HR Specialist at Danish Refugee Council 85 views0 applications

Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified HR specialist that is ready to support a growing programme to support Humanitarian needs in Nigeria.

About the job

This role assist the HR Manager to ensure compliance to DRC procedures and guidelines within the country. The role contributes to the development of country strategies (particularly on Learning & Development), which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks. The role provides support and/or technical guidance on HR issues when requested by the HR Manager. This function will also serve as the focal point for the forthcoming change management processes.Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

  • Lead on the development of the Learning & Development Nigeria Country Plan
  • Conduct Training Needs Assessments (TNAs) on a regular basis and collaborate with managers to ensure both international and national staff are provided relevant capacity building opportunities
  • Catalogue trainings that DRC Nigeria staff participate in and collect and analyze training reports submitted by staff
  • Develop, launch, and manage staff wellbeing initiatives
  • Manage the Meetings Tracker and disseminate weekly
  • Prepare and submit required reports as per the fixed deadlines
  • Assist the HR Manager with the monthly payroll as needed
  • In collaboration with the HR Manager, ensure that the performance appraisals are conducted
  • Assist in inducting training on Code of Conduct, Confidentiality, Conflict of Interest, etc. as needed
  • Assist in people planning activities (e.g. ensure job descriptions are in place for all roles)
  • Assist or drive recruitment processes as needed

About you

To be successful in this role we expect you to have a dynamic HR profile and ready to pull up the sleeves. Moreover, we also expect the following:


  • Advanced university degree (or bachelor level qualification with equivalent years of professional experience) in a relevant field such as social sciences, development studies, international / humanitarian law, communications or similar;
  • 2-3 years of professional experience in humanitarian emergency contexts
  • Knowledge and experience working with relevant sectoral areas implemented by DRC-DDG Nigeria programmes – including protection, food security, WASH, shelter, NFIs, mine action, mine risk education, and armed violence reduction;
  • Experience in leading change management processes;
  • Demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively in a multi-cultural environment with diverse staff;
  • Ability to live and work in an insecure and high-stress environment.


  • Knowledge of Homere, payroll system.
  • Knowledge of Hausa and/or other languages used in northeast Nigeria

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ 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 DRC’s vision and values.

We offer

Contract length: 1 year

Level: A16

Designation of Duty Station: Unaccompanied, Non-family duty station: Yola, Nigeria

Start date: ASAP

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies. For questions regarding the vacancy please contact [email protected].

How to apply:

Application process

Please visit our career pages to apply.

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.**

Closing date for applications: 29th of May, 2018

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact our job support at

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The Danish Refugee Council is currently implementing a broad range of activities relevant to conflict affected communities and persons. The activities are categorized in ten sectors:

Shelter and Non-food Items, Food Security, Protection, Income Generation, Coordination & Operational Services, Community Infrastructure & Services, Humanitarian Mine Action, Armed Violence Reduction (AVR), Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), and Education.

Here you can read some short exemplifications of what types of activities the respective sectors include:

Shelter and Non-food Items: Provision of emergency shelter, emergency cash grants, rehabilitation of housing, distribution of non-food items (NFIs) and provision of return and repatriation kits.

Food Security: Emergency food provision or food voucher programmes. Training and capacity development in agriculture, agricultural inputs (e.g. tools and seeds), agricultural grants.

Protection: Advocacy for the rights of displaced people in their context of displacement, child protection initiatives, individual protection assistance based on vulnerability, legal aid, land & property rights, sexual and gender-based violence prevention, registration services for the internally displaced and refugees, monitoring of rights and rights awareness-raising, facilitation of return and repatriation processes.

Income Generation: Business training and SME development, business grants, life-skills training, literacy and numeracy training, vocational training, micro-credit loans, savings groups, group enterprise development and facilitation.

Coordination & Operational Services: Coordination and management of refugee and IDP camps, active participation in UN cluster coordination, humanitarian surveys and studies, facilitation of NGO Networks focused on displacement solutions, capacity development, training and support to local NGOs, secondment of experts to UN emergency operations worldwide

Community Infrastructure & Services: Provision of physical infrastructure like roads, bridges, community centres, irrigation systems or other community structures, facilitation and training of infrastructure management groups at community level, facilitation and funding of community development plans, initiatives for disaster risk reduction at community level.

Humanitarian Mine Action: Manual or mechanical mine clearance, clearance of former battle areas, education for affected communities – with special focus on children on how to avoid harm from mines and UXO, surveys of expected and confirmed mined or UXO areas, explosive ordnance disposal and stockpile destruction, capacity building of national demining institutions.

Armed Violence Reduction (AVR): Education in procedures for safe storage and safe handling of small arms and light weapons (SALW), capacity building of institutions for safety, local and community level conflict management and mitigation.

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH): Emergency water supply, hygiene item distribution, hygiene information and education, construction of latrines, installation water points, wells and water storage. Water purification.

Education: Education grants and fee support, school feeding programmes, teacher training and support, school materials provision and construction or rehabilitation of school structures.

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