Human Resources Director - Whole of Syria - Amman, Jordan

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Amman, Jordan
Apply by 26 August 2018
Senior-level , Field assignment
Posted on 27 July 2018

Job Description

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.
In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions
into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
Now, and for the future.

Program / Department Summary

The war in Syria continues; more than 11 million people have been displaced from their homes and the number relying on humanitarian assistance continues to grow. With a large and complex portfolio of work across the country, Mercy Corps has established itself as an analytical, strategic and flexible responder, adapting continually to shifting front lines and operational realities to respond effectively and efficiently through multiple modalities with teams inside Syria and working cross-border from neighboring countries. Mercy Corps has a large and diverse portfolio of work and a substantial team that works in multiple languages across multiple locations, many of which are managed remotely.

Mercy Corps has been meeting the needs of conflict-affected communities from Syria since 2012, with a focus on interventions in humanitarian and recovery programming. With funding from a range of donors, Mercy Corps works together with vulnerable families and communities in Syria focusing on the WASH, Protection, Emergency and Livelihood sectors to promote positive coping strategies and address basic needs.

General Position Summary

The HR Director is responsible for ensuring comprehensive Human Resources support for all assigned team members. The HR Director is to develop and implement a multi-national HR strategy that supports a team operating in four different countries. S/he ensures compliance with donor regulations, legal requirements and Mercy Corps’ internal policies and procedures The HR Director builds the capacity of all team members across the country team. S/he provides support and advises the Country Director on HR issues. The HR Director works closely with all staff including Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and Program Managers to bring efficiency in HR procedures.

  • Work closely with all HR staff in Derik, Amman and Beirut and make sure that HR services are provided on time, with high quality and compliant with policies and manuals;
  • Work with the program director and program managers to ensure all hiring requests are complete according to Recruiting Policies and Procedures;
  • Ensure that exit process for staff departing Mercy Corps is conducted in line with the HR policies and Mercy Corps requirements;
  • Work with the SLT and program managers to ensure country org charts for programs and operations exist and positions are covered within budgets. Make sure that org charts are updated on regular basis including existing and upcoming positions in line with the new programs.

  • In liaison with HQ, organize and help with the onboarding process for new hires and for the existing staff;
  • Ensure that orientation is conducted for each new hired national and expatriate staff;
  • Lead on developing and implementing consistent systems of new staff induction, and service requests between HR and other departments.
  • Ensure that HR staff receives needed training and guidance on regular basis;
  • Supervise recruitment process of national staff making sure that staffs are following all required steps such as advertisement, shortlisting of CVs and interviews;
  • Ensure that personnel and job files are being maintain to the required level in line with Mercy Corps rules and regulations, including recruitment documents, CVs, valid contracts, PAFs, timesheets, employee data sheets, disciplinary papers and performance evaluations:
  • Ensure that performance review processes are completed on time and with quality results. Train HR team and supervisors on how to properly conduct and track evaluations processes. Ensure that HR staff maintains required databases to track probation and annual evaluations;
  • Ensure that Mercy Corps Syria participates in regular national salary surveys in order to ensure that that salaries and benefits are competitive within the market. Work closely with HR Managers in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq to ensure each national salary scale is able to accommodate the needs of Syria-assigned staff.
  • Partner with the HR Mangers in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq during their reviews of national salary scales;
  • Ensure personnel hiring strictly adhere to relevant labor laws and other laws as applicable. That includes payment of appropriate taxes, benefits, security clearance of candidates before hiring etc.;
  • Ensure that HR staff maintains proper in-country tracking system to ensure that leave days and salary payments are well tracked;
  • Ensure HR staff is providing new hires all relevant documents upon starting their positions. This includes signing of a JD, contract, policies and procedures especially the National Staff Handbook and the Security Manual;
  • Ensure that national staff are given MC ID cards and MC emails upon their start;
  • Ensure that new staff are trained on timesheet procedures;
  • Assist with operational budget for staff as requested.
  • Develop and maintain a multi-national HR function that provides support that complies with policies, procedures and employment laws of four countries.
  • Work closely with country HR teams to integrate assigned staff into existing policies and procedures. When needed, develop complementary procedures that reflect the needs of programming, while maintaining compliance with locally applicable HR laws and regulations.
  • Make sure that the National Employee Handbook for staff operating is updated and revised in line with latest Labor Law. Make sure that additional clarity is given to the National Employee Handbook in order to provide needed details. Act as a proactive partner with Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq HR teams to ensure locally maintained handbooks accommodate needs of assigned staff.
  • Remain informed, on an ongoing basis, about current and changing HR related laws, policies and “best practices” to ensure that current and future personnel policies, employment practices, and compensation packages are within the limits of established standards, procedures, guidelines and policies of Mercy Corps, as well as national laws.
  • Provide HR support to leadership as needed.
  • Take the lead on any incoming requests from HQ related to national or expatriate staff.
  • Ensure own compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Supervisory Responsibility

