Human Resources Advisor



Position: Human Resources Advisor 

Location: Swaziland - Malkerns

Partner: Gone Rural and boMake Rural Projects

Starting: August 2018

Duration: 12 Months

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Crossroads International is an international development organization that is working towards reducing poverty and increasing women’s rights around the world. Working with local partners supported by hundreds of volunteers each year, Crossroads leverages expertise and resources, North and South, required to help people overcome poverty and assert their human rights.

Crossroads, Gone Rural and boMake Rural Projects (formerly Gone Rural boMake) have been working in partnership in Swaziland since 2010.


Gone Rural (Pty) Gone Rural's mission is to create home-based sustainable income for over 760 women in Swaziland’s rural areas. The products combine tradition with innovation to create Afro-chic home accessories and bold statement pieces. With commitment to sustainable social responsibility and Fair Trade Principles we have successfully created a business model that empowers 762 rural women by providing them with home based income and skills training.  Gone Rural sells to over 300 customers worldwide and is committed to growing its sales base and volume to generate more income for Rural Women.


boMake Rural Projects (formerly Gone Rural boMake)

boMake Rural Projects, a non-profit organization (NGO) in Swaziland, was founded in 2006 by Gone Rural (Pty) to assist its producers-762 rural women and their communities with education, health and social needs. Gone Rural provides a regular source of income generation to the women and boMake complements this by implementing social programs reaching over 6,000 people. By implementing Education, Health, Women’s Empowerment and Community Development projects, Gone Rural boMake supports the economic development of the women and their communities. Asides from direct services delivery such as paying school fees for 360 orphans and vulnerable children (OVC’s) annually, providing clean drinking water in 10 communities and creating access to a mobile wellness clinic for more than 2000 people, boMake also trains women on Gender Based Violence, women’s rights and leadership skills.


bRP organizational planning and HR processes fall under the management structure of Governance: Board, Executive Director, Program Coordinator, Program Officers, and Administration. A needs assessment was done in 2005 and revised in 2012.  This led Gone Rural boMake to focus on five key areas:  Heath, Education, Women’s Empowerment, WASH and Community Development. Our 2013 – 2017 Strategic Plan has been developed and currently implemented.  In 2017 a new strategic plan will be developed.


Mandate historical context:


Gone Rural had a qualified HR Officer for a short period of time before leaving to pursue higher education.  Therefore the gains that were being made in the HR of Gone Rural have come to a stop.  In the past, the rural artisans have not been included under the HR portfolio, but with the expansion into Producer Associations there need to be a way to support the women as well as the staff in a consistent and effective way.  The majority of Gone Rural staff has been with the company for 10 years or more.  It is important for staff to grow and upgrade their skills for personal/professional development, but to also keep Gone Rural competitive and current.  A full review of the HR procedures and policies of the company need to be reviewed and new systems need to be put in place.



Main responsibilities include:

  • Review existing HR system, procedures and policies of Gone Rural and boMake Rural Projects
  • Research national and international labour laws
  • Update and develop HR system of both organizations as needed to be in line with international and national law
  •  Incorporate Producer Associations into HR procedures and policies
  • Evaluate skills, strengths and weaknesses of staff of both organizations
  • Deliver remaining modules from Gospel of Gone Rural (sensitization for artisans on Gone Rural as a whole)
  • Develop a Staff Development Plan to improve skills and knowledge of staff for both organizations
  • Sensitize all staff, management and board of directors on new systems
  • Train designated staff member(s) on managing the new HR systems
  • Develop handover plan for staff to carry on HR systems


Qualification criteria for selection include:


  • Post-secondary diploma or degree in Human Resources
  • 3+ years of experience managing HR systems
  • Readiness to deal with change and sometimes challenging context
  • Ability and willingness to work in rural areas and new cultural and professional settings.
  • Strong team player yet able to work independently with minimum supervision
  • In country experience an asset
  • Strong analytical and research skills
  • Effective and proven writing skills
  • Strong presentation and oral communication skills
  • Computer Skills: Microsoft applications, PowerPoint and internet research
  • Knowledge of and/or experience working with social enterprises is an asset


Eligibility criteria:

  • Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • Willing to conduct fundraising and public engagement activities before, during and after the placement
  • In good physical and mental health (medical examination required)
  • The volunteer needs to brind their own computer


Personalized support before, during and after the mandate provided by an experienced and welcoming team. The Crossroads' experience includes the following:

  • Daily living allowance (depending of the country of assignment)
  • Plane ticket and local transport
  • Medical insurance and vaccinations
  • Pre-departure training and re-orientation upon return



To apply for this position, we kindly ask that you fill out Crossroads' online application form. Please contact our recruitment officer if you have any question: simidele@cintl.org

We thank all applicants but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.


Crossroads International gratefully acknowledges the support of: