In January 2024, War Child will form an alliance – the international body that manages War Child’s activities across the world. The War Child Alliance is a global network of child protection actors working to safeguard and educate children living with violence and armed conflict. The Alliance includes War Child organisations from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Sweden, Children in Conflict in the US, and implementing offices in 14 conflict affected countries.

About War Child Alliance

The War Child Alliance demands that every child caught up in a conflict gets the help they need to navigate through the danger, protect their mental health, stay connected to their family and access their right to an education. We are a global network specialised in delivering high-impact programmes that are rebuilding lives from Afghanistan to Ukraine. We are led by children’s needs, respect their rights, and put them at the centre of the solution – from reintegrating child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo to upholding the rights of children caught up in the juvenile justice in Afghanistan. We look forward to a world in which the lives of children are no longer torn apart by war. This is a vision that can only be realised through the collective actions of children themselves, communities and their leaders, organisations like War Child, governments and key decision makers.

The Challenge

This is an incredibly exciting time to deliver inspirational global HR and Safeguarding leadership at the start of a transformational phase for War Child. You will be pivotal in leading & driving talent and supporting the development of the War Child Alliance values & culture and embedding these in a growing & evolving organisation. Furthermore, you will build strong people practices and partner with the business to ensure the People & Culture function is aligned to organisational needs. This role will be fundamental in drawing together Human Resources (HR), safeguarding & integrity and diversity, equality, inclusion & a sense of belonging.

You will bring fresh ideas to create a great place to work built on a strong cultural foundation aligned to organisational values. HR strategy, organisational development & safeguarding will be key areas of responsibility in addition to supporting complex change. The role will also engage with internal and external stakeholders to investigate and solve complex HR issues and mitigate organisational risk.

Key Responsibilities

  • Engage, as an active member of the global leadership team support in the overall development, delivery and monitoring of organisational strategy. Advise on all aspects of HR, global people management and culture development.
  • Collaboratively develop and maintain medium to long term strategies in relation to key HR functions including but not limited to talent acquisition, learning & development, performance management, remuneration & reward and engagement & people retention, that contribute to the achievement of overall organisational strategy and goals.
  • Lead & empower the People & Culture team in planning and delivering an excellent service to WCA ensuring they have the knowledge, skills, capabilities and motivation to achieve agreed objectives.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate WCA people strategy, set annual priorities and determine objectives for the People & Culture team.
  • Develop & evaluate organisational people and culture practices & policies to ensure these are progressive and support organisational evolvement & progression.
  • Provide strategic leadership and oversee the development & implementation of the safeguarding policy, ensure the delivery of War Child’s safeguarding review action plans at global and country levels and ensure KPIs and milestones are reached to becoming a safer organisation.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of all safeguarding policies and procedures including PSEA, ensuring integrated EDI & Gender and cross-cutting themes, and ensure learning is captured.
  • Build, nurture & maintain a high performing team where leadership is effectively delegated within a framework that holds individuals to account against a set of shared standards and high expectations.
  • Design and lead processes designed to create a unifying culture for the Alliance, shifting our underlying cultural assumptions to support the creation of an agile, networked organisation.

Your Profile

  • Proven & significant experience in strategy development and execution that requires substantial cross-departmental collaboration to deliver ambitious goals, within a HR / operational context.
  • Significant experience working with, and influencing, senior colleagues to solve complex challenges and agreed mutually beneficial decisions.
  • Proven experience leading change initiatives retaining a focus on inclusivity to being people through major transformations.
  • Significant experience leading processes defining cultural norms and shaping cultural assumptions to fit longer terms aspirations.
  • Experience at a senior level leading an HR team (preferably Global team in a matrixed organisation) with demonstrable knowledge and hands on experience of best practise policies and procedures throughout the HR lifecycle in a values-driven culture.
  • Energetic, creative, and collaborative by nature able to build & foster strong relations at all levels driving maximum impact.
  • Expertise in dealing with complex employee relations situations in a way that achieves positive solutions and diffuses conflict where possible.
  • Good skills in project planning and management, from conception through to action planning, implementation and monitoring.
  • Sound judgement and objectivity based on evidence and expertise.
  • Motivated to move forward, make decisions, and finalise details as efficiently as possible.
  • Committed to equitable and inclusive practices.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a high degree of emotional intelligence.
  • An appetite to really make a difference, have impact and inspire others.
  • Fluent in English and preferably also some of the other WCA country languages (Dutch, French, Spanish and/or Arabic).


Any country where War Child has an established office. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in that country. Preference will be given to local candidates.

Our Offer

Depending on the duty station, local contract with salary and secondary labour conditions based on the country’s salary scale and T&C’s will apply.

The Organisation

War Child is a young and dynamic organisation. We try to keep an informal ambiance within our office, with a lot of room for creativity, inspiration and self-initiative from employees. We practice what we preach: dynamic, innovative, integrity focused and a drive to reach the highest possible results against the lowest possible costs. War Child offers a challenging job in an inspiring workplace.

How to apply

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply before 15 October 2023. Make sure to upload your English CV (maximum of two pages) and cover letter by using the following hyperlink:

N.B. War Child will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and reserves the right to close the vacancy if a successful candidate is identified prior to the closing date.

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War Child is an international organisation, and we are committed to be a diverse and inclusive employer, placing human and child rights at the centre of our existence and work. We hire our new colleagues based on their talents, competences and shared values; we do not distinguish them based on their age, gender and gender identity, race, colour, ethnicity, religion, culture, sexual orientation, disability etc.

The safety of children and youth is a paramount and essential to War Child’s work. War Child has a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of abuse. To prevent placing children and youth at any risk this subject is addressed in our recruitment and selection procedures. Moreover, the accepted candidates will be required to state their commitment/ intent to be aware, consider and adhere to the minimum standards applicable in development and humanitarian settings, such as humanitarian values and principles, Sphere Humanitarian Charter, Standards in the Humanitarian Standards Partnership, Core Humanitarian Standard, International Humanitarian Law, Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Disaster Relief and IASC Six Core Principles Relating to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.

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