HR & Administration Manager Nigeria

Country: Nigeria
Organization: Norwegian Refugee Council
Closing date: 29 Dec 2021


NRC has been present in Nigeria since 2015 and has responded to the largest displacement waves in the country since August 2015. With a workforce of 350 national staff, and 17 international staff members and presence in key locations such as Maiduguri, and Yola Area Offices, NRC is able to respond to the needs of those affected by the conflict across North-East Nigeria. These strategic locations have allowed NRC greater reach from the north and south parts of the region and allowed NRC to contribute to bridging the gap between humanitarian aid and development cooperation, including through focusing on equitable access to basic services and strengthening the rights of displaced people and returnees. In addition to the Country Office, and the abovementioned Area Offices, NRC has sub-offices structures in Dikwa, Monguno, Damasak, Biu, Mubi, and Pulka/Gwoza.

Role and responsibilities

The purpose of the HR & Administration Manager is to oversee, manage, develop and strengthen all HR and Administration functions in order to provide robust, efficient and effective Human Resources and Administration support to the NRC Country Programme in Nigeria. With a special focus on HR Strategy development and effective Recruitment, Staff development, training and capacity building ensure HR system is according to NRC standard.

Generic responsibilities:

  1. Oversee the development and implementation of the Country HR Strategy
  2. Implement NRC’s HR and admin systems and procedures
  3. Ensure that Country HR adheres to Employment standards, HR policy and other NRC policies
  4. Ensure compliance with the local labour law
  5. Training, support, control and development of HR teams
  6. Support and training of all staff with HR responsibilities/ personnel management
  7. Management of the HR team
  8. Provide regular HR analysis and reports
  9. Ensure safe and standardized filing of personnel documents in all Area offices
  10. Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards & principles within NRC and amongst beneficiaries served by NRC

Specific responsibilities:

Human Resources:

  • Implementation of the Global Standards and initiatives at Country and Area Office level (NRC People Management Systems, Talent Management, L&D initiative, Duty of care, PSEA…)
  • Ensure HR function is strategic, responsible for in country HR strategic priorities, take the lead on follow up on implementation
  • Plan and feed into country wide strategies and plans, working closely with senior
  • management and programmes to ensure HR proactively meets the needs of the programme
  • Responsible for ensuring Area Offices are complying with NRC HR standards and procedures,
  • Pro-actively working to support Area Managers, HR Team Leads & HR Officers in running an effective HR function in the Area Offices
  • Staff Care: Ensure a best-practice staff care programme for all staff is regularly reviewed, ensuring adequate staff care systems are in place and implemented across the country.
  • National staff development and capacity building focusing on the Excellence Project.
  • Support and guidance to the international staff/hiring managers on recruitment and HR procedures
  • Strengthen the recruitment processes ensuring adherence to the minimum standards
  • Strengthen training and inductions / on boarding and off boarding.
  • Improve the quality of Performance management conducted by line managers across the Nigeria Country office (embedding a culture of performance)
  • Support managers in ensuring that all job descriptions are in accordance with the NRC standards and ensure that all standard Job Description templates are updated.
  • Payroll: Ensures accuracy of payroll before transmission to the Finance team/Manager.
  • Handling personnel cases according to guidelines and policies
  • Focal point for working with the staff delegates/representatives in the team of national staff


  • Office and accommodation management: (offices, residences and guesthouse).
  • Premises contracts (office stationery) in close cooperation with Logistic.
  • CO documentation: CO filing tree, NRC official documents (registration, legal services and documentation
  • Work permit, immigration and visa (for staff, guest and consultancies)
  • Staffing responsibilities or service contractors for: cleaners, receptionist, maintenance,
  • Framework agreement: local travel agency, hotels, telecomm services.


Generic professional competencies:

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience working as a senior HR Manager in a humanitarian/recovery context.
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal

Context/specific skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Experience in a large and dynamic country programme
  • Strong interpersonal skills, a team player coupled with capacity building skills and experience
  • Strong sense of initiative.
  • Experience with building an HR structure
  • Experience on developing staff development is a plus.
  • Knowledge of the context in Nigeria is an added advantage

What We Offer

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to join our work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility. At NRC we think outside the box. We encourage ideas and give responsibility to all employees at all levels, to help solve the complex issues that we face. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative

  • 12 months fixed term contract with possibility of extension
  • Grade 9 in NRC scale
  • Duty Station: Maiduguri with 50% travelling
  • An opportunity to match your career to a compelling cause
  • A chance to meet and work with people who are the best in their fields

The role is open to candidates who can show a commitment to NRC and being part of a challenging, but important mission to make a difference.

Find the full job description here.


How to apply:

Please apply at this link.