Director of People and Culture

Ref: 6041

Christian Aid

The role can be based in London or Nairobi with flexible working arrangements

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Role Managed by:

Halimah Zahid

Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Social Impact and Environment

Salary & Benefits: The salary is commensurate with the seniority of the appointment and will be circa £90,000

Closing Date: 19/10/2022

Are you motivated by your Christian faith to create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty?

Christian Aid exists to create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.

Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of their dignity and lets injustice thrive. But together we have the power to transform lives.

Supported by churches in Britain and Ireland, we are part of a global movement of people, churches and local organisations who passionately champion dignity, equality, justice and love worldwide. We are the changemakers, the peacemakers, the mighty of heart.

Everyone is equal in the sight of God. For over 75 years, this truth has inspired us to stand together in solidarity with our most marginalised global neighbours, of all faiths and none.

We push for an end to hunger, and healthcare for all. We campaign to tackle the climate crisis and support people on the frontline to adapt to its effects. We provide urgent help when disasters strike. We work for a just peace in places of conflict and violence. And we help people living in poverty to secure a decent livelihood so they can live with dignity.

Above all, we seek to eradicate extreme poverty by tackling its root causes. We work alongside people living in poverty, to amplify their voices and support them to speak truth to power and create lasting change.

Our global strategy, Standing Together, describes our vision of a world free from poverty and injustice; and we prioritise activities that can deliver all three pillars of our analytical framework: poverty, power and prophetic voice.

About the role

We are seeking an inspirational, energetic and talented leader who can bring a combination of strategic thinking and operational excellence. Reporting to the Chief Executive and as a key member of the directorate, the Director of People and Culture will lead a newly created department and will be the global strategic leader within Christian Aid for people. Leading an international department covering international HR, UK HR, talent and learning and EDI, they will be responsible for ensuring that Christian Aid has the right people, in the right place, doing all the thing necessary to achieve our mission globally. This requires a strong and healthy organisational culture with staff and volunteers who thrive and grow in their jobs as well as live out Christian Aid’s values of equality, dignity, justice and love. The Director of People and Culture will be responsible for leading organisational efforts to foster such a culture, in a way that is coherent but also takes proper account of the varied contexts in which Christian Aid works.

About you

Christian Aid wishes to encourage applications from senior professional leaders from a variety of backgrounds. You must be a practicing Christian who shares our values and can articulate Christian Aid’s faith identity. You will bring a proven track record working globally as a senior strategic leader in people and culture with experience of advising on a broad spectrum of people, organisational and cultural issues. You will have extensive knowledge of organisational development, corporate change projects and experience of developing policies and systems across different national contexts. You will demonstrate the ability to lead and inspire a dispersed team as well as have highly effective interpersonal, collaboration and influencing skills. You will be a strong advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion. Most importantly, you will have a passion for the work we do to eradicate poverty, and realise gender equality and climate justice.

Religion/Faith is considered to be a genuine occupational requirement - Equality Act 2010.

To apply please download further information on the required qualifications, skills and experience for the role below, quoting reference 6041.

The deadline for applications is 9am BST Wednesday 19th October.

The role can be based in London or Nairobi with flexible working arrangements and an evolving hybrid working pattern. The role will entail international travel including to hostile environments and a willingness to work outside standard work patterns.

The salary is commensurate with the seniority of the appointment and will be circa £90,000.

At Christian Aid we strive to be an inclusive and diverse employer and recognise the value that this brings in helping to build strong, creative and high performing teams. We are actively encouraging racialised and sexual minorities, people with disabilities, returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people with caring responsibilities, people from low socioeconomic backgrounds, women, and older workers to apply. We are working to increase the diversity of our senior team, and we recognise and value the contributions members of these groups make to strong, creative and high performing teams.

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