Human Resources Officer

Reporting to: Human Resources Manager, ECA

Location: Hargeisa, with frequent travel

Type of position: L4 S1

Application closing: 30 November 2021


Interpeace is an international organization for peacebuilding that supports locally led peacebuilding initiatives around the world. Interpeace tailors its approach to each society and ensures that the work is locally driven. Together with local partners and local teams, Interpeace jointly develops peacebuilding programmes and helps establish processes of change that connect local communities, civil society, government and the international community.

As a strategic partner of the United Nations, Interpeace is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has offices around the world.

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 Position within the Organization                                                                                                                  

The HR Officer is a member of the Global Operations Unit which encompasses Finance, IT, Administration, Legal, Internal Audit and HR. The Global Operations Unit is led from the Headquarters office in Geneva, although team members are based in different locations around the world including in Bosnia, Côte d’Ivoire, Guatemala, Kenya, Switzerland, and Tunisia.

Under supervision from the HR Manager, ECA, the HR Officer maintains an efficient and effective human resources function at the designated region. S/he works closely with finance and programme teams to create a more efficient and effective human resources function for an agile, responsive, and high performance Interpeace.

 Purpose and General Overview                                                                                                                      

The HR Officer will be part of team that implements talent management and development interventions, key HR initiatives and the HR strategy to ensure that the frameworks are appropriate for and relevant in Somali programme, ECA context and overall Interpeace organizational objectives.

The HR Officer will also support the HR Administrative across the full HR spectrum, employment cycle management and ensure full compliance of human resources processes, procedures, rules, regulations, policies and strategies in accordance with Interpeace’s internal policies aligned to local regulations.

The HR Officer gathers HR information, exchanges and consults with all colleagues stationed in offices across the region/country for enhanced, relevant and contextualized human resources management. S/he provides professional guidance and counsel to colleagues in Somali programme about HR best practice in coordination with the HR Manager, ECA, and Talent Development and Training Officer.

The HR Officer retains a primary focus on diversity and gender equality and ensures these are reflected and promoted in all aspects of the work.

Duties and responsibilities

Specific Duties

  1. 1. Recruitment
  • Leads the implementation of the institutional recruitment frameworks, methodologies, workflows and policies that attract and secure high-performance talent.
  • Coordinates the recruitment of Somali-based positions, coordinates and participates in interviewing processes
  • Develop strong cooperation with hiring managers to understand their strategic staffing needs and fill vacancies in a timely manner with high caliber candidate
  1. Contracting and HR Administration
  • Drafts staff contracts and consultancy contracts in discussion with hiring managers and HR, ECA. This includes monitoring consultant fees for fair and coherent practices as per the established institutional workflows and processes.
  • Maintains complete personnel files for employees and manages employee records
  • Maintains the HR online platform (Natural HR up to date) for all employees
  • Manages the procurement of staff insurances as needed while adhering to the organization’s policies and procedures and is responsible for administering these appropriately
  • Collaborate and cooperate with the Finance team providing accurate information for payroll and ensure tax compliance with government authorities.
  1. Management of employee work cycle:
  • Serves as focal point for all personnel related issues in the Somali programme
  • Coordinates successful employee onboarding and set up for the Somali team, ensuring the timely provision of services to create the best possible experience for new starters
  • Together with HR Manager, ECA, manage specific issues of conflict or grievances related to HR organizational policy and procedure
  • Coordinate with HR Manager, ECA and other internal stakeholders and managers, employee separations including disciplinary processes, terminations and exit interviews. Ensures that all required paperwork is completed including relevant letters, PAF forms, End of Service form, Employee certificates, insurance notifications, and notification to relevant authorities
  • Oversees duty of care, employee wellbeing and the implementation of safety and security policies for the Somali team.
  1. Performance management and staff development
  • Support with the coordination of the performance management processes including performance planning, preparing performance documentation, coordinating meetings and providing guidance and support as needed
  • Monitors the completion of the performance management framework and reports on progress to HR Manager, ECA.
  • Supports the Talent Development and Training Officer with collecting staff development needs from ECA and supports the implementation of staff development initiatives and policy that optimize performance, strengthen transformational leadership, change management and innovation, as well as continuous improvement of capabilities
  1. 5. Compensation and Grading
  • Implements the institutional frameworks and policies in the region that facilitate fair, consistent, and coherent salary levels and job grading
  1. Job description
  • Under the supervision of the HR Manager ECA provide input and ensure all Job descriptions are up to date and accurate.


