Mary’s Meals Kenya – Head Of HR And People Development.

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We are recruiting for an inspirational leader to join Mary’s Meals Kenya, as our new Head of HR & People Development.

As Head of HR & People Development, you will play a key role in our Senior Leadership Team and drive HR excellence across Mary’s Meals Kenya. Based in Lodwar, Turkana and reporting to the Country Director, you will build and deliver a future focussed HR strategy aligned to our global People Strategy and our dearly held values. With a strong focus on capacity building, compliance, safeguarding and learning & development, you will provide inspirational leadership for the HR & LD team and support the continuous development of robust people policy frameworks to strengthen our programme and people, as we strive to reach the next child waiting for Mary’s Meals.

You will partner with the organisation to provide expert advice and guidance to managers on all HR matters, including, performance management, recruitment, employee development, complex employee relations issues, organisational design, workforce planning and complex change programmes. You will lead on the ongoing implementation of our values and leadership behaviours into all aspects of programme operations and will role model simplicity, stewardship and service in every aspect of your role.

Key responsibilities:

  • Take a proactive approach to HR compliance, legislation and risk management, ensuring risks and issues are identified, addressed and reported.
  • Ensure that our Safeguarding framework is fully implemented and integrated.
  • Work with our SLT on the development and implementation of pay, reward and benefits policies and packages, to support attraction and retention.
  • Lead the HR team and function in Mary’s Meals Kenya, ensure the team has the necessary skills, competencies, objectives and development plans in place to provide excellent service to the Programme Affiliate.
  • Manage delegated resources (e.g. budgets, equipment and contracts) as appropriate, to ensure good stewardship of resources and value for money.
  • Oversee the collation, analysis and reporting of meaningful HR data and management information. Use this data to make recommendations and develop HR initiatives.
  • Lead the management of organisational development and change processes including restructures, expansions and contractions.
  • Drive innovation in our HR practices and policies.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of a L&D plan including key learning interventions to support people development and capacity building.

As Head of HR & People Development you will bring significant experience of shaping, designing and driving the delivery of innovative HR and L&D practices. Strong people leadership experience is essential and you will thrive in a varied, dynamic role where you will have the opportunity to coach and support our leaders, inspire your team and collaborate across all levels and cultures. You will have extensive experience of working across all HR workstreams and will demonstrate absolute commitment to our dearly held values and leadership behaviours. An exceptional communicator, you will bring robust experience of managing complex programmes of work and will excel in developing strong working relationships across a global organisation.

We are a global movement supported by people from all walks of life and we are focused on one goal – that every child receives a nutritious daily meal in a place of education. We feed over 2 million children every school day and we are currently feeding 113,000 children in Kenya, across 701 schools. We believe in the innate goodness of people, respect the dignity of every human being and family life and believe in good stewardship of the resources entrusted to us.

If you are inspired to join our movement and our vision, mission and values resonate with you, we would love to hear from you. To apply, please click on the link below. Please include your CV, salary expectations and a succinct covering letter, no more than 1 page, telling us why you would be a fantastic Head of HR & People Development for Mary’s Meals Kenya.

Please note this role will be based in Lodwar, Turkana. All candidates must currently have right to work in Kenya.

Closing Date:

28th April 2022

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