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Job Notice – HR Specialist

Coalition of African Lesbians – Job Notice

Vacancy:           HR Specialist

Location:          Johannesburg

Deadline:         8 January 2021

About the Coalition of African Lesbians

CAL works to transform Africa into a place where all lesbian, bisexual and queer women enjoy and can access the full range of human rights, secure in the knowledge that we are recognized as full citizens, with rich and diverse cultures, and have a significant and respected presence in all spheres of life; including the socio- political, economic and cultural.

CAL engages in direct action to demonstrate our resistance and rage against those who oppress us; we mobilise our communities and others to take action against patriarchy, homophobia and other forms of oppression; lobby those in power to make decisions that advance our rights; by constantly developing our own analysis and thinking based on our personal and lived experiences as well as realities and learning from others. In this process CAL engages in creating and producing queer and feminist knowledge, and through media and consciousness-raising work, synergizes community building and advocacy to influence the ideas, beliefs and understanding of broader society about justice for LBQ women.

The ideology of CAL is one that is rooted in an analysis of patriarchy and intersecting bases of oppression including race, class, gender, geography, HIV status, age, gender expression, sexual orientation and other factors. As such, the cross-cutting issue that connects different parts of our work, and our work with different movements, is that of the demand for, and shaping of, autonomy over our bodies and lives as people on the margins, including lesbian women and women who have sex with women, women who are sex workers, young women, women living with HIV and those working on and seeking abortion services, all criminalised, stigmatised and marginalised based on sexuality and gender and related factors.  ( )

About the Position

The Human Resources Specialist manages relations between the organisation and its employees and consultants, and all matters pertaining to contracts of employment and contracts for services, and ensures compliance with applicable employment legislation, as well as organisational policies and procedures.


As a core member of the development team, the HR Specialist will report to the Director of Development and will have overall responsibility for developing and implementing a comprehensive human resources management system that ensures the attraction, development and retention of talent capable of contributing effectively in their respective roles to the fulfilment of the organisation’s mandate. Specific duties will include: 

  • Implementation and ongoing revision of the Human Resources Policy and Procedures
  • Interpret, explain and ensure compliance with employment laws, standards and regulations
  • Continued involvement in and refinement of the recruitment process, including generating job descriptions, posting advertisements, and managing the hiring process
  • Design and implementation of staff development and staff wellbeing plans
  • Participate in performance evaluation processes
  • Prepare and maintain employment records related to events such as hiring, termination, leaves, transfers, disciplinary proceedings and promotions
  • Address employee relations issues, such as harassment allegations, work complaints and other employee concerns
  • Schedule and conduct new employee orientation/on-boarding 
  • Conduct exit interviews and ensure that necessary employment termination paperwork is completed  
  • Work with Director of Development to ensure high levels of accountability and credibility in relation to human resource management and leadership
  • Convene and ensure the documentation of all staff meetings
  • Manage the contracting of and relations with all consultants and contractors engaged to support the institutional development or programmatic work of the organisation

Formal requirements

  • Post-secondary qualification in human resources administration or management, or a related field
  • At least five years’ work experience in human resources administration/management at a senior level
  • Strong working knowledge of HR functions and procedures (e.g. pay and benefits, recruitment, training and development)
  • Familiarity with SA labour laws and disciplinary procedures
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (knowledge of HRMS is a plus)

Personal attributes and knowledge

  • Good understanding of CAL’s values and mandate 
  • Personal goals and values that are compatible with the vision, mission and strategic goals of CAL
  • High level of emotional intelligence/empathy and critical thinking
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Problem solving and crisis management ability
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity
  • Ability to participate effectively in a team across multiple locations 
  • Highly organised, efficient, methodical and able to work under pressure
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative while being open, transparent, accountable and consultative
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and deliver tasks on time
  • Strong coordination experience

To apply:

Submit an up to date CV and one-page motivation letter to:          

With copy to:                                                                              

No later than 4pm RSA time on:                                                             

8 January 2021

Do not send copies of certificates.