Human Resources Manager

Human Resources The Hague, Netherlands

Job Summary

In this role as the Human Resources Manager in our WRI Europe office in The Hague, you will play an integral role in the talent management agenda for our staff located throughout Europe. Our two offices in Europe are in London and The Hague, and we also have programmatic staff in Switzerland, Denmark and Germany. In this role, you will work with institute leaders to set people priorities and drive the progression of the people agenda including talent management and organization and leadership effectiveness. You will be an integral member of the WRI Europe management team and the global HR network, leading the way in optimized delivery of HR solutions and priorities, data-driven, growth oriented and strategic HR.

A successful candidate for this position will be a self-starter with strong interpersonal skills and a track record in, and passion for engaging staff and managers to drive for results. Ability to collaborate across a global network and managing remote relationships is required.

Job Responsibilities

HR Policies and Procedures

  • Communicate HR policies to employees and managers while providing guidance and support with respect to all areas of HR
  • Review HR policies and practices to ensure compliance with the national legal and regulatory framework in conjunction with legal counsel
  • Conduct new employee orientation and train employees on HR policies and procedures

Employee Relations

  • Facilitate a healthy employee relations environment
  • Provide guidance and assist in employee relations issues and concerns
  • Maintain personnel files and HRIS database
  • Conduct and provide guidance in termination processes including exit interviews
  • Ensure all termination processes are performed in accordance to relevant legislation

Performance Reviews

  • In partnership with WRI Europe management team, manage the annual performance review and 360 feedback process
  • Provide guidance and training to staff on performance management

Salary/Remuneration Structure

  • Review and benchmark staff salaries and benefits
  • Ensure compliance with local laws
  • Plan, implement and facilitate communication of annual salary increases
  • Coordinate employee payroll for accurate and timely payroll transfers

Talent Acquisition

  • Work closely with Talent Acquisition Specialist and participate in the selection process for staff and interns
  • Manage relocation, immigration and other responsibilities related to staffing administration

Change Management

  • Influence and facilitate the process of organizational change and development, leading to improved organizational and individual performance
  • Perform other human resource/administration projects and functions as needed and show consistent familiarity and willingness to help with WRI specific HR processes.

    Occasional international travel may be required.

Job Qualifications

  • Master’s degree preferred, or bachelor's degree with two+ additional years of relevant experience in Human Resources or related
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant, full-time work experience as an HR generalist with a focus on employee relations plus one or more additional core areas of HR; Certification in Human Resources is preferred
  • Familiarity with European labor laws and experience working in the UK
  • Fluency in Dutch and English required
  • Ability to handle confidential information discretely
  • Customer service orientation and strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and compellingly to a wide range of audiences
  • Results focused, works effectively both independently and within a team environment, as well as the ability to work well under pressure
  • Commitment to WRI’s mission and institutional values
  • Strong computer skills (especially excel spreadsheets, MS Word, PowerPoint)

How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal with a cover letter to be considered.

WRI Overview

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 800+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in AfricaBrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico and the United States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.  

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.  

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.