HR Manager

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In 2013, we launched a new venture to build the first pan-African network of high-quality, affordable university programs, enabling even students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed. Nearly 300 students are now enrolled in Kepler.

Africa has the fastest-growing youth population in the world, but its education systems are not ready to unleash what could be the transformative generation of talent that permanently changes the face of the continent. Studies show that more earning potential is unlocked with each year of higher education than any other period of study. We aspire to help unleash a generation of African students who otherwise would lack the opportunity to achieve their potential.

HR Manager

Operations – Kimironko, Kigali

Generation Rwanda/Kepler

About Generation Rwanda/Kepler

  • The challenge: All across sub-Saharan Africa, millions of young people struggle every day with access to education and employment – and the kinds of livelihoods that lead to economic security and mobility for themselves and their families. Every young person deserves the chance to be educated; every young person deserves the opportunity to have a meaningful job.

  • Who we are: Kepler is a nonprofit university program that is building a transformative model of education-to-employment services for young people across the region. Our ultimate goal is to contribute to the economic mobility of thousands of individuals, families and communities in all of our countries of operation. We want to reimagine what higher education can look like in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • What we do: Through a rigorous curriculum of in-person, online and on-the-job learning, Kepler students graduate with the relevant skills and the right attitude to meet the needs of the changing global economy. We partner closely with Southern New Hampshire University - a global leader in higher education - which allows our students to attain affordable, internationally recognized degrees while studying in East Africa.

  • Our history: Kepler launched in Rwanda in 2013. Our 50+ staff currently serve 550 students across two campuses in Rwanda – our flagship campus in Kigali, as well as a second campus in the Kiziba refugee camp in Western Rwanda, where we serve refugee learners.

  • The future: Kepler has an ambitious new strategy for the next five years, which will include launching in two new countries; expanding our academic offerings; partnering with other public and private sector universities; and reaching a new level of organizational sustainability.

About the Position

The Human Resources Manager will manage HR matters in Rwanda from recruitment to performance reviews, disciplinary action, and learning and development. This role will work with the Operations Director and COO to enhance the organization's talent recruitment and retainment.  

An ideal candidate has worked in an NGO or SME before and has experience hiring, support performance management, using an HRIS and knowledge of Rwanda labor law regulations.

Job Responsibilities

  • With the Ops Director and COO, set annual goals for the HR department and implement key elements of the HR strategy including hiring of staff, managing performance management, managing the HRIS and continued improvements to HR process and talent recruitment and retainment

  • Manage all job postings and hiring processes for the Kigali and Kiziba campuses; provide administrative support as needed for US hires

  • Develop and monitor overall HR strategies, systems, and procedures across the organization

  • Ensure monthly performance conversations are carried out in a timely manner by all managers

  • Prepare and conduct manager’s training on all HR policies and procedures including hiring procedures

  • Answer employee questions about HR programs, policies, and other HR-related items.

  • Manage Human Resources Information System to ensure accurate employee data, benefits administration, paychecks record, performance appraisals, tracking of candidates, tracking of time off records, and automation of other HR processes at Kepler

  • Ensure compliance with labor regulations, including contacts, document management and employee handbook management and acquisition of work visas

  • Oversee the onboarding of new employees and complete exit procedures for departing employees

  • Produce accurate monthly payroll and work closely with finance for on-time processing each month

  • Lead the HR & PD team meetings

  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management or related field, MA in HR or related field, a plus  

  • Knowledge of HR software/HRIS, preferably BambooHR

  • Fluent in English, fluency in Kinyarwanda and/or French, a plus

  • Experience managing staff, interns, and volunteers

  • Interest in listening with staff to ensure the work environment is empowering and motivating

  • Ability to take initiative, work well under pressure, and carry out work independently

  • Ability to use analytics for effective personnel management

  • Excellent oral and written communication

  • Cross-cultural communication skills

Reports to: Operations Director