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23 januari 2015 |

HR Delegate

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 189 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality,

neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.


Position title:                    Human Resource Delegate - Guinea

Duty station:                     Conakry

Time period:                     3 months

Starting Date:                   asap

Status:                                 Non-Accompanied



Organizational Context

The Secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is organized into four Business groups in Geneva and five Business Groups in the field, namely the Zone Offices for Africa, Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The Africa Zone Business Group is organized through regional representations covering the National Societies in Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, West Coast, Sahel and Central Africa as well as country representations in Ethiopia, Sudan, Republic of South Sudan, Chad, Central Africa Republic, Guinea, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Zimbabwe.


Job Purpose

Reporting to the Country Representative, the Human Resources Delegate will ensure effective deployment of national human resources personnel to the operation as well as establishing a pre and post deployment protocols and development of systems for hire and deployment of national staff to the operation. The delegate will also provide support to the National societies HR systems.


Job Duties and Responsibilities

1). National Staff Human Resources Management

Establish an effective system to manage staff in cooperation with the GuineaRC, ensuring that rules, regulations, procedures and processes for this staff category are clearly outlined and are in line with National labour laws and other legal requirements by;

a)       Providing top quality and committed national professionals in all core areas of operations, programming and support services.

b)       Coordinate national recruitment utilizing the Federation systems and procedures, taking into account that all National staff are in fact employees of National Societies

c)        Contribute to the nurturing of a working environment which enables effective performance and compliance of set standards of conduct and discipline.

d)       Ensure the implementation and compliance of the Staff Code of Conduct

e)       Ensure national staff have performance accounts; facilitate learning and objective setting and appraisal process

2). Advisory role to the management 

a)        Advise and provide timely and accurate human resources information to management team, assisting them to interpret information and take decisions

b)       Provide day to day HR policy guidance and interpretation to managers and staff. Use a consultative approach with managers providing options (i.e., coaching, counselling, career development, disciplinary actions) when appropriate.

3)       Systems & Processes & Procedures 

a)       Establish and maintain HR systems and processes, ensuring they operate economically, efficiently and effectively in support of the operations and programmes and ensure alignment with Federation and National Societies guidelines and policies and compliance with procedures, systems and processes.

b)       Based on local market research, review working conditions of national staff and implement approved recommendations to attract quality staff from this category, taking into account they are National Society staff

  1. Evaluate and maintain competitive remuneration and benefits programmes to motivate and recognize performance of employees
  2. Work with Federation Secretariat and partner National Societies HR staff to provide a critical understanding of the local labour law, cultural norms, and employment trends/practices with a view on how as a Movement we should engage Guinea RC staff to meet some of the unique Red Cross operational challenges.
  3. Work with the Guinea RC management to define the HR goals and objectives consistent with the GNRCS strategic and operational plans.
  4. Facilitate and resolve employee relations issues and ensuring that any Code of Conduct issues are reported.

5). Planning & Reporting

a) Provide short, mid and longer term HR planning/identification of staff HR needs.

b) Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reports.

c) Advise and provide timely and accurate human resources information to management team, assisting them to interpret information and take decisions.

d) Provide regular management reports to allow coordinators and project managers to review monitor and effectively manage projects and make effective operational decisions.

e) Develop staffing plans which ensure succession planning and placement of people in places where they are most needed.

6). NS HR support

a) Advice, guide the NS as and when required

b) Share tools, policies with NS counterparts

c) Support training and knowledge sharing programs which will help to continually improve the staffs technical and management skills as part of a culture of learning throughout the organization. Identify training needs and recommend solutions.

7). Support to International Staff

a) Prepare recruitment documents in close cooperation with the respective line managers and ensuring that relevant documentation required for issuance of offers, contracts are submitted in time.

b) Follow up and coordinate the travel of new staff from their home countries ensuring insurance, tickets, briefing and airport pickups is well coordinated as well as for staff that have completed their missions.

c) Follow up and ensure that recruitment documents for seconded delegates from national societies supporting Ebola operations are provided for in time and follow up any pending matters to ensure effective deployments.


Basic Delegates Training Course or equivalent knowledge

Relevant university degree

Relevant human resource professional certificate



4 years human resources management

3 years' experience in workforce planning, training and developing plans, rewarding systems and labour relations

2 years' experience in working for a humanitarian aid organisation

Experience working in RC/RC


Knowledge, skills and languages

Excellent communication skills

Good analytical skills and solution focused person

Demonstrable accountability

Ability to work well in a multicultural team

Self-supporting in computers (Windows, spreadsheets, word-processing, email, etc.)

Fluently spoken and written English

Good command of another IFRC official language (French)


Competencies and values

Results Orientation

National Society relations






The position of Human Resource Delegate - Guinea has now been posted on the IFRCJobs portal on the FedNet website, please apply via the following link: