People & Culture Assistant

Closing date

Organisational profile

Urgent Action Fund-Africa (UAF-Africa) is a feminist, pan-African, Rapid Response Fund committed to transforming power relations through resourcing African feminists and womn human rights defenders and their formations as an act of solidarity. Recognising the need to move resources rapidly on a continent where opportunities and threats arise and decline quickly, UAF-Africa uses a Rapid Response Grant making mechanism to support unanticipated, time sensitive, innovative and unique initiatives that promote womn’s agency in peace and political participation, social and economic power building as well as natural resources governance and stewardship. The Fund works to support African Womn Human Rights Defenders (AWHRDs), particularly in the feminist and womn’s rights movements, in their actions, which enable them to support and sustain themselves, each other and their work before, during and after urgent situations.

UAF-Africa mobilises resources from a broad base of international and increasingly local funders committed to protecting and advancing womn’s rights and feminist agendas in Africa. Our primary purpose is to provide funding to AWHRDs and their groups, organisations and the movements to help them prepare for and navigate urgent situations with appropriate actions. This puts them in the position to support and sustain themselves, each other and their work during and after the urgent circumstances they find themselves.

UAF-Africa is registered in Kenya and Zimbabwe. Operating as a virtual organisation, the Fund boasts of strategic physical presence in East Africa: Nairobi, Kenya and Kampala, Uganda; North Africa: Cairo, Egypt; Central Africa: Bujumbura, Burundi and Yaounde, Cameroon; Southern Africa: Harare, Zimbabwe; Antananarivo, Madagascar and West Africa: Abuja, Nigeria, Cotonou, Benin and Dakar, Senegal.

Position Overview

The People & Culture Assistant will perform a range of HR tasks to support accurate formulation, analysis and implementation of UAF-Africa’s policies and procedures and facilitate the effective functioning of a people-focused, culture oriented and strategy-driven HR service within UAF-Africa. Working on the African continent to support the mandate of the Fund, the People & Culture Assistant position will be based in the successful candidates’ Southern African country of residence. The candidate reports directly to the Head People & Culture.


Specific Responsibilities

HR Administration

· Effectively extract, input, compile and arrange personal data from different sources in the human resource database;

· Review supporting documentation for processing various actions;

· Maintain accurate attendance registers, leave reports, and other related HR forms and reports;

· Drafting of detailed Terms of Reference for inclusion within the body of all employment contracts;

· Answer various enquires and supply readily available information from office files, databases, working closely with other organisational portfolios as appropriate;

· Draft routine correspondence and initiate process for the preparation of all staff support documentation (visas, identification, bank accounts, etc);

· Assist supervisor in auditing the contractual status of all employees on various appointments;

· Ensure the timely preparation and issuance of contract renewals and annual personnel action forms;

· Ensure that physical and online personnel files for all staff are maintained and all documentation is complete;

· Update confidential personnel information and documents, and ensure relevant documents are kept in their respective files;

· Assist in drafting administrative reports; routine correspondence; arrange for briefings and debriefings and take notes at meetings;

· Keep abreast of UAF-Africa issued human resource manuals, rules, regulations, guidelines, and circulars to enable effective, accurate and consistent administration of same.

Benefits and Entitlements Administration

· Ensure that staff salaries, pay-slips, leave policy, entitlements, health insurance, pension benefits, travel claims and allowances are administered accurately and consistently with appropriate record keeping and reporting to the Head People & Culture.

· Working closely with Finance, verify benefits and other human resources related claims for accuracy and conformance with HR rules and regulations;

Staff Training & Development

· Assist supervisor to administer the annual 360 Degree Performance Management tool through out the Fund;

· Search for, retrieve, compile, assemble and archive statistical data from computer files, records, reports or from other sources for internal & external use where need be;

· Collect and maintain information on various training schedules and institutions (course schedules, curricula, and cost) both regionally and internationally to support staff development;

· Assist supervisor plan for and coordinate internal staff trainings i.e. induction, orientation, policy and procedures refresher sessions and any other HR related trainings;

· Maintain a current database of expert consultants in various fields for consultancies where need arises.


Degree in Human Resources Management, Social Sciences or other relevant qualifications.

HR Profession Knowledge

· Knowledge of general HR administrative work practices and methods, gained through relevant technical training and experience;

· Good communication skills and basic understanding of HR principles and their application in order to respond to and resolve general HR queries;

· Ability to develop and maintain relationships with a wide range of individuals in order to provide a high quality support service;

· Ability to monitor and record personnel files and documentation in an organized manner and in line with compliance standards.

Skills and Experience

· Minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience working in or with organizations in Africa, preferably womn’s rights or social justice oriented organisations;**

· With initiative and good judgement produces organized, accurate and well detailed records and well analysed data;**

· Addresses unforeseen situations seeking advice and direction from supervisor, as required;**

· Ability to review a variety of data, identify and adjust data discrepancies;**

· Identify and resolve day to day HR operational problems with substantial independence and offer efficient alternatives of working;**

· Ability to acquire or give factual information of a non-routine nature involving interpretation of facts and requiring clarity of expression;**

· Ability to perform detailed work, frequently of a confidential nature and/or to handle a large volume of work systematically, optimally and accurately;**

· Ability to train, orient other staff regarding relevant HR processes and policies;**

· Ability to work and contribute on a team and coordinate assignments to achieve common goals;**

· Excellent written and verbal communications in English. French, Portuguese, Kiswahili and Arabic a plus;**

· Some knowledge and understanding of womn’s human rights issues in Africa;

· Passionate about UAF-Africa’s mission, committed to teamwork, and achieving results; including a commitment to trust-based transformative grantmaking, community-led development, and grassroots movement building;

· Experience working in a virtual set up with seamless task coordination, managing multiple deadlines;

· Strong analytical, presentation, planning and organisational skills;

· Self-starter and proactive, with an ability to make decisions under conditions of uncertainty;

· Proven experience working effectively in a cross-cultural team;

· Flexible and willing to perform other tasks as assigned, in a fast-paced, team-oriented work environment;

· UAF-Africa is a part of a global UAF-Sisterhood network and staff are expected to occasionally work collaboratively with UAF-Sister Funds.

Work Environment

This is a regional position that involves some national, regional and international travel. UAF-Africa is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices. In order to build the strongest possible workforce, UAF-Africa actively seeks a diverse applicant pool. The Fund is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. The position can be based in Southern Africa.

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter, and CV to with “People & Culture Assistant” in the subject line. No phone calls please.