People Operations Manager at Laterite


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  • Company: Laterite
  • Location: Kenya
  • State: Nairobi
  • Job type: Full-Time
  • Job category: Human Resource Management Jobs in Kenya
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Job Description

Laterite is a data, research and technical advisory firm that helps clients understand and analyse complex development challenges. We define ourselves by our ability to embrace and deploy innovative research technologies and methodologies. We use an anti-disciplinary approach, borrowing methods not only from econometrics but other fields as well. Incorporating these latest innovations in our project work and introducing them to our clients motivates us. We strive to play an active role in transforming development research, to make it more rigorous and impactful.

About the Role 

Laterite is looking for a passionate people development professional to lead efforts in managing employee experience within the organization. The role will focus on establishing processes to ensure top-notch staff recruitment, development, and growth as well as be responsible for putting systems in place to provide long-term visibility on careers at Laterite. Additionally, the role holder will empower managers, maintain wellbeing, and also be responsible for helping Laterite reinforce the team’s ethos as they grow, including their culture, the spirit of learning and discovery, and their focus on rigor and structure. The position can be located in any of their offices in Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, Kampala, Kigali, Dar es Salaam or Nairobi.

Key Responsibilities
  • Identify, develop and implement programs/systems that facilitate staff learning, growth and retention, and ensure that learning and growth opportunities are equitably accessed.
  • Collaborate with the management team to think through the organization’s development strategy and review career paths to ensure staff are provided with individual career plans and longer-term visibility on their potential growth trajectory.
  • Review current systems for performance evaluation to ensure they align with Laterite’s strategic learning objectives and enable staff to grow professionally.
  • Strengthen decision-making processes around staff promotions, including reviewing transition points between roles and teams.
  • Put in place systems to assess staff needs, ensuring their wellbeing and pre-empting emerging issues.
  • Strengthen overall management through coaching, regular advice, and other initiatives to managers.
  • Work with Laterite’s leadership to introduce structures, systems, and initiatives that will help them maintain their team ethos as they grow, including the team culture, the innovation spirit and the emphasis they place on research quality.
  • Lead the recruitment function at Laterite with the support of an HR Associate to ensure the organization continues to attract the best talent.
  • Serve as a member of Laterite’s senior management team, helping promote and achieve their mission and corporate goals.
Does this sound like you?
  • At least 5+ years of experience leading the people function within a professional services environment (e.g., consultancy, start-up) or in an international development organization. A Master’s degree in human resources, business, or any other affiliated field is an added advantage.
  • An accomplished people management professional who cares deeply about the professional development experience of teams and has the knowledge and experience to help Laterite strengthen its people management function.
  • Demonstrated experience developing systems to improve staff experience, retention and general wellbeing with special emphasis on building careers and coaching managers.
  • A self-motivated team leader with the experience and expertise of leading the people function and strengthening company culture and ethos.
  • A proactive manager who is constantly assessing individual and organizational needs to design tools that will help Laterite’s teams succeed.
  • An excellent communicator with the ability to engage and support all teams across the company, from senior management to support staff, in a highly diverse and multicultural company such as Laterite.
  • A leader with a learning mindset and passion for improving systems to enhance people’s experiences in the workplace.
  • A manager who is also a humble learner and has the ability to listen to both junior and senior staff.
  • Demonstrated ability working with senior management teams to improve how organizations support career growth including performance reviews, promotion decisions, and professional development.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (in English).

Additionally, Laterite is looking for:

  • A leader with excellent interpersonal skills who thrives in a fast-paced environment where timelines can be unpredictable.
  • Someone interested in international development work particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa
Method of Application
Submit your CV and Application on Company Website : Click Here Closing Date : 2 May. 2022
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