Human Resources Officer – Athens – CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES (CRS)

Job Title: Human Resources Officer

Department: Human Resources Band

Reports To: HR Manager

Country/Location: Athens, Greece

Length of Assignment: 3 months probationary period; with possibility of extension based on both funding and performance

Job Summary:

You will help coordinate and support the execution of the Country Program (CP) HR strategy and operational plans in support of high-quality programs serving the poor and vulnerable. You will provide responsive, high quality service to address HR programs, services and operations needs in the areas of recruitment, staff development, performance management, employee relations, compensation and benefits, onboarding/orientation, policies, staff care, and employee administration.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide support to the HR Manager in his/her responsibilities regarding the overall management of HR programs and services in the CP;
  • Be actively involved in recruitment, which involves developing job descriptions and person specifications, preparing job adverts, checking application forms, shortlisting, interviewing and selecting candidates;
  • Help coordinate and support HR processes, activities, and service delivery, to ensure they meet latest agency, donor, and local legal requirements and standards and reflect best practices;
  • Assess service needs and provide quality process services and advice to support managers in their daily staff management responsibilities;
  • Overseeing the health and safety of all employees.
  • Collect and organize input on HR processes and policies and participate in the review and update of various systems, manuals, guidelines, and tools;
  • Support professional development needs assessment and help ensure the provision of precise development programs for CRS staff and partners;
  • Maintain record keeping through personnel files (digital and hard copy) and/or HRIS that adheres to required CRS, donor, and local law regulations;
  • Provide support on reports on HR-related data, metrics and trends to support decision-making, workforce planning and development;
  • Promote equality and diversity as part of the culture of the organization;

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management or Business Administration required.
  • Minimum of three years work experience in HR, preferably with an International and/or local NGO and good knowledge of HR best practices and standards.
  • Knowledge of HR functions (pay & benefits, recruitment, training & development etc.).
  • Fluency in English & Greek.
  • Experience with and knowledge of employment laws, regulations, policies, principles, concepts, and practices. Good understanding of the local labor law.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, HRIS.

Personal Skills

  • Strong relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship;
  • Strong customer service ethic and abilities;
  • Very good planning, coordinating, and organizing skills;
  • Able to maintain confidential information;
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: All internal staff, and Program Managers

External: Payroll provider, Public authorities

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship

Interested candidates are welcome to apply by sending their CV and Cover Letter in English with email to

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mentioning in the subject line the title of the position ‘’HR Officer’’. The applications will be screened on rolling basis.

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer; CRS is always looking for qualified, diverse and compelling candidates to join our agency and support our great work.

By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguarding-related topics.

Please note that applications will be continuously reviewed, and CRS reserves the right to close the vacancy before the deadline once a suitable candidate is identified.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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