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Chief People Officer

Washington, D.C.


ONE is a global, nonpartisan organization fighting for a more just world by demanding the investments needed to create economic opportunities and healthier lives in Africa. We do this by deploying trusted and dynamic advocacy that leverages hard-hitting data, credible grassroots activism, creative political engagement, and strategic partnerships. We use all this to influence decision-makers to take action and tackle the world’s biggest challenges. Read more at www.one.org.


The Chief People Officer (CPO) is an integral member of the ONE team, a group of talented professionals dedicated to the common goals of ending extreme poverty and preventable disease. They champion this cause by developing innovative and strategic initiatives to achieve ONE’s mission. The CPO partners with senior leadership to cultivate a collaborative and creative environment that is mission-driven; and to build and retain a high-performing team. The CPOs primary role is to lead a team of HR professionals that drives the employee experience, ensuring a robust culture of motivated and high performing talent.

The CPO is responsible for providing leadership, planning and development for all global human resources activities, including talent management, employee relations, benefits administration, compensation management, training and development, compliance with employment laws and regulations, policy and procedure development and implementation. The CPO will devise and implement human resources strategies to best enable the organization to deliver on its mission and will partner with senior and executive management to ensure alignment with the organization’s goals and objectives. This position is based in Washington, D.C.


  • Plan, develop, and direct ONE’s HR functions across all offices in Africa, Europe and North America in accordance with the policies and practices of ONE, applicable legal and regulatory rules, and industry best practices.
  • Lead a team of global HR professionals and oversee the administrative function of the Washington, DC office. 
  • Function as a strategic advisor to executive/senior management regarding key organizational and management issues.
  • Lead a robust people management program that supports ONE’s consistently high performance and guides the evolution of ONE’s people and culture into the future. This includes attracting and retaining a diverse workforce through performance management, talent acquisition, learning and development.
  • Foster a transparent, equitable, and ethical work environment that meets the needs of a dynamic, high-performing organization,
  • Guide the senior leadership, management, and HR team is a key player in achieving the organization’s objective to be a “great place to work.”
  • Lead on and continually improve ONE’s progressive and proactive compensation and benefits programs across markets to incentivize and reward effective performance. 
  • Utilize organizational development and change management strategies to lead and communicated major new initiatives, significant policy changes and organizational shifts, and drive organizational effectiveness. 
  • Work closely with the COO and CEO and senior leadership in support of high-level organizational projects and initiatives
  • Provide practical formal/informal executive coaching and development in all functions of leadership, particularly in cultural development, alignment and change management at the individual, team, and organizational level. 
  • Guide regional HR leaders in resolving employee relations issues and provide effective conflict resolution and coaching to managers and associates.
  • Maintain knowledge of market trends and all relevant local, national, and international employment legislation/regulations and ensure the organization’s compliance.
  • Manage the budget and other financial measures of the HR team.


The successful candidate is committed to the mission of ONE. Beyond that, the CPO has experience in managing a multi-site international organization and exhibit a demonstrated ability to both build and support a diverse multi-national team. Executive Management experience within a not-for-profit organization is preferred. Previous experience with a campaign or advocacy group is a plus. Additional requirements include:

  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in the human resources and/or operations fields at increasing levels of responsibility plus a minimum of 5 years managing and leading a multifunctional and international team.
  • Experience developing team structures, workforce planning and strategic vision across a global organization. 
  • Possess expert technical HR knowledge across all broad issue areas such as talent management, benefits administration, performance management, employee relations, compensation management, training and development, and payroll; familiarity with the use of UltiPro (highly preferred) or equivalent HRIS Systems preferred. 
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of best practices and applicable employment law and regulations across the U.S. and internationally, preferably in ONE’s core countries in North America, Europe, and Africa.
  • Must be a strategic thinker with experience partnering with senior and executive leadership to implement HR-related programs and initiatives across a global organization. 
  • Possess knowledge of organizational development concepts and models such as HR lifecycle process development, internal mobility, succession planning, employee engagement monitoring tools, team effectiveness, change management, organizational design, and leadership development. 
  • Have experience building positive working relationships with executive and senior-level professionals. 
  • Have the ability to anticipate and plan for future staffing needs.
  • Be an exceptional written and verbal communicator with strong presentation skills. 
  • Possess excellent judgment, particularly in interpersonal matters and “judgment calls” related to fairness, confidentiality, and dispute and conflict resolution.


  • An understanding of the complexities surrounding a global organization
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, self-motivated, and collaborative
  • Ability to remain positive and constructive engaged in high pressure and stressful situations
  • Solid critical and analytical thinking
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Able to handle difficult conversations with diplomacy and exercise confidentiality
  • Action oriented and results focused
  • Flexible and resourceful in approach
  • Independent problem solver
  • Outstanding interpersonal and relationship building skills, sound judgement, and a well-developed sense of humor strongly preferred.


Fluency in English required. Proficiency in other languages such as French and German is a plus.


Travel up to 20%.


Hybrid workplace environment. Team schedules and business needs may dictate the specific days/times you need to be in the office. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. 


ONE offers competitive compensation and an exceptional benefits package along with the opportunity to contribute to worldwide causes impacting those most in need. 

$211,000 – 230,000 per year


If you are ready to join the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, please submit a resume and cover letter to this opening at ONE jobs (http://www.one.org/jobs).  

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants. When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for a job, they may request it orally or in writing (please email [email protected]). ONE will process requests for reasonable accommodation and will provide reasonable accommodations where appropriate, in a prompt and efficient manner.

We understand that a diversity of strengths, experiences, and backgrounds makes our team stronger. If this position interests you, we encourage you to apply and tell us why you are a great candidate for the role. ONE does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. To learn more about our diversity and inclusion work and priorities, visit https://www.one.org/us/about/diversity/.

Due to the number of inquiries that ONE receives, we thank all candidates for their interest yet only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.