Employee Relations Advisor

Human Resources London, UK

This position will be hybrid requiring a few days per week in office. You will be based in the WRI office in London. Existing work authorization in the UK is required at the time of application submission. WRI is unable to sponsor any visa work sponsorship for this position.  


This will be a 1-year contract with the possibility of renewal.


About the Program:


WRI’s new 5-year strategic plan commits us to build an inclusive, equitable and joyful organizational culture, strengthen organizational infrastructure, streamline systems, and achieve tighter operational integration. The Global HR team is responsible for enacting the support for this shift through our processes and policies.  


Job Highlight:  


Reporting to the Head of Employee Relations, you will be an integral member of the Employee Relations team and will help implementation of WRI’s new Safe, Equitable and Inclusive Workplace policy. WRI is seeking to fill this position located either in The Hague or in London. You will have flexible work hours to serve an international employee population.   


What you will do:  

  • Promote treatment of employees in a fair, respectful, and consistent manner that works within the framework of WRI’s core organizational values
  • Promptly conduct impartial investigations in response to complaints and allegations of wrongdoing
  • Prepare written investigative reports
  • Work with the Head of Employee Relations to track and maintain the flow of investigations from intake to the final disposition phase
  • Implement the Resolution Team’s decisions, including conducting any necessary long-term follow-up
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of internal governance requirements, compliance and reporting responsibilities, and related legal benchmarks from federal and state law
  • Ensure records are maintained and all data stored in HR systems is accurate and meet record keeping requirements
  • Maintain confidentiality at all stages of the investigation and post-investigation
  • Foster effective relationships with team members and team leaders throughout the organization to promote positive employee relations and a high level of employee satisfaction and engagement


What you will need:  

  • Education: You have a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources,  communications, sociology, psychology, business administration, public administration, or related field
  • Experience: You have minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in employee relations/complaint investigations (or related experience)
  • International non-profit experience preferred
  • Ability to conduct all aspects of complex workplace investigations
  • Ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply the appropriate sections of country-specific employment laws, guidelines, regulations, and policies
  • Working knowledge of employment laws and regulations (e.g. DOL, EEOC, FMLA, ADA, etc.) required for those who are managing ER cases in the US
  • Strong skills in conducting investigatory interviews
  • Strong analytical skills to interpret and dissect complex issues
  • Strong written communication skills to write clear and logical reports, correspondence, and summaries
  • Strong oral communication skills to convey and explain information to all levels of employees and management
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to listen well, demonstrate sensitivity to all parties, and facilitate resolutions with a culturally diverse population
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software
  • Languages: Proficiency in verbal and written English
  • Requirements: Existing work authorization is required at the time of application. WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization

Potential Salary:   


£44,000 - £53,000   


Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.    


How to Apply: Please submit a resume with cover letter by the date of 17 March 2024. You must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.  


What we offer:                 

  • A competitive salary
  • Access to the WRI global network with the opportunity to exchange with and learn from passionate colleagues working at the cutting edge of their fields across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the US
  • The chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission driven organization with access to varied learning and training opportunities.
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work
  • The opportunity to join and get involved in different working groups and affinity groups to shape the future of WRI
  • Long-term commitment to hybrid working model with flexible working hours.
  • Generous leave days that increase with tenure

About Us:  


Founded in 1982, 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 to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.    


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.  


Our mission and values:  


WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.  


Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence, and Respect.   


Our culture:   


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. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment; we embrace all diversity and encourage women, the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification.  


Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.