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Human Resources Coordinator at the Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA)

The Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) is an independent humanitarian medical NGO that was created in 2009 by professionals of humanitarian medicine. ALIMA’s mission is to provide medical care in emergency situations or medical catastrophes.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Human Resources Coordinator

Location: Abuja (FCT)
Contract term: contract under French law, 6 months with possibility of extension.
Desired start date: June 15, 2022.
Direct Line Manager: Head of Mission
Technical Referent: Desk HR Manager
Line Manager for HR Manager, HR assistant, Movement Assistant, Cleaners and Cook
Technical Referent: Field Administration Managers

ALIMA in Nigeria

  • The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s northeast and the Lake Chad region is one of the most severe ongoing crises in the world, now entering its ninth year and showing no sign of abating.
  • In 2021, at least 8.7 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in the worst-affected states of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe. Up to 5.1 million people risk being critically food insecure during the next lean season (June – August 2021), a level similar to 2016-2017 when famine was looming over Borno State
  • Nigeria is now facing a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states have recorded new cases. Aid actors are intensifying actions and prevention measures
  • Despite challenges including humanitarian space reduction, aid workers had already provided around 5 million people with life-saving assistance in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states in 2020.
  • Conflict, explosive remnants of war, and insecurity have cut people off from their main means of livelihoods-farming and fishing. This causes major food insecurity in northeast Nigeria, which COVID-19’s effects on incomes have exacerbated: despite good crop yields, food insecurity is rising.
  • Findings of the October 2020 Cadre Harmonisé (CH) analysis projected that about 5.1 million people in the three states will be food-insecure in the lean season between June and August 2021 – a 19% and 34% increase in 2020 (after COVID-19 June CH Update) and 2019 figures respectively.
  • According to the Nutrition and Food Security Surveillance Round 9, conducted in October 2020, the level of acute malnutrition increased in all three states compared to 2019.
  • Global acute malnutrition (GAM) rates of 10.7% were recorded in Borno, 7.5% in Adamawa, and 13.6% in Yobe. According to the survey, several LGAs had high pockets of global acute malnutrition above the 15% threshold (emergency phase), including Gubio, Magumeri, Mobbar, and Bayo in Borno State and all LGAs in northern Yobe.
  • Movement restrictions and insecurity continue to hamper the ability of IDPs, returnees, and the host communities to access basic services, livelihoods, and land for farming and grazing. This means that more people will rely on humanitarian aid to survive in 2021.
  • In 2017, ALIMA continued to implement projects in Muna Garage in Jere LGA, where ALIMA performs general consultations for children under 5 and provides Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) to pregnant and lactating women (antenatal and postnatal consultations).
  • An Outpatient Therapeutic Feeding Program (OTP) is also available for children under 5 suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in the clinic, where women and caretakers are trained to screen their children for malnutrition using the MUAC tape.
  • In Maiduguri MC, where ALIMA is working in partnership with the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), the Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding Center (ITFC) manages children under 5 suffering from SAM with medical complications in a 50-bed capacity building.
  • In December 2020, ALIMA conducted a needs assessment survey in the north of Yobe where a high level of acute malnutrition was recorded by the nutrition sector. The results of this survey prompted ALIMA to open a nutrition and health project covering the Kasasuwa LGA, one of the most affected LGAs, and where there was a gap.
  • This project started in May 2021 and fund by ECHO aims to support Karasuwa health facilities and improve access to nutrition and health services including pediatric healthcare and reproductive health.
  • ALIMA also supports COVID-19 vaccination in Borno and Yobe with a focus on the most vulnerable.
  • In parallel, ALIMA is opening an emergency nutrition project in Katsina state and is present in Owo state since 2018 for Lassa fever response and research.

Protection of Beneficiaries and Community Members

  • Level 3: As part of his/her duties, the job holder will visit programs and come into contact with children and/or vulnerable adults. Therefore, a criminal record check or a certificate of good conduct will be required. In situations where the impossibility of providing a criminal record or a certificate of good conduct is found, a declaration of honor will be requested.

Mission and Main Activities:

  • HR Coordinator defines, adapts, plans, and supervises the implementation of human resources policies in the Mission, ensuring they are in line with the context, the ALIMA HR vision, and values.
  • HR Coordinator is responsible for providing support to all the HR staff (HR Managers, HR Supervisors, Field Administrator), to Coordinators, Activity Managers, Supervisors, and leading the overall HR functions including staff recruitment, contracts management, skills development, Talents acquisition, performance management, and orientation.
  • The HR Coordinator reports directly to the Head of Mission and collaborates with all departments on human resources matters.

Major Responsibilities
Operational and Strategic Management of the HR (participate in operations implementation, development of staff, HR budget building, training, staff carrier building):

  • Participate in the mission strategy to develop and implement operational plans to enhance the organization’s performance through its people. Working closely with Coordinators, Project coordinators, and Project Admin Managers to deliver high-quality HR support and capacity building of national HR staff.
  • Lead on the development of the mission human resource strategy that includes organization development, Talent management, succession planning, and emergency response.
  • Together with the coordination team, plan HR operational and budget needs in order to efficiently ensure the required HR sizing and capabilities of the mission.
  • Talent Management and Succession Planning by working closely with the Country Management Team and Senior Managers to ensure effective talent management mechanisms are in place. With a specific focus on the nationalization of some posts.
  • Coordinate the implementation of career development programs to high potential collaborators in order to increase long-term commitment and contribution.

