Regional HR and Administration Manager Job Vacancy in Kenya

Danish Refugee Council

Position Title: Regional HR and Administration Manager

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. Using a human rights framework, the DRC East Africa and Great Lakes (EAGL) operation focuses on people who are affected by displacement, including refugees, internally displaced, migrants, and host communities in Burundi, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The Regional HR & Administration Manager will lead and manage Human Resources functions, provide overall advice, coordination and management to the Human Resources and Administration team as well as technical Human Resources support to the Country offices. Ensure efficient support to the program in accordance with existing DRC policies and procedures.


Management & Coordination

  • To ensure the efficient management of the staff members of the HR Department of the RO: this includes daily supervision of the tasks, follow-up of the targets defined and lead over the performance and development appraisals;
  • To visit regularly the countries covered by the RO and to provide technical guidance, as the technical line manager and technical focal point at the Regional Office, to the Human Resources Managers and Human Resources Coordinators in the countries covered by the region, who report to a different manager.
  • To actively engage in CO most senior HR recruitments, objectives setting, coaching and performance management


  • Ensure proper gap-filling for short time substitution
  • Ensure you have agreed to a plan on how to address the chronical gaps and surge capacity in the country together with CO SMT and Regional SMT
  • Manage the budgets for substitution

Quality assurance

  • Localization of global polices and tools - coordination of the process
  • People management training for all managers in the region
  • Regional initiatives within HR
  • Regional induction
  • Rightsizing of HR in the region
  • To ensure that all HR costs, including for initiatives related to employees, are well identified and budgeted (HR costing exercise);
  • To ensure that HR reporting is in place and regularly updated at both the RO and country levels.
  • Ensuring roll-out and implementation of Global HR policies and initiatives are completed
  • Endorse HR policies and procedures for the country operations
  • Develop and implement regional HR frameworks (e.g. per diem, housing etc.)
  • Ensure the capacity building procedure is coordinated with HQ and that HR is capacitated at the right level in each country

Compliance monitoring

  • Ensuring the countries are following global processes, policies and the operations handbooks for HR
  • Ensuring that the countries are following local labor law and that they have established relationship with both internal and external legal advisors
  • Ensuring a salary and benefits benchmark is performed regularly in each CO
  • Ensuring that global policies and regional HR frameworks are localized and they are aligned with local labor laws
  • Perform compliance self-check

Responsibilities related to the regional office:

Support the management in the regional office with HR services in the 6 HR areas: People planning, Recruitment, Development, Performance, Well-being and Contracts and compensation

Recruitment and Selection

  • Drive and support recruitment and selection activities by planning and assessing staffing needs;
  • Ensure compliance with the recruitment process incl. quality checking the job adverts, posting the job adverts, support with reference checks, and issuing the offer letter;
  • Ensure timely scheduling of interviews; Participate in interview panels when needed
  • Provide recruitment overview for senior managers

People Planning

  • Work with senior management team and senior staff on a number of initiatives related to employees
  • Ensure managers have created job descriptions for the employees, and store them on the personnel file
  • Ensure oversight and consistency in position titles and grades, across all country operations.
  • Support senior management in workforce planning, succession planning and mobility within DRC country operation(s)
  • Support management in restructuring and downsizing
  • Planning and budgeting for the HR function in the region


  • Ensure that there is a yearly cycle for performance appraisals in the regional office
  • Ensure both probation and performance appraisals are done in the regional office by monitoring Dynamics
  • Advice managers on poor performance and ensure the documentation stored on the employees’ p-file is stored properly; act as an impartial mediator in the process
  • Prepare legally compliant letters in consultation with internal or external legal advisors
  • Advice managers on Code of Conduct cases in relation to potential disciplinary action


  • Drive the onboarding and induction process in the regional office
  • Drive the coordination of international staff pre-arrival process, arranging induction schedule, office & guesthouse tour, conducting internationals staff HR induction and maintaining oversight of logistics, visa/entry process and travel arrangements.
  • Advise managers or staff on training and development opportunities
  • Ensure exit interviews are conducted by establishing a process of informing managers to perform the exit interview
  • Ensure exit forms are issued and send to exiting employees
  • Coordinate team related needs and training
  • Support CO HR with People Management Training as necessary


  • Participate in localization of R&R and Housing policy
  • Source insurance or other health option for national staff, incl. access to psychosocial support
  • Advise managers on stress management
  • Assess compound life from a well-being perspective
  • Follow-up on DRC voices

Contracts and Compensation

  • Request international contract to be done by HQ
  • Ensure that national staff terms of employment are aligned with DRC minimum standards and the local labor law.
  • Ensure that the terms of employment for national staff are localised
  • Ensure that there is a yearly cycle for salary progression in accordance with the Compensation Policy
  • Lead salary benchmark process every two years or more frequently if needed
  • Develop and maintain salary scale
  • Administer payroll for national staff
  • Maintain Dynamics data for national staff and update some of the data for international staff (the second is clearly defined)

HR Policies and Support

  • Ensure RO staff HR Handbook are maintained and updated as necessary
  • Proactively pursue continuous process improvement in HR related practices in order to enhance the quality and efficiency of output/delivery
  • Produce the necessary policies and guidelines to reflect the local requirements
  • Localization of the global policies and ensuring that the local labour law is taken into account
  • Ensure managers are familiar with the necessary tools and procedures within people management
  • Conduct People Management Training of RO managers
  • Ensure to request technical support from HQ
  • Respond to audit requests


  • In coordination with the Admin Officer at the RO, ensure effective and efficient management of office administration policies, systems and procedures.
  • Ensure an up to date database of contracts to track rental instalments due, notice periods, renewals, deposits and municipality tax payments is maintained and in coordination with the officers, have all the contracts (property, office rentals, international staff housing) are prepared/extended on time.
  • In coordination with HR officers, ensure that benefits are duly explained to employees and serve as liaison between employees and respective insurance company.
  • Ensure that pre and post-paid phone lines are issued and managed in accordance with DRC policies.
  • Ensure efficient controlling and issuance of keys for offices and guest houses, ID cards and entry and exit procedures for all staff.
  • Manage orientation process and arrivals checklist for new staff and ensure support for all new staff and visitors with travel and accommodation.
  • In coordination with officers, ensure a regular supply and tracking of usage of office stationery and supplies, cleaning and kitchen products.


  • Support Regional Office in conducting COC trainings and Investigations.
  • Any other task as may be required by the Line Manager.

About you

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s five core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Relevant master's University Degree
  • Professional training in Human Resources Management
  • Minimum 7 years NGO experience and 3 years with People management.
  • Ability to develop clear goals and identify priority activities and assignments.
  • Demonstrated experience in the use of DRC Dynamics.
  • Strong communication and inter-personal skills demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Proven ability to manage large and varied workloads and deal constructively with stress and periods with long hours.
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines and work with limited supervision.
  • Pro-active, stable and robust character and a good team-player
  • Full professional proficiency in English
  • Proficiency in French is beneficial.


Contract: Salary and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for Staff ; Employment band M F

Duty station: Nairobi, Kenya

Availability: March 2023

Reporting Line: Regional Head of Support Services

Providing equal opportunities, We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply.

Promoting high standards : DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.

How to apply

Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, sent together with a CV, will be considered.

DRC only accepts applications sent via website on this link:

Please submit your application and CV in English no later than 7th March 2023.