Making policies work

Vacancy: Head of Human Resources

Position: Head of Human Resources (0.8 – 1.0 FTE)

We are looking for a Head of Human Resources to provide HR leadership to all levels within our Centre. The ideal candidate will have Masters degree in a relevant field, a minimum of 8-10 years experience in an equal position or will have worked as an HR manager in an international organization with overall responsibilities in training, employee development, performance management and/or compensation and benefits. (S)he will have experience with and knowledge of both Dutch and Belgian Labour Law, payroll, Social Security and compensation practices. S(he) will have solid knowledge of diversity and inclusion programmes and experience in building inclusive cultures.  We are seeking a mature personality, with great communication and interpersonal skills, ability to relate to highly educated staff and who is a credible sparring partner for the Director and the Board. (S)he is result-oriented and applies a solid judgment ensuring integrity, compliance and confidentiality.

The position

The Head of Human Resources reports directly to the Director and is part of the ECDPM Management Team. Her/his main responsibilities are:

• Formulating HR Management Strategy, Policy and Planning and processes.
• Develop and implement Succession Planning.
• Further strengthen Talent Management.
• Developing and monitoring HR annual objectives.
• Contribute to develop, implement and monitor the diversity and inclusion policies.
• Continuous improvement of HR processes and tools.
• Ensure internal and external equity of compensation packages.
• Advises Management on HR decisions.
• Together with the Director, responsible for an effective working relation with the Works Council.


ECDPM is a leading independent think tank that wants to make policies in Europe and Africa work for inclusive and sustainable development. Our main goal is to broker effective development partnerships between the EU and the Global South, particularly Africa. ECDPM promotes inclusive forms of development and cooperates with public and private sector organisations to better manage international relations. It also supports the reform of policies and institutions in both Europe and the developing world. One of ECDPM’s key strengths is its extensive network of relations in Europe and Africa. Its partners embrace multilateral institutions, international centres of excellence and a broad range of state and non-state organisations. ECDPM was established in 1986 as an independent foundation. More information on ECDPM can be found at:

HRM department

Within the HR department a Corporate Officer Human Resources supports the Head of Human Resources.


ECDPM offers a motivating and inspirational working environment, your entrepreneurial personality is highly appreciated and you create your own success within the position and the Centre.  This post is based in the Maastricht office of ECDPM. Limited travel to our Brussels office will be expected.

Our primary conditions are based on the Dutch BBRA scaling. We offer a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and responsibilities. We offer a generous package of secondary employee benefits.

Application process

Applicants should submit their CV and motivation letter in English and include information on salary expectations to the email address, to the attn. of Mrs Karen Gielen, Corporate Officer Human Resources as soon as possible (with the deadline of January 31, 2019. They should note: “Application Head of HR” in the subject line.

Enquiries can be made to Mrs Karen Gielen, 0031 – (0)43 – 350 2916.