Habitat for Humanity – Director – Human Resources, East Africa Hub.

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It’s an exciting time to be part of Habitat for Humanity International, HFHI, in East Africa! Habitat has recently centered its operations for East Africa in Nairobi as part of its Global Impact 2025 initiative. This is a dramatic change initiative aimed at tripling our scale, impact and funding by 2025. As part of our rapidly growing regional team, you will be a critical member in helping Habitat realize that vision.

The East Africa hub manages Habitat’s operations across the region, including Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Zambia, and Malawi. Nairobi provides access to some of the largest institutions and organizations shaping eastern Africa today. The East Africa team plays a pivotal role in building Habitat’s brand in the market and helping elevate housing as a critical part of the solution to the complex challenges facing this region.

We are looking for candidates who are driven, resourceful and want desperately to help as many families as possible build strength and stability through housing. We want people who are uncompromisingly committed to Habitat for Humanity’s vision and core values of courage (to do what’s right), accountability (to take personal responsibility for the mission and our actions) and humility (to remember that we are part of something bigger than ourselves). Together, we will achieve a world where everyone has a decent place to live. www.habitat.org


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.


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.

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