HR managers

We need experienced human resources managers to develop and implement human resources programmes in organisations that serve poor people.

Roles are generally longer term, ranging from one to two years, but we also have occasional short term assignments for up to six months.

You’ll have at least five years' experience in managing HR projects, excellent communication and programme development skills, and strong knowledge of organisational development and structures. You’ll also need experience of change management, and of implementing and supporting colleagues with performance management and CPD programmes. Experience or knowledge of governance is also desirable.

What you’ll be doing

You could be working anywhere from a government office to a small grassroots organisation. You’ll create and develop administration and management information systems to support and expand your employers’ workforce.

The list of countries in which you could be working includes Zambia, India and Uganda.

  • Example role

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Human resources adviser with ADHAR

ADHAR is a grassroots level development organisation whose beliefs are grounded in the right to a just and equal society. The group, which was initiated by a group of intellectual activists, evolved in to a formal organisation named ‘ADHAR’ in 1992. The purpose of this placement is to look after ADHAR’s human resources and administrative systems, to ensure they are efficient.

What you'll be doing

  • Analysing the existing HR structure and make recommendations for change
  • Providing functional and/or technical support to the team
  • Ensuring that appropriate human resources standards and systems are operational
  • Implementing gender, diversity (disability, HIV and AIDS) and equal opportunities policies within overall HR policy
  • Administering recruitment, training, career development and termination activities

What you'll need

You will need a degree level qualification in a relevant field, with at least three year’s professional experience in HR. You will need to be able to gather, analyse and report on data. Experience of working with a team, and good interpersonal skills will are essential for this role. Flexibility, patience and a sense of humour are essential qualities for all VSO placements, as they will help you to adapt to live and work in a different culture. You’ll also need to be happy to work in a multi-cultural environment and work creatively with limited resources.

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Bola Ojo, education manager, Rwanda

Bola Ojo (Rwanda - Education)

Giving something back to the community has been a life long passion for education manager Bola Ojo. Taking early retirement and volunteering with VSO International meant she could continue to contribute to the community – but this time internationally. She opted for a 12-week volunteer placement in Rwanda. At the same time as sharing valuable teaching and management skills that will help to improve standards in 126 local schools, she helped lay the foundations for a long-term volunteer to take her crucial work even further.



How long will the process take?

Once you have applied for a placement, the process will take approximately five months.