About us

United World Schools (UWS) is an international NGO focused on providing sustainable, quality and inclusive education. Its mission is to transform, through education, life opportunities for children living in remote and marginalised communities. Since 2008, UWS has worked with over 270 communities in Cambodia, Madagascar, Myanmar and Nepal to provide almost 50,000 out-of-school children with access to free primary education. In the years ahead, the organisation is focused on scaling in order to reach over 250,000 children.

Job Title

Director of People and Culture


UWS offices in Vauxhall, London (Flexible working arrangements can be considered)

Job Type 

Full time role


£65k - £70k per annum dependent on skills and experience, plus 4% pension contribution. 

United World Schools is an equal opportunities employer and actively promotes diversity. We strongly encourage applications from within Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities and under-represented groups.  UWS is committed to the safeguarding of children and ensuring we recruit safely is central to this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to undertake a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check as a condition of employment.

Role Description

The Director of People and Culture leads and executes activities to maximize the strategic use of Human Resources and oversees functions such as employee relations, employee experience, policies and compliance, talent acquisition, on-boarding, training and development, performance management, reward and recognition, benefits and wellness, in order to create a purposeful, inclusive, high-performance culture at United World Schools.

Working as part of the London-based central team, this is a new global role with oversight and engagement across all country offices. The individual will be the executive lead on the UWS UK Board’s Remuneration & Nominations Committee; provide support with Trustee recruitment and hold relationships with recruiters and other agencies.

A key part of the role will be developing and leading the roll-out of our People Plan, embedding across all country teams consistent policies (which are locally appropriate) and best practices for the recruitment, management and development of our people. This includes developing a cohesive Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy that is integrated with the People Plan, seeking to bring the best out of our multi-cultural workforce. International travel will be a requirement of the role, to visit our programmes and engage with the country teams.

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How to apply

All correspondence, at this stage, should be via Oxford HR. To apply for this post, click on the “Apply” button on the job advert page, complete our online application form, and submit your CV and cover letter in two different documents, which should be prepared before applying as they will be considered in the application process.

The cover letter should be no more than two pages long and explain why you are interested in this post and how your skills and experience make you a good fit. The document should be saved in MS Word in the following format: Your First Name-Your Last Name-Document Name-Date (mmyy) e.g., Pat-JonesCV-032022-UWS or Pat-Jones-CoverLetter-032022-UWS.

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Closing date: Midnight on 18th April 2022 (UK time) 

First stage interviews: Late April 2022

Final Interviews: Mid May 2022

All candidates will receive an update regarding their application after the closing date. We advise candidates to add the role email to their safe senders list.


If you have any queries on any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information, or would like to have an informal discussion, please email at [email protected] in the first instance.