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EMpower is Hiring - Global People and Culture Lead!

Posted 28 October 2022 in EMpower News, Careers   |   Share

About EMpower:

EMpower, a global philanthropic organization, is dedicated to improving the lives and horizons of marginalised young people ages 10-24 in 15 emerging market countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Russia and Turkey.  Through grants and other support (learning exchanges, technical assistance, thought partnering etc.), EMpower partners with ~125 local organizations working to strengthen the education and livelihoods of young people, and to build their resilience, self-confidence and well-being.  EMpower has offices in Hong Kong, Delhi, Singapore, London and New York, as well as programme staff in Ghana, Istanbul, Mexico, Sierra Leone and South Africa. To learn more about EMpower, please visit

EMpower is at an exciting time in our evolution and organisational strengthening. In the past few years we have grown in staff size and global footprint, with a deliberate focus on fostering a workplace that ensures diverse perspectives, opportunities for contribution, and belonging.

Position Summary: 

The Global People and Culture Lead will lead the talent management and human resources function and ensure that EMpower is accountable to our values and processes with regard to the way we recruit, retain, develop and manage our growing team. The Global People and Culture Lead will provide support to EMpower’s global employees, with a particular focus on staff in Asia (India, Hong Kong and Singapore) and places where we have in-country consultants (Ghana, Mexico, Turkey, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and South Africa as of now). They will be critical in ensuring our policies and practices are equitable, legally compliant and competitive in all the places where our staff work, and that our systems and processes are efficient and transparent. They will develop and manage a professional development and training framework for staff.  Importantly, they will advance EMpower’s commitment to and practices regarding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and foster a culture that promotes belonging, wellbeing, learning, and contribution.

The position will report to Larry Bloom, CFO, for the talent management/HR remit and to Cynthia Steele, the President and CEO, for the culture, DEI and talent development remit. The Lead will provide direct line management to, and coach, the Senior Specialist, Human Resources and Talent Management. All are based in the United States. 

This position will be 80-100% time, negotiable.

Role Requirements:

Culture & DEI

  • Lead with values of DEI and Belonging with the aim of strengthening these across HR and Talent Management policies and practices, working closely with the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility) Task Force, the Senior Leadership Team (SLT)  and the SLT Advisory Group
  • Serve as the key point person on advancing a workplace and culture that fosters staff wellbeing, belonging and contribution
  • Offer support and counsel, as required, to the Senior Leadership Team

HR Policies & Practice:

  • Recruitment: Streamline and manage the full recruitment lifecycle
  • Global Benefits: Lead in reviewing and benchmarking global benefits on a biennial basis with an equity and compliance lens
  • Compensation: Strategic lead in setting annual COLA & updating salary bands; periodically (every 2-3 years) assessing compensation bands with benchmarking and equity checks
  • Performance Management: Strategic lead in annual performance review cycle and employee performance improvement plans
  • HR Best Practices: Lead on HR best practices (benchmarking) and implementation of EMpower policies, including remote/hybrid work policies, benefits and labor compliance
  • Internal Communications: Communicate decisions about HR and Talent Management policy changes and decisions

Talent Development, Performance and Coaching:

  • Lead on global staff retreats, global staff meetings used for professional development and other culture-focused initiatives
  • Assess organizational needs, design and implement a professional development policy/framework for staff and serve as a resource, and occasional facilitator of,  trainings, including skills-based, and other opportunities
  • Manages and grows our Managing to Lead series, an ongoing workshop and resource for managers
  • Serve as HR point person to field and lead on any global personnel issues, from both the perspective of the manager and direct reports
  • Serve as the primary resource to coach staff members, and especially new managers, to step into their role as leaders and culture carriers of the organization

Skills and Attributes Sought, and Education:

  • Seasoned professional with at least 10 year’s work experience in talent management/human resources in the nonprofit sector, of which 5 years preferred in a leadership role.
  • Deep experience of human resources or talent management in the Global South (preference for experience where EMpower operates: India, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, Ghana and Mexico)
  • A proven commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, with the aim of embedding DEI across HR processes and talent management
  • Lived experience in and from Global South
  • University Degree preferred but not required
  • Commitment to EMpower’s mission, interest in youth development and/or effective global philanthropy
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with culturally diverse audiences and different personalities.
  • Able to work virtually with a team across multiple time zones (requiring some morning/evening calls), and demonstrated capacity for effective teamwork. Depending on location of final candidate, ability to work several hours in a time zone different from current location.
  • Demonstrated capacity for effective teamwork and ability to work with a small team in a dynamic environment.
  • Ability to control and handle information that is confidential and time-sensitive.
  • Ability to deliver complex and sometimes difficult news to staff across regions, cultures and levels of seniority.
  • Strong creative, strategic, and analytical thinking skills, with the proven ability to identify and address gaps or inefficiencies in systems, structures, or processes.
  • Ability to remain calm and productive under pressure, prioritize amongst competing demands, and deliver on time-sensitive requests.
  • Self-starter; highly organized; anticipate, prioritize, complete multiple projects and meet deadlines, with consistent attention to detail


Preferably, this position is based remotely in the Global South. The candidate must have the legal right to work in the country in which they seek to work; EMpower is unable to sponsor visas at this time. Regardless of location, they must be willing to work hours allowing support for our global staff.

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and your CV to, putting Global People and Culture Lead in the subject line. 

Due to the high number of applications, we will only be able to respond to successful applicants. 

EMpower is a public foundation that makes grants globally to benefit at-risk youth, with a strong focus on adolescent girls. We are committed to attracting, developing, motivating, and retaining exceptional talent and to a work environment that recognizes contribution, fosters respect and teamwork, and facilitates strong performance. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, recognizing that diversity enriches all staff and our work globally. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or faith, or physical ability. 

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