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People Partner

Hybrid working with a minimum of 40% of your time in the London Office
£37,488 - £39,071 per annum
Closing date
23 Mar 2023

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Private Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
HR Business Partner

In 2020 CAFOD launched our new organisational strategy, Our Common Home. As part of the People, Culture and Change (PCC) Group, the People Partner will be responsible for providing HR Partnership and advice across the full spectrum of people management activities including employee relations, organisation design and learning and development.  

The People Partner will act as a named partner to a specific part of the organisation and will work in close collaboration with leaders and managers to enable the delivery of organisational and team goals through excellent people management. 

The post holder works alongside a team of People Partners who offer peer support to each other in the provision of professional HR Advice and Partnership across the organisation.  The People Partner will also work closely with the People Services Team, Organisational Development Partner, Head of Organisational Development & Impact, Internal Communications & Engagement Manager, and Safeguarding Team. The post holder is line managed by the Head of People Operations. 

Key Responsibilities

HR partnership and Support

  • Working with all levels of management provide strategic support and problem solving in all areas of human resource management by providing advice and support to managers on a wide range of HR issues through the employee life cycle
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with managers, taking an active and accountable role influencing high level decision making on a range of operational matters
  • Support managers in design and shaping of teams and jobs including advice on pay and benefits
  • Ensuring regular communication with managers, building and maintaining strong working relationships
  • Coach, support and empower managers to find solutions and implement best practice people management interventions

Employee relations

  • Support team leaders with the management of employee relations, including absence management, performance management, grievance, disciplinary and capability management
  • Support and provide advice to staff on employee relations issues, offering and sourcing interventions (e.g. mediation) where appropriate
  • Liaise with the People Services team, union reps, HR focal points and staff association reps on the provisions of information and specific support/advice to staff

Learning & Development

  • Develop and facilitate workshops on specific issues including running our People Management in CAFOD training and EDI training
  • Champion organisational learning across all areas of CAFOD by building personal credibility, role modelling desired behaviours and by exercising strategic influence
  • Build managerial capability with regards to effective people management.
  • Provide training and informal coaching to increase the confidence of managers in handling performance issues and formal casework issues.
  • Work with the Head of Organisational Development & Impact and Organisational Development Partner to ensure learning and development needs are connected to strategic aims and reflect both individual and team needs.

Support and advise on organisational change Organisational Development projects

  • Support the delivery of the People Culture and Change strategy through participation and leadership of defined projects including, but not limited too; equity, diversity and inclusion, reward, policy development
  • Undertake research, evaluation and project work as required.
  • Participate in cross-organisational work that shares knowledge and expertise to support CAFODs vision, mission and values
  • Develop and evolve initiatives that enable our people to deliver their work and equip them with the skills and knowledge they require
  • Support the development of an internal culture in which each employee feels valued and aligned with our mission and purpose


  • Create communications where appropriate to inform staff about People Culture and Change activities through appropriate channels including Sharepoint home pages, Yammer, H2H
  • Work closely with CAFODs People Services Officers holding regular meetings to ensure the efficient sharing of information and insights so that managers receive a streamlined and efficient service from the People Team


All CAFOD staff share responsibility to promote and maintain a strong safeguarding culture, including identifying the key actions they should take given their role and responsibilities

This list of duties and responsibilities is by no means exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake other relevant and appropriate duties as required. This job description is subject to regular review and appropriate modification.

Safeguarding for Children and Vulnerable Adults

CAFOD recognises the personal dignity and rights of children and vulnerable adults, towards whom it has a special responsibility and a duty of care and respect.  CAFOD, and all its staff and volunteers, undertake to do all in our power to create a safe environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults and to prevent their physical, sexual or emotional abuse.  CAFOD is committed to acting at all times in the best interests of children and vulnerable adults, seeing these interests as paramount.  Any candidate offered a job with CAFOD will be expected to adhere to CAFOD’s Safeguarding policy and sign CAFOD’s Code of Behaviour as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents. 

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references, and appropriate screening checks can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. CAFOD also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of, and consent to, these recruitment procedures.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Understanding our context

  • Understanding Catholic identity: Demonstrating an understanding of the identity of CAFOD as a Catholic agency, recognising and actively demonstrating the dignity of individuals.
  • Understanding CAFOD: Demonstrating how our values influence the treatment of our staff

Working together

  • Managing ourselves: Able to overcome barriers and find solutions to complex problems, sometimes in stressful and emotive circumstances.
  • Working with others: Able to influence and build professional partnerships with staff and managers.
  • Communicating: Able to communicate across cultures and with those at a distance.
  • Looking Outwards: Building collaborative relationships with staff and managers to achieve CAFODs mission

 Making change happen

  • Achieving results: Delivers work within the context of an agreed strategy and work plan
  • Managing our performance: Skills and abilities in coaching and mentoring, able to act as a business partner or advisor as needed
  • Taking the lead: Visible and approachable, able to adapt style and approach, demonstrates initiative

 Job-specific competencies

  • CIPD qualification or equivalent experience, sound understanding of UK employment law essential and experience of employment law
  • Project Management Skills
  • Sound understanding of HR and OD processes, including but not limited to, change management, organisational development, resourcing, compensation and benefits, policy development.
  • Experience of managing complex employee relations cases
  • A willingness and ability to travel to overseas offices for 1-2 weeks approx. 2 times a year

Please click here for a full list of CAFOD’s Staff Benefits 

Come and join us and help make a real difference in the lives of the world’s poorest communities.

CAFOD is an equal opportunities employer. Recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. 

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