Senior Regional Human Resources Specialist Job in Kenya

 Job Title: Senior Regional Human Resources Specialist

Hiring Organization: Research Triangle Institute
Location – Locality: Nairobi
Location – Region: Kenya
Industry: Research
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: KES
Date Posted: 05/07/2024

Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector. As a not-for-profit, independent research institute based in North Carolina, USA, RTI has roughly 6,000 employees with global experience implementing international development projects. RTI’s Sustainable Growth & Resilience (SG&R) technical unit within the International Development Group brings together RTI experts and capabilities across food security, agriculture, energy, environment, water, governance, and economic opportunity. SG&R will leverage RTI’s experience designing and delivering multisectoral programming and technical solutions to respond to climate change, build resilience, and promote economic growth around the world.

Position Description

Reporting to the Senior Regional Human Resource Manager, the Senior Regional HR Specialist is responsible for managing HR Administration for designated projects in the region; including coordinating effective delivery of HR services and HR programs and initiatives; interpreting and applying HR policies, rules and regulations; facilitating consistent application of internal RTI procedures and process in compliance with designated countries labor law. Promotes a collaborative environment with other HR stakeholders and RTI Centers of Excellence with a focus on a project-oriented approach and a contribution to maintaining a positive employee experience and high morale. He/she supports implementation of RTI Global HR initiatives, local labor law compliance, RTI employee benefits management, and effective employment administrative process. Supports project HR initiatives to attract, develop, motivate, and retain the most suitable talent for the projects and facilitates a successful performance excellence environment.


  • Provide operational HR support to all Regional Office staff including full cycle HR management and compliance.
  • Designated resource for HR Information System training and continued field HR teams’ support.
  • Facilitate project HR planning process for effective HR programing and adaptation of Global HR initiatives.
  • Implement HR programs for designated projects in areas of; talent development, compensation and benefits, talent management and any other HR initiatives for the Africa Region projects.
  • Review and approve Employment Administration requests in HRIS and other systems for designated countries/projects/assignments.
  • In collaboration with Talent Acquisition team, support project recruitment in the region; including assisting with the development of Job Descriptions, posting vacant position on RTI recruitment system (iCIMS), responding to applicants, short listing, interviewing, and completing the full cycle of recruitment and selection.
  • Facilitate orientation and induction of staff, provide information to staff members on their employment conditions and entitlements, including on-entry briefing.
  • In consultation with Regional HR managers, assist in fostering of project staff learning initiatives, recommending capacity building on short-term courses that are beneficial to the project team, and in accordance with RTI University course availability and individual learning plans.
  • Review employee learning material and relevant tools for inclusion on translation and ensure diversity and inclusivity for all RTI HR programs.
  • Support the Regional Human Resource managers in coordinating regional activities such as due diligence, performance management, compensation & benefit reviews, HRIS projects, HR assessments, capacity building, training, etc.
  • Facilitate Private Medical Insurance (PMI) and other staff benefit vendor engagement for designate projects including other staff benefits such as Work Injury Benefits (WIBA), Group Life Insurance (GL) etc.
  • Working in concert with Snr Regional Human Resource Manager to review, disseminate and ensure full compliance of HR policy guidelines, employee handbooks, benefit summaries, salary scales etc. and ensures they are compliant with local labor laws.
  • Collaborate with key HR stakeholders and Centers of Excellence (COE) to facilitate compliance with USAID rules and regulations, RTI policies, values, ethics, procedures and strategies, and internal control framework and proper functioning of the HR policy framework.
  • Support project leaders and HR representatives on the full cycle of HR management as a generalist for projects without designated HR professionals.
  • Maintain HR files (including non-personnel files) and compile HR tools as appropriate.
  • Serve as backup to Project HR Managers on project HR administration in the region.
  • Focus on continuous innovation for improvement of HR programs as a valued member of the Africa HR team.
  • Complete special projects and perform other duties as required.


  • MA degree and 6 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience working with HRIS applications is desired.
  • Working knowledge of and experience in local labors and employment laws and legal resources in the Region
  • Familiarity with international development systems and policies.
  • Ability to prioritize issues and make recommendations to policies.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with project staff, leaders, HR stakeholder as well as RTI clients.
  • Must be detail oriented and highly organized. Able to support and respond to the needs of the project HR teams as quickly as possible to enable consistent project service delivery.
  • Must work well in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Must have strong negotiation skills.
  • Must exhibit a flexible work attitude: the ability to work productively in a team environment and a matrix organization which requires the ability to meet unexpected demands.
  • Must possess strong computer skills: ability to work with Microsoft Office product suite and HR systems.
  • Strong writing and presentation skills in English languages, with ability to communicate well within and across diverse groups and perspectives. French language is an added advantage.
  • Must have the ability and willingness to travel outside country of residence as required.

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