International HR Advisor

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 13 May 2019
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 12 June 2019
  • Current

Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Global Human Resources (HR) - Pact strives for a world where all people are heard, capable, and vibrant. The Global Human Resources team helps realize this objective by fostering a worldwide environment that inspires excellence where initiative, inventiveness, and professional development are encourages. We value innovation in our employees and believe it gives us a competitive advantage in this global marketplace. Our team focuses its resources and efforts on the lifecycle quality of employee activities with ongoing attention to: Employee engagement, professional development, rewards and recognition and organizational culture; Taking what might be complicated, distant, daunting and making it simple, understandable and workable; Finding ways to fulfill our intent for openness, transparency and accessibility of information, rather than control, restriction and containment; Ensuring cross-organizational collaboration, shared success and joint action.

Position Overview

Uses Global Human Resources expertise in areas including development of HR policies, international guides, country office HR programs, and international benefits. Will provide guidance to support for HR programming in Pact’s global offices and integrate Pact philosophies, mindsets, policies, and standards into areas of purview to support HR teams globally.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Provide guidance for all HR functional areas.
  2. Provide direction, insight, and interpretation of HR-related policies and procedures that guide operations for Pact international offices.
  3. Support the development and implementation for location specific HR programs harmonized with Pact HR standards, best practices for a best fit approach.
  4. Advise on challenges and problem resolution.
  5. Perform other duties as assigned.

Basic Requirements


  1. Contribute to the strengthening of the international HR function.
  2. Develop and apply Pact best practices and standards to existing and new country level HR programs using a best fit approach.
  3. Work with assigned Global Human Resources team members towards the creation of an international HR platform using systems thinking and collaborative work methods.
  4. Contribute to the development and editing of key organizational HR related policies.
  5. Collaborate and provide guidance to assigned Global Human Resources team members on organizational systems initiatives, including Betterworks, iCISM, UNANET, Ethics Portal, and culture.
  6. Create and conduct information sessions related to 1) culture initiatives related to workplace behavior and Pact mindsets, and 2) programmatic areas within all HR functions
  7. Develop and evaluate country level procedures, processes, and systems to support HR colleagues to strengthen HR capability and partnerships.
  8. Design and develop a country level HR curriculum and produce guidance materials such as templates, reference guides, toolkits for purposes of strengthening capacity.
  9. With analysis of internal and external data, evaluate existing HR programs for continuous enhancements.
  10. Create and/or conduct information sessions for country office HR teams on various topics.
  11. Develop curriculum and association information sessions at HR Workshops and conferences.
  12. Collaborate with assigned Global Human Resources team members on international initiatives and programs including expatriate guidelines and benefits administration.
  13. Support HR infrastructure for start up and close out of offices and projects such as, but not limited to policy, staffing, pay plan, file retention and other HR compliance areas.
  14. Use an integrated approach to work with attention to intersections for finance, accounting, risk management, security, quality office to create a holistic HR view and platform.
  15. Participate in Pact professional working groups associated with HR.


  1. Maintain confidentiality for sensitive Human Resources issues or projects and use judgment and decision-making to execute duties and responsibilities.
  2. Working knowledge of employment regulations, e.g. country level labor/employee relations statutes.
  3. Knowledge of government regulations, including USAID, DFID, and other donors.
  4. Methodical development of international HR programs.
  5. Awareness and appreciation for a variety of cultural settings and implications of precedent setting work practices
  6. Participate in professional HR activities and events to stay current with HR practices.
  7. Resourceful through technology, research skills, and relationship building among several organization teams and units and professional organizations.
  8. Knowledge of Pact and organizational groupings.
  9. Alignment and application of Pact HR best practices and standards.
  10. Perform detail-oriented work with a high level of accuracy.
  11. Has written and verbal communication skills.
  12. Work independently with initiative to manage high volume and sensitive work flow, may structure work of colleagues.
  13. Work with agility to meet changing initiatives and priorities.
  14. Interact with diplomacy and tact and follow-up on requests in timely and efficient manner.
  15. Ability to develop working knowledge of relevant software, including Microsoft Office Suite, ADP, and iCIMS.

Preferred Qualifications


High School/GED and 13 - 15 years International HR experience with resource constrained countries and donor funded organizations, and extensive work experience through work travel or living in resource constrained countries;with at least 3 years of management experience preferred;

BS/BA in Business Administration, Social Science, or related field, and 11 - 13 years International HR experience with resource constrained countries and donor funded organizations, and extensive work experience through work travel or living in resource constrained countries; with at least 3 years of management experience preferred;

or MS/MA/MBA with 9 - 11 years International HR experience with resource constrained countries and donor funded organizations, and extensive work experience through work travel or living in resource constrained countries;with at least 3 years of management experience preferred.

Pact provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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