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  • Posted: Dec 22, 2020
    Deadline: Jan 22, 2021
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    Habitat for Humanity International, generally referred to as Habitat for Humanity or simply Habitat, is an international, non-governmental, and nonprofit organization, which was founded in 1976.
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    Director - Human Resources, East Africa Hub

    We are seeking a Director - Human Resources to represent the needs of the East Africa hub in Habitat’s evolving global talent strategy and support efforts to align systems and HR operations with this new operating model. Reporting to the Regional Human Resources Business Partner Director, the Director – HR serves a dual function, overseeing HR operational support for HFHI and national organization operations in Sub-Saharan Africa, and serving as a critical strategic partner in the development and implementation of our Sub-Saharan Africa talent strategy. The Director – HR will also support risk management, business development and broader capacity building efforts in the Habitat network.

    JOB LOCATION AND TRAVEL: Nairobi, Kenya. Up to 20% travel both domestically and internationally.

    Key Responsibilities

    Talent Strategy

    • Lead the development and adoption of an African talent strategy focused on building a blended workforce of employees and project-based staff in line with the overall vision of the East Africa Hub including the definition of a competitive employee value proposition, the infrastructure to support the hub leadership and a strong retention and development strategy for staff.
    • Support the design of Habitat’s global people strategy including contributions to discussions on overall structure, general HR strategy, compensation policies, philosophy, and supporting systems.

    HR Operations

    • Oversee the execution of HR operational processes for hub staff, including payroll, performance management, onboarding and end of service.
    • Support the start-up of large projects within the network with a focus on building project teams quickly, integrating project staff and adapting local systems, procedures and policies in line with grant requirements (may require deployments to regional project sites).

    Business Development

    • Support the design of project teams and overall integration planning for project teams within broader national organization structures.
    • Provide leadership for the recruitment of proposal-winning technical staff in the proposal development process and preparation of CVs for the proposal itself.
    • Support to the Go/No Go process and evaluation of national organization capability to handle additional HR needs required for successful execution of new funding opportunities.

    Risk Management and Compliance

    • Collaborate with the HR Business Partner on the identification and resolution of employee conflict or need for disciplinary action in accordance with local labor laws.
    • Conduct periodic audits of local HR practice in national organizations and work with local teams to resolve any findings.
    • Ensure on-time and accurate submission of any statutory reporting required for HFHI operations within the hub.
    • Support capacity building efforts for network HR resources to ensure HR needs are met in the field.


    • Bachelor’s degree in HR management, organizational psychology or related field.
    • 8+ years of related international HR work experience, preferably with INGOs or international development organizations.
    • 3+ years of hands-on HR audit and workforce planning experience.
    • Robust knowledge of the East African and broader sub-Saharan African contexts.
    • Experience managing employee relations.
    • Experience with budget preparation/compilation.
    • In-depth experience in compensation and benefit management.
    • Fluency in English, working knowledge of French preferred.
    • Experience with and knowledge of:
    • HR legislation within Africa.
    • Dispute resolution mechanisms.
    • HR policies and procedures.
    • Staffing processes and procedures.
    • Compensation interpretation.
    • Job leveling.
    • Ability to travel up to 20%.
    • Active support of HFHI values and commitments:
    • Humility – We are part of something bigger than ourselves.
    • Courage – We do what’s right, even when it is difficult or unpopular.
    • Accountability – We take personal responsibility for Habitat’s mission.
    • Safeguarding - HFHI requires that all employees take seriously their ethical responsibilities to safeguarding our intended beneficiaries, their communities, and all those with whom we work. Managers at all levels have responsibilities to support and develop systems that create and maintain an environment that prevents harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse, safeguards the rights of beneficiaries and community members (especially children), and promotes the implementation of Habitat for Humanity’s code of conduct.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Habitat for Humanity International on to apply

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