Monday, August 29, 2016


Job Title: Senior Human Resources Officer
Country: UK - London
Location: London with travel to GOAL’s field programmes and HQ, sometimes at short notice, as part of humanitarian responses (approximately 35%).
Contract Duration: 12 Months
Reports to: Deputy Director Health – Systems, London and technical liaison with the Head of HR, Dublin.
Job summary:The Senior HR Officer will act as a primary point of contact for GOAL Health Unit including the Emergency Medical Team.
GOAL is seeking to substantially expand the organisation’s health capacity. To take these efforts forward the organisation is building an enhanced Health Department based in the UK, which will include an Emergency Medical Team.
GOAL’s Emergency Medical Team, is a new initiative to strengthen GOAL’s Health response in emergencies, building on recent work in the West Africa Ebola response and recognising more widely that there is a significant gap in global health service provision for the most vulnerable, GOAL is developing a dedicated emergency response capability.
The Emergency Medical Team (EMT) will consist of a team of technical and operations staff capable of rapid deployments to health crises, supporting on-going health programming, undertaking needs assessments and providing remote support to GOAL Country Programmes. The EMT will work in both sudden onset and chronic emergencies, respond to infectious disease outbreaks and stand ready to depoy at short notice to health crises globally.
  1. Humanitarian Response and Field HR
  2. Set up and manage the HR function in the initial period of new humanitarian interventions in new programme locations (in conjunction with the Global HR Officer and others as appropriate).
  3. Ensure compliance with local labour laws.
  4. Act as a liaison point between the international recruitment team and humanitarian team on-the–ground.
  5. Coordinate local recruitment and staff onboarding as required by humanitarian response management.
  6. Coordinate recruitment and capacity building of the longer term HR team where necessary. Coordinate with Head of HR in relation to other short term HR and other expert deployments.
  7. Build linkages with HR Managers of other NGOs on the ground to share relevant information and coordinate HR approach and policies.
  8. Ready to deploy at short notice to provide the necessary HR support to the Emergency Medical Team as part of humanitarian responses.
  9. Ensure that there is deployment tracking system in place to enable rapid recruitment and manage response turnover.
  10. Resourcing
  11. Act as focal point for Health Unit recruitment, including coordinating current and future resource requirements.
  12. Maximise the effectiveness of the recruitment by networking in the sector and growing GOAL’s pool of potential job candidates.
  13. Work with the Senior International HR Officer in HQ to highlight key GOAL Health Unit staff on overseas assignment and ensure they are aware of and accessing career and development opportunities within GOAL.
  14. Manage effective relationships with key stakeholders including Hiring Managers, Country Directors, international and national partners.
  15. Work with GOAL’s HR and Recruitment team to create and develop an internal pool of potential candidates to be deployed at short-notice in case of emergency.
  16. Track and report on current Health Unit vacancies, working closely with the relevant recruitment specialists in Ireland, UK and US to ensure quality candidates are recruited rapidly.
  17. Other duties
  18. Reporting to the Head of HR on key field human resources issues, statistics, trends and creative solutions. Other reports as required.
  19. Ensure the correct handover of work in case of deployment.
  20. Support the Health Unit training and capacity building activities.
  21. Assist with the rollout of the GOAL HR Information System and online Recruitment System in Health Unit humanitarian responses (where appropriate to local context and capacity).
  22. Contribute ideas and expertise to the HQ HR team and support with requirements and information gathering in relation to relevant HR initiatives (such as emergency HR set-up pack, job description templates and Emergency HR Procedures).
  23. Travel on and contribute to HR assignments outside the HR Unit if spare capacity exists, in consultation with the Deputy Director Health – Systems.
  24. Liaise with Staff Health HR Officer as required.
  • HR qualification and at least 5 years HR generalist experience.
  • At least 3 years of HR experience in the NGO sector, including over a year managing human resources in a field location. Previous experience in a humanitarian response context is essential.
  • Strong communication and networking skills.
  • Ability to plan effectively and manage large workloads, particularly during humanitarian responses.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in multi-cultural settings using a collaborative approach.
  • Proven ability to work in demanding and/or insecure locations.
  • Fluency in English is essential. Fluency in French is a strong advantage and knowledge of Arabic and Spanish would also be useful in this role.
  • Availability to travel, often at short notice, and occasionally to remote and insecure locations for up to 3 months at a time.
GOAL has Standards of Integrity and a Child Protection Policy, which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants and children from exploitation. GOAL also has a confidentiality policy ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of GOAL, acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organisation without authority, except in the normal execution of duty. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to these policies any job offer made is also subject to police clearance. GOAL is an equal opportunities employer.
This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document. Any published closing dates are estimated. Due to the nature of GOAL’s work we aim to fill vacancies as quickly as possible. This means that we will close adverts as soon as we have found the right candidate and this may be before the published closing date. We would therefore advise interested applicants to submit an application as early as possible.

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