About Heifer International
In 1944, Heifer International’s founder, Dan West, began outlining a simple but groundbreaking plan to tackle hunger around the world. West, a farmer from the Midwest and Church of the Brethren member, had recently returned from feeding weary refugees during volunteer service in the Spanish Civil War.
He had seen firsthand that giving people food was a short-term solution, whereas providing them with animals offered a steady supply of nutritious food for an entire family.
His philosophy still inspires Heifer’s work today. Partnering with farmers across a range of different livestock and crops, we create unique solutions to local challenges.
Today, Heifer International has operations in 21 countries around the world, working alongside local farmers, business owners and their communities, as they mobilize and envision their futures. Together, we build inclusive, resilient economies, so communities can develop effective ways to end global hunger and poverty in a sustainable way.
To date, we have supported more than 36 million farming families across Africa, Asia and the Americas and in the past five years alone, we have worked alongside 2.7 million families to close the living income gap or set them on a path to doing so. Between now and 2030, we will support an additional 10 million people to reach a living income by scaling up our signature programs. To achieve this, Heifer International relies on its passionate, committed and highly skilled staff.
Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Programs for Asia and with a dotted reporting line to the Chief People Officer, the Regional People Director (RPD) is a key member of the Asia Regional Team and Heifer’s Global People Team. The RPD will facilitate implementation of Global People policies, procedures and strategies to the field, represent the Asia region and the field to the Global People Team, and support Asia country programs to carry out Heifer’s mission from a People perspective. The RPD will participate in the development and implementation of talent management, business planning, compensation and benefits, performance development, compliance and employee engagement initiatives that promote an optimum employee experience and enable Heifer’s design and deliver high quality Signature Programs.
For this position, we are looking for candidates who are located in Little Rock, AR, Asia Program Offices including India, Nepal, Cambodia and Bangladesh, or remote within the U.S.
Working arrangement is hybrid for Little Rock, AR-based candidates, or fully-remote for candidates in other locations.
The Successful Candidate
To succeed in this role, you will have a track record in supporting and driving constant change within INGO project-based, matrix structure. You will have proven PEOPLE leader delivering operational excellence within the region with similar or larger INGOs and have the passion to implement global and regional strategic plans within your function, and for the success of the other functions within the region. You will have a passion and servant leadership mindset for developing people and have the independence to promote diversity, equity and inclusion, and coach leadership on managing sensitive people challenges. You are able to hold yourself accountable and build the capacity and motivate highly effective HR teams that are geographically scattered.
A. Partner in development and implementation of Global People Department strategies, policies and procedures
- Partner with the Global People Team to develop and implement a Global People Strategy and contextualize it into an annual workplan that is relevant to the Region’s/Area strategy.
- Ensure that People-related policies and procedures are in place in the Asia countries and are regularly updated and followed to maintain an effective and efficient working environment. Also ensure that policies/procedures comply with local labor laws and regulations.
- Promote Employee Experience and Operational Excellence across the Regional Level and Heifer Operations in Asia and across the different phases of the employment life cycle.
- Partner with the Global Talent Development function to provide individual-based development experience and trainings that promote Heifer’s culture, supplement skill needs, promote compliance, enhance team morale, and improve organizational performance in support of 2030 goal.
- Provide leadership and follow up to country program People teams and supervisors in understanding and implementing Heifer policies and practices related to performance, discipline, safeguarding, positive employee relations and related topics, and ensure compliance.
- Communicate, train, and guide the implementation of new or revised global, regional and local policies, processes, and practices.
- Collaborate with Global People Team and Risk Management Division in reviewing claims, promoting compliance, performing self-audits, and addressing areas of development.
- Hold oneself accountable for achieving Regional People goals and provide support to field/project People teams to achieve their objectives.
B. Represent Region and Field Teams to the Global People Team
- Provide leadership and ensure representing regional context and strategies in developing the people related global policies, procedures, and strategies
- Provide leadership and ensure representing country context and ground realities in developing the people related global policies, procedures, and strategies.
- Liaise between Country Teams, Regional Teams and Global People Teams to expedite people related issues including recruitment, reporting, auditing data, and preparing procedures and guidelines.
C. Support country/signature programs to carry out Heifer’s mission
- Collaborate with Heifer leadership within the region to build Heifer’s brand as an employer and develop staffing plans to attract and hire high-quality people needed for successful implementation of existing and future Signature Programs within the region.
- Through a dotted reporting line, ensure Country People/HR Teams are supported to provide high quality support to the country offices.
- Support country program People teams to prepare performance objectives that support achieving the organization-level goals.
- Recruit and onboard Area-Level positions and support filling Area Leadership vacancies
- Work with Global Compensation and Benefits Director to develop, constantly benchmark, and implement the organization’s compensation and benefits systems within the region to achieve Heifer’s Total Rewards philosophy in support of Asia strategic goals.
- Promote a culture of respect that celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion and meets the organization’s duty of care towards its people. Proactively assess and address culture and work environment concerns.
- Promote a culture of trust, collaboration and support among team members by using Heifer’s values-based tools.
- Support cross-national knowledge sharing and ensure capacity building of staff within the region; actively participate in region wide HR community network.
- Develop minimum standards, and support the implementation of staff recruitment, onboarding, promotion and/or termination of contracts in the region.
- Support the proposal design process through development and/or review of organizational structure, profiles, etc.
- BA/BS degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or another related field. A Master’s degree is a plus.
- Continued HR education, recognized HR Certifications are major pluses
- A minimum of 10 years of non-profit and for-profit experience in HR Management required with at least (5) five years of field experience.
- Successful management/ leadership experience.
- Thorough understanding of the Region’s labor markets and culture.
- Experience in high-growth and large projects staffing and employment life-cycle management.
- Must possess a high level of integrity and credibility. Be comfortable operating managing and building teams within a matrix structure.
- Self-motivated individual that will continuously look for opportunities to improve processes.
- Collaborative, team-oriented and servant leadership mindset with strong verbal and written communication skills. English language fluency is required.
- Self-motivated, agile, and detail-oriented leader with exceptional organizational, interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.
- Ability to work outside the normal 8-5 schedule to accommodate for the U.S. and Asia time zones.
WHAT WE OFFER:
Heifer International offers a variety of benefits for U.S.-based employees working 30 or more hours per week.
- Health and wellness benefits including Flexible Spending Account and/or Health Saving Account
- Employee assistance program
- 403(b) retirement plan (match 1% employee to 2% employer up to a maximum of 4% match + 3% employer discretionary contribution regardless of employee contribution)
- 22 vacation days in addition to 12 statutory and discretionary holidays, and 10 sick days per year
- Employer-paid life insurance and accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D)
- Professional development and annual merit increase opportunities
- Optional critical illness insurance, legal assistance plan and pet protection
- And more!
Benefits above are applicable for U.S.-based candidates only. Benefits packages will be country-specific for candidates located in Asia.