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Human Resources Manager at OXFAM NIGERIA

OXFAM PURPOSE: To work with others to overcome poverty and suffering


Violence across the Lake Chad basin as a result of the emergence of the group Boko Haram in Nigeria and military operations against it over the past 7 years has escalated in recent months exacerbating an already dire humanitarian situation. Oxfam has been responding with Water-Sanitation-Hygiene Promotion (WASH) services in an emergency response in the North Eastern part of Nigeria since October of 2014. The project is expected to provide services to the Internally displaced people, host communities, and returnees in constructing and restoring WaSH facilities in those areas with high influx of Internally Displaced People and newly accessible areas to promote return to place of origin with the emphasis on construction of sanitation facilities and rehabilitation and construction of boreholes equipped with solar powered submersible pumps either hand pumps concomitant with a public health promotion/education program.

Position: Human Resources Manager

National C1 Position /Location: Country Office Abuja, Nigeria

Job Purpose:

The Human Resources Manager (HRM) supports the efforts of the Country Director (CD ) to determine how the workforce may be best managed and motivated, and their capabilities developed to enable the achievement of the Vision, to support growth, operating efficiency and effectiveness targets. The role, in addition, supports the envisioning, conceptualisation, design, development and delivery of Human Resources (HR) Systems, structures, processes and policies across the entire organisation.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Strategic Human Resources

Develops and implements the HR Country strategy and ensures alignment with the Oxfam Country Strategy.

Develops and maintains a comprehensive, integrated and effective Human Resource Management Framework (systems, policies, procedures and periodic plans) covering: Human Resources Policies, Staff Planning, Recruitment, Selection and Deployment, Performance and Reward Management, Learning & Development, Succession Planning and Employee Consultation; ensures all systems and policies address imperatives and remain aligned with the country office’s strategic direction.

Drives efforts to build a high performing team of leaders with an appreciation of country strategy, programme operations, execution excellence, performance management and people development requirements in forging the emergence of One Oxfam.

Confer with management to implement a workforce planning system by identifying future staffing needs, including key competencies to support the attainment of Country Office objectives.

Oversees staff planning and employee cost budgeting processes to ensure all resource requirements are based on periodic strategic/program plans and are justified vis-a-vis income and spend estimates.

Develops a well-formulated and effective succession planning framework (to include e.g. career growth opportunity identification, as well as the targeted development, mentoring, career counselling at all levels).

Monitors industry salary and benefit levels and movements and recommend adjustments to ensure fair and equitable rewards package that is in line with the Oxfam Reward Principles working in collaboration with the Reward Shared Service Centre.

Identifies, builds and manages relationships with high-value external HR Management support organisations, to share knowledge and practices that add value to Learning and Development, Employee Relations, Compensation Strategy and Culture change.

Nurtures the relationship with the Staff Association to ensure workplace harmony and peace, as well as effective partnership in the identification of attendant employee issues; conduct periodic office climate assessments and advise management as appropriate on appropriate solutions and achievement of high levels of employee morale, commitment and performance.

Monitors the national and local context and labour environment and advise on how Oxfam can remain relevant, compliant and competitive

HR Administration

Develops and implements a comprehensive, accurate and adequate Personnel information (through a modern Human Resource Information Management System) system for employee decision-making efforts.

Coordinates the recruitment process for the Nigeria Office. This includes placing adverts, dealing with responses and correspondence, facilitating the short listing and interviewing process; where necessary taking part in the interviews.

Reviews, analyzes and checks payroll forms and reports for accuracy and makes necessary adjustments or corrections.

Liaises with peer agency HR networks as well as all OI HR shared services and Oxfam HR teams to share knowledge and practices that add value to the HR function and ways to strengthen team management processes.

HR Policies and Employment Law Advisory

Reviews, improves and leads on the application of HR policies and business processes for the Country Office, in line with Oxfam and Oxfam Novib polices, so that they meet the needs of the organisation and its legal obligations. This will include but not limited to: recruitment & selection, reward management, health and safety, records and management information, diversity, employee relations and learning & development.

Provides advisory support to the CD and other managers on employee relations matters. Leadership, Coordination and Capacity Building

Leads annual performance management activities (i.e. performance planning/target setting, performance monitoring and periodic performance appraisals); ensures employee performance results adequately reflect corporate and departmental performance levels.

Tracks competency levels against requirements, works with line managers to determine gaps and ensure adequate and effective training and personnel development programs are in place to provide staff with the competencies (skills, knowledge and personal attributes) required for success in their current and future planned roles.

Organisational Climate and Change Management

Coordinates periodic organisation effectiveness and culture climate surveys to obtain feedback on areas including adequacy of employees’ understanding and alignment with strategic direction, corporate objectives, organisational issues and risks, general staff morale, management style and the overall culture of the country office; initiates programs to address issues so identified

Education and Competence:


  • First degree in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Administration etc. or other relevant field
  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, Public Administration, or other relevant discipline.
  • Qualified/certified/member of a recognised HR management professional body
  • Minimum of 8 years senior HR Practitioner experience: 3 years of managerial level in Human Resources Management Systems and Processes (Organisation and Job Design; HR Policy; Concepts of Nigeria Labour Law; Staff Planning; Recruitment, Selection & Deployment; Performance Management; Career Development & Succession Planning; Change Management; Compensation Strategy and Reward Management; Employee Discipline; Employee Consultation; Nigerian Labour Law & Convention, Local & International Best Practices in Human Resource Management and Human Resource Information Systems Management) within a reputable and structured environment.
  • Critical focus on providing a superior service level to managers and colleagues and delivering agreed results within time and budget constraints and to expected standards
  • Good organisational and personal management skills, with ability to prioritise work issues to meet deadlines with minimal supervision and adjust to constantly changing situations while maintaining focus on delivery and follow-through
  • Ability to represent Oxfam in a professional and competent manner with external individuals and organisations.
  • Well-developed conceptual, critical, and analytical thinking with the ability to convey complex information in a straightforward way and influencing this to a wider audience
  • Proven experience as a team worker and demonstrably cooperative with members of other teams, responding quickly and accurately to queries and issues
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal English) and the ability to write clear, concise reports.
  • Strong analytical skills and experience using a computerised information management system (Ms Word, Excel, HR System/software etc.)
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s overall aims and policies and experience of promoting women’s rights and the interests of marginalized people in all aspects of Oxfam’s work


  • Knowledge and /or experience of common Oxfam norms objects, standards and tools
  • Knowledge or appreciation of Nigeria in terms of its political, economic and social trends plus a good understanding of the key development and humanitarian issues in the region

How to Apply:

Candidates interested in any of these positions should please email an application letter and Curriculum vitae as one attachment to vacancies-nigeria@oxfamnovib.nl with the position title as the subject of the email. Completed applications should reach us before Wednesday 15th March 2017. Applications sent in the required format will be considered and only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Equal Opportunity:

“Oxfam is an equal-opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, etc.”

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