Senior Manager, Human Resources


Organization Name: CGIAR System Organization
Location: Montpellier, France
Apply email: Not Specified
Start Date: 31-July-2019
Closing Date: 15-August-2019

Under the strategic oversight of the Director of the Legal and Office Services Unit, the Senior Manager, Human Resources serves as a key strategic partner and counsel to the System Organization’s management team and works collaboratively with CGIAR’s HR Community of Practice to deliver effective, reliable and efficient human resources services within the CGIAR System Organization and across the wider CGIAR System.

This position heads the HR function and oversees all HR operations to ensure the delivery of seamless and efficient generalist HR services of a confidential, sensitive and often-complex nature in the following broad areas of responsibility:
i. Development and implementation of appropriate HR strategies, policies, operational plans and systems that support the achievement of the organization’s overall strategic objectives;
ii. Effective employment relations management aimed at effectively attracting, acquiring, developing and retaining an engaged workforce and cultivating a high-performance culture; and
iii. Leadership of HR operations and administration to ensure effective delivery of the full HR cycle.


• An advanced degree (Masters or equivalent) in Human Resources Management, Organizational Development, Personnel Psychology or related field.
• Post-graduate professional certification or active membership to a professional HR Association
• At least 10 years of progressive experience in managing HR teams in international, development or complex organizations, 5 of which were in a senior or executive leadership role
• Demonstrated experience in supporting senior management teams and managing multi-stakeholder relationships and/or processes in cross-functional, matrix work environments

• Understanding of the French labor system, including the French Social Security System


• In-depth knowledge of generalist HR management principles and standards and strong skills in providing advice/presenting complex, and sometimes sensitive, information at a wide range of levels
• Strong aptitude for coaching, networking, and facilitation within diverse cultural contexts
• Gravitas in communication at all levels and excellent written and oral reporting skills in English. Intermediate knowledge of French is preferred
• Excellent project and change management skills
• Ability to positively influence key strategic processes and HR-related decisions and good capacity for collaboration and consultation
• Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office software packages (MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint at a minimum) and HR management information systems


• Highly organized with demonstrated capacity to multitask and remain flexible in the face of changing conditions
• Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence
• Strategic thinker with high work ethic and who inspires trust
• Who can operate effectively in a continually developing and changing context and capable of motivating others to embrace and champion change
• Highly effective problem-solver who can think outside the box and who seeks to find solutions across multiple stakeholders in a manner that brings everyone along
• Politically savvy and able to navigate and manage informal and formal relationships
• Demonstrated capacity to act in a transparent manner whilst ensuring that individual information remains confidential

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