HR Staff


Reports Directly To: Country Director

Works Directly with: Director of Programs, Director of Program Ops, Finance Director, Security Director, Country Director, Sector leads, i.e. Program Managers, HR Managers in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq and HQ People Team colleagues, including Recruitment Advisor, Senior Global HR Officer and Director, Global HR.

Knowledge and Experience
  • Bachelor degree or equivalent in relevant field, masters preferred
  • 6- 10 years of professional HR experience, including at least 5 years as a manager or business partner, preferably in the Humanitarian NGO sector.
  • Experience managing or advising a multi-national HR function.
  • Understanding and experience navigating multiple regulatory sources (labor laws, donor requirements, etc) and developing HR policies and procedures that ensure compliance with each.
  • Demonstrated understanding of complex emergencies, related security concerns and appropriate responses with experience in the Middle East and in insecure environments.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, following procedures, meeting deadlines and working and problem-solving independently and cooperatively.
  • Knowledge of donor regulations including USAID, EC, DFID regulations is considered an advantage.
  • Excellent negotiation and representation skills.
  • Effective verbal and written communication, organizational, prioritization and Microsoft Office applications.
  • Excellent oral and written English skills required; proficiency in Arabic is a plus.
  • Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment.
  • Demonstrated understanding of complex emergencies, related security concerns, and appropriate responses to such emergencies.
Success Factors

Critical problem solving skills, and the ability to work out methods to deliver successful programs while demonstrating excellent stewardship of donor funds and compliance with Mercy Corps and donor regulations. Maintaining strong cooperating relationships with other departments is crucial. A successful candidate will have the ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel both in a managerial as well as training capacity and demonstrate ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities. S/he will be able to live and work closely with a diverse team of individuals in a highly intense and fluid work and security environment and be willing to travel regularly to Mercy Corps field offices and project sites.

The successful candidate will have a desire to grow and learn in one of the most interesting and complex crisis of our times. S/he will face challenges with a smile and light heartedness. The successful candidate will be comfortable in asking colleagues for help as well as stepping out of her/his role to assist others. The Mercy Corps team is one that emphasis the value of joy and curiosity. The team enjoys a great sense of humor and appreciates sharing meals amongst colleagues.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

The HR Director is based in Amman, Jordan. This location is currently an unaccompanied position, but we expect that to change in the future. Housing is individual accommodation with unlimited freedom of movement beyond the house/office. There are International schools in Amman. Staff will have access to medical, electricity, water, etc. This position requires (40% of time) of travel to field offices, some in insecure environments.

Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.


About the Organization

Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided over $575 million in assistance to 73 nations. The agency's programs currently reach 5 million people in more than 25 countries, including the United States. Mercy Corps is a nonprofit organization with headquarters offices in Portland (Oregon), Seattle (Washington), Washington, DC, and Edinburgh, Scotland. Known for its quick-response, high-impact programs, over 95 percent of the agency's resources are allocated directly to programs that help those in need.

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