Position summary:The purpose of the HR Advisor role is to provide people-centric HR solutions and advice on HR policies and procedures, managing employee relations cases, and providing HR consultancy/generalist support to the business.

The HR Advisor is responsible for supporting aspects of the employment cycle in Europe in collaboration with other regional HR Advisors and reports to the Director, People Operations.

In addition to their daily duties, the HR Advisor will act as an intermediary between departments and the HR team while also being the first point of contact for employees and operational managers in  locations in Europe.


  • The Rainforest Alliance’s Core Values are Impact, Change, Collaboration, Openness and Trust and as such they form the basis of the behaviours we demonstrate;

  • Act as a trusted and expert advisor to management on a range of people related topics and HR practices in Europe, adhering to local employment law and maintaining best practice;

  • Handle the day-to-day generalist HR activities relating to the employee life cycle – including: onboarding, employee relations, engagement, performance management and separation;

  • Act as single point of contact for employees and operational managers providing quick, accurate and consistent advice. Including, and not limited to: recruitment and position management, guidance on company policies and annual processes;

  • Drive employee engagement and an exceptional employee experience in Europe by taking initiative and making use of our Center of Excellence (CoE) (Talent and Learning; People Strategy & Culture);

  • Ensure effective implementation and execution of all Global and Europe HR policies, procedures, and initiatives, with a focus on fairness and consistency, and contribute to the design, update and improvement of HR policies and initiatives;

  • Work in close collaboration with the peers in the People Operations Team to ensure all employment updates and changes are implemented in Europe. Seek to identify areas for potential improvement including systems, policies and processes and bring these to the attention of the Director, People Operations with a plan of action;

  • Support on all annual/cyclical activities such as performance reviews and calibration, mid-year reviews, compensation, and promotions process;

  • Act as first point of contact for Works council; coordinates and prepares topics that needs Works council’s input;

  • Monitor and analyse absenteeism data and take action if needed in collusion with the occupational health service, and

  • Assist with ad-hoc projects and duties.


  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in HR, Organizational Development;

  • 6-8 years minimum proven work experience in HR, preferably generalist experience;

  • Experience of advising on complex employee relations topics;

  • Experience of supporting HR activities across multiple locations or countries, including ability to build relationships and influence remotely and effectively;

  • Ability to interpret policies, research local legal requirements and provide solutions;

  • Experience with Works councils;

  • A proactive self-starter who has the ability to present solutions and identify areas for operational efficiencies and act on those in an effective manner;

  • Strong Microsoft Office skills and familiarity with HRIS systems or the ability to pick up internal HR systems quickly;

  • Sound judgement and problem-solving skills;

  • Customer focused approach with a high level of professionalism, discretion and the ability to build relationships with key stakeholders across the globe;

  • Excellent Dutch and English communication skills both verbally and in writing, and

  • High level of attention to detail with excellent organizational and time management skills.

Job level: 3A

Deadline: 23 February 2024

Notes: Only candidates authorized to work in the Netherlands will be considered.

If you have any questions about the job vacancy, please contact the HR department: recruitment@ra.org



The Rainforest Alliance is creating a more sustainable world by using social and market forces to protect nature and improve the lives of farmers and forest communities. To achieve our mission, we partner with diverse allies around the world to drive positive change across global supply chains and in many of our most critically important natural landscapes.

Our alliance spans 70 countries and includes farmers and forest communities, companies, governments, civil society, and millions of individuals. Together we work to protect forests and biodiversity, take action on climate, and promote the rights and improve the livelihoods of rural people.

As an international nonprofit organization with more than 30 years of experience in sustainability transformation, we understand that the social and economic well-being of rural communities is tightly connected to ecosystem health. This knowledge has shaped our rigorous programs to advance sustainable land-use and commodity production.

At the Rainforest Alliance we combat climate change, protect forests and biodiversity, promote human rights, and improve livelihoods. The enormity of the social and environmental challenges we are facing requires working together in a broad alliance. This is why we bring farmers, forest communities, companies, and consumers together to change the way the world produces, sources, and consumes.

To protect nature and improve lives it’s becoming increasingly urgent that we approach the way we use our land and produce food and other products in more sustainable ways. For this to succeed we need to fundamentally change the way that businesses operate and source, and the choices we all make as consumers.

Our growing global alliance aims to transform our relationship with our natural resources and each other, to create a better future for people and nature together.

The Rainforest Alliance encourages diversity and inclusion across the global organization. With this commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, disability, and any other protected group.

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