Director of HR

International Rice Research Institute
Los Baños, Laguna, The Philippines
Full time Staff


The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), an independent, non-profit scientific organization, is looking for a global Director of Human Resources (HR). As Director of HR, you will be part of IRRI’s leadership team and serve as a strategic advisor, contributing to IRRI’s ongoing transformation programme and leading on all aspects related to human capital.

Role Profile:

IRRI is one of the 15 members of CGIAR research centers, hubs of scientific expertise working on behalf of the world’s poorest people. IRRI’s team of over 1,200 scientists and international development professionals includes people of 36 different nationalities, and works in 14 countries to deliver on the mission to reduce poverty and hunger, improve the lives of rice farmers and consumers and ensure the environmental sustainability of rice farming. IRRI’s work is supported by governments and funding from private foundations.

Being an international HR executive with experience leading at group, regional or global business-unit level, the successful candidate should have a generalist HR background, with experience of a global workforce and of working in a not-for-profit, academic or research institution or with an NGO (or a blend of not-for-profit and private sector experience).  Additionally, will have to be part of leading transformation across multiple countries and have experience working in a developing country setting.

Essential Experience:

• Has held an HR leadership role, either at headquarters or regional level, within a global organisation of at least 200 people.

• Has worked at executive level within a not for profit organisation, university or research institute, or has a background which includes not-for-profit organisations in addition to time in the business and/or public sector.

• Has had a leadership role in delivering a major HR change programme across multiple countries.

• Has experience living and working in a developing country.

• Demonstrates focus on impact and results.

• Able to use competency-based tools and processes in core HR functions.

• Demonstrates professional competence and leadership in managing a multi-national HR team and in HR policy development.

• Able to lead in a fast-changing environment.

Qualifications/ Education:

• University degree in management, human resources, business, public administration, law, social sciences or a related field.

• Excellent oral and written command of English.


Salary: Competitive salary and benefits, including pension, health and housing

Location: Los Baños, Laguna, The Philippines

Contract:  Fixed term, three years


Application Instructions:

Oxford HR has been retained as an executive search consultancy to assist IRRI in finding suitable candidates for this role.

To apply for this role, please download and read the Appointment Brief, then complete our online application form at .

Closing date: 
27th August 2017