Human Resources Officer

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 11 January 2021
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Job Description

Position Summary:

The Human Resources Officer will provide administrative and project management support for all general human resources functions with a primary focus in the areas of: (1) diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); (2) recruitment and retention; (3) performance management; and (4) training and development. The incumbent will serve as a trusted advisor and primary resource across the organization in the areas of DEI and will also lead the DEI committee.


  • Partner with senior management to redefine and implement an organization-wide philosophy statement, strategy, and commitment to DEI;
  • Partner with senior management to redefine our future vision for DEI and draft the DEI work plan component of our strategic plan;
  • Play a leadership role in related activities of the DEI committee;
  • Monitor progress of our DEI goals and prepare periodic reports;
  • Participate in recruiting events such as career fairs, business development events, recruitment management meetings, etc., to promote and identify a diverse talent pool;
  • Partner with the talent engagement team to revamp and relaunch CNFA’s onboarding program through a digital solution;
  • Partner with the talent engagement team to revamp the performance management program from a paper version and transition to a digital solution;
  • Participate as a member of the Learning Committee to ensure learning and development opportunities continue organization-wide;
  • Conducts initial review of employee training request forms and make recommendations on approval/disapproval;
  • Partner with the talent engagement team to transition the learning and development program into a digital solution;
  • Track all employee trainings and learning and development activities organization-wide;
  • Participate in external events with experts and use this knowledge to recommend revisions to CNFA’s policies, procedures, and practices; and
  • Other related human resources tasks as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university;
  • Five (5) or more years of human resources experience required; preferably in the areas of recruitment and retention; performance management and training and development;
  • Experience, understanding and knowledge of leading DEI initiatives and strategies;
  • Knowledge and experience developing and implementing strategies to identify and define complex equity and inclusion issues;
  • Knowledge and experience facilitating and leading difficult conversations;
  • Ability and experience exercising sound independent judgment, using political acumen to build coalitions;
  • Excellent conceptual, verbal, and written communication skills;
  • Proven track record in managing confidential information with discretion;
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills with the ability to quickly interpret and organize data and information;
  • Ability to problem-solve difficult issues with good negotiating and conflict resolution skills;
  • Ability to develop strong trusting relationships in order to gain support and achieve results;
  • Ability to be flexible with interpersonal skills to interact with employees at all levels;
  • Excellent customer-service skills, highly organized, detail-oriented, ability to work independently and part of a team as well as ability to multi-task and work under tight and changing deadlines;
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite products required;
  • Interest in geopolitics and international development;
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or French language preferred, but not required;
  • Experience working with an HRIS required, preferably CostPoint and/or Deltek Talent Management;
  • Ability for occasional travel both domestically and internationally; and
  • Current US Work authorization required.

About the Organization

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), an international development organization, specializes in designing sustainable, market-led agricultural initiatives. They build strong local and global partnerships, incorporate innovative approaches into their programs, and foster inclusive development to offer enhanced opportunities to under-served groups. Since 1985, CNFA has managed more than $510 million in donor-funded agriculture development programs and has worked in 42 countries across the world in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia.

Their staff is dedicated to improving lives around the world. This strong concern carries over to the way CNFA manages its employee relations. Not only do they value their employees, but they recognize that satisfied people supporting their organization is the key to implementing their work.

CNFA has grown to over 600 employees globally. They empower staff to take on new initiatives, nurture each individual’s goals, skills and interests.

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