Job Vacancy – Head of HR Kenya & Somalia

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March 21, 2018 | No Comments

Duma Works is recruiting a Head of Human Resource in Kenya and Somalia for Action Against Hunger-USA.

Action Against Hunger-USA is part of the Action Against Hunger International network, which provides humanitarian relief in over 40 countries worldwide in the sectors of nutrition, health, water/sanitation, and food security. Action Against Hunger-USA, an independent NGO, currently manages operations in 9 countries: Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Cambodia, Tanzania, Uganda, Haiti. The organisation has over $60 million in programs, and approximately 2000 staff based in in the various country offices and the three Head Quarter Locations of New York City, Washington D.C, Nairobi. Additional growth is anticipated.

Summary of position

As a senior member of the Kenya & Somalia Country Management Team, covering approximately 346 staff (291 in Somalia and 55 in Kenya), the Head of HR (HoHR) is responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy in support of the Action Against Hunger Kenya & Somalia country office strategic direction, annual plans and effective people management.

The HoHR acts as a core business partner to the Country Director and Country Management Team, providing technical HR support, advisory and expertise.

The HoHR acts as the focal point and link between the Global Human Resources, Learning & Development (HRLD) Department and the Kenya & Somalia country office, ensuring global HRLD strategies, programs, approaches and initiatives are adapted, contextualized and implemented.

 The HoHR:


  • Uses refined and seasoned conceptual understanding in the adaptation of global Action Against Hunger USA HRLD approaches aligned with current HR policy frameworks.
  • Applies specialist knowledge of human resource management in the orientation of new HR polices and expansion of the range of HR services/programs at country level.
  • Identifies operational challenges that affect the integrity of human resource management.


  • Secures collaboration amongst staff and management on country level HR policy, practices, approaches and projects.
  • Upholds complementary interest by reflecting both empathy with staff and management perspectives.


  • Anticipates and plans for operational dimensions that contextualize the delivery of HR interventions at country level including unique resource requirements, conflicting timelines and operational demands that may affect quality HR service delivery.

Essential job functions

  • Establish and implement HR efforts that effectively communicate and support the Kenya & Somalia office strategic vision.
  • Adapt and contextualize global organizational HR strategies, initiatives, programs and approaches to create a strong Employee Value Proposition at country level.
  • Contextualize, adapt and implement comprehensive compensation and benefits plans that are competitive and cost-effective for the Kenya & Somalia Country office.
  • Provide overall leadership and guidance to the HR function in the Kenya & Somalia country office to ensure efficient and quality HR service delivery to internal clients.
  • Provide ongoing performance management guidance to line managers (e.g., coaching, counseling, career development, disciplinary actions).
  • Work closely with management and employees to improve work relationships, provide guidance on interpersonal/interdepartmental conflict, build morale, and increase productivity and retention.
  • Provide HR policy guidance and interpretation
  • Ensures HR input in proposal development processes and donor reporting
  • Develop contract terms for new hires, promotions and transfers.
  • Provide guidance and input on country level change management initiatives, restructuring processes workforce planning, and succession planning.
  • Provide guidance, support and advice to the Country Director and the Country Management Team on risk management, investigations and HR compliance.
  • Engage with the global HRLD department and other HoHRs in the 9 country offices to enhance joint learning, implementation of best practices and contribute to fostering a sense of pride, purpose and belonging amongst employees.

 Supervisory Responsibilities 

  •  Direct supervision of the Kenya & Somalia office HR team.

 Fiscal Responsibility

  • Prepares and manages the annual HR budget for the Kenya and Somalia country offices.

 Physical Demands

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit for long periods and to concentrate on work, including typing, and turn out heavy volumes of work accurately, within short time frames under stressful situations in the context of a moderately noisy office with many interruptions. Must be able to proofread own work accurately so that only minor corrections are needed on an infrequent basis.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 Working Conditions, Travel and Environment

  • The duties of the job require regular job attendance at least five days per week.
  • Must be available to work outside normal office hours or on the weekends as required.
  •  Must be able to travel as required for standard domestic and international business travel as well as to the various sub-locations both within Kenya and Somalia.  Based on the country office needs, the time spent on field trips will be a minimum of a 30% of his/her working time. While visiting the field, the employee may be exposed to precarious settings under high security risks and/or very basic living conditions and outside weather conditions, as well is to infectious diseases.

Required Qualifications and Professional Experience

  • Minimum of Bachelor degree or equivalent in HR, business, organizational behavior, organizational psychology or another related field. Master degree preferred.
  • At least 5 years progressive HR experience, with 2 years in a senior supervisory role.
  • Previous working experience in with an international development or humanitarian organization preferred.
  • Professional HR certification from a reputable body such as IHRM, SHRM, CIPD or HRCI preferred.

Required Skills & Competencies

  • Ability to think strategically assessing options and actions based on trends and conditions in the work environment, and the vision and values of the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to serve as a successful participant on a management team that provides the country wide leadership and direction.
  • Excellent interpersonal and coaching skills, demonstrated ability to lead and develop HR staff.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with internal clients and organizational stakeholders at all levels and from all disciplines
  • Seasoned knowledge and experience in Kenyan and Somali employment law, compensation and benefits, workforce planning, employee relations, safety, and training and development.
  • Excellent oral and written verbal communication skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel, both nationally and internationally.
  • Excellent computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment. Must include Excel and skills in HR database management and record keeping.
  • Ability to practice a high level of confidentiality.
  • Fluent written and spoken English. Knowledge of Kiswahili and Somali preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze complex and sensitive material and report on it cogently.
  • Genuine interest in and commitment to the humanitarian principles of Action Against Hunger.
  • Must be authorized to work in Kenya.
  • Membership in a professional HR body is an added advantage.


To apply online click here or send your Cover Letter and detailed CV to [email protected] marking the subject as “3266”, Your Full name & Phone number e.g. 3266 Barack Obama, +2547xxxxxxxx. If you don’t follow these instructions, your application will not go through.

Deadline for receiving applications: Friday, 23 March 2018


* You will receive a confirmation email and an alert to take a basic screening test over SMS or online. The email with the test may not arrive immediately. Please be patient. The email/SMS test will typically be 5-8 questions to help us understand your background. Regular SMS rates apply to the test.

If you apply and don’t meet these minimum qualifications, we will not be able to move forward with you application.

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