Kenya: Senior Human Resource Officer, KEMRI Wellcome Trust, Kilifi, Kenya

Organization: Wellcome Trust
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 04 May 2018

The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme is well known internationally for its work in improving global health. The Programme has a diverse clinical research programme that includes clinical trials of disease prevention, vaccines, management of acute illness, basic science and translation of research finding into global health policy.

The Programme is searching for a qualified, dynamic and motivated person to fill the following position:



HR Business Partner assigned to the Operations Departments (HR, Finance, Information Technology and Facilities and Transport). Works closely with heads of these departments to ensure all HR needs are met. Will attend departmental meetings to advise and follow up on HR matters.



  • Head of Human Resources


  • Assistant HRO (1) and HR Assistant




In addition to HRBP role, the SHRO will be assigned to champion HRMIS, Contract Management, Records Management and Separation – across the organization providing leadership on this specialist functions to other members of the HR team while working closely with the Head of HR for guidance and support.


  • Implement the human resources strategy within assigned departments taking into consideration strategic goals and objectives.
  • Deliver all aspects of HR services within agreed SLAs rand regularly provide reports and matrices on assigned department’s performance.
  • Provide input to HR policy formulation, implement and interpret HR policy and procedures and ensure effective and proactive communication across assigned departments on policies, procedures and services
  • Provide overall expertise in HRMIS, Payroll Processing, Records Management and Separation and be the reference point to the HR team but working closely with the Head of HR
  • Own and drive recruitment, on boarding, talent management and motivation needs of assigned departments ensuring each process meets organization goals.
  • Manage succession, staff development and workforce planning as essential activities within the assigned departments.
  • Ensure departmental data in the HRMIS relating to records management, leave, payroll, medical and other HR duties are coordinated and executed within expected standards
  • Ensure effective implementation of performance management processes and systems for the Programme and link these to the Programme’s Learning and Development strategy.
  • Manage all staff welfare and employee relations matters within assigned departments and ensure timely and adequate resolution of any issues so as to promote a harmonious working environment.
  • Lead and supervise HR staff supporting assigned departments, ensuring they have clear objectives and resources need to perform their tasks.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management or equivalent.
  • Professional HR qualification and membership to a HR body e.g. IHRM, CIPD etc. or equivalent
  • At least 5 – 8 year’s hands on human resources management experience.
  • Experience working with multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams across various sites
  • Knowledge of Kenya laws and practices
  • Knowledge of employee relations policies, procedures and experience in their implementation.
  • Experience in implementing Human Resources Management Information Systems.
  • Computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft applications


  • In depth understanding of scientific staff competence requirements, ability to handle fiscal databases and completely integrate budget and planning documents for HR management.


  • Ability to analyse problems and devise pragmatic and sustainable solutions.
  • Ability to maintain a strategic view but can also conduct detailed analysis as appropriate.
  • Willingness to take a hands-on approach to problem resolution as required.
  • Ability to build productive and collaborative relationships with varied stakeholders.
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Excellent planning and follow through ability
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills

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