Human Resources & Operations Officer

at The African Academy of Sciences
Published September 22, 2022
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Category Human Resource  
Job Type Full Time  


Organisation overview


The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is a non-aligned, non-political, not-for-profit pan African organisation headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, whose vision is to see transformed lives on the African continent through science. Our tripartite mandate is recognising excellence through the AAS’s highly prestigious fellowship and award schemes, providing advisory and think tank functions for shaping Africa’s Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) strategies and policies and implementing key STI programmes addressing Africa’s developmental challenges. The current strategy for the AAS focuses on five strategic focus areas: Environment and climate change, health and wellbeing, natural sciences, policy and governance and social sciences and humanities. The AAS’s mission is to leverage resources through excellence and thought leadership for sustainable development.


Role overview


AAS seeks a Human Resources & Operations Officer to join the HR & Operations department, the team responsible for people management at the AAS. He/she will assist with employee integration, health, safety and welfare, handling staffing issues up to separation and other operational issues within the AAS.


Duties and responsibilities


Provide counselling on policies and procedures

Support the development and implementation of HR initiatives and systems

Being actively involved in the recruitment by preparing job descriptions in liaison with departmental heads, posting job adverts and ensuring the hiring process is transparent and within policy guidelines

Provide clerical and administrative (operational) support to AAS employees

Compiling and updating employee records (hard and soft copies).

He/she will act as the liaison between HR and employees, ensuring smooth communication and prompt resolution of requests and questions.

Coordinate HR projects (meetings, training, surveys etc) and take minutes.

Manage employee pension and benefits administration.

Assist in payroll preparation by providing relevant data (absences, bonus, leaves, etc).

Deal with employee requests regarding human resources issues, rules, and regulations.

Conduct internal and coordinate external trainings with facilitators

Coordinate communication with candidates and schedule interviews.

Conduct initial orientation to newly hired employees.

Uploading the (HRIS) data for accuracy and updating it from personnel files for completeness and accuracy ensuring employee database is updated.

Collate required competency, experience, and individual staff qualifications from the personnel files.

Reorganizing the staff files as directed and retagging in a retrievable manner.

Assist in scanning of the personnel documents that will be used in the document management system (DMS) currently being implemented by ICT.

Updating the staff files with all the DocuSign Documents and Other Documents.

Updating the AAS staff Master List to ensure completeness and accuracy.

Updating the AAS Master Leave Register ensuring accuracy.

Any other duties that may be assigned to you.

Qualifications and competencies


Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, Business Management/Administration with a bias in Human Resources or related (essential); Master’s degree an added advantage

Exposure to Employment law and employment equity regulations.

Must be a registered member of Institute of Human Resources Management (IHRM)/any other accredited HR Professional Institute

Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) a prerequisite

At least 4-5 years’ relevant experience in busy HR environment

Additional information


This is a fixed term engagement. The successful candidate will be engaged full time (40 hours/ week) for a period of 1 year working at the AAS offices in Nairobi, Kenya.



How to apply

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their application attaching the Job Application Form (JAF) together with a one-page cover letter, curriculum vitae/ resume.


Applications should be sent with the subject ‘HR & Operations Officer

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