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HROD Advisor Policy Development

Vienna (Austria) | Innsbruck

  • Organization: SOS Children’s Villages International
  • Location: Vienna (Austria) | Innsbruck
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Democratic Governance
    • Human Resources
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
    • Legal - Broad
    • Legal - International Law
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-15

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HROD Advisor Policy Development (f/m/d)


Preferred location: Vienna or Innsbruck/Austria

SOS Children’s Villages International is the umbrella organisation for the global federation of SOS Children’s Villages. As a non-governmental social development organisation we help children without parental care and families in difficult living conditions through services in care, education, health and emergency relief, and we advocate for children’s rights. We work in 136 countries and territories, reaching over one million children, young people, families and caregivers each year.


The incumbent will be responsible to develop and oversee a federation wide HR policy landscape,   which contributes to the development of a values based conduct in our organization and with a view to foster our commitment to enhance an organization’s safeguarding environment.

This will start with reviewing and updating existing policies and regulations such as the Code of Conduct, identifying gaps and developing necessary new policies to ensure the required impact on our accountability to anchor safeguarding in our organization.

The HROD Advisor will develop necessary tools and guidelines to ensure the management and oversight of an appropriate implementation including the definition of KPIs, development of monitoring guidelines and tools to oversee the implementation and advice/ support adaptation as necessary.

As needed contribute to incident management and respective investigations at the international office, as it applies to HROD and participate in the recommendation of disciplinary measures and sanctions in case of misconduct.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Review and revise policies and procedures with a view to anchor safeguarding standards, based on external benchmarking and standards and internal organizational learnings in alignment with the regional offices.
  • Based on review, best practice and aligned with our sector, identify gaps, propose and develop a concept for a required HR policy landscape to anchor safeguarding standards  taking into consideration the organisational federation governance
  • Design new and/or revise policies/guidelines regularly to integrate lessons learnt and to ensure policies/guidelines are up to date, fit for purpose and meet our federation context and societal changes
  • Collaborate closely with organisational HR Community (Regions and MAs) and respective leadership level to ensure a wide scope of needs are considered and sensitive to our mission and the diversity of our organisation
  •  Develop necessary tools and guidelines to ensure appropriate implementation and establish KPIs including monitoring guidelines and tools to oversee together with regional HR partners a quality implementation and necessary adaptations
  • As necessary contribute to the development of  reporting and responding guidelines, incident management and investigation standards
  • Collaborate with respective functions in the development of a guideline for defining disciplinary rules and sanctions in case of misconduct and take action against misconduct if necessary 
  • Manage incoming HR incidence and investigation as necessary at the International Office
  • Provide respective expert advice to foster understanding and application of broad principles, policies, procedures
  • Keep abreast of developments within and outside of the organisation as well as evolving best practices by researching relevant practice and developments and networking with other organisation



  •  Master’s degree or equivalent in international (public or business) law, social science, MSc Human Resources with focus on labor law or policy development
  • More than 10 years of relevant work experience preferably within non-for-profit sector.
  •  Significant knowledge and experience developing, writing and implementing Human Resources policies.
  • At least 5 years’ experience working in an international context with a multi-cultural and multinational setting
  •   Ideally working experience in a federation like governance to understand the complexity of a respective policy design
  • Advanced knowledge of international, common law
  • Good understanding of safeguarding concepts
  •  Project management certificate or excellent project management skills will be an asset
  •   Available network within likeminded development organizations and/or other non-profit, public sector organizations is an asset
  • Strong interpersonal and stakeholder management skills, ability in communicating with a variety of people with different cultural background
  • Analytical, structured & process-oriented working style
  •  Excellent English language skills, further languages (German, French, Spanish) are an asset
  • Willingness to work from Austria as working location
  •  A valid Austrian working permit or eligibility to work within the EU


We offer

·        A diverse range of interesting tasks in a leading INGO multicultural working environment

·        As a responsible employer we provide a range of training schemes and encourage educational enhancement

·        A salary that will be commensurate with experience and qualifications


If you are interested in this position, please submit your application in English at 

Please note that applications will be reviewed and suitable candidates will be contacted for interviews on an ongoing basis. The position will remain open until filled. 

SOS-Children’s Villages International,


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