View Vacancy - AUH - Regional HR Advisor - MENA Regional HR Hub (EO)

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Operations and Corporate Services)
RCSH (Regional Corporate Service Hubs)

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional HR Hub is looking for a Regional HR Advisor. This is for a fixed term contract of three (3) years.

The Regional HR Advisor will lead and manage a best practice HR advisory service to line managers and staff at British diplomatic missions within the Middle East and North Africa. Providing policy support, building stakeholder engagement and guidance on all ER matters across the region. Driving continuous improvement through the use of data driven insights and change initiatives. Be an excellent team player with strong communication and negotiation skills. 

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Providing customer-focused HR advisory service across the entire employee lifecycle,
  • Providing accurate and appropriate ER advice and guidance based on FCDO policies, guidelines and relevant local labour laws,
  • Developing understanding of the organisation and its context; using these insights to tailor solutions and interventions, to meet organisational needs now and in the future,
  • Providing data driven insights to support and drive continuous business improvement and mitigate potential risks,
  • Leading and managing projects end-to-end; applying process and project management skills to deliver effective and cost-efficient HR solutions; managing the change process,
  • As an HR Professional, enhancing the Regional HR Hub presence across the region through own efforts and through continuous stakeholder engagement,
  • Collaborating with Missions to devise and implement practical and timely interventions that will help to create an environment that is conducive to genuine engagement of staff, using engagement data to inform plans that will address critical concerns and drive sustainable organisational performance,
  • Working collaboratively with the HR Team within the Hub and establishing working relationships within the HR Network locally and in the UK
  • Managing, guiding and supporting the assigned team member(s),
  • Seeking continuous improvement, challenging current practice and suggesting innovative solutions.

Resources Managed

Line Management of (1) one Recruitment Officer (AO)

The above list is not exhaustive, and the jobholder will be required to be flexible and take on other ad hoc tasks as required, including participating in the Embassy’s emergency planning and any response to a crisis.

Key behaviours required:

  • Communicating and Influencing: Communicate purpose and direction with clarity, integrity and enthusiasm. Respect the needs, responses and opinions of others.
  • Managing a Quality Service: Deliver service objectives with professional excellence, expertise and efficiency, taking account of diverse customer needs.
  • Delivering at Pace: Take responsibility for delivering timely and quality results with focus and drive.
  • Changing and Improving: Seek out opportunities to create effective change and suggest innovative ideas for improvement. Review ways of working, including seeking and providing feedback.


The ideal candidate should possess the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree (HR, Business or related studies) or holding a HR Professional certification (CIPD / GPHR / SHRM or equivalent qualified),  
  • Minimum (3) three years of experience as part of a HR Team in an HR generalist/advisory/business partner role covering various aspects of the employee HR life cycle across different levels in the organization 
  • Knowledge of local employment law (working knowledge of the MENA Region would be a distinct advantage) 
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both verbal and spoken. Able to express ideas and messages clearly and concisely, both orally and in written communication.
  • Proficient IT skills including Microsoft Office and has capability in using HR ERP systems
  • The ability to travel, and obtain any required visas, within the region.
  • Experience in a shared service / regional environment.
  • Fluency in other languages of the region (e.g., Arabic)


Changing and Improving, Communicating and Influencing, Delivering at Pace, Managing a Quality Service
17 December 2023
Executive Officer (EO)
Full-time, Fixed Term
36 months
Middle East & North Africa
United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi
British Embassy
1 March 2024

Working hours and remuneration:

The Embassy aims to offer an attractive working environment and remuneration package for this role, which includes 25 days of leave per annum (calculated pro-rata).

Salary is at AED 18,679 per month.

There are no other allowances payable as part of this package. No accommodation and relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.

The Embassy is open from Monday to Friday, from 07:30 to 18:00. Normal weekly working hours are thirty-five (35) hours per week, net of breaks.

Flexible working arrangements may be considered based on operational requirements and agreement with the line manager, and in line with FCDO and Embassy policies.

The successful candidate must also be available for occasional travel within the region for business/ official purposes.

The successful candidate will be required to transfer their visa under the Embassy's sponsorship.


How to apply:

Interested candidates must attach the following in their online application form:

  • an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • a covering letter/ motivation essay stating how you meet the requirements of the role
  • Examples in the relevant sections of the online application form of how you meet the key behaviours and skills required

Applications that do not include these this information will not be considered.

Closing date for applications is at 23:55 (UAE local time) on 17th December 2023

Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.


The recruitment process, including security clearance, is expected to take around two - three months. The security clearance process includes checks available in country and with UK, dependant on the security level required for the role and the candidate's profile and UK footprint. You may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign, and we are working hard to minimise any disruption.

Due to the large number of applications, we receive, only those shortlisted for the next step of the recruitment process will be contacted.

The start date mentioned in the job advert is a tentative start date and the successful candidate will be required to undergo security-vetting procedures. Any offer of employment will be subject to the candidate achieving suitable clearances.

Appointable candidates who were unsuccessful may be placed on a ‘reserve list’.  If during the reserve period of 6 months the same or a largely similar role becomes available, that role may be offered to the second or subsequent candidate”.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.