HR Business Partner - Media Action

Job Introduction

BBC Media Action is the independent international charity of the BBC which uses media to advance development worldwide. Our mission is to improve the quality of people’s lives in developing and transitional countries through innovative use of media. We do this through our focus on health, governance, livelihoods, climate change and humanitarian response. We work in partnerships that include governments, broadcasters, civil society institutions, donor agencies and international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) 

We are largely funded by external grants, mainly from the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), the European Union, UN agencies and charitable foundations. We work to inform, connect and empower people around the world, and we are now looking for a conscientious HR Business Partner to assist our charity in their work by supporting our employees in our people plan. We employ circa 70 staff in the UK and over 600 (mainly local staff) in 15 offices in Africa and Asia.

Role Responsibility

In this role, you will partner with senior management teams, providing expert HR knowledge and insight to support effective strategic and operational decision making. 

This role will work in partnership with the HR Director and the wider HR team, influencing the development of business strategy and translating it into a people plan that improves business performance and supports sensitive or high profile HR issues. 

You will seek to identify current and future needs of the business offering a fresh perspective and approach to problem solving, but being creative in those solutions due to the nature of the charities work. 

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will have experience of partnering with senior management teams in a generalist HR role with an excellent track record for building strong professional relationships and credibility across all levels of the organisation.  

You will have experience of applying best practice HR within a complex international business environment, as well as partnering with trade unions. In addition, you will have experience of successfully leading a range of business enhancing projects in support of a wider HR strategy.

Please note that past experience as an HR Business Partner working in an international environment within an NGO environment are desirable in this position. 

If this sounds like you, we'd love to hear from you!

Package Description

Band: E 
Contract type: 12-month FTC/Attachment
Location: London, Wogan House 

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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