To support delivery of the HR strategy for the SSA region by supporting and coaching line managers in all people matters and working in conjunction with HR colleagues in the regions to ensure implementation alignment between the Strategic Business Units (SBUs) and regional HR strategy. The Senior HR Advisor creates strong relationships with all the key stakeholders and clients within their matrix, including wider HR team, senior team and SBUs. 


Location Any British Council Office in Sub Saharan Africa
Duration 3 years fixed term
Closing date Sunday 24 January 2016

Role overview

Accountabilities, responsibilities and main duties: 

•As a member of the British Council HR Regional team, contribute to the development of the HR strategy, sharing expertise and learning and ensuring an integrated approach to developing strong people leadership and management across the organisation

•Support the Cluster HR Managers (in country) and build their capacity to carry on business partnering with their Directors and senior leaders

•Work with the Cluster HR Managers to build their capability to translate and implement the corporate people strategies into the key areas of talent, resourcing, reward, employee engagement and organisation development, to develop the culture required to deliver the corporate strategy and goals

•Support the Cluster HR Managers to contribute to business analysis to support organic and other growth, recognising business trends, their impact on the business, and able to forecast potential obstacles to success

•Support in providing an assurance role with Cluster HR Managers in ensuring consistency across the region in the implementation of HR strategies that are integrated, fair and equitable and aligned to best practice. 

•Seek ways to drive continuous improvement in the provision of HR support in the region

Change management

•Support organisation change planned within the region and ensuring that the people dimensions are well planned, aligned with the policies and values of the British Council 

•Take the lead role in assisting with local change, supporting and challenging managers, working with Cluster HR Managers on any change initiatives in the countries

•Support in the communication of change initiatives and build the capability for ongoing communication 

•To support organisation change through the development of change management frameworks and models

•To act as key change consultant on organisation change projects in the region

•To provide change management training, support and coaching to leadership teams in region

Employee relations

•Act as the focal point of escalation for Cluster HR Managers and Country Directors to resolve complex and / or sensitive employee relations case work issues.

•To advise and support line managers in the handling of all ER matters. To support the business in resolving matters of conflict at the earliest opportunity and to be involved in an advisory capacity in the management of any formal processes within these areas and to attend formal hearings.

•To provide on-going line management briefing and coaching, through one to one or group learning sessions, to ensure consistent application of ER policy and adherence to best practice in the management of all ER related issues

•To support the investigation of sensitive and complex situations and to advise in the progression of such cases as may be necessary.

•Ensure all HR activities in the region are underpinned by the British Council values and promote equal opportunities and diversity within the organisation


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