Desired start date: ASAP
Duration of the mission: 6 months
Location: Dhaka with frequent field visits field visits (Cox’s, Teknaf, Satkhira, Bandarban)
Solidarités International (SI) opened its mission in Bangladesh at the end of 2007, following cyclone SIDR.
SI’s intervention and strategy in Bangladesh is to address primary needs of crisis-affected people in terms of food security, livelihood, disaster risk reduction (DRR), water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) and shelter, by making use of an integrated DRR approach and by taking into account the effects of climate change, whilst working in parallel on mid / long-term resilience strategies.
In line with the 2019/2020 country strategy, SI is focusing on 4 key strategic objectives:
- Responding to the most urgent needs of conflict and disaster affected populations;
- Strengthening the resilience of vulnerable communities to recurrent shocks;
- Strengthening communities’ capacities to access resources;
- Reducing marginalisation through inclusive programming.
In order to reach those objectives, SI Bangladesh focuses on the WaSH and FSL sectors, with the following crosscutting theme: integrated protection and resilience.
As of April 2020, the mission consists in 8 projects, which represent a budget of approx. EUR 6.5 millions. We are working with IOM, DFID, SDC, Europaid, ECHO, OFDA. We are operating from 5 different locations:
- 2 Coordination offices: Dhaka and Cox
- 4 Operational bases: Dhaka, Teknaf, Bandarban, Shatkira.
ABOUT THE JOB
WHY WE NEED YOU, AND WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING
As the HR coordinator, you are the Head of HR department for the Bangladesh mission. It means you are the focal point for all Admin / HR-related activities on the mission – international and national admin / HR. As such:
- You carry the analysis of the demographic, socio-economic context, work market and labor law changes
- You ensure the implementation and respect of SI’s admin / HR policies (international and national), as well as the compliance to donor obligations, and Bangladeshi labor law
- You oversee the admin / HR management of expatriates and nationals; and produce, update, improve, enforce all admin / HR procedures and policies
- You conduct HR needs assessments.
- You are the focal point for both HQ and the mission regarding HR related topics
- You lead the HR Department team: training, coordination, organization and supervision
- You are responsible for internal and external reporting and communication activities
As of today, the mission is made of 251 National Staff and 16 Expats:
- Dhaka: Support Coordination for whole mission & Operations Coordination Base for EU Projects => 4 expats & 26 national
- Cox’s Bazar: Program Coordination Base => 6 expats & 9 national
- Teknaf: 6 expats & 209 national staff
- Bandarban: 6 national staff
- Shatkira: 1 national staff
By the end of 2020, your priorities will be to:
- Proactively take part in the improvement of the coordination and communication schemes between all bases and departments
- Launch a benchmark for the labor market analysis to update the remuneration package for national staff
- Capacity building of the current HR team (both at coordination and base level)
- Follow up on performance reviews to ensure the professional improvement of the national staff
- Develop a training policy for the mission, which will include the needs identified for national staff through the performance reviews
- Follow up on the ongoing / pending policies updates and other documents
- Ensure regular field visits from the HR team to the bases to provide support
- Follow up closely with the CD all the administration challenges related to visa management of international staff
The job is based in Dhaka, but involves very regular visits to the field bases. Please note that this is an expatriate position.
- You’ll be part of the support services team, which is led directly by the Country Director (CD). It is made of a logistics department and a finance department.
- You’ll also work on a regular basis with the programs team, based in Cox, which includes a MEAL, a WASH, an FSL and a Grants department.
- You’ll be under the direct management of the CD.
You’ll also be in touch regularly with your desk in HQ, and more specifically with the Head of Desk, the National HR officer and the International HR officer.
- Proven experience as Head of HR department or similar position mandatory – at least 2 years.
- Previous experience as Head of HR department with significant financial volume (> EUR 5 million).
- Experience working for an INGO in a humanitarian emergency context
Main skills needed
- High technical skills in admin and HR management: remember, you will be the admin / HR focal point.
- Good financial / budget follow-up skills.
- You have to master the Microsoft Office Suite, and especially Excel.
- Knowledge of the HR software Homere would be an asset.
- High level of fluency in English mandatory
- Strong leadership skills – decision-making, diplomacy, and people management
- Excellent coordination and communication skills
Do not apply if…
- You do not have the following: proactivity; perseverance; organization/prioritization skills.
- You are scared when you hear/read the words “communication”, “communication”, “communication”, and “communication” four times in a row. And “excel”.
- You are not comfortable with processes, remote management, HQ involvement.
- You don’t like working in a fast paced-environment, you are not field-oriented or do not have a proactive, hands-on mentality.
SI WILL OFFER YOU
Salary : According to experience, starting from EUR 2640 gross per month (EUR 2400 base salary + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly)
Monthly Per Diem: USD 450
Please note that there is no housing or family package available for this position.
SI covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate’s country of residence and the mission.
- 1 break of 7 working days every 3 months + USD 850 allowance (for each break).
- 1 day off per worked month.
These days off, as well as the breaks, are not deducted from the paid leaves that are paid every months with your salary: they are offered by SI.
Social and medical cover
Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.
You will be sharing a guesthouse with your 2 fellow expatriates support team members.
The security context in Dhaka is low risk and enables staff to have a social life and activities. There is a significant green zone, in which international staff can move around by foot during the day. SI cars are available all day every day and there are wide varieties of restaurants, for the evening and weekends.
However, please bear in mind that Dhaka, as many other capital cities, is a busy, polluted and quite noisy city.
The offices and guesthouses in Dhaka, Cox and Teknaf are comfortable, well-located in terms of security and social life, adapted to SI team’s needs, and assuring to international staff good standards in terms of privacy and comfort.
Are you in? Please send us your CV AND Cover letter in English via this link: https://emea3.recruitmentplatform.com/syndicated/private/syd_apply.cfm?id=P1IFK026203F3VBQB6G8N8NQ9&nPostingTargetID=50809. Yes, we do read those. We do not need a 3 pages-long letter that details everything you’ve done so far though – that’s what your CV is for!
However we would really like to know why you are interested in this mission / SI. A few paragraphs are completely acceptable, and we are ok with bullet points.
Please bear in mind that we receive a high volume of applications, which means it can take us a few weeks to get in touch with you.
If you are shortlisted, please not that SI’s recruitment process usually includes: an HR interview, reference checks, written test, technical interview.
Eventually, please note that the vacancy may close before the deadline.
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