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CALP job

HR Business Partner

Deadline: 14 June 2021

Contract type: Fixed-term/full time

Organisation: CaLP

Oxford, UK or home-based in the UK

Are you an HR professional up for an interesting cross-organisational and multi-dimensional role?  Are you someone who can motivate and make things happen?  Do you see solutions and possibilities where others see problems? Do you like working with teams, providing support and guidance? Are you happy setting up and maintaining systems?  Are you ready to look at how we work, and see how we can improve, and then help us get there? Are you interested in working with a great team and providing support so they can do even better? If this, and more, sounds like you – read on.

 About CaLP

CaLP is a dynamic global network of over 90 organisations engaged in the critical areas of policy, practice, and research in humanitarian cash and voucher assistance (CVA) and financial assistance more broadly. Collectively, CaLP members deliver the vast majority of humanitarian CVA worldwide.

We envision a future where people are enabled to overcome crises with dignity, by exercising choice and their right to self-determination.

The purpose of the CaLP network is to maximise the potential that humanitarian CVA can bring to people in contexts of crisis, as one component of broader financial assistance. To do this we catalyse the power, knowledge and capacities of our diverse global network, alongside other local, national, regional and global actors, all of whom are seeking to secure better outcomes for people living in crisis contexts. Our role as a collective is to generate alignment in the approaches and actions of those within and across our network, in order to help optimise the quality and scale of humanitarian CVA.

What makes CaLP unique is its diversity. CaLP members currently include local and international non-governmental organisations, United Nations agencies, the Red Cross/Crescent Movement, donors, specialist social innovation, technology and financial services companies, researchers and academics, and individual practitioners.

As a CaLP team, we work with and for the CaLP network – keeping our vision front and centre. Working impartially, we engage with the network to generate evidence, we facilitate dialogue, we challenge and question, we draw together good practices and promote their uptake. We play a key role in creating the impetus and means for thought leadership and convene network members to generate future-thinking agendas. We mobilise the membership and the wider network to look for collective solutions to collective problems

CaLP HR context:

CaLP has recently approved a new strategy, which will guide our work for the coming years. To deliver the strategy, we need to continue a development of an effective, collaborative and agile team, that is transparent, open and accountable. The HR Business Partner will be an enabler, supporting healthy people management practices, and a catalyst working with the HR teams of the CaLP Host agencies

CaLP is hosted by three of its members – Oxfam, ACF and NRC.  CaLP staff are contracted by the hosts, with HR policies set by the host agencies. In the case of ACF and Oxfam, staff are contracted by various entities within the Federated families – depending on location. In addition, CaLP sometimes benefits from having staff seconded from other organisations. The hosting setup of CaLP has many benefits but also some challenges. From an HR perspective, having staff contracted by different hosts means there are differences in terms and conditions, as well as other HR-related policies.  In the coming year, among other things, the goal is to engage with all hosts with the aim of developing an encompassing system as One- CaLP.

What we are looking for:

We are looking for an HR professional to provide professional HR advice and practical support on a broad range of employment issues to ensure that our employees have a positive and enriching employment experience with CaLP. The Human Resources Business Partner plays a central role in CaLP’s team, supporting the full range of our work to improve humanitarian aid around the world.

This role includes getting involved across all of CaLP’s work, with the following dimensions:

  • Provide guidance and expertise on people practices such as ways of working, succession planning, restructures, and employee relations.
  • Support managers to get to the root of and address any people and business issues.
  • Coach and provide feedback to help improve ways of working and efficiency.
  • Support team members to resolve people management challenges.
  • Build relationships across the team to support healthy ways of working and culture.
  • Design, deliver, monitor and review change initiatives that relate to people practices.
  • Develop, support and monitor achievement of the staff team training and development plans.
  • Act as the CaLP team lead for safeguarding, ensuring appropriate processes are in place to keep people safe.
  • Work with hosts for recruitment processes and negotiating grading.
  • Support/work towards alignment as far as possible across CaLP team – irrespective of hosts
  • Working closely with host agency HR teams, ensures effective delivery of HR administration and record keeping.

Essential Technical skills, Experience and Knowledge:

  • Competent HR professional, with prior experience of working as an HR Advisor or Business Partner within an international setting.
  • Confident HR generalist with experience of working at both strategic and operational levels, balancing daily end-to-end employee life-cycle activities and multi-tasking is key.
  • Coaching skills and experience of supporting performance development
  • Experience of managing change and promoting effective working practices
  • Knowledge and expertise of labour practices and laws and confidence to apply contextual judgement.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent facilitation skills.
  • Passionate about people.


  • Fluency in Arabic, French or Spanish, in addition to English
  • Experience of working in a virtual network or remote team

NB – core personnel administration is provided by host HR departments, e.g., payroll, contract amendments, advertising of roles, filing of appraisals, etc.

We offer:

Grade C role, OGB contract

Our values and commitment to safeguarding:

This position is hosted by Oxfam GB. We are committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom CaLP and Oxfam GB engages. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Oxfam GB also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.  In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

How to apply:

As part of your online application, please upload your up-to-date CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria listed above.  Please apply via this link.

Closing date: 14  June 2021