Regional HR & Administration Assistant Job in Kenya

Regional HR & Administration Assistant


The Kenya Red Cross Society hosts the Finnish Red Cross regional office in Kenya. The Nairobi-based office managed by the Head of Region for East African countries is composed of 15 staff members working for various African countries. East Africa, either integrated into the International Federation of the Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) or hosting national Red Cross or Red Crescent Society, (e.g., Kenya Red Cross Society, Ethiopia Red Cross Society, Somali Red Crescent Society).  


The key role of the Regional HR and Administration assistant is to support the Finnish Red Cross Helsinki headquarters (HQ) HR Unit and the Head of Region to ensure that all Finnish Red Cross East Africa staff members receive timely and effective assistance in human resource-related administrative issues, irrespective of the staff member’s contractual arrangements.


The basis for the successful management of the Regional HR and Administration assistant duties lies in thorough familiarization with the rules and regulations behind the different contractual arrangements. 

The Regional HR and Administration assistant assists the Head of Region/Country Manager and the HQ HR Officer in staff recruitment and following up on local contracting processes. She/he assists the Head of Region/Country Manager to settle in their respective mission countries by providing in-country (Kenya) or remote support to their in-country arrangements and supporting the onboarding by organizing briefings and ensuring new staff members are familiar with Finnish Red Cross administrative practices.

The Regional HR and Administration assistant assists the Head of the Region in updating in-country policies and practices, related to staff member housing, vehicle use, schooling, and health care services among other things. He/she will also support the Head of Region/Country Manager to manage the staff leave records, staff-related cost, and travel claims in a timely and accurate manner and assists the supervisors in monitoring HR costs in different countries.

As Regional HR and Administration assistant, she/he works in close contact with International Aid HR Unit staff members enhancing relevant information sharing between the regions and HQ.

 Key Responsibilities             

Key tasks of the Regional HR and Administration assistant include but are not limited to the following duties:

On local recruitments, liaises with IFRC or NS HR department: handling applications following up on the recruitment process, coordinating interviews, and following up on contracting processes.

On international staff deployments, makes practical arrangements before, during, and after the employment period including travel documents and entry visas, residential permits, security briefing bookings, and travel and accommodation arrangements.

Assists the Head of Region/Country Managers in settling new staff members to their duty station countries by arranging local briefings, insurance, staff equipment, and housing (in Kenya mainly), among other things as well as instructing on Finnish Red Cross HR and admin practices.

Assist the Head of Region and HQ HR in running effective HR and admin processes related to staff member work time and leave monitoring, management of travel and cost claims, monitoring staff costs, and ensuring different contractual terms are followed.

Supports the East Africa regional team in Nairobi in arranging visits, meetings, and team days in Kenya and liaising with the Kenya Red Cross on office-related issues.

Together with the HQ HR team, answer HR and administration-related queries and support the field staff members in the efficient use of Finnish Red Cross HR and admin-related online systems and processes.

Supports the Head of Region and HQ HR in any other HR or administrative issues as requested.                          



University/College degree in Human Resource Management related field


At least 2 years of experience in the field of Human Resource management and administration.

Practical experience and knowledge of key HR management processes (recruitment, contracting, onboarding, staff budgeting, and administration).

Experience in managing confidential and high-sensitive personnel data.

Experience in working in or volunteering for a Civil Society Organisation preferred, experience within the Red Cross Movement is an advantage.

Self-management within a distance management setup

Experience working for the Red Cross/Red Crescent or International Humanitarian agency.


Effective relationship management and teamwork skills with multicultural teams and contexts.

Excellent communication skills.

Excellent individual stress management skills and an eye for staff well-being.

Effective administrative and financial management skills.

Capacity to use different HR-related administrative and financial software independently and support their use.


Fluent in written and spoken English.

French is an advantage.

Personal skills   

Flexibility, and ability to adapt to changing working conditions and situations.

High intercultural and gender sensitivity, and resilience.

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Deadline closes: 8th November 2023