Global Compensation and Benefits Director

Job ID 301

Human Resources Remote, United States   Asia (India, Bangladesh, Nepal), Latin Americas (Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador, or Nicaragua), or Africa (Nigeria, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania)


About Heifer International

In 1944, Heifer International’s founder, Dan West, began outlining a simple but groundbreaking plan to tackle hunger around the world. West, a farmer from the Midwest and Church of the Brethren member, had recently returned from feeding weary refugees during volunteer service in the Spanish Civil War.

He had seen firsthand that giving people food was a short-term solution, whereas providing them with animals offered a steady supply of nutritious food for an entire family. 

His philosophy still inspires Heifer’s work today. Partnering with farmers across a range of different livestock and crops, we create unique solutions to local challenges.

Today, Heifer International has operations in 21 countries around the world, working alongside local farmers, business owners and their communities, as they mobilize and envision their futures. Together, we build inclusive, resilient economies, so communities can develop effective ways to end global hunger and poverty in a sustainable way.

To date, we have supported more than 36 million farming families across Africa, Asia and the Americas and in the past five years alone, we have worked alongside 2.7 million families to close the living income gap or set them on a path to doing so. Between now and 2030, we will support an additional 10 million people to reach a living income by scaling up our signature programs. To achieve this, Heifer International relies on its passionate, committed and highly skilled staff. 


Reporting to the Chief People Officer, the Global Compensation and Benefits Director is a key member of Heifer’s Global People Department and will guide Heifer’s Compensation and Benefits structures, systems, and practices globally. The Director will advise on, design, and roll-out of compensation and benefit packages that support the organization’s strategic direction and help attract and retain the talent that the organization needs to achieve it’s mission globally.

The Successful Candidate

To succeed in this role, you will have a track record in evaluating, designing, and promoting Global Compensation systems within the INGO sector. He/She will have change management experience and has the passion and influence to promote internal equity and external competitiveness throughout the organization. The Director will understand how global labor markets work and have the analytical skills to benchmark and report on compensation and benefits issues. The Director will be joining Heifer International during an exciting time of change and needs to hire people who thrive and be creative under such climate. The Director will be self-motivated and enjoys delivering, managing, and be managed within a remote setting that emphasizes impact and contributions as a primary criterion for assessment.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Work with stakeholders to define Heifer’s Total Rewards Philosophy in support of the organization’s strategic plan.
  • Review, innovate, design, and roll out global total rewards systems for national and international staff that will help the organization hire and retain the talent needed to achieve its mission.
  • Utilize Change Management concepts when making compensation and benefit changes.
  • Monitor and ensure that Heifers Compensation and Benefits systems follow applicable labor laws, donor’s regulations, as well as Heifer’s policies. Report on areas of improvements and work with the relevant stakeholders to take corrective actions.
  • Periodically prepare reports and analytics to share with management and staff on internal equity, cost of labor, and benchmarking data.
  • Support Heifer’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs/initiatives by advising on any DE&I related pay inequities and work with relevant budget holders to address those concerns.
  • Use presentation and communication skills to provide coaching and consultation to management on decisions related to compensation and benefits.
  • Collaborate with other members of the People Department to develop necessary education, training, and orientation material to inform staff of benefits available to them.
  • Manage international staff (expatriate and TCN) recruitment, onboarding, compensation administration including allowances, and internal mobility and relocations in line with HI policies.
  • Constantly monitor labor markets where Heifer operates, benchmark and update salary scales and benefit packages as needed.
  • Advice Business Development Teams and Finance Teams on costs of labor and benefits.
  • Achieve Operational Excellence within the People function by delivering high-quality Compensation and Benefits operations across Heifer’s field offices and projects.
  • Hold oneself accountable for achieving annual workplans and goals and collaborate with other colleagues to help them achieve their goals as well.
  • Invest in oneself professional development. Stay connected with sector forums and national/international Total Rewards forums.

Minimum Requirements:

  • BA/BS degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or a related field. A Master’s degree is a plus.
  • Continued HR education, GPHR, PHR, SPHR, or SHRM SCP certified.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in the Compensation and Benefits function with a minimum of (5) five years of Total Rewards management level within Global for-profit or INGOs sectors.
  • Thorough understanding of Global Market including US, Expatriate, TCN, and National (field) offices compensation and benefits packages.
  • Analytical and audit skills. Able to analyze data, deliver reports for different audiences, and present results.
  • Must possess a high level of integrity and credibility. Be comfortable operating and working with teams within a matrix structure.
  • Collaborative, team-oriented mindset with strong verbal and written communication skills. English language fluency is required.
  • Self-motivated, agile, and detail-oriented leader with exceptional organizational, interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.