HEAD OF HR AND ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT - 2 yr FTC

Enjoying unique lifestyle opportunities, St Helena Island is a self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom. Although better placed to develop economically and socially as a result of opening our international airport in 2017, we are not at the stage of self-sufficiency and therefore remain dependent on UK government aid.

Leading the Central HR and Organisational Development function, you will influence the strategic direction and culture of the Public Service.  You will advise the Public Service on priorities, challenges, risks and strategies across all aspects of people management and organisational development, and you will take a lead role in transforming and strengthening the organisational culture, ensuring that the Public Service Vision, Mission and Values are lived and embedded.

The Public Service HR and Organisational Development function has developed over the last three-years into a supportive partner to the organisation, most recently introducing HR Business Partners to work closely with senior leaders as part of their management teams.  While there are still a number of strategic people challenges, and the need to continue to embed new ways of working, there is a strong foundation to continue building on and a clear direction of travel for the Public Service. 

Your focus over the two-year period will be on supporting the local successor for Head of HR and Organisational Development to transition into this role.  Your leadership, advice and guidance will be invaluable to shaping the next two-years of their journey and empowering the HR and Organisational Development team by supporting them to continuously improve; sharing your knowledge and experience to help them continue to develop as a function.

In this context we are seeking a highly credible, emotionally and socially intelligent, resilient, creative HR professional with strong leadership and organisational development skills and experience.  Public Sector experience is essential.

Qualified to CIPD Level 7, you are Chartered MCIPD or Chartered FCIPD or equivalent. With Degree level education or equivalent experience in HR Management, you have a successful background in leading Human Resource functions.  Your commitment to employee engagement, employee well-being and delivering a customer focused HR service is supported by solid experience and working knowledge of UK Employment Law.  You are adept at analysing and interpreting information to develop solutions or solve problems. Your experience also encompasses writing and implementing Policy and Strategy, senior level management and developing and leading high performing teams through strong leadership, inspiring others to deliver transformational projects and impactful results.  You have managed and controlled budgets, resources and funding and have a history of planning and implementing change.

In addition, you must demonstrate our core values of fairness, integrity and teamwork and use your diverse expertise and experiences to ensure your time on the Island has the broadest benefit to St Helena.  As an officer funded through the Technical Co-Operation Programme you will be expected to share your knowledge and skills beyond the workplace contributing to workforce, community and capacity development in St Helena.

Our Benefits Package Includes:

  • Salary: £60,000pa
  • An International Supplement, full details of which are in the Overseas Vacancy Information at www.sthelenapublicservicejobs.sh
  • Relocation Allowances, full details of which are in the Overseas Vacancy Information at www.sthelenapublicservicejobs.sh
  • Annual Pension Contribution of 7.5% of salary
  • Annual Leave of 30 days per annum plus Public Holidays

How to Apply:

An application form is available at https://sthelenapublicservicejobs.sh/ where further information can also be found, or you may contact Kedell Worboys on 0203 818 7610 or via email: shgukrep@sthelenagov.com.

Please apply here on Changeboard by 16 January 2022.

To be considered for this role, you must complete our application form.  Failure to do so will mean that your application will not be considered.  Please do not submit your CV. 

The Public Service positively accepts applications from all members of the community regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, and will consider all applications on the basis of merit, in accordance with the person specification.

Due to the potential for high numbers of applications, if you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date you should assume you have not been short listed.  We would like to thank you for your interest in working for St Helena Government.


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