Human Resources Officer
We are looking for a dynamic and experienced HR Officer to join the Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development (HROD) Unit. The role’s primary focus will be on talent acquisition. The HR Officer will closely collaborate with the Head of HROD to develop an annual staffing plan and manage the recruitment cycle, ensuring diversity and inclusion. They will oversee the organisation’s induction programmes and facilitate ongoing training initiatives. 20% of the role is dedicated to various HR projects, such as policy updates, staff engagement activities, and process streamlining, as delegated by the Head of HROD. Overall, the HR Officer will provide key support in organisational development, requiring a combination of strategic planning and hands-on execution skills.
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), based in Kathmandu, Nepal, is the leading institute for the study of the Hindu Kush Himalaya. An intergovernmental knowledge and development organisation with a focus on climate and environmental risks, green economies, and sustainable collective action, we have worked in our eight regional member countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan – since our foundation.
Entering our 40th year, ICIMOD is perfectly positioned to support the transformative action required for the HKH to face the challenges of the escalating effects of climate change, pollution, water insecurity, increased disaster risk, biodiversity loss, and widespread socioeconomic changes. We seek to raise our ambition to support the required transformative action to step up our engagement through to 2030.
Responsibilities and task
The HR Officer will be responsible for delivering results in line with the commitments we have made in our and our .
1. Talent acquisition (50% of the role):
• Support the Head of HROD to formulate an annual staffing plan for the organisation and support the successful execution of this plan through timely actions and constant monitoring
• Assist supervisors/managers from different teams in crafting comprehensive terms of reference or job descriptions for new roles, ensuring alignment with ICIMOD’s needs
• Manage the end-to-end recruitment process with minimal supervision, which includes advertising job openings, administering assessments, and concluding the selection of candidates
• Aid the Head of HROD during the final stages of the recruitment process, including the negotiation of salary packages
• Keep an up-to-date and detailed database/tracker that encapsulates all aspects of the recruitment and selection process, allowing for quick retrieval and analysis of data
• Submit weekly reports to the Head of HROD, outlining the progress of ongoing recruitment efforts
• Draft a quarterly metrics dashboard and compile insightful data on recruitment trends, supporting data-driven decision-making at the management level
• Proactively suggest innovative (digital) tools and solutions to refine the recruitment process, aiming to improve efficiency and the overall experience for candidates and hiring teams
• Advocate for diversity and inclusion throughout the organisation, with special focus on ensuring an equitable recruitment process
2. Learning and development (30% of the role):
• Manage the organisation’s induction and orientation programme for new staff and routine refresher sessions for upskilling existing staff
• Facilitate the design and rollout of learning and development programmes that align with the organisation’s strategic objectives
• Assess organisational and individual training needs, pinpointing areas where skill development could boost performance
3. Other projects (20% of the role):
• Offer support for an array of HR projects and initiatives as delegated by the Head of HROD as and when needed, including but not limited to:
o Updating policies and procedures
o Conducting staff engagement activities
o Addressing employee relations issues
o Streamlining various HR processes
o Generating HR reports
Skill and Competencies
Reporting and supervising
The HR Officer will report to the Head of HROD and will work in close collaboration with the hiring managers from different programmes and units. In addition, this role works extensively with diverse internal and external stakeholders such as selection panels, candidates, and external HR agencies.
You will be working in a cross-cultural, impact-oriented environment at ICIMOD’s head office in Kathmandu, Nepal. Occasional travel in the HKH region will be required. Kathmandu is a lively and exciting place to live. People are friendly, living costs are comparatively inexpensive, food is delicious (with a range of local and international cuisines), and there are good local and international schools and a low crime rate. Nepal offers amazing trekking trails, white water rafting, and safaris, combined with a rich culture and charming yet lively nightlife.
This is an international position at ICIMOD. Remuneration is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Salaries and benefits at ICIMOD are competitive compared with other international organisations. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, which includes a provident fund, health insurance, severance pay, children’s education grant, and paid leave (30 holidays and 10 public holidays per year).
For expatriates, there is a tax exemption in Nepal; they are responsible for their home country’s tax payments. Expatriate staff are entitled to housing allowance, annual home leave ticket, shipment of personal effects, and an installation and removal allowance.
Gender and Equity Policy
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and safeguarding
ICIMOD’s human resource selection process is based on the qualifications and competence of the applicants. As an employer, ICIMOD is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, and offers equal opportunities to applicants from all backgrounds and walks of life, including but not limited to gender, age, national origin, religion, race, caste, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or social status. ICIMOD strongly encourages applications from all eligible applicants, especially women, from all parts of the HKH region.
ICIMOD is dedicated to establishing and upholding a safe and nurturing work environment, where all its employees can participate fully and meaningfully without fear of violence, harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. Any type of abuse or harassment, including sexual misconduct [including child abuse], by our staff, representatives, or stakeholders is not condoned or tolerated.
ICIMOD’s core values
Our core values are integrity, neutrality, relevance, inclusiveness, openness, and ambition. These values are an expression of our culture and are central to the guiding beliefs and principles of our work and behaviour. Our core values will lie at the heart of ICIMOD operations and delivery. They will underpin everything we do and frame how we work with our partners. They reflect our founding intentions and the balances we seek to hold, while equipping ourselves for the future.
Two year/s, with a probation period of six months. There is a possibility of extension subject to performance and ICIMOD’s future funding levels.
Method of application
Applicants are requested to apply online before 2 January 2024 (11:59 PM Nepal Standard Time) through ICIMOD Online Application System.
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.
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