Administrative Management National Staff:

  • Coordinate the administrative management of National staff: contract, leaves, identification, mission orders, Job descriptions, staff files, etc.
  • Performance management cycle (probation, interim review, and annual review). Where concerns are identified to proactively encourage managers to address these by collaboratively implementing quality performance improvement plans.
  • Coordinate the implementation of “Feedback and development review” and Performance Objectives (POP)
  • Works with the Coordinator and Admin Manager, Staff representative on liaison, dialogue, communication, and understanding of policies.
  • Supports Coordination decisions with appropriate HR solutions in disciplinary procedures.
  • Support the Coordination and projects in managing the investigation of Fraud and the HR disciplinary process.
  • Provide support and guidance to line management in handling staff conflicts
  • Coordinate the proper implementation of Homere (HR management software) including the preparation of the payroll (in line with local legislation regarding social security/tax payments).
  • Responsible for day-to-day workforce relations to include ensuring that work environments and workplace practices promote a positive employee relations environment free of discrimination, harassment, or any form of unfair or unethical practice.
  • Conduct investigations, site assessments, and all related forms of complaints that ensure objective evaluation and resolution of issues with HR.
  • Carry on market Benchmarking when need is, function and salary grid review for ALIMA staff as well as incentive grid for Ministry of Health staff.

Expatriate Staff Management:

  • Together with Dakar and Abuja administration office, manage the international staff movement: arrival, departure, passport, resident card, visa, and flight tickets
  • Support the teams on breaks and annual leaves planning
  • Supervise the expatriates’ follow-up update and send to HQ
  • collaboratively with fields administration Managers, ensure intermediary and final appraisals are done and sent to the Desk HR manager
  • Ensure the constitutions of international staff files and provide the necessary documents (Visa On arrival and its renewal, ALIMA ID card, Mission order, residency permit…)
  • Organize briefings for international staff at their arrival and present the mission’s policies and regulations.
  • Ensure the follow-up of flight tickets’ expiration date is properly done.
  • Communicate the end of mission information to HQ administration and departure office
  • Support the Head of Mission in Expatriates HR Management: conflicts management, feedback of individual interviews, forecast and anticipate recruitments, Job descriptions redaction, etc.

Responsible for the internal procedure and Country legal procedure (procedures, legal surveillance:

  • Coordinate the implementation of all administrative local protocols and procedures, organize regular information meetings with all the personnel and systematically participate in briefings of all the coordinators and managers concerned (national and international).
  • Coordinate and supervise the implementation of administrative procedures related to the employment contracts of ALIMA staff in the mission, in particular everything related to the CV, cover letters, business certificates, diplomas, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), certificates of marital status, access cards to the attention health, vacation request forms, Certificates of residence … to comply with the legislation in force in the country.
  • Define and coordinate the local implementation of a fair rewarding policy in accordance with ALIMA policies and local regulations.
  • Train and ensure the staff is well informed of the Code of Conduct, ALIMA Charter, Management of Abusing Behavior, Terms and Conditions of Employments (TCE), essential policies, and HR topics.
  • Supervise monthly calculations of salaries and taxes, in order to ensure internal equity, adequate competitiveness, and legal compliance.
  • Carry on all the processes to get an Employer PIN number for ALIMA (social security/pension, NHF, PAYE, NSITF, etc.)
  • The focal point for the link with ALIMA lawyer in order to get legal advice for any sensitive HR or administrative issue or process.

Recruitment Management:

  • Support the coordination and the projects team in recruitment processes, ensuring coherent management of administrative and legal procedures all across the mission
  • Oversee full-cycle recruitment process; develop candidate rosters, employing traditional sourcing strategies, actively network and employ innovative, creative recruiting methods to hire the best talent.
  • Responsible for timely execution of the recruitment process for key senior positions in the mission. Keeping an overview of ongoing recruitments, informing project, and coordinating on progress.
  • Ensure that managers are trained in the implementation and following up of ALIMA recruitment procedures.
  • Ensures the Project’s recruitment approaches and staff capacity-building initiatives support Altima’s philosophy of career development for National staff.

General administration- Movements- reporting:

  • Define and coordinate the internal communication policy, in collaboration with all field coordination teams, organize personnel meetings and broadcast ALIMA values and vision, in order to boost people’s commitment, active participation, and adherence to corporate values.
  • Centralizes monthly all the organization organograms of the mission and makes sure they reflect the reality on the ground.
  • Support in Administrative related issues such as ALIMA registration in Nigeria, Immigration facilities, and process in Nigeria
  • Compile, check, analyze and send Monthly HR reports to HQ
  • Participate in HR Group meetings

Experience and Skills

  • Essential, Degree / Diploma in HR Management / Administration / Business Administration / Law or related field.
  • Minimum of 3 years of demonstrable relevant Human Resources experience.
  • Working experience in management positions is essential.
  • Working experience with an international medical NGO is an asset.
  • Fluency in English. Speaking French is an asset.
  • Essential, computer literacy (word, excel, internet). The knowledge of Homere (HR management software) is highly appreciated.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and teamwork.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Negotiation skills.

Remuneration and Benefits

  • Salary: Depending on experience.

ALIMA pays for:

  • Travel costs between the expatriate’s country of origin and the mission location
  • Accommodation costs
  • Medical cover from the first day of the contract to a month after the date of departure from the mission country for the employee
  • Evacuation of the employee.

Application Closing Date
20th May, 2022.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • To apply, please send your CV and cover letter
  • Applications are processed in the order of arrival and we reserve the right to close the offer before the term initially indicated if a good application is successful.
  • Only full applications will be taken into account.
  • Only accepted applications will be contacted.
  • Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
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