Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is seeking candidates for a Global HR Director. The director will lead and implement IPA’s strategy to recruit, retain and develop talent and seek to develop an employee-oriented, high-performance culture that emphasizes excellence and collaboration. He/ She is responsible for leading and managing the entire employee-life cycle, and the development of new people-related systems, processes, and metrics that support the achievement of the organization's business goals and strategic objectives and in line with IPA’s new management philosophy.

The Role

The successful candidate will .be responsible for establishing policies and best practices for the organization, administering benefits and supervising the HR and Recruitment team. The Global HR Director will also be responsible for performance management and personnel compliance with full-time headquarters staff and overseas employees, and advising country offices around the world.


The Global Human Resources Director coordinates the implementation of people-related services, policies, and programs; manages the HR and Recruitment team; reports to the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. He/ She will also:

  • Work collaboratively with executive management, line managers, HR team, and other stakeholders to build a culture of excellence and innovation. In collaboration with IPA leadership facilitate organizational structure/ design discussions and lead the roll out of IPA’s new management philosophy
  • Manage employee relations issues for headquarters and international staff, including coordinating and engaging with field office based HR staff. In conjunction with legal department and local counsel ensure compliance with U.S. and international labor laws, supporting audits as necessary;
  • Provide tools and guidelines to support and implement policies and procedures, domestic and international employment agreements, development of HRIS, field office employee manuals, benefit summaries and compensation guidelines; Maintain a high-quality central HR function, including appropriate technology, systems and tools, including the use of metrics and people data to inform key decisions;
  • Manage the recruiting, selection process, and on-boarding processes. Work with management to ensure the selection of the right candidates for all positions;
  • In consultation with the legal department, resolve complex employee relations issues (such as harassment and discrimination allegations) in a balanced, fair and objective manner, using appropriate counseling, investigative, intervention and mediation techniques.
  • Lead development and execution of employee engagement and retention strategies, plans, and initiatives including the design and implementation of a training, mentoring and professional development and succession plans;
  • Manage the performance management process and facilitate improvement of performance management systems and training for domestic and international staff;
  • Manage compensation and benefits administration, including 401(K);
  • Manage employee welfare, wellness and health programs for domestic and tcn/expatriate staff, domestic employee safety and provide guidance and support to the country offices’ welfare, wellness and health programs;
  • Manage small HR and recruitment team in US and provide functional leadership to international staff with HR responsibilities; and
  • Other HR related tasks and initiatives as may be assigned from time to time.
  • Human Resources professional with 10+ years of progressive human resources/organization development experience;
  • Experience in domestic and international recruiting and HR operations. At least 5 years of human resources and/or recruiting experience in international development industry in developing countries preferred;
  • Deep and broad understanding of employment law, recruitment and selection, employee relations, compensation, and benefits;
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively and collaboratively about staff development and training;
  • Experience selecting, implementing and institutionalizing HR IT systems;
  • Previous management experience required; At least 5 years preferred;
  • Ability to influence and build credibility at all levels and establish collaborative working relationships;
  • Proven ability to operate in a fast-paced, complex, decentralized and geographically diverse organizational structure;
  • Ability to determine and ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations;
  • Superior communications skills, oral and written;
  • Strong strategic and problem solving skills;
  • Excellent networking and interpersonal skills as well as strong organizational skills and initiative;
  • Exposure to interviewing techniques, knowledge of personnel policy and procedure and federal and state laws regarding employment;
  • Proficient computer skills – especially Microsoft Suite of applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and HRIS/HRM systems;
  • Fluency in English required.

The ideal candidate will exhibit: an ability to maintain confidential information in a professional manner; demonstrated ability to produce results, prioritize and perform a variety of tasks on short notice within demanding deadlines; and proven ability to work under pressure.

Preference will be given to candidates with exposure to living or working in a developing country/recruitment experience in an international organization.

Candidate must have US work authorization to be considered for this position.

Application Instructions 

To apply click here.  Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume in the online application.

About IPA 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy non-profit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure that the evidence we create leads to tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 400 leading academics to conduct over 600 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 


Innovations for Poverty Action is an EO Employer-MF/Veteran/Disability. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. IPA will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at or via phone at 1-203-772-2216. Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the specified position. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to

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