400px Save the Children (2022) Director of Human Resources

Director of Human Resources

  • Contractor
  • Cairo Egypt
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Save the Children profile

  • Job applications may no longer being accepted for this opportunity.

Save the Children

As a member of the Egypt Senior Management Team, the Director of HR will work closely with the SMT, key in country staff and with Regional HR to manage and lead the HR, as well as managing the HR needs of responding to the humanitarian crisis. This role will build awareness of the HR function at the country level and will be accountable for ensuring the implementation of HR policy and practice consistent with Save the Children and compliant with local labour regulations. The Director of HR will provide direct support and supervision to HR staff within country office to the HR function within the field offices. Egypt Country office is responding to the impact of crisis in neighbouring countries by providing humanitarian aid across the borders as well as supporting refugees in Egypt. In this respect the human resource director will need to ensure that our HR policies and practices are adaptive and respond to the needs of the humanitarian imperative.

The post holder will be accountable for the provision of effective HR services in both emergencies and development programming contexts. The post holder will be expected to ensure compliance with SCI global standards, policies and practices and play a key role in effectively supporting program implementation activities in line with the strategic plans.

In order to be successful, you will bring/have:

  • 10 years working experience, with last three years in leadership position in INGO/similar field.
  • Solid understanding of Egyptian labor law.
  • Experience of reviewing and drafting HR policies, procedures and guidelines and of developing and implementing systems (including HRISsystems).
  • Experience of managing HR projects.
  • Awareness of good HR practice in relation to child safeguarding.
  • Recommended post graduate degree in an area of social development.
  • A general appreciation of the issues concerning the NGO sector, both development and humanitarian issues.
  • Good analytical skills. Effective negotiator, with the ability to positively influence cross departmental and cross sector working.
  • Ability to plan and organise a substantial workload that includes complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities in both development and emergency contexts; very strong capacity for attention to detail, problem solving, and analysis of trends.
  • Credibility to lobby, influence and represent Save the Children at all levels.
  • Resource management, training, capacity building, coaching, and mentoring skills.
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming teams, in emergencies.
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches.
  • Fluency in English and Arabic.
  • INGO experience is preferred.


As a member of the Senior Management Team, the HRD will:

• Contribute to the leadership of the Country Office

• Contribute to the development of an organisational culture that reflects our dual mandate values, promotes accountability and high performance, encourages a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation, and frees up our people to deliver outstanding results for children and excellent customer service for our members and donors

• Help design and implement a coherent organizational structure that is consistent with agency practices and appropriate to program needs

• Help establish, maintain, and improve active and regular working relationships with government authorities, external parties, and local and international NGOs

• Ensure the Country Office complies with all Save the Children Management Operating Standards and Standard Operating Procedures

• Ensure that all required support is provided promptly, at scale and in line with the rules and principles during emergencies, working closely with the Regional Office

• Lead on staff wellbeing to include mental health and psychosocial support initiatives with the support of SMT

Policies and procedures

• Oversee the HR manual and all HR related policies and regularly review and improve these policies.

• Ensure that effective advice and support are provided to managers and staff on interpretation and application of policies and procedures and on other HR related matters.

• Ensure appropriate and adequate emergency HR procedures are in place.

• Monitor and advise on disciplinary matters in accordance with established policies and procedures and Local Labour Law

• Ensure that any conflict, grievance, disciplinary, child/adult safeguarding, PSEA and harassment cases are effectively managed

• Ensure that staff and Save the Children partners are aware of and adhere to the Safeguarding Policies.

• Ensure that there is an appropriate job evaluation system in place and that there is continuity between job descriptions, titles, salary scale and organizational charts.

• Develop systems that ensure timely and correct assignment of salary grades to job titles as they are developed. Ensure that all staff have job descriptions, updated and current contracts, which are complaint with local labour laws.

• Ensure that employment terms, conditions and practices are fair, consistent, and compliant with labour law and Save the Children policies and best practice, and appropriate to the context

• Oversee and approve monthly payroll prepared by HR, ensuring all changes, deductions etc. are accurate and reflected appropriately

Specifically for humanitarian preparedness and response

• Adapt existing policies and procedures to ensure that Egypt HR system and workforce is ready to respond to humanitarian crisis and scale up

• Put in place rosters and other systems to ensure that required workforce is available on time

• Put in place policies and procedures that allow Egypt CO teams to be efficiently internally deployed from ongoing programs to support humanitarian programs

• Harmonize policies to ensure smooth deployment of surge staff

Recruitment and retention

• Ensure appropriate and fast recruitment, retention and succession of staff including the design and implementation of compensation and performance management systems and career development for staff

• Provide strategic HR support on all people related matters, providing HR leadership, advice and solutions in analysing people issues and challenges across the organisation.

• Ensure through thorough review that employment terms, conditions and practices are fair, consistent, compliant with labour law and Save the Children human resource policies and best practice, and appropriate to the context

• Ensure maintenance of updated information on staff salaries, allowances and income tax calculations in compliance with current laws and regulations

Talent Management, Organizational and staff development

• Develop a culture of performance management across the organization, where staff are held accountable for high performance

• Lead implementation and maintenance of a fit for purpose performance management system that is in alignment with organizational goals

• Ensure that performance reviews are conducted regularly by supervisors; provide training and advise to managers on effective implementation of performance management system including the establishment of clear, measurable objectives, ongoing feedback, periodic reviews and fair and unbiased evaluations;

• Analyse on an ongoing basis the organisational staffing profile and, in conjunction with senior managers, advising on job holder competencies and skills in light of changing contexts and content

• Providing guidance on staff capacity building and in formulating the annual L&D plan including in-house training programs such as performance management workshops and orientation programmes, using coaching and mentoring mechanism

• Manage the talent management strategy and establish succession planning in line with SCI global direction.

• Ensure proper induction plans using SCI systems with related internal stakeholders

People management

• Lead, Manage and motivate HR team ensuring that they have clear work plans and objectives

• Ensure appropriate staffing within Human Resources and utilize resources as required

• Ensure that all HR team understand and are able to perform their roles in an emergency

• Manage the HR team; define expectations, provide leadership, coaching and technical support as needed, and evaluate direct reports regularly


• Support the Country Director in providing overall leadership and oversight to the implementation of the Safeguarding plan and policies

• Enable appropriate resourcing for Safeguarding

• Oversee Safeguarding cases and ensure that we have a selection process in place for focal points in all office and that they are appropriately skilled and knowledgeable in Safeguarding

• Support the implementation of safe programming and enable collaboration with relevant departments.

• Ensure reporting channels and visibility material are available, revised and circulated as needed.

• Manage SCI safeguarding system DATIX and assign investigators as required;

• Act as the lead investigator on all staff Safeguarding submitted cases on the system;

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

How to apply

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at https://hcri.fa.em2.oraclecloud.com/hcmUI/CandidateExperience/en/sites/CX_1/job/6248?utm_medium=jobboard&utm_source=linkedin

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Deadline: 6 Mar 2024

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