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HR Coordinator at Danish Refugee Council


Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a Danish international non-governmental organisation, which promotes and supports durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees and internally displaced people all over the world. DRC is present in more than 30 conflict territories around the world assisting displaced people with shelter, food, income-generating activities, and a wide range of other assistance. It is of utmost importance for DRC to work in compliance with the DRC Accountability and Quality Management system and national legislations. Smooth, reliable and effective operational systems are preconditions for DRC to maintain its position as a trustworthy and reliable partner for our donors and an accountable organisation towards our beneficiaries.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:



Job Title: HR Coordinator

Locations: Yola (Adamawa)
Employment Type: Full-time
Availability: ASAP
Contract Type: Expatriate contract
Duty Station: Yola with fields travels
Reporting to: Head of Support Services
Supervised by: Regional HR Coordinator
Employment Period: 12 months
Salary and Benefits: Non-Management G, unaccompanied


  • Danish Refugee Council (DRC), and its Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding technical unit – the Danish Demining Group (DDG), has had an operational presence in Nigeria since 2015. DRC Nigeria is the largest DRC country mission in the West Africa region and one of the largest DRC country missions globally.
  • Currently, DRC delivers life-saving assistance and protection to vulnerable, conflict-affected populations including internally displaced persons, returnees and host communities in the areas of armed violence reduction, humanitarian mine action, livelihoods, nutrition and food security, protection, shelter and non-food items (NFI) and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in 30+ Local Government Areas (LGAs) across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states in northeast Nigeria.


  • The DRC Nigeria is looking to recruit an experienced, highly- qualified and enthusiastic professional to join our great Human Resources team in Nigeria.
  • This role is a key partner to the Head of Suppport Services role in order to ensure proper implementation and updating of DRC procedures and guidelines within the country with a focus on compliance and functionality. The role mainly oversees all support, research and/or technical guidance on HR issues in Nigeria. The role includes regular travels to field locations in Nigeria following a need assessment conducted by the Senior Management Team of Nigeria. The role also contributes to the development of country strategies which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks.
  • This position is a technical one, requiring consistent previous experience in a similar position. This position also requires solid knowledge in HR and safeguarding. This position also requires full professional proficiency in the English language.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the authority of the Head of Support Services, with strong supervision of the Regional Human Resources Coordinator, the HR Coordinator is a key partner to the Head of Support Services for managing all aspects of the HR function: she/he is responsible for providing HR technical guidance and support in the best possible way while providing accurate and easy to read/understand HR information.
  • The HR Coordinator will also ensure full mastering and technical support of the HR digital solutions (HR Manager, Homère, Dynamics) used by DRC in West Africa.

The Main Responsibilities
Recruitment and People Planning:

  • Work with senior management to identify needs for recruitments or replacements and come up with an action plan for each.
  • Draft and update an organizational chart for the Nigeria country mission on a monthly basis.
  • Contribute to project development on all aspects related to HR (organizational charts, narratives, etc).
  • Drive and support all recruitment processes for Nigeria while ensuring they are unfolding in strict compliance with DRC policies and principles.

Onboarding and Contracts:

  • Oversee the necessary steps, including the documentation, for the issuing of work contract and the smooth integration of the staff when and where needed.
  • Establish an onboarding process for the Nigeria country mission, taking into account the variety of roles, and oversee its global and systematic implementation to all new hires.
  • Oversee the regular updating of the visa tracker and follow-up with international staff and HR Office Abuja for visa renewal as well as with other administrative formalities.
  • Oversee the updating of the HR Master Data in Dynamics and contribute to the resource scheduling.
  • Ensure that staff receive a proper briefing on HR, Code of Conduct, and Conflicts of Interest when and where needed. The result is that they fully understand what is expected of them individually and collectively and from what they benefit.

Employee Well-Being:

  • Proactively respond to and manage performance counselling, employee grievances, and disciplinary issues as required, with a focus on building manager competency and ensuring compliance in terms of practice and documentation.
  • Act as an impartial mediator in disciplinary procedures and ensure it is administered in an equitable and fair manner, meeting all legal and labor regulations and requirements.
  • Contribute to the identification, launching, and technical assistance on staff well-being initiatives. Make sure that they are diverse enough and match the staff needs.
  • Ensure oversight and consistency in how well-being is implemented across the different field locations in Nigeria.

