Senior HR - Generalist

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia · Business Services


About the position

Reporting to Director of Business and Finance, the Senior HR Advisor formulates and implements HR solutions to support the achievement of Act for Peace’s strategic goals. The Senior HR Advisor works with the Leadership Team and staff to ensure people management practices are effective, fair and transparent.

About Act for Peace

Today, there are more refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people worldwide than at any time since World War II. That’s more than 65 million people forced to flee their homes to escape conflict or persecution. We’re also seeing an increase in the severity of natural disaster.

It’s a terrible injustice. And one that we can, and must, overcome.

We believe that when people all over the world work together, big changes really are possible. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to act in partnership with other passionate people, like you, across the globe to achieve safety, justice and dignity in communities threatened by conflict and natural disaster. We don’t think there’s any task more important.

Over the past 67 years our supporters have provided food, shelter, education, healthcare and training to help the world’s most vulnerable prepare for, cope with and recover from conflict and disaster.

Together we’re tackling the root causes of injustice, and are building a brighter future for everyone. We hope that you’ll join us in this vital mission.

OUR VISION: A peaceful world where all people share a safe, just and dignified life.

OUR PURPOSE: We empower passionate people to work together to achieve safety, justice and dignity in communities threatened by conflict and disaster.


About the Department

The Business and Finance team is a dynamic group supporting the entire organization. The team of 5 is responsible for the sound management of Act for Peace’s finances, reporting, compliance, risk and facilities management, and the delivery of transformational human resources solutions. Business Services support our Leadership Team and Board, and ensure the maintenance of a healthy workplace.

The Senior HR Advisor role is a new role designed to support the achievement of the Team and organisation’s strategic goals.

Team Structure:

Senior HR Advisor Key Areas of Responsibility

Lead the implementation of the HR strategic plans and projects;

Work closely with the Leadership Team and employees to foster harmonious work relationships, build morale, respond

to change and increase performance, staff growth and retention;

Advise Leadership and teams on interpretation of relevant Acts, Regulations, Awards, Industrial Agreements,

legislations and HR policies and practices;

Maintain knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees; reduce legal risks and

ensure regulatory compliance. Partner with the external legal service provider as required;

Drive the organisation’s evolution to a ‘learning organisation’; develop effective organisational learning and

development initiatives; ensure all staff benefit from learning opportunities;

Identify, develop and implement talent acquisition and retention strategies with hiring managers. Ensure fair and

consistent recruitment and selection practices;

Provide managers and staff training on key HR practices, such as interviewing, performance management, staff

development, etc;

In consultation with the Leadership Team, develop Act for Peace’s policies, guidelines, procedures and processes

which provide consistent, transparent and effective delivery of HR;

Ensure HR policies, guidelines, procedures and processes are reviewed regularly and updated as necessary;

Train staff on new policies and schedule ‘refresher’ training to ensure staff are up-to-date with current policies;

Check organisational compliance with HR policies,, Work-health and Safety (WHS), etc.

Coordinate staff safety and security measures, including liaison with insurance, security and psycho-social healthcare



Competencies, experience and qualifications required


Commitment to Act for Peace’s values, vision and purpose;

Developing policies and guidelines;

Delivering HR solutions;

Developing and delivering trainings;

Qualifications and experience:

Relevant tertiary qualification in HR or related discipline;

Demonstrated solid experience working as an HR Generalist in a complex business, preferably within the international development/NGO sector;

Strong proven experience working with Employee Relations matters;

Strong administrative process exposure and work practice;

Excellent written and verbal communication skills; and

Professional member of Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) is desirable.

Other Requirements:

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