Human Resource Specialist


Human Resource Specialist, Ibis Reproductive Health; Johannesburg, South Africa

Ibis Reproductive Health (Ibis) seeks support and technical assistance from an individual with human resources (HR) expertise, working one to two days a week (approximately, 35 hours/month). This position is a limited term contract with possible renewal based on funding availability. We hope to secure routine, HR support, as well as assistance with several key HR projects to ensure our policies and practices reflect both best practice and our commitment to justice and equity in our work and in our work environment. It is critical that the HR Advisor bring a racial justice and equity lens to this work; this technical assistance is a critical piece of our broader effort to transform our organization to one that is inclusive and supportive of all staff. We expect this individual will work collaboratively with our Senior Management Team, HR personnel based in the United States (U.S.), our staff-representative group leading our work on organizational transformation, and consultants working with us on staff wellbeing. We are concurrently seeking HR support in the U.S. and hope that the people working in each country understand the HR challenges of organizations working globally and are enthusiastic about working together.

Ibis is a global nonprofit driving change through bold, rigorous research and principled partnerships that advance sexual and reproductive autonomy, choices, and health worldwide. We focus on increasing access to high-quality abortion care, transforming access to abortion and contraception through technology and service innovations, and expanding comprehensive SRH information and services. Ibis’s work touches more than 30 countries on six continents through our offices located in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Oakland, California, in the United States. We currently have a staff of 36, 7 in the South Africa office, and an annual budget between $7-8 million per year. For more information, visit:


The HR Specialist will work collaboratively with the U.S. based HR consultant to provide advice on current and new policies and practices to improve organizational effectiveness and determine HR priorities within offices and across the organization. Together, they will work to develop and implement a set of HR policies and organizational practices that will promote equity and transform organizational culture. They will also work to support supervisors and the Senior Management Team as they identify training and other staff support needs. Additional joint HR processes include:
Assisting with developing Ibis’s performance appraisal form and process and monitoring its implementation. The HR Specialist will bring international and local best practices to bear on discussions about annual increases, tying performance appraisals to salary increases, and conducting all appraisals/increases at one point during the year versus on anniversary dates
Supporting supervisors in implementing professional development policies, individual advancement/promotion plans, and workload assessments
Supporting the implementation of newly developed and adopted salary bands, role matrix, and title structure
Within the Johannesburg office, the HR Specialist will ensure that all employment practices, policies, and procedures comply with South African Basic Conditions of Employment and Labour laws. They will also provide routine support, including consultation to individuals, supervisors, and team leaders as requested about workplace conflicts and/or grievances, equity issues, professional development, and team dynamics. Additionally, they will support the Director of Southern Africa Programs in efforts to improve how we share information about our policies, as well as how to improve and monitor consistent implementation of policies across offices and individuals.

8-10 years HR experience
Sound knowledge of the following:
Change management, organizational change and transformation
Organizational development, theories and principles
Labour Relations Act including POPIA (Protection of Personal Information Act)
BCEA (Basic Conditions of Employment Act)
Employment practices and contracts

Strong communication skills
Conflict management and problem solving
Excellent interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence
Embraces diversity and equity
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Ability to use discretion and deal with sensitive information in a confidential and professional manner
Salary:  Market-Competitive

Start date: 1 August 2021

Deadline for applications: The closing date for applications is 30 June 2021

Please send a CV to [email protected] Applications will be reviewed as they are received. If you haven’t heard back from us within three weeks of submitting your application, consider your application unsuccessful.