Regional Human Resource Business Partner, Africa

International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
  • Location
    Nairobi, Kenya
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 25

Position description

Reporting to the Global Head of HR (with a dotted line reporting to the Regional Director, Africa), the Regional HR Business Partner (HRBP) will have responsibility for all aspects of human resources for the Africa region (Kenya, Uganda, South Africa). These may include but are not limited to employee engagement, organizational design, employee relations, performance and reward management, recruitment, job evaluations, compensation, training and development, policies and procedures, and benefits in compliance with local country and organizational requirements. The HRBP will also be responsible for working with the Africa Management team (AMT) and staff on employee relation issues, leadership development, policy interpretation, etc. The ideal candidate will partner with the AMT and Human Resources team in New York HQ to ensure organizational strategy and goals are being supported by local HR programs and practices relevant to the region. This role requires strategic and operational expertise with the ability to communicate change and engage employees and managers alike to create an inspiring great place to work office culture.

Specific Responsibilities:

  •  Function as an HR business partner for IAVI in Africa, developing and effectively communicating HR policies and procedures consistent with the philosophy and culture of IAVI, while ensuring local practices, laws and regulations are adhered to. 
  • Close partnership with the Regional Director and leadership teams in aligning global people strategy to achieve strategic business priorities. 
  •  Manage the staff recruitment (in coordination with Recruiting Manager from NY HQ) and consultant hiring process locally including onboarding, participating in the workplans and budgeting processes to ensure realistic workforce planning for the Africa region.
  • Ensuring all contractual agreements in the region are in line with the local laws.
  • Assist managers in developing and regularly review and update job profiles and descriptions to ensure roles and responsibilities are clear for each position.
  • Manage development programs that support talent development and retention
  • Proactively identify and handle employee relations issues with a focus on conflict resolution while ensuring fair and consistent treatment of employees in the region. Analyze employee relations trends, provide periodic detailed reports, and propose methods for improvement.
  • Continuous review of Human resources policies to ensure they support best practice and compliance with local laws
  • Manage reward and compensation programs, overseeing the implementation of compensation and benefits strategies including administering and managing employee welfare insurance programs and pension plans. Review compensation and ensure benchmarking practices are followed and remain competitive with external market. 
  • Preparation of and monitoring of the Regional HR budget in alignment with NY HQ overall HR budget.
  • Preparation of relevant regional human resources management reports for census, benefits, compensation, separation, recruiting, etc.
  • Manage the collection, storage and update of staff records including supporting and managing regional employee data within our global HR system. 
  • Support managers to maintain positive staff relations, providing specialist advice, coaching and practical support.
  • Work with the Finance and Operations teams and local counsel in each country to ensure compliance with the local employment, tax and corporate laws
  • Any other comparable duties and tasks that may be assigned by the Regional Country Director or the Global, VP Human Resources in the general support of IAVI activities worldwide.
  • Partner closely with the HR team in NY HQ office on global processes and initiatives (goal setting, performance management, compensation cycles, engagement surveys, talent management, training, recruitment, onboarding, offboarding, etc). May get involved with HR programs for other offices globally. 
  •  Provide training to managers and staff on HR related programs and initiatives
  • Facilitate orientation, onboarding and offboarding, recruitment for all Africa staff
  • Liaise with our Clinical Research Center partners in Africa to share tools, learning opportunities and to help strengthen their HR practices especially in critical compliance areas for IAVI.


  • Demonstrated proficiency in partnering with and influencing business leaders as well as all staff at varying levels 
  • An understanding of priority-setting, resource management and the bridge-building required to develop enduring working relationships and instilling trust
  • A confident, clear and conscientious communicator – who can work effectively with key stakeholders and members of staff at all levels of seniority 
  •  Excellent written and verbal English communication skills.
  • The position requires critical thinking skills, detail orientation and a strong professional demeanor. Confidentiality and discretion is a must
  •  Excellent analytical, decision-making, and problem-solving skills.
  • Must be able to juggle multiple assignments, meet deadlines, work flexibly in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, and maintain a sense of perspective.
  • The position requires a fair-minded, people-oriented and caring individual with excellent interpersonal skills and sensitivity to diversity.
  • Must be able to balance employee needs and concerns with organization policies and business management concerns.
  • It requires a highly motivated individual with a strong customer service orientation and a demonstrated commitment to IAVI’s organizational values and credo.
  • Ability to work in a global matrix-management environment.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision in a multi-cultural environment with multiple stakeholders competing for HR attention.
  •  Knowledge of HR information Management Systems and proficiency in MS Office packages. Strong ability to utilize powerpoint and excel is preferred. 
  • An energetic strategic and dynamic individual who embraces change.
  • Have a sense of humor, flexibility and humility.

Job qualifications:

  •  Must have a strong foundation in HR with at least 7 years of experience in a progressive HR environment with at least 2 years in a regional HR capacity.
  • Bachelors in Business, Human Resources, Science or related field or equivalent experience.
  • Human Resources certification from the institute of Human Resources Management, Kenya is a plus in addition to other relevant HR credentials
  •  A solid understanding of labour laws and practices in East and Southern Africa.

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