  • Continuously monitors and stays up to date with the latest legislative and employment regulations of the different Somali administrations, informing HR Manager ECA on any misalignment with legislative compliance and ensuring that HR practices and policies in ECA are aligned with local regulations
  • Collects HR information from the region and provides recommendations to HR Manager, ECA to address shortfalls and maintain what’s working well
  • Recommends to HR Manager, ECA any HR process enhancements, improvements in policies and procedures and any other innovation changes that would optimize HR management at Interp
  • Ensures that Interpeace’s values are integrated into the organization’s way of working, are embraced and communicated to
  • Complies with and champions all workplace health and safety policy and procedures while taking reasonable care at work to ensure safety. Any hazards observed should be reported to the line manager and HR Manager ECA

Scope and impact

  • Responsibilities and objectives are assigned with some latitude for administrative decision-making using defined guidelines from the direct manager, the HR strategy, policy, signed/agreed documentation and administrative directives. Unusual problems are discussed with supervisor for clarification, conclusion or escalation.
  • Informs and interprets HR policy and practice for validation
  • Provides functional advice and HR guidance to the Somali programme team with some control responsibilities for maintaining standards
  • Work conducted by the HR Officer impacts all employees in the Somali programme and overall institutional policies, processes and practices related to Human Resource

Planning & Implementation

  • Informs and supports the design and planning of the HR strategy
  • Responsible for achieving HR deliverables in line with operation plans and budget requirements and maintains and implements HR procedures in accordance with the policy
  • In conjunction with stakeholders, conduct risk assessments and escalate in accordance with risk framework
  • Executes institutional streamlined processes, practices, programmes and working methods to effectively attract, develop and retain a high performance and diverse workforce in Somali programme
  • Provides regular updates to ensure that HR and employment policies are in line with local regulations and the strategic direction of the organization.

Qualifications: Education

  • First level University degree in Human Resources, psychology or organizational psychology or equivalent experience in a human resources role


  • Minimum of 4 years of experience in a human resources role
  • Minimum 2 years of experience providing advice and support across all levels of an organization
  • Experience in fully spectrum of employment cycle recruiting and facilitating the onboarding of staff
  • Experience in development and implementation of HR strategy and Human Resources administration
  • Experience formulating HR procedures and ensuring staff understanding and engagement


  • Understanding of the Labor regulations that guide employer/employee relationship
  • Good understanding of and ability to apply human resource management theories and principles
  • Basic understanding of the latest developments and trends in HR
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder engagement skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work autonomously with high attention to detail across all areas of human resources in a high-volume, fast-paced environment
  • Personable and professional approach, able to deal with confidentiality and be technologically savvy
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Somali language are required.

Interpeace Competencies

  • Collaboration and Weaving
  • Communication
  • Drive for results
  • Adaptability and Continuous Learning
  • Respect for Diversity

Other assets

  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification and/or other HR certificate
  • Experience with non-profit or international organizations
  • Sound knowledge of gender equality challenges as they relate to the work environment and employment

Success Factors

  • Has a broad HR background and understanding
  • Identifies with and is committed to Interpeace’s core values and working principles
  • Commitment to inclusiveness
  • An innovative, critical thinker with extensive problem-solving skills

How to apply

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their application to

The position will remain open until a suitable candidate would be identified. Please apply early.

 “Human Resources Officer, Hargeisa” MUST BE included in the subject line of the application email to be considered. The CVs will be reviewed on rolling basis, please apply early. The application must include:

  • a complete curriculum vitae
  • a letter of interest
  • an acknowledgement letter, answering the following questions:
  1. Have you ever been criminally convicted or subject to any criminal or administrative penalty by any competent authority? If yes, please specify:
  2. Have you ever been terminated or separated (e.g. contract termination, dismissal, non-renewal) or subject to any disciplinary measure or sanction by your employer for fraud, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse?
  3. Have you ever resigned while under investigation or during disciplinary proceedings?


Confirming the following declaration of understanding:

I confirm the accuracy of the information provided, with the understanding that Interpeace will conduct reference checks to verify relevant information.

I understand that if any false or misleading information is provided in my application, or any material fact suppressed, I may not be employed, of if I am employed, I may be dismissed.

Interpeace values diversity among its staff and aims to achieve gender equality both through gender parity at all levels of the organisation and the promotion of a gender dimension in all its work. We welcome applications from women and men, and those with disabilities.

Please note that due to high volume of applications, ONLY short-listed candidates will be contacted.