Human Resource Officer at Mercy Corps Nigeria

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.
In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we collaborate to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within, now and for the future.
In Nigeria, Mercy Corps operates in over 13 states focusing on key thematic areas of humanitarian response, conflict mitigation and adolescent girls’ empowerment.

Job Title: Human Resource Officer (Talent Management)


  • The Human Resource Officer (Talent Management, Recruitment, Selection and Onboarding) will work alongside relevant members of the HR Department and be responsible for active and passive recruitment; creating of candidate shortlists and long lists; management of all recruitment and candidate screening software; preparation of pre-hire new hire starter packs; management of communication between both successful and unsuccessful candidates; management of the candidate talent pool and championing of the national & expatriate onboarding process.
  • He/she is also expected to represent Mercy Corps Nigeria externally and to convey compelling employee value propositions based on MCN guiding principles, benefits and areas of expertise.


  • Participate in the development, planning, and implementation of recruiting activities designed to enhance MCN’s ability to attract and retain qualified candidates.
  • Develop strategic relationships with strategic hiring sources (e.g. colleges, universities, networks, associations), ensuring awareness of MCN as a destination employer
  • Recommend strategic and creative sourcing strategies that support MCN’s mission and human resource goals and objectives
  • Work closely with hiring managers to identify personnel needs, job specifications, job duties, qualifications and skills
  • Develop and maintain network of contacts to help identify and source qualified candidates
  • Screen and refer external and internal candidates for additional interviews with others in the organization
  • Review applications/resumes and interview candidates to obtain work history, education, training, job skills, salary requirements and to provide information about the organization and position
  • Participate with managers in interviews, clarifying employment policy and procedures
  • Perform reference and background checks for new hires and discuss results with hiring managers
  • Prepare documentation including remuneration package attached to offers for new hires in accordance with MCN recruitment process flow
  • Assist with the development and presentation of talent acquisition procedures for field and headquarters staff at regional meetings, orientations and training functions
  • Enter and maintain recruitment information in the Applicant Tracking system
  • Perform and promote all activities in compliance with equal employment and nondiscrimination policies; follows federal laws, state laws, Agency policies and the professional standards
  • Conduct public presentations at schools, colleges, organizations, career days, job fairs, etc.
  • Carry out other tasks as needed to fulfill responsibilities


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management/Business or related field
  • 2-5 years of professional experience with at least 4 years of progressive and hands-on HR generalist experience evident in multiple human resource disciplines specifically Recruitment, Selection, Orientation, Onboarding and Talent Management
  • At least three years’ experience in recruiting for the private and/or not for profit sectors
  • Proven experience recruiting for multiple positions within a multi-project/program environment
  • In-depth knowledge of HR and employment laws
  • Ability to design and execute effective and creative recruitment strategies for difficult-to-fill international recruitment assignments
  • Membership of relevant professional body (CIPM, SHRM, etc) is an added advantage
  • Fluency in English is required. Fluency in any other Nigerian languages will be considered a plus.


  • Broad knowledge and experience in employment law, compensation, benefits administration, organizational planning and development, employee relations, recruitment, selection and onboarding
  • Must have excellent skills in the use of all Microsoft office tools
  • Must have previous experience in recruitment and onboarding systems management
  • Must have excellent analytical skills and good reasoning abilities and sound judgment.
  • Must have strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Must exhibit a high level of initiative, flexibility and creativity.
Living / Environmental Conditions:
  • This position will be based in Abuja with estimated 50% travel, primarily to program locations within the Northeast and other conflict-affected states, where security is at times high-risk.
  • Security in Abuja is generally good, although there are times when security is an issue.
  • Housing, health care, water, electricity and consumer goods are all reasonably accessible and there are good international and domestic travel options from Abuja Airport.
Success Factors:
  • The successful candidate will be Customer Service Oriented; an excellent listener; highly extroverted; analytical; Able to relate to people at all levels of an organization; a people person; a Strategic and analytical thinker; Organized and able to multi-task.
  • S/he will also be able to thrive in a fast-paced environment and will demonstrate strong understanding of cultural and social environment that exist both in and out of Nigeria and will have the willingness and ability to work effectively with a wide verity of people.

Location: Abuja - with travel to field locations (50%)

Closing Date
14th March, 2017.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to submit their CV's and Cover Letter in one document, addressing the position requirements to:


  • All applications must include the position title in the subject line, be not more than four pages.
  • Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview and we are an equal opportunity organization so women are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.


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