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Director, HR Business Partner

Location: Belgium- Brussels
Job Code: 1138
# of openings: 1


Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet. 


Conservation International (CI) is seeking an experienced HR professional to support our globally diverse organization. Reporting to the Vice President, Global Human Resources, this position will provide guidance in all human resources related matters and driving organizational effectiveness in the areas of staffing, development and training, employee relations, and separations to their individual client groups.

The HR Business Partner will have a unique opportunity to leverage skills and a global mindset to participate in the development of organizational tools, resources, and processes and then lead the implementation of these on the ground.  This position requires expertise in employee relations issues, local labor law, compensation and benefits, recruitment, and training and development to support our international programs, ranging from teams in both US and Europe, both remote and in-person.  This position also manages our globally mobile staff, ensuring that U.S. expatriates and third country national transfers are effectively and compliantly managed to serve the strategic needs of CI.

Through the project management of cross-cutting HR projects across the globe, this position will support a dynamic work place and contribute to team projects. The successful candidate will leverage their HR skills, talents, and expertise to implement global solutions and to effectively partner and bring HR into strategic discussions and decision-making processes with their client groups.  


  • Serve as a strategic partner to determine workforce needs, identify human resource and competency gaps, and drive the development of a staffing plan to promote staff development and retention.
  • Serves as project manager for select Global HR projects that span across the US, Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe
  • Manage international staff contracting process including work permit acquisition, documentation, renewal, relocation resources and collaboration to ensure full compliance with local immigration, labor, benefits and tax statute for non-national staff. This includes management of the US expatriate community, ensuring full compliance with U.S. requirements, taxation and immigration issues.
  • Advise and assist in recruitment and selection and orientation processes, ensuring that policy, statutory and best practice requirements are satisfied. This may include leading select recruitments and participating in selection panels as necessary.
  • Manage the introduction of new or revised policy, annual programs and processes to include delivery of workshops, ensuring that staff and managers are appropriately equipped and supported.
  • Support the annual performance management and talent management processes.
  • Carry-out daily HR-related administrative duties such as updating contracts, generating employee reports and executing compliance-related activities with all existing legal and government reporting requirements.
  • Manage employee relations which may include acting as an impartial mediator in disciplinary procedures and ensure it is administered in an equitable and fair manner and meets all legal and labor regulations and requirements. 
  • Deliver critical trainings to ensure employees, managers, and teams have resources, tools and support development needs. Partnering with Learning and Development, conduct development needs assessments. Support the identification of network of regional trainers, workshops, consultants and other professional development resources to meet these local development needs at limited cost.
  • Work hand-in-hand with Learning and Development team to ensure that global learning opportunities are available, aligned and integrated with talent management processes. 
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


  • Typical office environment.
  • Ability to travel as needed, not to exceed 10% of time.
  • Ability to work alternative hours to meet, consult and advise staff in multiple time zones.
  • Ability to work extended hours to meet deadlines.



  • A bachelor’s degree and 7-10 years of Human Resources experiences in international setting or any similar combination of education and experience.
  • ‚ÄčAbility to legally work in Brussels
  • Working knowledge of multiple human resources disciplines including staffing, workforce planning, recruiting, employee relations, compensation practices, performance management, and relevant employment laws in international setting, spanning US and Europe. 
  • Experience in managing globally mobile employees including immigration, taxation and relocation including working knowledge of U.S. expatriate related issues.
  • Proven success in managing cross-team projects, engaging with and influencing peers to drive to conclusion and mutual success
  • Persuasive and engaging communication, presentation, training and facilitation skills to clearly convey objectives to diverse audiences and stakeholders.
  • Ability to consult and partner with internal clients across various teams and countries.
  • Experience in solving complex issues through analysis, defining a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.
  • Ability to make quick decisions, to be diligent with responses, and work to find solution driven conclusions and work collaboratively across many audiences.  
  • Highly organized and self-directed with proven ability to set priorities and meet critical priorities.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and under minimal supervision. 
  • Excellent and persuasive oral and written communications skills; professionally assertive with ability to influence without formal authority and capable of managing conflict and conflicting views.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and ability to learning and successfully navigate in collaboration tools such as SharePoint.


  • Fluency in French
  • Strong working knowledge of HRIS systems.
  • SPHR, GPHR, CIPD or other HR professional certification preferred.
  • Experience working in an international non-profit organization.


To apply please submit your resume and cover letter.


CI Values

We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.

Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms. 

Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.

Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions.

Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results.

Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.

Teamwork: We work together, recognizing that openness, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.


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