Role Purpose To deploy in-depth, applied understanding of complex procedures within HR functional support discipline to deliver high quality and efficient service to staff in general and management in particular.
To implement and communicate HR policies and procedures in line with British Council standards, values, and operational business objectives as well as with local labour law.
Function Overview The Middle East and North Africa is home to eight percent of the world’s population, five percent of global GDP, and 58 percent of global reserves of oil and gas.
It is also one of the most unstable regions of the world, characterised by protracted conflicts and complex issues around refugee and displaced communities.
It has the highest rate of youth unemployment, and double the global average for female unemployment. Collectively this is placing a huge strain on existing political, social and economic structures, adding to the uncertainty and fragility of the region.
The British Council retains an on-the-ground presence in all 17 MENA countries. This includes maintaining operations and programmes in Libya, Yemen and Syria, working through partners and locally engaged staff.
Over the last five years we have extended the scope of our work over by aligning our cultural relations activities to UK and international priorities, such as in relation to major issues affecting the region, namely the Syrian refugee crisis, and the rise of violent extremism.
In parallel to this we continue to provide support to individuals, institutions and governments helping them address some of the underlying long-
term demographic, societal and systemic features which have been holding back reform, stifling growth, and blocking opportunities for young people.
Our work takes a long term approach to engagement, helping to build trust and influence for the UK. The role holder will cover the full spectrum of HR activities including providing advice and guidance on complex and sensitive employee relations matters, and escalating as necessary.
The HR manager is to provide a comprehensive HR service which ensures that managers and employees are equipped with best practice to foster a high performance culture.
They will work together with the HRBP Cluster Lead and the local Leadership team for identifying potential resourcing solutions, providing input on induction, Talent and performance management, and supporting and coaching managers on employee relations.
They will implement and communicate HR policies and procedures in line with British Council standards, values, and operational business objectives as well as with local labour law
About Us The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.
We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.
We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society.
Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.
Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.
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