ICIPE Manager, People and Organisation Development Jobs in Kenya

ICIPE Manager, People and Organisation Development Jobs in Kenya

Overall Purpose of the Job

The Manager, People and Organisation Development (MPOD) reports to the Director of Finance and
Administration (DFA). The MPOD leads in the provision of HR services and other applicable services to all the Centre’s staff, applicable hosted staff, visiting scientists, students and consultants. The MPOD implements employee attraction, retention, development and performance management policies and processes.

S/he develops and implements programmes and supporting systems for employee relations, staff wellbeing, workforce planning and workload management and ensures equity and diversity. S/he should be an excellent leader, people person, strategic communicator, and relationship builder.

Specific Duties:

• Supervise leadership of the teams providing HR services.

• Foster Business Partnerships with functions directly engaged in research for development and
those in support thereof.

• Recruiting international and national staff with the capabilities and competences required for the
present and future. Work with research leaders to anticipate future needs and lead the talent
pooling, attraction, and selection of staff in research roles, and ensure alignment and
improvement of attraction and selection processes.

• Implement organisation design plans, including preparation and review of job classifications, job
descriptions and associated systems. Implement talent management and succession planning

• Lead the learning and development programmes, developing the capabilities and competences
of research leaders, as well as research and research support staff, encompassing amongst
others, management/supervisory skills and soft skills. Implement skills capacity development
programmes, aligned with the Centre’s plans and strategic goals.

• Develop and implement performance management policies, systems, and tools. Implement
recognition and rewards policies.

• Administer and undertake reviews of salaries, and staff related insurances and other staff
benefits, in accordance with policies and guidelines and to ensure equity and value for money.

• Contribute to the development of policies and guidelines and provide advice on their impact on
the Centre. Ensure equitable and consistent interpretation and implementation of staff policies and ensure compliance with relevant requirements while being alive to precedents and approval exceptions.

• Develop and implement HR information systems to support service delivery and decision making,
specifically HR within ERP, staff attraction, staff recruitment, learning & development systems,
staff performance management system, and management of consultants’ contracts and other
supporting systems.

• Be the Head of Safeguarding (HoS) and be responsible for overall management of compliance,
reporting and training of Safeguarding Focal Persons (SFP) deployed on
needs basis at regional
offices and/or programmes.

• Act as a link and offer communication and coordination that facilitates a close working relationship between the Centre and its hosted organizations. Handle various matters of the Centre, by participating in joint arrangements with hosted organizations.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Be an authorised signatory of the Centre, and in this regard, authorise transactions as per
    delegated authority and the sourcing and evaluation of appropriate providers (e.g. for medical & life insurances and training consultants).

  • Expand, develop, and maintain relationships with key stakeholders and represent the Centre at
    various meetings. Attend joint meetings of collaborating institutions and participate in HR related joint processes.

  • Chair the Occupational, Health and Safety Committee (OHSC) and Training Committee (TC) of
    the Centre and oversee implementation of necessary procedures arising from the two committees. Membership to various Centre committees as designated from time to time.

  • Undertake additional duties requested by supervisor for areas that require her/his support within the Centre’s overall business.


  • Advanced University degree (Masters) in relevant field.

  • At least 10 years of experience in the areas of general management, including human resources
    at international and multicultural setups.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of organizational policies and practices in research organizations is highly desirable.

  • Tact, diplomacy and discretion in dealing with sensitive issues.

  • Capacity to manage, supervise and evaluate the performance of staff.

    Other Desirable Attributes

  • Result-oriented, with ability to work under pressure and independently to meet set goals.

  • Good team worker: Ability to relate with others in mutual support and respect towards common
    goals and shared vision.

  • Innovation and creativity: Ability to generate new ideas and ways of working to continuously
    improve existing work processes, practices, and concepts.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders from multiple disciplines and backgrounds.


    This position reports to the Director of Finance and Administration (DFA).

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; ICIPE Manager, People and Organisation Development Jobs in Kenya

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