HR & Admin Team Leader at Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Job Title: HR & Admin Team Leader

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is seeking to employ a competent, dynamic and self-motivated individual to fill up the HR & Admin Team Leader.

Founded in 1956, The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities – in more than 40 countries around the world. DRC has been implementing emergency response projects in Tanzania since the onset of the Burundi refugee crisis in 2015 in three refugee camps in the Kigoma Region at the border with Burundi. DRC’s integrated projects for refugees, asylum seekers and host communities comprise sectors such as Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), Protection (CBP, PSN, GBV, CP and Legal), Shelter and infrastructure, and Economic Recovery.

Overall purpose of the role:

DRC Tanzania has recently identified the need for further strengthening of its human resources functions, with an especial focus on strengthening the HR capacities in its offices in Kigoma region. It’s DRC ambition to attract and retain the best talent also through meaningful capacity building of its staff. DRC is looking to hire a senior human resource professional who along, with the Support Services Manager, will provide oversight to day-to-day activities in the HR department and will support the Support Services Manager (SSM) with the development and roll out of new human resource policies and procedures for DRC Tanzania and where relevant in Burundi operations.

Main Responsibilities:

Human Resource

  • Lead and manage the HR team (including people planning, performance, well-being, and development)
  • Maintain in depth knowledge of both DRC HR policies as we as Tanzania legal requirements related to the management of employees, reducing legal risks, and ensuring regulatory compliance. Ensure the DRC Tanzania HR Manual is up to date and understood by staff.
  • Support in reviewing and updating job descriptions, structures etc. Ensure job descriptions are in place for all roles and staff have signed and received JDs.
  • Assist in preparation of payroll, WCF, social security and tax submissions etc, ensuring staff records are updated with respective statutory authorities (NSSF, Loan’s Board, WCF.
  • Keep Area manager and Finance Manager up to date with any changes on PAYE, WCF, SDL, Loan’s Board rates as officially communication.
  • Support in creating Debit number for TRA payments (SDL and PAYE)
  • Ensures up-dating and distribution of area office staff lists including contact details on a monthly basis.
  • Support the issuing of new contracts, termination of contracts and other contract notifications.
  • Oversee the recruitment of staff, provide guidance to all staff involved in recruitment processes, develop and adapt policies where required and ensure that they are effective, efficient, fair and transparent, promote equal opportunities also aimed at leading the process of getting more women in senior positions within the organization.
  • Ensure reference check as per DRC’s referencing policy and documents verification to avoid fraudulence before offer letters are made to the successful candidates. Maintain proper documentation of recruitment related files as per set check list.
  • Facilitate HR inductions for all staff, both national and international. Ensure each staff joining is briefed on DRC policies, Code of Conduct and operations handbook and address any needs that might arise.
  • Provide support around performance feedback, coaching, counselling, career development, and identifying and
  • executing appropriate actions up to and including terminations
  • Support in process of staff disciplinary in line with DRC’s disciplinary and grievances policies
  • Ensure sickness and leave records, policies and procedures are followed and up to date.
  • Coordinate with insurance providers and PPS consultant and ensure staff are aware of policies and benefits.
  • Analyze, map and provide data to the SSM and Area Manager which shows improvement\decline of HR systems, policies and procedures.
  • Propose improvements to promote retention of staff including analysis of exit interview feedback.
  • Support the development and roll out of staff capacity building plan, managing capacity building budgets.
  • Ensure efficient electronic filing on Dynamics and other systems granting strict confidentiality of employees’ personal files and other administrative private documents.
  • Conduct regular field visits to review the implementation of human resources and administrative procedures.
  • Participate in the HR induction session for Partners ensuring alignment with DRC policies and procedures.
  • Manage and resolve complex employee relations issues.
  • Consolidates data and prepares reports providing real time information to support the day-to-day HR processes using Dynamics.
  • Support the SSM in preparing policies and SOP’s related to HR department.
  • Participate in area office monthly management meetings and facilitate Quarterly meetings of all staff.
  • Ad hoc tasks and assignments in support of overall HR management


  • Create and maintain a robust filing system, including the archiving of key documents.
  • Roll out and effectively implement HR Dynamics (electronic system) with HR and Field staff, including recording of leave, sickness, performance reporting.
  • Process all necessary agreements, permits and licenses necessary for HR operations. This also includes visas, registration and permits for expatriates.

Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • Have a minimum 4+ years professional experience in Human  Resource Management and policy principles in areas such as recruitment, performance management, staff payroll, tax, labour law.
  • Day to day management and supervision of staff
  • Ability to work independently, take the initiative and take responsibility.
  • Organization and ability to manage priorities.
  • Proactive approach to making proposals and identifying solutions.
  • Previous experience working in an international environment and/or an international organization.


  • University degree in Human Resources management, Business Administration or any related field of study
  • Professional level in dealing with Microsoft office.
  • Previous experience in working with HR\Payroll software.


  • Excellent proficiency in written and spoken English and Swahili.


Employment category: Band G

Reporting to: Area Manager

Technical Line Manager: Head of Support Services

Unit/department: Support Services

Location: Kibondo

Key stakeholders: (internal and external)

  • Donor, coordination bodies
  • Partners
  • Government Bodies (Central and Local)
  • Staff

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies: 

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.

Providing equal opportunities  We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply.

DRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff within its programs. As such, we strongly encourage national and diaspora candidates to apply for this position. However, candidates should take into consideration that DRC cannot employ, under an international contract, a national of the country in which he or she will be working (in this case, the  United Republic of Tanzania)

Promoting high standards : DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.

Application and CV

Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, sent together with a CV, will be considered.

DRC only accepts applications sent via our online-application form on under JOB.