Chief Human Resources Officer

CORUS International Washington DC, United States

About CORUS International

Corus International leads an ensemble of faith-based organisations working together in the world’s most fragile settings to deliver the holistic, lasting solutions needed to overcome the interconnected challenges of poverty, health care access and climate change. Long-time partner INGOs, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and IMA World Health (IMA) launched Corus International to spearhead new collaborations and innovations across the global development, aid, public health, and private sectors that achieve transformational change and build self-reliance. They draw on the combined 150 years of experience of our non-profit and for-profit subsidiary organisations – LWR, IMA, Charlie Goldsmith Associates (CGA), Ground Up Investing, and LWR Farmers Market. Together, They take a systems approach to grow rural economies, eliminate extreme poverty, ensure access to quality healthcare, and respond to urgent humanitarian needs in fragile settings. 

You can find further details on their website https://corusinternational.org/.

Chief Human Resources Officer Role Profile 

Reporting directly to the President and CEO, Daniel Speckhard, the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)  is responsible for developing and executing human resources strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organisation. The CHRO help anticipate changes in the organisation and surfaces and manages problems in advance by implementing new capabilities and new processes. The CHRO is a seasoned global HR professional who will provide a balanced and impartial counsel to senior leaders and guidance to the HR team while maintaining strict confidentiality and unwavering ethics. The CHRO will build trust and cultivate strong relationships throughout the organisation by being accessible to all employees. 
The CHRO will articulate HR needs and plans to the executive management team, shareholders and the board of directors and lead a Global HR Team. 
This role holds two unique opportunities: To unite, build and shape a highly functioning environment and diverse talent pool through shaping HR policies and procedures and second, to build and shape HR policies and procedures and develop the international workforce through hiring practices and candidate experiences.

Duties and Responsibilities

Serving on the Executive Leadership team, the CHRO will provide vision and strategic leadership supporting the mission, goals and objectives, focusing on human capital management and building sustainable competitive advantage through the selection and development of top talent that possess capabilities that help differentiate the organisation from its competitors. The CHRO will serve as a thought leader and key spokesperson in internal and human resources development, visibly leading efforts with a hands-on approach to capture and diffuse innovations, build an infrastructure that enables fundamental changes in the way work gets done in the organisation to drive employee engagement and organisational performance while creating opportunities for knowledge sharing across the organisation. 
The Chief Human Resources Officer will have the following key responsibilities:

Serve as Principal Advisor 

  • As part of the Executive Leadership Team the CHRO will work with the organisations executive management team to establish a sound plan of management succession that corresponds to the strategy and objectives of Corus International. 
  • Establish and implement HR efforts that effectively communicate and support the organisations mission and strategic vision.
  • Developing innovative global human resources solutions that are aligned with short- and long-term business goals and support organisational transformation.
  • Enhance human resources information systems and ensure the ongoing development of performance indicators and workforce analytics for strategic decision making. 
  • Assess performance and organisational gaps, including diversity and inclusion issues; to better understand where decision making is taking place, and to assess internal talent in terms of developmental needs and succession planning for key staff.
  • Collaborate closely with the President/CEO and Senior Executives to monitor and influence organisational culture, providing strategic leadership by articulating HR needs and plans to the executive management team and the board of directors. 
  • Function as a strategic business advisor to the executive leadership team and senior management at each business unit, subsidiary regarding key organisational and management issues.

Manage Global HR Team 

  • Provide leadership and guidance to the Global HR function by overseeing global compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, career development, succession planning, retention, training, leadership development. 
  • Align the HR Global HR Team to achieve the organisation's strategic objectives; review current structure of the HR team; identify talent and knowledge gap and restructure. 
  • The CHRO will be responsible to develop and oversee an annual HR budget and provide leadership and guidance to the global HR team leading the development and implementation of the People Strategy for the Corus family of organisations.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Oversee total compensation and benefits programs globally.
  • Oversee annual auditing and selection/negotiation of benefits package, including multiple domestic and international health, welfare and pension plans.
  • Manage executive compensation including plan design.  

Talent Acquisition

  • Oversee organisation-wide recruitment of high-caliber, diverse and values-aligned staff.  
  • The CHRO will have full responsibility and oversight for the recruitment and retention of all levels of employees for US-based, TCN, LCN and Expatriate employees.  
  • Stay current on and apply the most effective talent management techniques to solve the organisation’s human capital challenges.
  • Develop comprehensive strategic talent acquisition and retention plans to meet the human capital needs of strategic goals.
  • Ability to continuously scout out, assess and recruit key talent from diverse sources to add to the leadership bench.

Compliance and Risk Management 

  • Knowledgeable about compliance and risk management as it relates to domestic and global HR and experience putting processes in place to mitigate these risks. 
  • Collaborate with in-house and outside counsel in multiple global jurisdictions on compliance. 
  • Lead and/or oversee investigations into complicated/complex employee relations issues; ensure appropriate follow-up to ethical concerns, whistle-blower claims; policy infractions.

Performance Management, Staff Culture, Staff Engagement and Retention

  • Lead institutional efforts to establish a vibrant and unifying organisational culture based on organisational values.
  • Serve as staff liaison and sounding board for culture and organisational issues. 
  • Communicate frequently with departmental and executive stakeholders to understand the unique needs of our workforce. 
  • Develop an innovative new performance management system. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Oversee organisational-wide DEI initiatives
  • Support DEI Task Force and Staff Advisory Committee in leading change throughout the organisation with development of KPIs and metrics to monitor progress and evaluate effectiveness of programming. 
  • Ensure DEI is imbued within HR strategy at all levels of the organisation, to include at the field office level. 
  • Serve as the lead DEI voice in the executive team and with the board of directors. 
  • Stay abreast of emerging trends in the DE&I space; identify and adopt best practices.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum 15 years progressive global HR Management experience, including minimum of 5 years of senior-level experience reporting to the CEO or COO. Board liaison experience preferred.•  
  • 8+ years as a Senior Human Resources leader within international non-profit or mission-driven organisation; global health sector advantageous. 
  • Bachelor´s Degree or equivalent. Desirable: Master´s Degree in Human Resources, Management, or related field; HR Certification Preferred.
  • Demonstrated professional competence and success in organisational development (assessment and design) and change management, HR related experience in a merger highly advantageous.
  • Capable of delivering on both strategic and operational priorities to include building scalable GHR systems and processes. 
  • Proven ability to lead a global HR team to achieve high quality results in a fast-changing environment.
  • Experience building and implementing diversity, equity and inclusion programs.
  • Must be knowledgeable about US Labor Laws; USAID RFA/RFP proposal processes; experienced in working for a U.S. Government contractor such as USAID as well as non-U.S. donors such as DFID, Foundations and/or individual donors very helpful. 
  • A collaborative leadership style with the ability to influence others into action and to think creatively about solutions.    
  • Risk mitigation and partnership in collaborating with Programs and Finance teams to ensure compliance, business continuity and risk management in a growing business.
  • Proven experience in negotiating conflict and maintaining constructive working relationships with people at all levels, sensitivity and compassion in counselling a diverse staff.
  • Proficiency in either French or Spanish helpful. 
  • Must be eligible to work in the USA without sponsorship and available immediately.


  • Deep commitment to Corus International's core values and ability to model these values in relationships with colleagues and partners.

Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time position with the successful candidate.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. A pension plan, life and medical insurances are included in the benefits package.  

Location: Washington D.C., USA

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to [email protected] OR use the Application Form below on or before 13 November 2020. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application. Should you wish to explore this position confidentially before deciding to apply, please reach out to Ms. Adriana Robles, at [email protected].
SRI Executive is exclusively retained by CORUS International to undertake this assignment.

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