Compensations and Benefits:

  • Oversee the benchmarking of the compensation and benefits situation in Nigeria (Birches Group, local surveys with International NGOS, etc).
  • Perform the monthly payroll for Nigeria mission in a timely manner in close collaboration with the HR Team Leaders and the Roving HR Specialist when needed.
  • Work with the Nigeria Senior Management Team to establish who is eligible to an individual salary increase based on performance on a yearly basis.
  • Ensure oversight and consistency in how compensation and benefits are implemented across the different field locations in Nigeria.
  • Supervise the review of the Compensation and Benefits system when and where needed and apply strict confidentiality to that topic until senior management authorizes the communication about it.
  • Support communication and explication on that system upon request from Nigeria Senior Management Team.

HR Capacity-Building:

  • Oversee the provision of overall technical support and advice to the country HR teams on all aspects of the HR function in close collaboration with the Roving HR Specialist.
  • Act as the HR Focal Point for all audits. Contribute to the analysis and implementation of all recommendations regarding HR.
  • Advise on Nigeria legal framework.
  • Prepare and submit monthly, quarterly, and annual reports as per the fixed deadlines and provide ad hoc reports as required by management.
  • Oversee the review and continuous improvement of Human Resource’s processes, policies, tools and templates and draft/update as needed, providing feedback on areas for improvement.
  • Oversee the updating of any board/ sitrep linked with HR piloting in Nigeria.

Learning and Development:

  • Oversee the global and systematic implementation (and documentation) of Performance and Development meetings between managers and their team members.
  • When the employee’s profile and performance does not suit the position and its expectations, make sure to follow-up on the situation and guide managers into taking a proper course of action.
  • Work with senior management to enlist staff who are eligible to benefit from a learning and development opportunity. Keep track of that information and contribute to the successful and timely implementation of it.
  • Ensure oversight and consistency in how learning and development is implemented across the different field locations in Nigeria.
  • The responsibilities listed in this job advertisement are not exhaustive and may be readjusted according to operational needs by the Head of Support Services and the Regional HR Coordinator but will remain in line with the overall purpose of the role.
  • Oversee the development of the Learning and Development Country Strategy for Nigeria.
  • Supervise the editing and regular updating of a catalogue of development and learning opportunities from which staff in DRC Nigeria would benefit. Update it regularly with recommendations and collect feedbacks.

Required Qualifications
Required :

  • University degree, preferably in Social Sciences, Development Studies, Human Resources and International/Humanitarian Law, Communications or similar
  • Minimum 5 years’ working experience in Human Resources with at least 3 years in a senior Human Resources management role with an NGO
  • Minimum 2 years of experience working with INGOs and international organizations with the following sectors in their portfolio – protection, food security, WASH, shelter, NFIs, mine action, mine risk education, and armed violence reduction
  • Experience living and working in a cross-cultural, multi-sector, team environment
  • Ability to work well under pressure and in adverse conditions
  • Demonstrated commitment and strict adherence to confidentiality
  • Effective communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English and Knowledge of Hausa and/or other languages used in northeast Nigeria would be a plus.
  • Strong working experience with ERP -HR software solutions (Homère, Saga, other)
  • Proficiency in common computer packages i.e. Word, Excel, Power point etc
  • Experience and willingness to work in the field in volatile and insecure areas


  • Working knowledge of Homère, Dynamics and Talent Management (digital solutions for recruitments)
  • Experience within the private sector related to job counselling/ economic integration would be a plus
  • Post graduate HR certificate or coaching certificate

Required Skills & Qualities

  • Core Competencies of DRC:
    • Striving for excellence
    • Collaboration
    • Taking the lead
    • Communication
    • Demonstrating Integrity
  • Ability to work in a multinational and multicultural environment
  • Proven analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Exemplary sense of ethics in the workplace
  • Team-oriented & good sense of humor
  • Proactivity, with a sound commitment to teamwork and with a spirit of genuine collaboration
  • Excellent communication skills, as well as patience and politeness, are required
  • Multi-tasking and Organizational skills is a must
  • Adaptable and Flexible

Salary and Benefits
Non Management G, unaccompanied.



How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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General Regulations

  • The employee shall follow DRC instructions on safety, confidentiality and ethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Accountability Framework
  • Employee should not engage in any other paid activity during the DRC contract period without prior authorization
  • Employee should not engage in any activity that could harm DRC or the implementation of any project during the DRC contract period
  • Employee should not give interviews to the media or publish project-related photos or other material without prior authorization
  • Employee shall return all borrowed equipment for the project to DRC after the end of the contract period or upon request
  • All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English.
  • DRC provides equal opportunity in employment and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.
  • DRC encourages all applicants to apply and does not practice any discrimination in any recruitment process.
  • Due to the urgency of the position, DRC has the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline


Application Deadline  28th June, 2021.

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