Senior International Recruiter

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Organization: Management Sciences for Health
Closing date: 31 May 2021


Overall Responsibilities:

MSH seeks a highly motivated and skilled individual with experience in recruiting staff for USAID and other international donor programs to join its Global Human Resources Unit. The ideal candidate will be fluent in French and English, have experience in international development and in recruiting, both local and expatriate staff, ideally within global health.

The Senior International Recruiter is responsible for recruitment related activities including but not limited to the recruitment and retention of qualified candidates and partnering with the staffing coordinator to ensure our projects short and long-term staffing needs – for both temporary and direct hire personnel - are being fulfilled. S/he will play a vital role to build internal and external relationships, becoming an essential team member in the delivery of superior customer service. The job responsibilities include but are not limited to identifying future hiring needs, designing job descriptions, sourcing candidates through databases, conducting interviews, filing paperwork. S/he is responsible to provide leadership and guidance on international recruiting efforts for MSH’s core technical areas in public health whilst being legally compliant. S/he will also develop collaborative partnerships with MSH’s Technical, Business Development, Budget, and Project Management Teams.


Recruitment 90%

  • Lead and manage complex recruitment assignments that require creative application of recruiting knowledge to identify top talent for MSH vacancies for assigned global positions.

  • Partnering with the Project Managers – HR team and Operations Managers in assigned region, develop strategies to proactively recruit and meet hiring needs. Attend MSH meetings as agreed with project management, and present strategies.

  • Provide support, training and assistance to MSH staff within region in managing applicant tracking within the automated applicant tracking system, as well as managing specific areas of MSH related to recruiting activities (i.e., posting job openings, etc.)

  • Assist with in-organization hiring activities on a planned or periodic ‘as needed’ basis, by supporting on MSH hiring events, and assisting in interviewing and hiring process during peak times, or for special hiring events.

  • Screen, select, interview and evaluate potential candidates from experienced professionals to project hires. Manage the recruiting lifecycle from intake to onboarding ensuring positive candidate and hiring manager experience.

  • Identifies alternative recruitment methods such as online recruitment methods, professional organizations, technical programs and universities to target technically skilled individuals requiring highly specific industry certifications.

  • Ensures compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws related to employment with the support of the regional partner for guidance on relevant laws; negotiate and extend job offers which align with MSH’s compensation philosophy and collect all appropriate documentation and approvals to comply with MSH policies.

  • Leads recruitment effort through the implementation of diversity recruitment initiatives, as well as participating in applicable recruitment conferences and outreach efforts.

  • Remains up-to-date on latest recruitment technologies, makes recommendations on recruitment sourcing initiatives and advises client groups of latest resources.

  • Perform other duties as requested by manager.

Other Duties 10%

  • Assist in strategic workforce planning as required for projects and evaluate proposal recruiting related processes

  • Lead initiatives which contribute to the improvement of the overall talent acquisition function to include process improvement, documentation and training of local HR staff and/or recruiters.

  • Manage all recruitments staffing inputs to include candidate matrices, CVs, biodatas, etc.

  • Handle administrative duties and recordkeeping

  • Collect data on cost per hire and time-to-hire

  • Build and maintain database of qualified professionals to rapidly respond to recruiting needs, in addition to sourcing appropriate candidates through a variety of networks, events, databases and online resources

  • Research and recommend new sources for active and passive candidate recruiting



Required: B.S Degree in Human Resources, Business, International Relations or related field.

Preferred: Master’s degree in Human Resources, International Studies, or MPH. HRCI, SHRM and/or AIRS Certification a plus.


  • Minimum of 6 years of recruiting related experience in a government contracting/ professional services environment. Four (4) years of experience in the recruitment of multi-disciplinary staff for international development projects and proposals preferred.

  • Proven work experience as an international Recruiter in Africa

  • Prior experience recruiting within the global health sector advantageous

  • Experience recruiting in fragile states will be an added advantage

Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrated understanding of contractual regulations n recruitment for major donors (USAID, CDC, DfID, World Bank).

  • Strong understanding of contractual regulations in recruitment of key and non-key personnel for projects funded through USAID contracts and cooperative agreements, in addition to other donors.

  • Advanced knowledge of HR and recruiting functions, practices and approaches to include sourcing, research, and cold calling experience with a wide variety of sourcing vehicles, including internet sourcing/advertising, direct sourcing, trade journal/newspaper advertising, employee referral campaigns, job fairs and outplacement firms.

  • Proven success in conducting full cycle recruitment at overseas locations and proven understanding of project start-up.

  • Excellent information management skills, with very strong attention to detail and understanding of requirements

  • Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines and work in a fast-paced, rapidly-changing environment.

  • Solid understanding of policies, principles, practices and procedures of global human resources administration associated with employment, compensation and classification

  • Using innovative networking sources including employee referrals, work with hiring managers to fill positions.

  • Hands-on experience in conducting initial interviews to determine suitability of candidates and making recommendations.

  • Solid ability to conduct different types of interviews (pre-screening, structured, behavioural, competency-based,)

  • Proficiency with Applicant Tracking Systems, LinkedIn, MS Office applications and Human Resources Information Systems; experience in Workday a plus.

  • Full professional proficiency in English and French

  • Critical thinking and analytical skills

  • Ability to prioritize and organize effectively

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information

  • Ability to analyse and interpret data to identify trends

  • Strong knowledge of recruitment trends and technologies


  • Culturally sensitive team player - A people person and strong collaborator with effective interpersonal communication skills who enjoys working across countries, cultures, and organizational units

  • Drive for results – Steadfastly pushes self and others for results.

  • Time Management - Demonstrated ability to work, manage, and meet competing deadlines. Action oriented.

  • Communication - effective written and verbal communication skills required; able to clearly communicate messages in a variety of settings and styles; and capable of managing conflict and conflicting views

  • Customer focus – dedicated to meeting expectations and requirements of internal and external customers

  • Innovation – good at bringing creative ideas forward

  • Strong business acumen and a problem solver

  • Proven ability to organize work and perform independently while closely and appropriately coordinating with team members

  • Extremely organized with the ability to manage competing deadlines

Physical demands: Ability to travel up to 20% to developing countries.

MSH is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, religion, creed, citizenship, national origin, age, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job requirements. MSH will take affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed and that employees are treated without regard to their race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran and disability status. In compliance with U.S. Department of Labor Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Section 4212 of the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act, MSH has developed and maintains an affirmative action program and plan.

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