Human Resources Senior Manager
Global Human Resources Division
London or Berlin
(Other European offices will be considered)
Application Deadline: 21 February 2020

The Global Human Resources Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking a Human Resources (HR) Senior Manager to oversee various HR projects. In close collaboration with the Chief People Officer and Deputy Director, the Senior Manager position, based in Europe, will be responsible for the successful implementation of HRW’s first ever global compensation and rewards program, the maintenance of HRW’s global performance management infrastructure, and oversee the mobility program for European offices. The HR Senior Manager will report to the Deputy Director, based in New York, and support the HR activities for HRW’s global operations, supporting 450+ employees in over 50 countries around the world. This position will be based in one of HRW’s offices in Europe, preferably London or Berlin.

1. Oversee the assessment and implementation of a global compensation and rewards program in consultation with the Chief People Officer and Deputy Director of Global Human Resources.
2. Oversee HRW’s performance management process, including annual reviews and quarterly check-ins, evaluating and streamlining processes for efficiency and effectiveness in collaboration with other members of the HR team;
3. Serve as a key internal point person for employee relations matters in Europe, in consultation with the Chief People Officer and Deputy Director;
4. Support benefits administration for employees based in Europe, including health insurance and other HRW-provided benefits;
5. Oversee the determination of leave eligibility for staff outside the US, including sabbatical, paid/unpaid leave, family leave, and short- and long-term disability leaves, ensuring that all details are logged in HRW’s Time & Attendance system;
6. Consult with outside counsel and in-house legal counsel in the areas of international employment law;
7. Liaise with the internal payroll team on payroll compliance and internal policy, and assisting with monthly payroll activities;
8. Liaise with Operations staff in global offices on a range of HR issues;
9. Support organizational initiatives with particular focus on diversity, equity and inclusion and stress and resilience work;
10. Incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion values and initiatives into the HR division’s work;
11. Draft and implement HR policy and procedure, as needed;
12. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of HR trends and best practices and translate this into effective tools and strategy for HRW;
13. Promote an inclusive work environment including by soliciting diverse points of views, encouraging staff to participate in DE&I efforts, and proactively addressing bias, discrimination, microaggressions, etc.;
14. Model inclusive behavior and consistently adhere to HRW’s internal values;
15. Travel internationally as needed to provide in-person support, attend meetings, lead trainings, etc.; and
16. Perform other responsibilities as required


Education: A degree in Human Resources, Labor Relations, Business Administration, or a related field is required.

Experience: A minimum of five (5) years of related work experience, preferably in a global, large, diverse, dynamic, mission-driven environment operating internationally. Global compensation and rewards experience as well as mobility and immigration experience. Successful individual has previously functioned as a Compensation Analyst or a Consultant working on compensation frameworks and has strong HR expertise in EU countries.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

1. Strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work and build relationships with people from many cultures are required.
2. Demonstrated experience as a collaborative team player comfortable leading as well as executing projects is required.
3. Excellent leadership skills, management, and organizational skills are required.
4. Track record of identifiable and measurable successes in managing complex projects and implementing operational change.
5. Strong oral and written communications skills in English is required; proficiency in another language is highly desirable.
6. Excellent presentation and public speaking skills are required.
7. Demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or international issues and the capacity to master and represent the mission and programs of HRW is essential.
8. Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations are required.
9. Prior experience in a global non-profit environment is highly desirable.

Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits.

How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by 21 February 2020 by visiting our online job portal here and attaching a cover letter and a resume, preferably as PDF files. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.

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Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions.

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