Vacancy at the Permanent Bureau: Head of Human Resources (part-time, 75% or less)

The Permanent Bureau (PB) of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) is seeking a skilled and motivated 

Head of Human Resources (part-time, 75% or less) 

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications: 

  • A degree in human resources, business or public administration, management or other relevant field of study (Bachelor/Licentiate or equivalent); 
  • At least ten years of relevant full-time professional experience, including demonstrated professional expertise in strategic human resources management; 
  • Excellent command, both spoken and written, of either English or French; good command of the other highly desirable; knowledge of other languages, in particular Dutch, an advantage; and 
  • Ability to work well in a multi-cultural team, in a fast-paced environment that requires a significant degree of flexibility, and to respond well to time-critical requests. 

Candidates must be a national of a Member State of the HCCH. 

The selected candidate will: 

  • Oversee and direct the planning, provision and administration of human resources at the PB; 
  • Advise senior management on all aspects of human resources policies, procedures and substance, and provide advice and support to managers and staff on human resources related matters; 
  • Administer recruitment related processes, including the preparation and circulation of vacancy announcements, reviews of applications and provision of candidate shortlists, serving as a member of selection committees, handling administrative aspects of recruitment, and drafting of contracts and renewals; 
  • Manage the onboarding of new staff, secondments and interns, including leave management, coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and provision of support for newly assigned staff; 
  • Identify and analyse staff development and career support requirements to achieve the Organisation’s mandate, including providing advice on professional development, career advice and counselling, as well as training and development opportunities for staff, ensuring compliance with the staff performance management system, and assist supervisors with documenting performance of individual staff; 
  • In coordination with appropriate parties (senior management, supervisors, HR/Admin teams), contribute to developing preventive activities such as training and the sharing of best practices, as well as addressing and mitigating staff grievances with the purpose of resolving them at the lowest practical level; 
  • Provide advice on the application of the staff rules, policies, regulations and rules; 
  • Develop and implement a communication strategy that includes formal and informal meetings and communication with staff at all levels to clarify and communicate policy and staff administration issues; 
  • Coordinate with external HR service providers (Arbo, Vitale, temp agencies, consultants etc.) and external parties such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Belastingdienst and other Dutch authorities; 
  • Maintain human resources information systems, staff files and time-keeping system, and produce reports as required; 
  • Assist in the development and communication of organisational cultural norms; 
  • Contribute to a good, cooperative working atmosphere, conducive to teamwork and efficient communications, both within the PB and in relations with representatives of States and Organisations; 
  • Be expected to assist with the administration of the PB and to respect the PB’s core values. 

This position is based in The Hague, the Netherlands, and may require occasional travel. 

Type of appointment and duration: two-year contract (with a six-month probationary period), possibility for renewal. 

Grade (Co-ordinated Organisations scale for the Netherlands): A2-A4, subject to relevant experience. 

Deadline for applications: 9 December 2022 (5.00 p.m. CET). 

Anticipated starting date: February 2023 (with some flexibility). 

Applications: Interested candidates should apply in writing and include a cover letter, a Curriculum Vitae, letter of motivation, and contact information for at least two references; the application should be sent by e-mail to the Deputy Secretary General (DSG), at

Diversity & Inclusiveness: The HCCH strives to implement measures relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the recruitment of staff, including to actively seek appropriate representation across geographic regions, and from underrepresented Member States, as well as across genders. 

Process: The short-listed candidates whose applications are retained will be invited to an interview with a Selection Committee which will include the Secretary General and/or the DSG and other Members of the PB. 

Disclaimer: The PB reserves the right not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.