Greenpeace International is seeking an experienced Head of Global HR who will lead a team, working to strenghten the strategic HR function throughout our global network of Greenpeace organisations.

As Head of Global HR you will have understanding of HR at a strategic and international level, with substantial experience in working in international civil society organisations. Your excellent communication and people management skills will help build HR capability in the Greenpeace  global network.

This full time position is structural and a one year contract is offered initially.  Location is flexible and to be negotiated during the recruitment process, although must be a country with an established Greenpeace Office. Because remuneration is dependent on location, this can be discussed during the application process.

Your main responsibilities will include :

  • Implementing the global People Strategy, supporting senior leaders of National & Regional organisations (NROs) to put in place the expertise, tools, guidance and systems they need.
  • Handle highly complex organizational HR issues (people or systems oriented) and where necessary advise the board and senior management at NRO's.
  • Build and strengthen the global HR community via the innovative use of communication tools and platforms to respond collectively to the emerging needs of the organisation and to learn from each other. 
  • Oversee the development and implementation of strategic global human resources data collection, analysis and information systems to improve the overall effectiveness of the organisation.
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders within and outside of Greenpeace to ensure the delivery of the Greenpeace International's objectives. This function will include sharing of best HR practices and emerging trends internally and externally. 
  • Lead  the effective performance of the Global HR team, proactively identifying and allocating resources to new and emerging pieces of work, while empowering and coaching the team to learn, and grow.
  • Manage the global HR budget and team workforce planning to ensure efficient and effective use of resources according to the standards and systems at Greenpeace International.


What we are looking for:

  • 5+ years of experience in a position combining at least: management of organisational change; HR/training; in an international organisation.
  • Proven experience in navigating the diversity of international HR policies, programmes, laws and issues. 
  • Proven ability to drive data-driven strategy and decision-making in a global network
  • Desirable: educated at Master degree level in Organisation Development, Human Resources Development and/ or Organisational Change.
  • Fluent in English (written and verbal) and able to communicate ideas effectively, invite constructive dialogue and inspire audiences. Additional language skills advantageous.
  • Proven ability to build outstanding teams.
  • Experience with managing budgets and processes (preparing, presenting, monitoring).
  • Strong coaching, analytical and negotiation skills.
  • Able to understand the internal political landscape at Greenpeace and how to navigate it
  • Willingness to travel frequently.

(A full job description is available upon request.)

Organisation description

Greenpeace is taking action all over the world for our planet’s future. Our volunteers, activists and staff come from all corners of the globe, cover the age spectrum and come from all walks of life. What they all have in common is their commitment to working for a green and peaceful future for everyone. With creative local actions for the planet they positively affect their communities, their countries, and ultimately, the world at large.

Contact information

If you have a global mindset, with experience working across different cultures and would like to apply, you may send your CV and cover letter here.  Deadline is 3rd July 2019 at 23h59pm CET.

Greenpeace International is an equal opportunity employer with a longstanding commitment of providing a work environment that respects the dignity and worth of each individual. We recognise and value the benefits and strengths that diversity brings to our employees and the whole organisation and we thrive in an environment that encourages respect and trust. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship, colour, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic and would like to invite you especially to apply!

For additional questions about the vacancy or the recruitment process, you can contact our Recruitment team at


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Johanna Latvala

Global HR Business Partner
I'm a people person so I really like to work with individuals and teams from various parts of the globe and I like interacting with people from different cultural backgrounds. I'm really happy that we are working on culture change at Greenpeace as well now. My team is great and the people in the national and regional offices I work with are amazing. Working with them makes me feel empowered.