Job Description

We are the world’s largest international development organisation, dedicated to empowering people living in poverty. If you were to describe this world to a child, which one of the following would you pick? It is home to magic, art, beauty, and tens of thousands of years of human talent. Or you would, even though it may be true, that our world is where we live, but it is a place that doesn’t work for everyone? Our world is our playground, a platform for the creativity of all seven billion of us. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that a world that works for all of us can be possible. But the opportunities are all around us. While we all hope for a better future for our world, many of us are building it. If you are a builder, we are betting on you. The changemaker. The activist. The hero. The mentor. 45 years ago, we started building a world we all want to live in. We started in Bangladesh. We listened and learnt, failed and got up again. We never stopped trying. And we never will. We trust in people, and we take on the impossible, every day. Fighting poverty, building platforms for tolerance, equality and inclusion, saying no to violence against women and children. We pilot, perfect and scale. Our DNA is to build. As the sun rose this morning, hundreds of thousands of builders rose with it. Teachers across eight countries opened the colourful doors of the world’s biggest secular private education system. 65,000 artisans picked up their needles and stated weaving traditional art into beautiful clothing. Credit officers in one of the world’s largest microfinance institutions sat down with women in the remotest corners of seven countries. Whoever you are, whatever you are. Doing good is everyone’s business. We have never faced bigger challenges but we have never been more ready.

About the Opportunity

The Head of HR, BRAC International Microfinance (HoHR) position is responsible for aligning business objectives with employees and management of BIHBV and its microfinance companies through executing microfinance HR, talent management, and performance management strategies. The HoHR provides tactical and operational support on all aspects of HR operations to achieve microfinance’s goals and objectives in the countries BI microfinance operates in Africa and Asia. The HoHR maintains an effective level of business literacy about BIHBV’s business strategy in line with its mission and the overall vision of BRAC. This position holder formulates partnerships across the HR function to deliver value-added service to management and employees that reflects the business objectives of the organization. The key responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Work with BIHBV management board and the Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of different BI MF operating countries to determine business needs and collaborate with HR specialist teams in the BRAC International HR Department (BIHRD) to help meet these needs.
  • Assist BIHBV management board in formulating talent management strategies including women leadership development strategies, coordinate with talent management specialists in BIHRD to implement talent reviews, talent development and succession planning.
  • Work closely with Microfinance Management Teams (MMT) at country level, Country HR teams BIHRD and Head of Gender and Safeguarding to identify, develop and retain high potential women employees in microfinance programme.
  • Ensure internal talent mobility in and amongst the microfinance companies in BRAC International and BRAC Bangladesh, microfinance manage the talent mobility process.
  • Manage end to end senior level hires of BIHBV and microfinance companies, and partner with hiring agencies and country HR teams to ensure the right talent in the key roles.
  • Establish performance driven culture in BIHBV and microfinance companies, partner with the performance management specialist in BIHRD and country HR teams to drive the performance management system.
  • Provide support and input on BIHBV and company restructures, workforce planning and succession planning.
  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships with country Microfinance management teams, HR teams and employees and collaborate effectively to create ground for acceptance and friendly adoption of BIHBV HR strategies.
  • Assist international employees of BIHBV with expatriate assignments and related HR matters.
  • Drive training need analysis for BIHBV and Microfinance companies, partner with specialists in BIHRD and country HR teams to ensure the necessary training programmes are in place, participate in evaluation and monitoring of training programmes to ensure success, follow up to ensure training objectives are met.
  • Analyze HR data in partnership with Country Microfinance HR teams in order to develop and enhance solutions, processes, and programmes that address current problems and also to avoid future issues.
  • Partner with the legal department of Microfinance companies as required in order to reduce legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance in day-to-day management of employees in BIHBV and microfinance companies.

Others (Safeguarding):

  • Establish a safeguarding culture across all levels of the programme by implementing the safeguarding policy. Act as a key source of support, guidance and expertise on safeguarding for establishing a safe working environment.
  • Responsible to ensure team members are appropriately trained, supported and have access to resources regarding issues that are identified and actioned in accordance with the safeguarding policy and procedure.
  • Follow the safeguarding reporting procedure in case any reportable incident takes place, encourage others to do so.

Requirements

Skills and Competencies Requirements:

  • Ability to think and act strategically
  • Adaptability to changes and ability to work with diverse workforce
  • Ability to think out of box
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Flexibility to travel globally and work in different time zones as needed
  • Ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply the appropriate sections of applicable laws, guidelines, regulations, ordinances, and policies
  • Ability to acquire a thorough understanding of the organization’s hierarchy, jobs, qualifications, compensation practices, and the administrative practices related to those factors
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum eight years of experience in HR function including at least three years of experience in microfinance industry is required. Working knowledge of multiple human resource disciplines, including talent management, performance management, talent acquisition, compensation practices, organizational diagnosis, employee relations, diversity, and federal employment laws is highly preferred.
  • Working experience in start-up microfinance companies will be an added advantage.

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