Head of People, Culture & Administration – Kenya

Practical Action is a global innovator, inspiring people to discover and adopt ingenious, practical ways to free themselves from poverty and disadvantage. With over 50 years of expertise, Practical Action has a strong heritage, and track record of bringing communities and experts together to find practical, sustainable solutions to enable people to meet their needs, which work for both people and the planet.

We are committed to advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment through all our work. This includes programmes, knowledge sharing, advocacy, external communications, and our own organisational development. At a minimum, we ensure that all our work is gender sensitive, seeking gender transformative approaches as our overall ambition and in accordance with context. We believe that the possibilities open to employees of Practical Action to participate and reach their full potential should not be defined by gender. Practical Action therefore seek to create an inclusive workplace for both women and men.

Reporting to the Country Director, the Head of People, Culture and Administration plays a leadership role in planning and delivering our ambition in people and culture, ensuring alignment to our global approach, and supporting management in strengthening our investment in people.

The post holder will provide operational expertise and leadership to the Country Office team across the full range of people matters and provide advice and guidance in line with our strategy, global standards, labour law and best practice approaches. The post holder will be directly accountable for the delivery of the Kenya Human Resource function. Additionally, the role provides oversight of the administrative processes, procedures, policies, and people across the Kenya office including the procurement, logistics and security function of the office.

The post holder will be accountable for partnering, coaching and supporting the Kenya team on all people related matters to enable good and inclusive people management, empowering managers to lead, and to deliver on the strategic ambitions of the Kenya office relating to people and culture. This will include identifying and leading on improvements to the day-to-day function as well as delivering on global initiatives projects such as Reward, Flexible Working, Induction and new global policies.

As an experienced Human Resources professional, you will have a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Human Resource Management, or similar discipline, 5 – 7 years of post-graduate working experience in human resource management and administration, knowledge in HR best practice and innovative new practices, ability to provide strategic inputs, Knowledge, understanding and application of employment law in Kenya, experience in Learning and Development of staff, office operations, organisational development, and institutional practices, Operational experience of working within a busy HR and Admin team environment providing timely and high-quality advice and work in all aspects of HR (recruitment, reward, employee relations, employment legislation, learning and development, change management, policies, and processes), knowledge and experience in application of gender equality principles in execution of the mandate is desirable.

A detailed Job Profile can be accessed through this link: https://practicalaction.org/careers/vacancies/head-of-people-culture-administration/

How to apply

If you are ready for an exciting challenge with an organisation whose mission and values are particularly relevant in these rapidly changing times, please forward your application, curriculum vitae and cover letter to: Practical Action, Kenya Office by email :recruitment@practicalaction.or.ke not later than 22nd March, 2023 indicating ‘Practical Action: Job Title Position’ in the subject line of the email. Your cover letter should outline why you feel this is the position for you and you are the right candidate. Please include the names of 3 referees in your CV.

Additional Information

Practical Action is an equal opportunities employer and we encourage applications from under-represented groups. We stay committed to cultivating an inclusive and diverse working environment and believe that people from different backgrounds or cultures give us different perspectives, and the more perspectives we have, the more successful we will be. By building a culture where everyone feels heard, respected and valued we give everyone working with us the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Practical Action is committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks.

The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to both live and work in Kenya. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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