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HR Manager, Recruiting Manager and Recruiting Officer Jobs in Kenya

Dynamic People Consulting is currently recruiting for one of its clients, Bridge International Academies. Bridge International Academies is a startup revolutionizing education across Africa with a truly unique business model and instructional program.

The company has launched a large-scale, franchise-like network of ultra low-cost, for-profit private primary schools in Kenya, and will expand across Africa. The schools profitably deliver high-quality education for less than $4 per child per month. Local school managers are able to operate their school businesses profitably, while creating a highly successful business at the central level.

This ensures that the school is not dependent on the vagaries of donor funding, but will rather continue to serve the communities as long as parents value the educational service we provide. To ensure the delivery of high quality education, Bridge International writes its own curriculum using Direct Instruction methodology. They also train and support their own teachers.

Bridge have already launched the first 12 schools in their network in the slums of Nairobi with tremendous success, and plan to rapidly scale the company to serve more than 1 million families in Africa.

1. Human Resource Manager - Generalist 

Duties include:

  • Working closely with departments, assisting line managers to understand and implement policies and procedures;
  • Promoting equality and diversity as part of the culture of the company;
  • Liaising with a wide range of people involved in policy areas such as staff performance, and health and safety;
  • Recruiting staff - this includes developing job descriptions and person specifications, preparing advertisements, checking application forms, short listing, interviewing and selecting candidates;
  • Developing and implementing policies on issues such as working conditions, performance management, equal opportunities, disciplinary procedures and absence management;
  • Advising on pay and other remuneration issues, including promotion and benefits;
  • Undertaking regular salary reviews;
  • Administering payroll and ensuring the maintenance of updated employee records;
  • Interpreting and advising on Kenya labour laws and initiating and overseeing a review of all employment contracts;
  • Dealing with grievances and implementing disciplinary procedures;
  • Developing HR planning strategies with line managers, which consider immediate and long-term staff requirements in terms of numbers and skill levels;
  • Planning, and sometimes delivering, training, including inductions for new staff;
  • Analysing training needs in conjunction with departmental managers.
  • Develops and documents HR manual, policies and directives
About You:

HR Role - Business and Strategic Partner

In this role the HR manager need to think of themselves as a strategic partner and contributes to the development of and the accomplishment of the organization-wide business plan and objectives.

The HR business objectives are established to support the attainment of the overall strategic business plan and objectives. The tactical HR Manager is deeply knowledgeable about the design of work systems in which people succeed and contribute.

This strategic partnership impacts HR services such as the design of work positions; hiring; reward, recognition and strategic pay; performance development and appraisal systems; career and succession planning; and employee development.

HR Role: Employee Advocate

As an employee sponsor or advocate, the HR manager plays an integral role in organizational success via his or her knowledge about and advocacy of the employees. This advocacy includes expertise in how to create a work environment in which people will choose to be motivated, contributing, engaged and happy.

Fostering effective methods of goal setting, communication and empowerment through responsibility, builds employee ownership of the organization. The HR professional helps establish the company culture and climate in which people have the competency, concern and commitment to serve customers well.

In this role, the HR manager provides direction and advice to Heads of Department on organization development interventions, due process approaches to employee complaints and problem solving, and regularly scheduled communication opportunities.

HR Role: Change Champion

The constant evaluation of the effectiveness of the company results in the need for the HR professional to frequently champion change. Both knowledge about and the ability to execute successful change strategies make the HR professional exceptionally valued.

Knowing how to link change to the strategic needs of the organization will minimize employee dissatisfaction and resistance to change.

The HR Manager contributes to the Company by constantly assessing the effectiveness of the HR function. He or she also sponsors and supports change in other departments and in work practices.

2. Recruiting Manager (HQ) 

About this position

Bridge International Academies is looking for an individual who will be responsible for providing the highest level of HQ staffing services. 

This position delivers high quality professional candidates while guiding hiring managers and candidates through the selection process. A wide degree of creativity, near and long-term recruiting vision, head hunting, business understanding and personal organization is required. 

It is critical to our success to be able to design and manage streamlined selection, recruiting, and hiring processes to find the right people and to do so in a cost-effective manner. It is the role of the Recruiting Manager (HQ) to lead this process.

