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Human Resources Specialist (Ukraine Response)

Nadacia Habitat for Humanity International

Information about the position

  • Place of work: Bratislava, Slovakia (Job with occasional home office)
  • Basic wage component (gross) and other rewards: 2 050 EUR/month
  • Start date: ASAP
  • Contract type: full-time

Job description, responsibilities and duties


As millions of refugees flee violence in Ukraine, Habitat for Humanity is on the ground in four neighboring countries – Poland, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia – helping meet the shelter needs of displaced families. We are supporting refugees on the move, supplying them with emergency travel kits and hotel vouchers. Habitat is also working on mid- and long-term accommodations for refugees, by subsidizing rentals, refurbishing communal spaces that can act as shelter and supporting mid-term hosting arrangements with families who have opened up their homes. We also plan to lend our housing and construction expertise to partners who repurpose so-called empty spaces – such as unused schools and factories – to serve as shelter for refugees.

Key Responsibilities:

Analysis of Current and Future Human Resources Needs

- Contribute to plan and define the HR needs in collaboration with the in-country leadership analyzing local capacities and supporting on identifying the optimum team set-up to properly achieve response objectives
- Coordinate with national organizations to define HR strategies at country levels to ensure the national organizations have the capacities and competencies needed, in the short, mid, and long term (recruitment, remuneration, management and learning development plans etc.)
- Provide advice and technical expertise to the national organizations, to design job profiles, organizational charts, and decision-making channels for national positions
- Develop surge rosters from both the internal and external sources to ensure availability of talent to support in the short- and long-term disaster response

Compensation and Benefits

- Support in coordinating salary surveys to benchmarking salaries and benefits for disaster response programming to develop a competitive pack to attract and retain talent and disaster response competencies
- Regularly monitor market changes/ data that would affect compensation in the response program and communicating this to the HRBP and total rewards team
- Regularly monitor the benefits including advising hiring managers on benefits

Employee Relations

- Ensure all recruitment, orientation, duty of care for new staff policies and procedures are up to date and communicated
- Work with hiring managers and the country teams to facilitate pre- deployment inductions and trainings, in country inductions and onboarding for new staff
- Coordinate the psychical support to staff including counselling services, debriefing sessions, developing guidelines to support implementation and guide managers to adequately support teams working on the frontline of the response

Learning and Development

- Consult with key stakeholders to develop learning and development curricula to address skills and competency gaps in disaster response
- Work with Disaster Response, Recovery and Reduction (DR3) team to coordinate regular learning and development initiatives for regular and emergency staff to build capacity in emergency response and preparedness


- Work in close coordination with Response lead, HR team and TA team on staffing and recruitment needs including follow up on position approvals etc.
- Review and post job vacancy information, including details such as duties involved, and other information required to complete a successful identification, selection, and hire
- Recruit approved positions including HR screening, coordinating interviews, communicating with candidates to ensure successful selection
- Answer inquiries from hiring managers and job seekers about current job vacancies
- Ensure proper due diligence regarding the background and reference check process for new hires
- Coordinate the induction and orientation programs for new hires

National Organization Support

- Advise in-country HR staff on all policies and processes related to human resources for Habitat for Humanity International including but not limited to staffing and recruitment, internal processes and policies, benefits, employee relations, on-boarding, duty of care etc.
- Support NO HR staff with the on-boarding process for in-country new hires, including creating, developing, implementing, and participating in orientation sessions
- Identify local resources for recruitment to meet the local hire needs of the disaster response operation
- Support the (NOs) in performance Management process, including Job Plans, Performance Appraisal, and other reviews.
- Monitor the work environment in the different offices and response centers and support NOs in creating conducive/ health and safe work environments.
- Ensure compliance with local labor laws and other regulations.

Information about the selection process

Please send your CV and a motivation letter through the application button on the link below: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Requirements for the employee

Candidates with education suit the position

University education (Bachelor's degree)
University education (Master's degree)

Experience in the position/sector

4 - 7 years overall related experience

Personality requirements and skills

- Bachelor’s degree
- 4 - 7 years overall related experience
- Extensive working knowledge of EU employment laws, practices, and procedures
- Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills
- Proven success in recruitment, including having previously filled Director-level positions
- Ability to multi-task, managing multiple assignments, priorities, and objectives simultaneously
- Ability to train, motivate and successfully influence others in staffing, HR and other disciplines
- Demonstrated ability to develop and implement operational, and tactical staffing and selection plans, strategic sourcing, interview administration etc.
- Experience using MS Office applications; experience with HRIS related software preferred.
- Ability to take initiative and work with little supervision
- Ability to work effectively in a cross-cultural environment with multi-national staff
- Strong oral and written communication skills in English
- Must be available outside of traditional office hours, including weekends and holidays, to meet unpredictable business needs.


- Master’s degree
- At least 2 years’ experience working in a disaster response setting
- Experience with HRIS related software preferred
- Professional HR certification a plus
- Language skills in the country of the response preferred
- Working knowledge of the impacted region and its culture preferred
Active support of HFHI Values & Commitments:
- Humility – We are part of something bigger than ourselves
- Courage – We do what’s right, even when it is difficult or unpopular
- Accountability – We take personal responsibility for Habitat’s mission
- Safeguarding: HFHI requires that all employees take seriously their ethical responsibilities to safeguarding our intended beneficiaries, their communities, and all those with whom we work. Managers at all levels have responsibilities to support and develop systems that create and maintain an environment that prevents harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse, safeguards the rights of beneficiaries and community members (especially children), and promotes the implementation of Habitat for Humanity’s code of conduct.


Brief description of the company

Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1976, is a global, Christian-based nonprofit organization that grew out of an intentionally multi-racial community in rural Georgia. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat brings together people of all faiths and people of no faith to build homes, communities and hope. Working alongside each other, we help families and individuals build and improve places to call home and achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Habitat for Humanity seeks individuals who have a willingness to affirm these principles and values.

At Habitat for Humanity International, we embrace a history rooted in creating equity and take our mission seriously by courageously committing to a culture and workplace where all staff feel safe, welcome, visible, respected, supported and valued. As an equal opportunity employer, we realize that our success depends upon building an inclusive workspace of diverse perspectives and encourage people of varies races, ethnicities, national origins, tribes, religions, ages, gender identities and expressions, genders, sexual orientations, marital statuses, disabilities, veteran/reserve national guard statuses, socio-economic statuses, thinking and communication styles to work with us.

We also require that all staff take seriously their ethical responsibilities to safeguarding our intended beneficiaries, their communities (especially children), and all those with whom we work. In line with the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, all staff must pass a thorough background screening and will be held accountable to upholding our policies around ethical behavior, including safeguarding and whistleblowing.

We invite you to visit our website to learn more about us and how we work.

Number of employees

25-49 employees