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HR Manager

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Job Description

Somaliland – HR Manager

Company Overview

The Pharo Foundation (“Foundation”) is a privately funded entrepreneurial organisation that runs philanthropic programmes as well as for-profit social enterprises. The Vision of the Foundation is an economically vibrant and inclusive Africa. The Mission is to achieve the Vision by investing in the human and physical capital of Africa, with an emphasis on job creation.

Established in 2011, the Foundation has already carried out more than 30 projects primarily in Ethiopia, and Somaliland. The key themes for the philanthropic side of the Foundation are education, health, water and agriculture. One such example is a girls’ boarding school in Western Ethiopia, which will provide secondary education for 240. Most recently, the Foundation took over the running of SOS schools in Somaliland, which caters for 850 students from KG to secondary, a further testament to the Foundation’s dedication and growth plans in Somaliland.

Headquartered in London, the Foundation also has an operational HQ in Nairobi and offices in Hargeisa, Addis Ababa and Assosa.

Position Summary

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a HR Manager to join The Pharo Foundation in Hargeisa. You will be motivated by the opportunity to play a key role in the success of multiple programmes in the country.

Collaborating with the senior teams in Hargeisa Somaliland and Nairobi, Kenya you will be at the forefront of defining and implementing the human capital strategy across a diverse portfolio of programmes in Somaliland. Critical to success in this role will be your ability to help infuse the vision, mission and values of the Foundation and create the culture that derives from these principles. With the Foundation’s ambition to grow as a large private sector employer in Somaliland, your role in ensuring a positive employee experience is key to the overall success of the Foundation. You will therefore define and lead the organisation’s approach to employee engagement in country.

This strategic HR position requires you to understand the objectives and goals of the Foundation and to work with the teams to create human capital strategies that align with these objectives in Somaliland. Capable of being a mentor and guide to your HR reports, and beyond to the rest of the organisation in Somaliland (teams are in Hargeisa and Sheikh), you will help them to implement best practice HR policies and procedures. The challenge will be to ensure a uniformity of excellence in the HR function whilst accounting for diverse operating environments.

Sharing the Foundation’s passion for talent development, you will create a comprehensive talent management programme in Somaliland. This will be a wide-ranging scheme, which includes talent management, succession planning, building talent pipelines, creating career progression learning and development programmes, retention strategies and all the other aspects required to promote individual satisfaction, team harmony and ensure exceptional overall performance.

Somaliland – HR Manager

Role: HR Manager based in Hargeisa, Somaliland

Reporting to:

  • The Pharo Foundation COO based in Hargeisa, Somaliland
  • The Pharo Foundation Head HR Director based in Nairobi, Kenya

Functional Relationships:

  • Head of Finance, Hargeisa, Somaliland
  • Head of Programmes, Hargeisa, Somaliland

External Relationships, among others:

  • Employment authorities
  • Government stakeholders service providers

Direct reports:

  • HR teams in programmes in Somaliland

Key duties and responsibilities in coordination with the Head HR Director in Nairobi, Kenya

  1. Human Resources Development and Management
  • To expand and strengthen our Somaliland team by recruiting the best talent possible domestically and from the diaspora.
  • To provide solid leadership, inspiration and mentorship to the team.
  • To ensure that an employee handbook and other guidelines are compliant with the Foundation’s HR policies and the local employment law and regulations are updated on a regular basis.
  • To identify the training needs of staff and ensure processes are in place to support and encourage appropriate personal and professional development of staff within the context of the organisational objectives.
  1. Security, Health and Safety
  • To ensure that the health and safety policy is regularly reviewed, and all staff are aware of this policy and follow its guidelines.
  • To ensure that Risk Assessments of all Foundation places of work are performed annually.
  • To comply with other relevant policies and procedures as they are developed.

Qualification Requirements

  • The ideal person should possess a postgraduate qualification (minimum required is Bachelors Degree but Masters Degree is preferred) and/or membership of a professional association.
  • S/He must possess a minimum of eight (8) years professional experience; three (3) of these must have been in senior management roles.
  • Prior experience of working across diverse entities or subsidiaries is a distinct advantage but as a minimum each candidate must be able to demonstrate strong HR leadership in sizeable companies or divisions.

Somaliland – HR Manager

  • S/He is an excellent bilingual communicator, written and spoken, in Somali and English.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Strong and charismatic individual with solid pedigree and experience of working for and leading the HR function in significant organisations. Experience of leading the HR function in significant organisations.
  • Superb management skills: able to manage and motivate a wide variety of employees from diverse backgrounds in a professional and compelling manner.
  • S/He is someone who respects and understands the local culture and values and yet embraces and can work within European work ethics and standards.
  • Problem solving and creative thinking skills: the ability to get results in unstructured environments, solid track-record for growing businesses and implementing best practice policies and processes.
  • Self-assured, internally motivated and passionate individual with outstanding communication skills driven to succeed and make a difference.
  • Must possess high levels of integrity, resilience, accountability, commitment and determination.

Deadline of application: 3 October 2019.

Please send the information listed below, as a single PDF file, to the following email address:


  1. A detailed CV and Covering Letter,
  2. A 1,000-word essay on both of these: 1. What experience have you gained that makes you think that you are the most qualified candidate for the role? 2. How would you motivate the Somaliland team and work with them in promoting the Foundation’s work?
  3. A one-page list of five references with current addresses, phone numbers, and email contacts.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted, due to the expected high volume of applicants.


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