Rewards & Grading Specialist Job in Kenya

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Rewards & Grading Specialist Job in Kenya

Rewards & Grading Specialist 

Work Location: Nairobi

Application deadline: 22nd January 2023

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organisation that provides assistance to people affected by war, conflict, natural disasters, outbreaks and epidemics or healthcare exclusion. The organisation now works in more than 70 countries around the world, with significant projects across East African countries including in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.


MSF EA provides administrative support to staff working in its Nairobi office, and with the diversity of its set up, being based in an operational environment while hosting other HQ office positions, it seeks to enhance its capacity towards having a sustainable structure and set up that would meet the needs and requirements of an increased mixed team comprised of staff directly and indirectly supporting or managing operations in the region and globally.

The section is currently updating various processes, policies and practices to be better adopted to the current needs and trends, while forward looking into the development of the Global staffing model which seeks to address issues on compensation and benefits that will emanate from have a global approach which ensures a fair, modest but also competitive rewards policy framework.

MSF EA will align its approach with the ongoing MSF rewards review project while adopting to local/contextual needs and requirements. This is aimed at providing a framework that enables us to have a consistent approach, promotes diversity and transparency needed in staff remuneration for various positions contracted by the office and meets the dynamic labor market requirements.

MSF EA conducted benchmark studies in 2021-2022, and with the current economic situation and trends (inflation & economic crisis), a short-term measure and decision will be considered while longer term changes, management & maintenance will be foreseen (Policy reviews). The Section seek to develop its current Function grid to ensure that it will be consistent with the current set up and align to the ongoing MSF HR Rewards review project (on the Global grading deliverable). This will enable MSF EA to have a consistent approach, promote diversity and transparency needed in grading of positions based in Nairobi HQ office.


The Rewards specialist will report hierarchically & functionally to the HR Director and he/she will work closely with other specialist and counterparts within and outside the Organisation.


The MSF EA Rewards Specialist will review the current rewards framework, Grading policy (based on Hay methodology) and develop new Policy for management and maintenance in the long term.

They will develop and implement short and long-term measures through Policy & guidelines, that will address rewards & compensation needs, ensure a transparent grading process and framework that identifies with the Section set up.

Duties & Responsibilities

Short term economic analysis/review

  • Analyse the benchmark report (s), economic trends and data based on current context and information to make proposals for short term adjustments and review. 
  • Propose a framework to be implemented for the Section aligned to the local and Global needs.

Rewards Policy development

  • Carry out engagement with staff, stake holders and actors towards development of Key policy changes.
  • Propose and deliver policy and guideline for the section that meets local context and is aligned with current and future trends in MSF and globally.
  • Provide tools, guidelines and procedures that would provide structure to the maintenance of the Rewards system/policy.
  • Provide input to the ERP/HRIS (Odoo) based on the policy & guidelines developed in order to ensure systems are adapted.  

MSF EA Grading Framework

Review and development of the Grading Framework.

  • Engage staff/stake holders for input & feedback.
  • Review and develop the Function structure & profiles for the Section set up. 
  • Producing guidelines and tools to support the implementation of the Global Grading Framework.
  • Propose a Support and maintenance structure/framework for the Section to oversee the management of the Job grading system.

Support & maintenance

  • Support dialogue amongst MSF entities and strengthen cooperation/interaction with movement on issues related to job evaluation.
  • Support Section HR technical team & hiring managers in their role on taking informed decisions on Job Grading.
  • Provide training and technical support to HR staff involved in the management/maintenance process. 
  • Provide tools, guidelines and procedures that would provide structure to the maintenance process.


  • Significant experience of working in an HR role, specifically on rewards & compensation area. Experience working with Hay and other grading methodology/tools is an advantage.
  • Experience of undertaking evaluations & analysis in different contexts
  • Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated ability to execute projects on time
  • Excellent numeracy and spreadsheet skills, including Microsoft Excel
  • Able to interact effectively at all levels in a complex international organization through excellent communication, negotiation and conflict management skills
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, facilitation and presentation skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision
  • Fluent in English; second MSF language(s) (Spanish, Arabic or French) an asset
  • Previous experience with MSF or another international NGO 

We Offer

A competitive full-time employment or consultancy contract as soon as possible through MSF East Africa Section Office in Nairobi.

Monthly Salary Range between 379,000 – 454,000 KES.

Other benefits include temporary Relocation support for non-Kenyan residents based on MSF EA terms/conditions.

How to apply

If you recognize yourself in this profile, we welcome you to apply directly via the link provided below.

Applicants are required to upload a letter of motivation + Curriculum Vitae (in English) in PDF format as one combined document.   


The closing date for applications is on 22nd January 2023.

Applications & interviews will be reviewed on a rolling/continuous basis during this period.

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