Turkey: Human Capital Management Officer

Organization: Mayday Rescue
Country: Turkey
Closing date: 25 Sep 2016

Mayday Rescue is looking for a highly motivated Human Capital Management Officer

Do you want to be a part of a dynamic and dedicated team that helps save lives and strengthen communities? Are you driven by the idea of leaving your mark on the HR structure of an ambitious start-up organisation? And are you excited to build up HR data-systems? Then you are the person we are looking for.

About Mayday Rescue

Mayday Rescue’s core belief is that the most resilient communities are those able to help themselves.

We are an Istanbul-based non-profit with the overall objective of helping to save lives and strengthen communities. We provide training, equipment, capacity building, outreach, and advocacy services to grassroots emergency response organisations in communities entering, enduring, or emerging from conflict, instability and disaster. Find out more about us on www.Maydayrescue.org and by following @MaydayRescue on Twitter.

The White helmets

Our primary focus is the Batal (Hero) Programme that provides support to The White Helmets (Syria Civil Defence), a volunteer civilian search-and-rescue organisation that saves lives and brings hope in Syria. The White Helmets has grown into a nation-wide organisation of almost 2,900 personnel. To date, the White Helmets have rescued over 60,000 people within Syria and in addition they have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

About the team and the job

You will be the second addition to Mayday’s newly established Human Capital Management (HCM) team, with the strategic objective to be an integrated part of Mayday organisational development and business.

Your foremost role will be to support Mayday management as they strive to be the best leaders for their colleagues.

As the Human Capital Management Officer (HCMO), you will work closely with, and report to, the HR Director. You will help to professionalize the entire HCM cycle, including recruitment, hiring and on-boarding, people development, retention, HR legal and grievances, and off-boarding. The HCM cycle is the core focus of the team and therefore the Human Capital Management Officer’s focus will be to help hire, develop and retain Mayday’s most important asset: our employees.

Your overall responsibilities

Your overall responsibility will be to develop, manage and implement a digital HCM system to match Mayday needs to lean administrative and HR procedures; and, on a daily basis, control and adjust the system in line with the HCM cycle.

As our Human Capital Management Officer, you will also be responsible for adapting and improving existing policies, processes, and practices, as well as implementing new ones to build up the HCM system. In this role you will have considerable independence, and will be expected to take initiative and responsibility and to be creative in your approach. At the same time there will be a constructive and positive HCM/HR sharing partnership with the HR Director, and as a person you will need to be a good fit with the spirit and mission of Mayday Rescue.

When the new Mayday procedures and systems have been developed, you will—in a team effort—help roll out all needed policies, procedures, and systems for the entire HCM cycle, and help construct a staff handbook.

Your qualifications

Required experience

To be considered for the role you must have a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in business administration, human resources, or a similar discipline. Additionally, you must also have:

· At least 3 years of experience in human resources administration with organisations conducting project implementation in the fields of development, humanitarian action, or stabilisation.

· Demonstrable experience with data systems, recruitment, hiring processes, on-boarding, admin, and admin/HR procedures—and you must still be eager to develop your HR skills!

· Proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Excel, and general computer literacy; experience with HCM database systems is strongly preferred.

· Functionally native spoken and written English; excellent written and oral communication skills.

· Proficiency in Arabic and/or Turkish a strong advantage

Personal competencies

· Strong organisational abilities, interpersonal skills, and cultural sensitivity/ability to work in a multicultural environment. You will be working with war-zone search-and-rescue volunteers — a sense of humour, flexibility and patience will be required.

· Self-motivation, innovation, creativity and problem-solving ability; proven ability to innovate, drive change and build systems in a dynamic, loosely structured environment with minimal supervision.

How to apply:


If you are interested in applying, please email a CV and cover letter to HCM Director Gitte Lundgaard Carlsen at gitte@maydayrescue.org. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to participate in an interview (either in person or over Skype, depending on availability). Please be advised that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Closing date for this announcement is 25 September 2016; however, interviews and selection process will begin around the 20 September and will continue on a rolling basis as applications are received until the position is filled. So if you are interested do not hesitate to send us your application. **

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