More specifically:
  • Confer with senior managers to identify personnel needs, workforce planning strategies, and search assignments
  • In coordination with hiring managers, undertake job analysis and write detailed job descriptions ensuring an understanding of job duties and responsibilities
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with recruitment leaders in Kenya, community organizations, and other team members to create a partnership that yields success
  • Leverage online recruiting resources to identify and recruit the very best candidates
  • Create and foster relationships with diverse professional organizations to attract and recruit diverse candidates
  • Review applications and credentials for appropriateness of skills, experience and knowledge in relation to position requirements
  • Prescreens candidates. Create and present prescreening questions to hiring managers for collaboration and approval
  • In coordination with hiring managers prepares candidates by providing detailed information on the company, the business strategy, department background, job descriptions and expectation-setting
  • Interviews all candidates presented for final interviewing by managers and includes the use of competency based interviewing techniques and methodologies
  • Organizes, leads and documents post-interview debrief/feedback with interview teams
  • Manages the presentation, selection, offer, negotiation, closing and administrative components of finalizing the recruitment process
  • Develops an effective pipeline of key talent potentially available for immediate hire as succession planning needs dictate
  • Stays informed of trends and innovative recruiting techniques in order to be competitive in recruiting practices
About You
  • Bachelor Degree in Human Resources, Communication, Administration, Marketing, Social Science or related discipline
  • Minimum of 5-8years experience in full lifecycle recruiting preferably for an organization with high volumes of new hires
  • An expert level of knowledge in recruitment including, but not limited to, sourcing, networking, assessing, job analysis, wage and salary trends, relationship management and due diligence
  • You are well experienced in headhunting for key positions
  • Must be able to manage competing demands, accept criticism and constructive feedback, while being extremely adaptable and flexible
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills are required
  • Ability to present new recruiting concepts to senior managers.
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit for a broad range of positions. Must have the ability to quickly learn systems (Bridge International uses Jobvite as an online tool for recruitment)
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately
  • Strong initiative and solid judgment skills/abilities
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office
3. Recruiting Officer (Schools) 

About this position

Bridge International Academies is looking for an energetic, dynamic individual to manage large scale recruitment drives for our schools which are located in the slum areas of Nairobi. Because of the eventual size of our operations, the company will eventually need to hire thousands of new teachers each year and hundreds of new school managers to manage this undertaking. 

It is critical to our success to be able to design and manage streamlined selection, recruiting, and hiring processes to find the right people and to do so in a cost-effective manner. It is the role of the Recruiting Officer to lead this process whilst overseeing a small support team.

Hiring responsibilities will include:
  • Teachers & School Managers from the slum communities where our schools are launched
More specifically:
  • Develop and execute recruitment plans in coordination with relevant departments- including activity flows, budgets and cost tracking and regular feedback on key aspects of the recruitment process
  • Evaluate and implement improved systems for HR processes and procedures specific to teachers and school managers in coordination with relevant HQ departments
  • Participate actively in the teacher and school manager forums together with school operations teams
  • Institute a system for capturing HR issues arising from the schools and provide a feedback mechanism for resolving challenges. Develop an automated system in coordination with the IT Department for monitoring the teachers hotline
  • Review current HR recruitment processes and recommend an efficient and streamlined work plan for screening multiple candidates in a single day for teachers and school manager positions
  1. Use existing and develop new screening assessments (for example, math and English tests, written applications, public speaking exercises, mock sales pitches, personality and aptitude tests)
  2. Evaluate and improve the process of administering, scoring and conducting final round of interviews with relevant department members
  3. Implementation of HR software solution to manage database, and hiring process and tracking, including database of CVs and contact info, results of interviews, etc
  4. Establish HR policies and procedures specific for teachers and school managers, provide an overview of benefits and entitlements and carry out an on boarding process.
  5. Represent HR in the Training Programme and facilitate sessions on appropriate policies, procedures and guidelines
  6. Conduct annual salary reviews if/when required in coordination with relevant departments
About You
  • Minimum of 5 years experience with recruiting and managing hiring processes for a company with high volumes of new hires
  • Bachelor Degree in either Human Resource Management, Administration, Social Sciences
  • Experience in managing human resource issues for a company with complex human resource needs
  • Systems-oriented, and have experience in developing systems and processes to manage a complex hiring process for many positions simultaneously
  • Strong ability to quickly understand what is required of a position, define the detailed requirements, and know how to source, screen and interview people who will fit that role.
  • Function well in a fast-paced, informal environment where constant change is the norm and the bar for quality is set high
Please send all applications to: Recruitment@dpckenya.com

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