The National Federation of Women’s Institutes (the NFWI)
SW6, London (On-site)
£36,623 per annum plus benefits
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The WI is the largest women’s organisation, with around 190,000 members. It plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and a chance to build new skills and campaign on issues that matter to them.

The National Federation of Women’s Institutes (the NFWI) is an umbrella body providing support and advice to members at both regional and local levels.

About the Lead HR Officer – Policy and Engagement

As our Lead HR Officer, you will be at the heart of our small HR team, and provide a generalist HR service, with particular focus on policy development and engagement. You will work with the Head of Human Resources to support organisational diversity and inclusion and continue to spearhead a healthy workplace culture through our employment policies, reward and recognition, wellbeing, and other people-related initiatives, whilst ensuring legal compliance. 

You will cover all aspects of the employee life cycle with a commitment to the recruitment and retention of talented staff that underpin our vision to be Bold and Inspiring, Growing and Relevant, Inclusive and Flexible.

About you

You will be confident in your HR policy work both from a legal and cultural perspective, understanding the best fit for the NFWI and have experience of staff engagement to help shape an inclusive and diverse working environment. You must also have passion for this type of role with an ability to build trust-based relationships and inspire others, taking an empathetic approach, yet confident to deliver difficult messages when necessary. You need to be a confident and engaging presenter to lead on focus groups and informal educational sessions with staff and federations.

We would like an HR professional with sound generalist experience in a similar role and a CIPD level 5, qualification.

You will be familiar with supervising a team and be an excellent relationship builder, with the confidence and determination to make things happen, and you will be ready to drive continuous improvement during your time with us.


In return, we will offer you a hybrid working arrangement, which means a minimum of one day a week in the office and the rest from home although you can work up to three days in the office if preferred, 28 days’ annual leave, membership of our Healthcare scheme, Cycle to Work scheme, and more.

How to apply

For further information about this Lead HR Officer role, please click the Quick Apply button where you can download the recruitment pack which includes the job description and person specification.

To apply, please submit your current CV with a covering letter clearly explaining why you would be suitable for the role.

Closing date: 23 January 2022.

Interview date: 26 January 2022.

No other media or agencies, please.

The WI is an equal opportunities employer. Reg. Charity No. 803793.

Posted on: 13 January 2022
Closed date: 23 January 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Advice, Information, Human Resources