Senior Manager HR


Cordaid works to end poverty and exclusion. We do this in the world’s most fragile and conflict-affected areas. We engage communities to rebuild trust and resilience and increase people’s self-reliance. Where poverty, conflict, and exclusion divide societies, we connect people and communities. Cordaid is one of the leading Civil Society Organizations in the Netherlands, working in fragile contexts on Health, Humanitarian Aid and Security & Justice and Sustainable Agro-Food Systems. Cordaid has over 1400 staff, working at Global Office in the Netherlands and in offices across the most fragile countries in the world. Within Cordaid we work on the basis of respect, accountability, sustainability, and diversity & inclusion.

Senior Manager HR (32-36 hours)

Human Resources (HR) at Cordaid contributes to the organization's success and goals by providing policies, advice, tools, and support for employment, employee engagement, performance, safety, security and wellbeing. To achieve this, we manage and facilitate the employee life cycle from recruitment, onboarding, development, wellbeing and belongingness to the exit of employees. We provide strategic HR advice, develop HR policies, offer HR support and manage HR administration.

Additionally, Cordaid's organization is undergoing a transformation, becoming more and more locally led. As a result, the Global Office and the Country Offices are transforming. HR guides and supports in this transformation and facilitates the people side of the change.

The GO HR team consists of 1 Senior Manager HR, 2 HR Advisors, 1 HR Administrator, 1 Officer Expatriate Services, 1 HR Organisational Expert and 1 Global Security Advisor. In addition, the functional steering of HR colleagues in Cordaid's country offices. The Senior Manager is part of the Senior Management Team and reports to the CEO of Cordaid.


What you will do

In this role, you will have the scope to work together with the HR Team to optimise and professionalise the enormously fast-changing organisation. You operate mainly at strategic and tactical level but are not afraid to take on operational activities where necessary.

Your main tasks will be:

  • You are responsible for the continuation of the ongoing HR business in the transition phase towards a future renewed HR functionality Cordaid world-wide. Acknowledges the necessary changes and defines the desired situation and direction of change. Advices with the HR team the BoD on the analysis and recommendations regarding the future HR functionality and organisational design of Cordaid.
  • You provide an HR strategy to meet the organisational goals and advice and support the Board of Directors in strategic HR challenges.
  • You manage in accordance with the management style and social policy of Cordaid, focused on the continuation of productivity and satisfaction of the HR employees. You act as a coach and sparring partner for the HR professionals.
  • You monitor the effectiveness of the Cordaid leadership style. You advice Management on their leadership skills and leading employees in a fast changing organisation. Provides feedback and input to Cordaid’s organisation culture development.
  • You develop a strategic training & development plan according to budget and strategic goals of the organization.
  • You advise the CEO on and join the work council consultations.
  • You check whether labour decisions comply with laws and regulations. Recognizes legal problems and offers solutions.
  • Acts as HR primus in the Cordaid Safety and Security Committee.
  • Chair of the Cordaid Integrity Committee

Functie-eisen en profiel

Who you are

  • Bachelor or Master degree in relevant expertise field.
  • At least 10 years of relevant working experience at Master level in an international environment.
  • Knowledge and extensive experience of (international) Human Resources Management and organizational change.
  • Social/Communication skills to advise and to spar with Board of Directors and management, to create support, to coordinate and to acquire contributions from others.
  • For the HR team: a people-oriented attitude and eager to get the best out of people, giving them room for autonomy and development. Act as a sparring partner.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and professional maturity.
  • Flexible attitude, able to work in constantly changing and unpredictable circumstances and ability to cope with changes in priorities.
  • Be diplomatic, culturally sensitive, and result-oriented in dealing with the Works Council, BoD and other stakeholders.
  • Good listener and able to make bridges between different stakeholders.
  • Excellent knowledge of the Dutch labour law.
  • Excellent Dutch and English language writing and communications skills. Good French is a pré.

Ons aanbod

What we offer

  • An international and dynamic organisation in which you can contribute to provide aid where it is needed the most;
  • A key position in a professional organisation;
  • A diverse role where initiative is encouraged;
  • A hybrid work environment with an office in the city centre of The Hague;
  • A gross monthly salary of € 4532, - up to € 6567, - based on a 36-hour week (excluding 8% vacation allowance and 8.3% end of year allowance), depending on years of relevant experience.
  • A position for 1 year with the possibility of extension, starting as soon as possible.

Informeren en solliciteren

More information

Applications including a motivation letter and CV in English for the attention of Saskia Gerver, HR Advisor, including the contact details of references at the last two employers can be uploaded through our website:

For information on the content of the advertised position you may contact, Saskia Gerver, through:

Closing date for this vacancy is 26 May 2024. Starting date: as soon as possible.

Cordaid is fully committed to a safe working environment and the highest integrity standards. To read more on our commitment to Integrity, click here: . An integrity screening will be part of this application procedure.

Applicants must be nationals of an European Union member State or have a valid work permit for the European Union and reside currently in The Netherlands.

For more information about Cordaid, please visit our website:

Acquisition regarding this vacancy is not appreciated.