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Compensation & Benefits Manager

Requisition ID:  17938
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What we do


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law. We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence. We direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.

Purpose of the role


The Compensation & Benefits Centre of Expertise (CoE) is leading a number of strategic and transformational initiatives that will enhance the ICRC’s capacity to attract, develop, and retain the best possible workforce to access people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence and effectively deliver humanitarian services. The implementation of these projects involves significant changes in ICRC HR programs, policies and tools.

The first projects (Job Grading, Salary scales, Mobility policies, have already been implemented), while the first benefits projects (Medical coverage and Retirement plans for employees under local employment contract will be implemented) in 2022.

As the Compensation & Benefits Manager, you will be accountable for the maintenance and evolution of the Job Grading framework and compensation and mobility practices for a population of 20’000 employees in over 100 countries. You will collaborate with the rest of the team to design, communicate, and implement the new projects and team initiatives.

Main responsibilities and deliverables


  • Maintenance and evolution of the job grading framework, at a time when the ICRC will undergo announced structural changes. 
  • Development, maintenance and evolution of compensation and mobility policies, and the related communication material.
  • Development of compensation and job-grading related dashboards and metrics
  • Contribution to compensation and job grading process simplification and automation, in alignment with HRIS (SAP Success factors) evolution
  • Contribution to the development, including modelling, communication and implementation of other C&B project streams 
  • Active participation in all C&B projects as and when required.

Reports to (role)


  • Head of Compensation & Benefits CoE

People management responsibilities


  • No

Scope & Impact


  • Global remit.



  • Internally, interacts with individuals and specialist functions (métiers) at all levels of the organization.
  • Externally, interacts with counterparts in other non-profit organizations and HR service providers, as well as external subject matter experts and consultancies.

Desired skills and qualifications


  • University degree in business administration, human resources, or other related disciplines
  • 10+ years of experience in supporting and leading the design and implementation of compensation and benefits policies in medium to large global organizations
  • Understanding of best practices in the C&B field (e.g. job grading, salary scales design, mobility, international benefits, total rewards)
  • Strong knowledge of HR as a discipline and HR-related regulations and requirements
  • Excellent communicator, able to connect & influence different groups of stakeholders at all levels of the organization on all C&B-related matters
  • Able to represent the C&B team and be the main point of contact for the organization for the C&B areas under their remit
  • Quick learner, resilient, with strong analytical skills and logical mindset
  • Hands-on, results-driven yet able to work well within a team, able to listen and integrate feedback
  • Ideally experience of both commercial and non-profit organizations
  • Fluency in English and French (preferably), any other languages would be an asset
  • Good level of literacy in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, and HR information systems

Additional information


  • Location: Geneva
  • Type of contract: Open-ended
  • Activity rate: 100%
  • Estimated start date: ASAP
  • Application Deadline:  Sunday, 26 September 2021

The ICRC values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.