HR Business Partner

Posted: 09/18/2023

About IFDC
IFDC is a public international organization active in 27 countries in Africa, Asia, and America. IFDC uniquely approaches the global issues of food security and poverty by bridging the gap between research and impact, combining science-based innovations, holistic market systems development, an enabling policy environment, and strategic partnerships to assist farmers and countries to identify and scale sustainable agricultural solutions, including improved nutrient use efficiency. These approaches are needed to boost soil health and crop productivity while reducing the environmental impact of fertilizer use. IFDC translates research into action by using locally driven, environmentally sound, and impact-oriented solutions. With our partners, we seek to close the yield gap, eradicate global hunger, safeguard the soil on which our lives depend, and generate economic resilience for farming households and the countries in which they live.    
IFDC is currently seeking passionate individuals to join its team, as the organization continues to expand its impact and work towards creating positive changes in agriculture and sustainable soil management across the world.
Position Summary
This position will be responsible for utilizing HR knowledge and experience to assess human capital needs in light of business objectives and to deliver effective HR solutions. The areas of HR support include, but are not limited to talent strategy, particularly as it relates to current and future talent needs, employee relations, performance management, employee investigations, retention strategies, policy interpretation and adherence, as well as coaching and supporting management and staff on work related matters and adherence to policies.

  • Delivers high-standard customer service and support for the HQ and international staff.
  • Provides day-to-day HR guidance to line management (e.g., compensation, counseling, career development, disciplinary actions).
  • Provides HR policy guidance and interpretation.
  • Serves as a resource to managers and employees to address performance issues and organizational and structural changes.
  • Maintains in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to the day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks, and ensuring regulatory compliance.
  • Ensures visa requirements, whether these be new applications, renewals, transfers or cancellations.
  • Manages and resolves complex employee relations issues. Conducts effective, thorough and objective investigations.
  • Works closely with management and employees to improve work environment, build morale, and increase productivity and retention.
  • Analyzes trends and metrics in partnership with the GHRM to develop solutions, programs, and policies.
  • Identifies opportunities for improvement in processes, training, and procedures-- devises a plan, and implements necessary actions.
  • Conducts New Employee Orientation and ensures required training is completed for all staff.
  • Facilitates HR training for managers and staff regarding various topics.
  • Actively promotes and participates in DEI activities.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

  • Master's degree with seven (7) years’ work experience or bachelor's degree with at least ten (10+) years’ work experience as a HR Generalist/ HR Business Partner.
  • SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRMSCP) credential, or SPHR or PHR credential, preferred.
  • English fluency is required.
  • Excellent written and verbal professional communication skills in English. Viewed as a trusted advisor who is objective, fair and consistent in decision making.
  • Knowledge of HR best practices; some insight into all functional areas of HR to include, comp & benefits, talent acquisition, employee training & development, employee relations, performance management, record keeping compliance.
  • Knowledge and experience with compliance related to US labor laws.
  • Autonomous with the ability to identify challenges and take initiative, prioritize and organize work efficiently.
  • Customer service approach to work; A natural collaborator who solves problems in a logical manner.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills. Ability to build relationships at all levels of the organization.
  • Knowledgeable about risk management as it relates to HR.
  • Strong understanding of confidentiality as it relates to HR activities.

Reporting and Work Relationships
The HR Business Partner works under the general guidance and direction of the Global Human Resources Manager (GHRM) to provide support with implementing strategic HR initiatives within the IFDC headquarters in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
The individual hired in this position must be a natural collaborator with a customer service approach to work, as well as a willingness to demonstrate DEI values in day-to-day interactions and activities.
Muscle Shoals, Alabama
IFDC's benefits include annual and sick leave, health, dental, vision and group life insurance coverage, social security, and pension contribution in compliance with local laws.
Salary Clause
The determination of new employee salaries takes into account various factors. These include the salary range linked to the assigned job grade, the candidate's qualifications in relation to the job's responsibilities and prerequisites, internal fairness, the competitive state of the job market, as well as potential organizational and budgetary considerations.
Diversity Clause
IFDC is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and offers equal employment opportunities based on ability, performance, and potential. Equal opportunity is integral to the recruitment and selection practices at IFDC. IFDC recognizes the value in recruiting employees with different backgrounds, knowledge, experiences, perspectives, and beliefs. IFDC recognizes and values the contribution of people with a diverse background in capabilities, experience, and perspectives. Diversity encompasses gender, age, experience, education, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and cultural backgrounds as well as other dimensions such as lifestyle and family responsibilities.
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