Danish Refugee Council Job in Nigeria for HR Managers

The Danish Refugee Council / Danish Demining Group (DRC/DDG) has been
operational in West Africa since 1998. Our aim is to contribute to the
peace and stabilization, protection and promotion of durable solutions
to crisis affected populations in the region.
The overall strategic
objective of the programme is to support peace and stabilization,
protect and promote durable solutions to conflict affected populations
in Nigeria, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinée, and Mali on
the basis of humanitarian principles and fundamental human rights.

DRC/DDG operations are focused on Yola and Mubi in Adamawa State and
Maiduguri in Borno State and from there we will focus on meeting the
basic needs (protection, MRE, WASH, food security, livelihood and
NFI/shelter) of urban caseloads as well as supporting outreach to
affected areas and displacement camps.

The Danish Refugee Council is recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: HR Manager (Expatriate Position Only)
About the Job

  • The role advises management on strategic HR issues, and leads
    and coordinates the implementation of HR activities throughout the
    country, in line with DRC’s global and regional HR policies and
  • You will ensure the proper set-up and staffing of the HR function to deliver effective services to managers.
  • The position is the senior-most HR function in the country. You
    will report to the Country Director and coordinate work planning and
    activities closely with the Regional HR Manager for West Africa and/or
    the International HR Team in HQ.
  • You will have a dotted-line supervision role for all national staff with HR responsibilities.

In particular, you will have the following responsibilities:  

  • People planning: advise management on planning to ensure proper
    forecasting of staff needs (profiles, numbers, etc.), and succession
  • Well-Being: Ensure tailoring and implementation of global and
    regional well-being guidelines and policies for R&R, staff housing
    and working conditions.
  • Contract management, compensation and benefits: Ensure
    compliance with local labor laws and creation of national HR manual that
    is compliant with local law and DRC rules and regulations. Implement
    regional payroll system within country. Ensure contract management
    procedures in place for national staff.  
  • Compliance: Monitor compliance with global and regional HR
    policies and procedures, and report non-compliance to management, and
    Regional HR Manager.
  • Disciplinary Measures: In case of misconduct ensure that an
    appropriate response is defined and that it will be based on an
    investigation clarifying responsibility and reason for misconduct.
  • Recruitment: implement global/regional recruitment guidelines,
    lead recruitment for select positions (discussed and agreed with
    Regional HR Manager and management), ensure systems are in place for
    onboarding of new staff
  • Performance: support managers to implement probation period
    management feedback and annual appraisals, implementing global and
    regional guidelines. Advise managers to deal effectively with poor
    performance. Escalate cases, as necessary, to HQ (contract owners for
  • Development: Support and advise management on development
    opportunities for expatriate and national staff, in line with global and
    regional guidelines.
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About You

  • At least 3 years of experience in HR management, out of which at least 1 in international position;
  • At least 1 year experience working with an international humanitarian or development organization; preferably in the field.
  • Proven ability to plan long-term, organized priorities and work
    under administrative and programmatic pressures with detail orientation
    and professional grace;
  • Highly collaborative and able to establish positive working
    relationships with senior level management and all other stakeholders to
    maximize cooperation and productivity;
  • Strong proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required.
  • Demonstrable strategic HR experience (global workforce planning, development of HR processes);
  • Experience in working in complex, fast-changing and volatile contexts;
  • Excellent management, interpersonal and negotiation skills and a
    demonstrated ability to promote harmonious/cohesive teamwork, in a
    cross cultural context;


  • Experience working in Nigeria and/or West Africa

All employees should master DRC’s core competencies:

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

We Offer

  • Expatriate Contract
  • Contract length: 1 year
  • Level: A14
  • Designation of Duty Station: The position is based in Abuja,
    Nigeria, with travel expected within the country (around 30%). This is
    an unaccompanied position within a non-family duty station.

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

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Application Deadline  16th November, 2016.


  • All applicants must send a Cover letter and an updated CV’s (no
    longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this
    vacancy note. CV only applications will not be considered.
  • If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact: job@drc.dk

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