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HR Manager Cameroon - Cameroon


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

Do you want to be part of establishing a new country programme? NRC is looking for an experienced Human Resource Manager for a new country programme in Cameroon.

NRC is seeking to expand our programmes in the Lake Chad Basin beyond our current presence in Nigeria. Assessments in the North and East of Cameroon are currently being conducted and we expect to start operations in the country soon.

The purpose of the HR Manager is to be responsible that the HR system is according to NRC standard and to support programme/project implementation.

Job description

Establish a HR structure in NRC Cameroon at country and field level, in accordance with NRC requirements and within legal frameworks of Cameroon
Accountable for the proper implementation of all NRC HR policies, handbooks tools, and procedures in NRC Cameroon.
Establish a robust HR team in the country office and, as applicable, in the area office(s)
Establish office administration routines in the country office including administration of offices, guest houses, visa requirements, travel bookings, training administration, drafting of official letters as well as other administrative tasks
Analyse the local labour market in order to implement workforce planning
Develop Terms of Employment, a pay structure and payroll for national staff, in accordance with NRC requirements and within legal frameworks of Cameroon.
Develop job descriptions for NRC Cameroon in accordance with the NRC generic job description standards.
Establish and implement recruitment procedures in accordance with NRC requirements and local labour legislation
Train the HR teams and line managers, on all relevant HR tools and procedures, including, but not limited to setting induction processes.
Provide support to line managers in the implementation of the NRC performance management system

The HR Manager reports to Country Director.


Minimum 3 years of experience from 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 French and English, both written and verbal
Knowledge of the context in Central and West Africa, particularly Cameroon.
Experience with building an HR structure.
Experience with start-up programs in a complex environment.

Personal qualities

Managing resources to optimize results
Initiating action and change
Managing performance and development
Empowering and building trust
Handling insecure environments

All employees of the Norwegian Refugee Council should be able to adhere to our Code of Conduct and the four organizational values: Dedicated, innovative, inclusive and accountable


  • English
  • French

We offer

Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s International general directions
Duty station: Yaoundé, Cameroon, with frequent travel to the field
Duration:18 months

Application procedures and CV registration: Please note that you are required to enter the geographical location for all your previous positions while registering your CV. There is no specific field for this information in our CV form, but you can use the "Company name" field for both company and location.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Yaoundé
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Emergency Aid
    • Human Resources
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2017-04-24

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