Human Resources Generalist Job in Kenya

Job Title: Human Resources Generalist

Hiring Organization: Rainforest Alliance
Location – Locality: Nairobi
Location – Region: Kenya
Industry: Non Profit
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: KES
Date Posted: 06/10/2024

Position summary:

At the Rainforest Alliance we are looking for a team builder and results oriented Human Resources (HR) Generalist to manage every aspect of the employee life cycle. The Kenya team is diverse and multicultural, with different educational and professional backgrounds. The team is also growing significantly and we are looking for a HR Generalist who has the ability to understand organizational goals and established HR practices and policies in order to foster a positive organizational environment that reflects Rainforest Alliance´s culture and values.

The HR Generalist, under the supervision of Country Director, Kenya/Tanzania is responsible for a broad range of HR functions related to payroll, benefits and entitlements, performance management, recruitment, onboarding, oversight of the maintenance of personnel files, compliance with both HR related internal rules and national legislation, and information held in the Human Resources Information System (HRIS) for all staff in Kenya. The HR Generalist works in close collaboration with the Director, People Operations, Senior People Business Partner and HR Advisor Africa for specific HR projects in relation to learning and development, performance and talent management and any other HR projects.


The Rainforest Alliance’s Core Values are Impact, Change, Collaboration, Openness and Trust and as such they form the basis of the behaviours we demonstrate:

Support recruitment processes in close collaboration with hiring managers and the Talent Acquisition team;

Ensure that onboarding and offboarding processes are well implemented, in close coordination with hiring managers;

Train new hires on HRIS system, and tools related to objective setting, performance management, learning and development;

Manage the monthly payroll and statutory deductions in liaison with the Finance & Administration Unit, and support the preparation and implementation of global payroll system;

Ensure that salaries (and benefits) are properly reported in HRIS;

Administer staff local and global benefits ensuring that local labour laws and guidelines are respected, and train staff on the same;

Advice the Country Director, Senior People Business Partner and HR Advisor Africa on issues related to non-compliance with HR guidelines and anticipate issues that may affect the delivery of HR services;

Support managers on development and performance management of their teams;

Keep the Employee handbook up to date in line with local labour laws and Rainforest Alliance rules and regulations;

Ensure that staff files are up to date following local and global guidelines;

Responsible for coordinating staff group activities such as team retreats/workshops and team buildings in collaboration with Finance & Administration unit;

Lead all aspects of general office management ensuring compliance with health and safety regulations for Nairobi and the satellite offices;

Provide HR administrative support for PEO countries in East and Southern Africa; and

Any other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in human resources management or related field;

Minimum 5 years’ relevant professional human resources experience required;

Knowledge and experience with Kenya employment law and the associated administrative requirements;

Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to interact culturally, linguistically, and diplomatically with diverse internal and external stakeholders;

Strong organizational skills to manage multiple priorities in a time sensitive manner;

High level of discretion and sensitivity when dealing with confidential matters;

Written and verbal proficiency in English;

Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook with experience in HRIS administration systems;

Must be a registered member of Institute of Human Resources Management (IHRM);

Ability to travel a minimum of 20% per year, nationally and internationally; and

Experience in a not-for-profit and international environment preferred.

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