25 Aug 2014

Senior Human Resources Specialist Job Vacancy

icipe – African Insect Science for Food and Health is an intergovernmental organisation funded by governmental aid agencies, UN organisations and private foundations to carry out research and training in environmentally sound and sustainable management of arthropods for improving health and agricultural productivity in the tropics.

icipe has 400 staff to support its research and capacity building programmes located at various sites in Kenya and Ethiopia.

icipe wishes to urgently recruit a suitable person to fill the position of Senior Human Resources Specialist in the Human Resources Section, Finance and Administration Department.

Ref. No. NRS/72/082014

The position is tenable in Nairobi, Kenya at the icipe Duduville campus.

This is a two-year contract, with a possibility of extension after successfully completing a six-month probation period of the first contract.

A competitive compensation package will be offered to the right candidate.

Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.

Overall purpose of the job: 
To provide specialist support on the whole range of human resources functions, and in this regard, play a leading role in the automation and transfer of all HR functions into a new IMIS (ERP).


  • Be the lead person in the automation of HR functions of the Centre.
  • Ensure that the current HR system is in sync with the new system to be implemented.
  • Administer the medical scheme for Professional Staff through an offshore provider.
  • Manage the induction programme of all new employees.
  • Ensure personnel records in HRIS are properly maintained.
  • Review and update all HR policies.
  • Coordinate the training strategy and all OHS activities of the Centre;
  • Ensure all HR policies and procedures are automated and posted on the intranet and are regularly updated.
  • Provide professional support to the Human Resources Manager in all areas of Human Resources.
  • In liaison with Principal Scientists and F& A Managers, draw up succession plans for all strategic positions of the Centre.
  • Knowledge required for performing the job:
  • Solid knowledge and experience in HR functional areas.
  • Ability and confidence to engage and influence staff at all levels.
  • Strong analytical, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Previous experience with an automated HR system is a requirement.
  • Computer proficiency in productivity applications used for word-processing, database, presentation, spreadsheet and e-mail (e.g. MS Office, Outlook, Word, Power Point, Excel, Access) is essential.
  • Ability to work within tight deadlines and with minimum supervision is an added advantage.


  • An advanced degree in human resource management or any other business related course, followed by any other HR specialist training from a recognised university or institution.
  • Other additional training in HR functions will be an added advantage.
  • At least 8 years’ hands on experience at a senior level in a busy HR environment, preferably in an international organisation.

Other desirable attributes:

  • High degree of organisation, adaptability and prioritisation.
  • Track record of exemplary leadership qualities is essential.

This position reports to the Human Resources Manager.The selected candidate should be available to start as soon as possible.How to ApplyAll applications must arrive via email on or before the 3rd September 2014.

Please quote the job reference number NRS/72/082014 on the email subject line.

Interested applicants should submit:
a confidential cover letter,
detailed CV with names and addresses of 3 referees (including e-mail addresses, fax numbers), and
a one-page write-up on how you consider yourself suitable for the job,

icipe is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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