Mary’s Meals HR & Administration Officer (Maternity Cover) Job in Turkana County

Mary’s Meals (MM) is a global movement supported by people from all walks of life and we are focused on one goal – that every child receives a nutritious daily meal in a place of education.

We continue to change the lives of over 2 million children who today will receive Mary’s Meals. We offer more than just a job; we offer the opportunity to support our global movement in a dynamic and inclusive environment with a real focus on personal development.

Mary’s Meals Kenya (MMK) operates a Primary School Feeding and Early Childhood Development programme in Kenya. Some of our core values are, Confidence in the innate goodness of people, Respecting the dignity of every human being and family life and good stewardship of resources entrusted to us.

In addition to these values, safeguarding of children and Vulnerable adults is at the heart of how we work. We desire that all who are part of Mary’s Meals should embed these values, safeguarding and acceptable behaviors that include Simplicity, Service and Stewardship”.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced candidates for the following post:

HR & Administration Officer (Maternity Cover) – Turkana County

We are delighted to be recruiting for a talented HR & Administration Officer for a 3-months maternity cover to join our team in Lodwar, Turkana County. Reporting to the HR & Administration Manager, the HR& Administration Officer is responsible for providing HR & administration support and professional HR service to staff and managers across Mary’s Meals Kenya.

This will include supporting the processes of: staff recruitment, selection and exit, coordination of induction of new staff, staff performance management, employee relations cases, staff information and reporting, employee payment & benefits.

Key areas of responsibility include:

Support staff recruitment, selection and exit processes:

  • Support the HR & Administration Manager in developing annual workforce plans.
  • Establish standard recruiting and placement practices and procedures assuggested and directed by the HR & Administration Manager
  • Collaborate with line managers to ensure job descriptions are complete and accurate.
  • Prepare notices and advertisements for vacant positions.
  • Support in the longlisting and short listing of applications.
  • Oversee scheduling & organizing of interviews with applicants and appropriate staff and participate in the interviews.
  • Collate information for interview reports and grids for line managers and HR & Administration Manager for review.
  • Communicate to unsuccessful applicants by sending them regrets
  • Conduct reference checks on candidates.
  • Ensure that staff exit procedures comply with Mary’s Meals Kenya
  • Separation policy & procedures and country labour law.

Facilitate the induction of new staff:

  • Prepare and finalize new staff contracts.
  • Support Line Managers in planning induction & training of new staff and ensure that induction checklist forms are submitted to the HR office for filing at the end of the induction period
  • Ensure that new staff submit all the required onboarding documents before signing employment contracts.
  • Ensure that new staff information is recorded and filed properly in paper form and on the HR database.
  • Support in preparing confirmation letters for staff who successfully pass their probation

Monitor staff performance management and professional development:

  • Collaborate with line managers for setting and monitoring of performance objectives for all staff.
  • Maintain and coordinate staff recognition/motivation programmes e.g. team building sessions, employee of the year awards etc.
  • Support the HR & Administration manager in conducting periodical staff training needs assessment & development of annual training plan
  • Organize and track professional development and capacity building activities for staff.
  • Ensure that all staff submit their completed PDR forms to HR for filing on time.
  • Support employee relations cases
  • Ensure that Mary’s Meals Kenya and employee’s interests are protected, and that policies/ practices of the organization are legally compliant.
  • Provide support for disciplinary actions & track and manage investigations and grievance matters in conjunction with the HR & Administration Manager as per the HR policy guidelines.
  • Support the HR & Administration manager in the development and implementation of HR policies & procedures that meet national employment standards and legislation and align with the Mary’s Meals global standards.
  • Support the HR & Administration Manager in carrying out staff engagement surveys and ensure staff participation. Also conduct analysis on engagement levelsand propose resulting actions.

Staff / HR information and reporting:

  • Manage a filing system and database for HR information, including sensitive and confidential information.
  • Collect & evaluate HR data that is used in communicating HR metrics that enable management & senior leadership to make valuable decisions.
  • Organize and maintain staff files so they are accessible and always up-to date
  • Support in the management of the Learning Management system (iLearn).
  • Monitor and evaluate staff absence levels & recommend solutions to resolve absence issues.
  • Support the HR & Administration Manager in preparing internal HR reports including start/end dates, leavers, joiners, leave status, probation, and recruitment timelines.
  • Prepare and submit departmental reports and other briefs as and when required.

Employee compensation and benefits:

  • Maintain accurate records of employment benefits.
  • Ensure that all employees are covered under the appropriate benefits policy e.g. medical insurance, pension fund, WIBA
  • Collaborate with the Finance department for the preparation of monthly payroll.

Qualifications, skills and experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in human resource management or a related discipline
  • Registered member of Institute of Human Resource Management
  • At least 3 years’ work experience as an HR & Admin Officer, HR Assistant, or similar role
  • Demonstrates up to date knowledge of Kenyan employment law and best practice
  • Ability to establish good working relationships and strong communication skills
  • Pro-active and self-motivated
    Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint


  • Experience of working in a not-for-profit organization
  • Strong planning, supervisory, and management skills.
  • Good presentation and facilitation skills for the dissemination of information

How to Apply

Applications stating expected salary and CV (including contacts for three professional referees) should be e-mailed to indicating the position title and applicant’s name in the subject line.

All attached files should be saved under the applicant’s name. Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, 29th October 2021 at 1630 hours.

Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted via official Mary’s Meals email address by latest 12th November 2021.

Mary’s Meals never asks candidates to pay any money or pay for tests at any stage of the interview process. We are committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, and we offer equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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