Human Resources Manager

International Refugee Assistance Project
  • Location
    Berlin, Germany
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 27

Position description

The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is a dynamic and growing legal and policy advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. We are the leading organization providing free and comprehensive legal services to people in need of a safe place to live and a safe way to get there.

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York City, Washington, D.C.), Jordan (Amman), Lebanon (Beirut), and Europe (Berlin). Our legal and advocacy teams work closely with a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading law firms and multi-national corporations, and law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights. IRAP has over 100 full-time staff members. We are a nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.

IRAP believes that diversity is critical to fostering a strong workplace and serving our clients well. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities that we serve, members of other marginalized communities, and individuals whose identities are underrepresented in the legal profession.


About the Operations Department

IRAP’s Operations Department currently comprises sixteen team members across all of IRAP’s offices. The team sustains the work of our staff, interns, and volunteers through IT, finance, human resources, organizational culture, and administrative support.



IRAP is seeking a passionate, experienced, and customer service-focused Human Resources (HR) Manager to support administrative, recruitment, benefits, and staff wellbeing efforts for our Berlin and international offices. The HR Manager will work on a broad range of international human resources matters to support staffing across IRAP’s offices. The HR Manager will report to IRAP’s Global HR Director.



Recruitment and Onboarding

  • Recruitment & onboarding of new team members (in person and virtual)
  • Drafts job descriptions and offer letters/employment contracts 
  • Develop effective and streamlined HR operations processes for Germany office
  • Conducts interviews of prospective candidates, conduct background and reference checks as well as employment verification


Compensations and Total Rewards

  • Process payroll 
  • Develop HR strategies in accordance with organizational goals
  • Resolve timekeeping and leave management 
  • Manage relations and process for staff transitions, including terminations, resignations, and family and medical leave
  • Manage New-Hire Set-Up and Onboarding
  • Maintain human resources data in relevant systems of record and develop reports and briefings 


Health & Wellness

  • Administer employee health and voluntary benefits plans.
  • External evaluation and comparison of existing company benefits through analysis of other plans, surveys, and other resources.
  • Develop and maintain benefits analytics for leadership.



  • Maintains compliance with German labour laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; reviews policies and practices to maintain compliance.
  • Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and German employment law.
  • Prepare materials for audits, benefits renewals, annual compliance filings, and pension and retirement plan census reports.
  • Ensure accuracy and confidentiality of employee records.
  • Maintain knowledge of legal requirements related to HR, reducing legal risks, and ensuring regulatory compliance.
  • Instates an appeal’s office in line with the German General Act on Equal Treatment (par. 13)


Professional Development & Training

  • Support staff workshops that focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Support the annual review process (finalize process & timeline, train managers and employees, provide support to managers as needed, and track all completed reviews).
  • Manages educational leave in line with the Berliner Law on Educational Leave.


  • 5-8 years of of HR experience, preferably in a non-profit setting
  • Excellent English and German skills (Arabic is a plus)
  • Experience working in HR in international companies and dealing with intercompany transfers
  • Some knowledge of GDPR compliance as it comes to HR matters
  • Experience in managing benefits programs across the EU 
  • Knowledge of German employment law (EU labour law is a plus)
  • Experience managing HR tools and software (HRIS, ATS)
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills, with a proven ability to work with colleagues across multiple international offices and other programmatic and operational departments
  • Understanding of DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility) across countries and continents.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Advance degree a plus but not required
  • PHR/GPHR certification a plus but not required


Location: The candidate will work in IRAP's Berlin office.

The annual salary range for this position is €70,000– €80,000 commensurate with experience. 


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