HR policy and projects affiliate consultant 

Terms of reference

About us

Forum for the Future is a leading international sustainability non-profit. For over 20 years we’ve been working in partnership with business, governments and civil society to accelerate the shift toward a sustainable future.

Climate change, poverty, malnutrition, civic unrest: the world today is facing complex challenges because our fundamental systems are broken. We specialise in addressing critical global challenges by catalysing change in key systems, from food to apparel, energy to shipping.

We believe that making progress on specific sustainability challenges and cultivating the capacity of people and organisations to act systemically will deliver demonstrable progress towards a sustainable future.

We do this by convening transformational collaborations to drive change, by partnering with organisations to help them lead by example, to build their own transformational strategies and coach them in systems change, and by building an international community of pioneers and change makers.

We have offices in London, New York, Singapore and Mumbai, a turnover of £5.3 million and around 70 staff.

Forum is at an exciting time in its evolution – building off its extensive experience in working with large global organisations to drive wholesale systems change.


As part of our 2019 – 2021 business plan, we set out an ambitious goal for our people, that “we are resilient, thriving, capable, cohesive, ambitious, agile and continuously learning.” Our focus is on attracting, selecting, developing and retaining talent to help us deliver our ambitious plans for sustainable future.

To support our plan this we are undertaking several areas of work including re-designing our suite of policies, reviewing our remuneration policy and building our tools for equipping new and existing staff.

We have a small HR function based in the UK and are looking for a consultant who has excellent understanding of employment law and HR practice in one or more of our non-UK jurisdictions. The initial brief is to support the work on our policy suite and remuneration review. However, we are ideally looking for someone with whom we can build a long term relationship and who can support with other aspects of our people plan in future. 


Unless otherwise indicated, the services here cover all four regions/jurisdictions where Forum for the Future operates: UK, US (New York), India (Mumbai) and Singapore.


Working closely with the global HR Manager, the affiliate consultant will be expected to deliver the following deliverables in the first phase of the business plan implementation:

  • Policies: Revision and internationalisation of the first tranche of policies as per the policy schedule

The aim is to revise policies integrating Forum’s values, making them international and building in sufficient flexibility to allow for local nuance and adaptation.

As an international organisation we want our policies and strategies to be as consistent as possible across all four countries while catering for local nuances and statutory requirements.

The policies should:

  • be written in easy to understand language that is appropriate for local customs and practice
  • be inclusive of Forum’s language and values
  • encompass visual and descriptive elements where relevant
  • be brief and concise, include the clear procedure, where necessary, but leaving the detail on process, best practice or guidelines, which will be drawn up separately.
  • in addition, we expect a communication strategy to be developed to roll out the new policies to embed them by engaging staff.


  • the work must be conducted in consultation with the global HR manager and the key stakeholders as appropriate and agreed
  • existing policies and documents must be consulted to increase understanding of forum for the future current suite of policies, our structure, organisational values, strategy and future growth plans
  • the policies to be consulted upon with staff / relevant stakeholders as appropriate
  • measures of approval should be included at different stages of the process.


  • Remuneration review: Support the global HR Manager with the remuneration policy review, specifically in relation to the international benchmarking and data analysis. The scope of work will be determined at a later stage. 

Indicative Timeframe

October 2019 – February 2020

Person specification

Technical knowledge and experience

  • Significant experience of designing and implementing policies in the not-for-profit sector
  • Excellent understanding of employment law and the current HR practice in Singapore with experience of working within international employment law or translating policies across jurisdictions (familiarity with another jurisdictions where Forum operates is advantage, specifically India (Mumbai) or US (NYC)
  • Proven experience writing policies adapting to local context
  • Experience of presenting information in a range of creative methods workflow and charts
  • Experience of conducting benchmarking and pay / reward data analysis is highly desirable


  • Strong analytical skills and ability to synthesize concepts and material into clear and concise thoughts adapting to audience as necessary.
  • Proficient use of IT: MS Office, google docs/sheets, tools for remote working and social networking sites
  • Well organized and able to manage information effectively to achieve defined goals and optimum results
  • Ability to effectively present thoughts and ideas including complex technical concepts, in a clear, concise, and readily understood manner, both verbally and in writing, tailoring to different audiences
  • Ability to listen to and acknowledge others' perspectives and views
  • Ability to work effectively on multiple assignments simultaneously and adapt to changing demands and circumstances
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills – ability to work well in a remote and physical team environment across georgraphies, cultures and timezones
  • Fluency in English – written and verbal. Knowledge of a local language where our offices are based is an advantage
  • Ability to work independently
  • Understanding of Forum’s mission and values


The project will be led by the global HR Manager.

Application Process

Please submit your proposal to us via this link by midnight 30 September 2019 (BST). For an informal discussion, please email on the above and request to speak to Natalya de Lance-Holmes.

Qualified candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, CV and relevant examples of their international policy and /or benchmarking work. Please also indicate your availability and daily/monthly rate to undertake the terms of reference above.

Forum is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.