The Global HR Specialist supports the delivery, coordination and implementation of human resources programs, services, and initiatives for international staff to include, U.S. expatriates, Third country nationals (TCNs) and local/host-country nationals across the globe.  The Global HR Specialist serves as a resource to build HR capacity by providing guidance to all phases of the HR lifecycle. The Specialist works to implement country-specific standardized policy and procedures with emphasis on employment/labor laws; benefits and compensation schemes in country; in-country employee handbooks; employee relations; works compensation; and building HR capacity. 

  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with in country HR teams, leadership teams and other support departments to meet the IPA business needs.   
  • Strategically work with leadership in managing international employee relations issues by leading effective thorough, and objective investigations and providing HR best practices  
  • Work in conjunction with the Global HR Director to manage the implementation of country platforms to standardize all aspects of field HR programs with consideration and compliance with all applicable policies, regulations and labor laws. 
  • Manage client expectations by providing status updates, plan of action, or needed resources to ensure strong client relations and customer service.  
  • Work with the Global HR team on the development of training of local HR staff and senior leadership in effective HR management practices resulting in an engaged workforce.
  • Work collaboratively with the regional and sector teams to understand differences and to ensure customization of best HR/recruitment practices across the globe.
  • Coordinate with the Global HR director to continuously evaluate existing work process and prospective processes to ensure the most effective and efficient use of resources across the globe; make recommendations for process improvements as needed to better serve internal and external clients. 
  • Apply understanding of IPA’s policies, standard operating procedures, and HR practices to creatively find solutions, and make decisions/recommendations which mitigate legal risk and reputational damage in country and to fully support IPA’s strategic objectives. 
  • Work in conjunction with the global HR team in identifying and analyzing trends resulting from the internal and audits and report findings to the global HR director and applicable stakeholders. 
  • Stay abreast on local and global employment practices and trends, as well as develop strong business acumen; share knowledge with global HR team to create procedures and streamline processes.
  • Foster and demonstrate a workplace inclusive of creating opportunity, serving others, building trust, innovation and exceeding expectations.
  • Consult with local legal counsel as needed.
  • Lead the development, implementation and maintain Standards of Operations (SOPs) and guidance documents on effectively attracting, engaging and retaining global talent with a focus on the international employee population
  • Along with the senior recruiter, lead the standardization process of global job descriptions in collaboration with sector groups, regions and departments. 
  • Support current and future global recruitment needs in collaboration with the Senior Recruiter through the development of best practices and standard training programs on full lifecycle recruitment of talent with emphasis on sourcing, interviewing, and reference verification.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Minimum 4 years of progressive human resources management experience with at least two years international experience preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent years of experience and/or HR certification
  • Robust working knowledge and experience in all functional HR areas with emphasis in employee relations and staff development
  • Strong knowledge of company’s US government and international donor relationship
  • Proven capability to communicate clearly and concisely, both written and verbal with people at all levels in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment
  • Demonstrated values of sharing information and continuous improvement in a cooperative atmosphere committed to staff development
  • Able to work well under pressure with tight deadlines
  • Able to build trusting relationships and collaboration with clients and influence positive outcomes
  • Flexibility in daily schedule to accommodate clients and respond proactively and effectively to needs
  • Excellent internal consulting skills with proven diplomatic and influencing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply international labor codes and create and develop sound HR program
  • Experience living or working in developing countries preferred
  • Willingness to work overseas as required
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office applications
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team and demonstrated integrity, independent thinking, sound judgment, and respect for others
  • Language proficiency in French and/or Spanish preferred
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About IPA 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit 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 575 leading academics to conduct over 650 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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