possible costs. War Child Holland offers a challenging job in an inspiring workplace. We work closely with our communications colleagues in Germany and Sweden and program countries around the world.

How to apply

We invite you to apply as soon as possible but no later than 12 September 2021. Make sure to upload your English CV (maximum of two pages) and cover letter by using the following hyperlink:

Please mention where you found this vacancy. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

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War Child is an international organisation, and we are committed to be a diverse and inclusive employer, placing human and child rights at the centre of our existence and work. We hire our new colleagues based on their talents, competences and shared values; we do not distinguish them based on their age, sex, gender and gender identity, race, color, ethnicity, religion, culture, sexual orientation, disability etc.

The safety of children and youth is a paramount and essential to War Child’s work. War Child has a zero tolerance policy towards any form of abuse. To prevent placing children and youth at any risk this subject is addressed in our recruitment and selection procedures. Moreover, the accepted candidates will be required to state their commitment/ intent to be aware, consider and adhere to the minimum standards applicable in development and humanitarian settings, such as humanitarian values and principles, Sphere Humanitarian Charter, Standards in the Humanitarian Standards Partnership, Core Humanitarian Standard, International Humanitarian Law, Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Disaster Relief and IASC Six Core Principles Relating to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.**


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