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Ref NumberAD 128/19
Position TitleDirector Human Resources
Closing Date30-Sep-2019
Division of Human ResourcesDepartment of AdministrationNasinu - Valelevu x 1
On behalf of the Vice Chancellor provide FNU with strategic leadership in all human capital related matters as the University evolves its culture and processes from start-up phase towards becoming a mature, high performing institution.

He/ she will direct all of the people functions and be responsible for the strategic human resource planning required to drive organisational effectiveness and provide the institution with the best people talent available and to position it as the employer of choice in Fiji.
This will be achieved by being aware of the best practice policies and trends within the higher education industry and implementing appropriate best practice at FNU.

Functional expertise will be achieved in compensation and benefits, learning and development, talent resourcing, employee relations, performance management and change management.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Serve as a trusted advisor to the Vice Chancellor and the Senior Management Group of deans and directors on strategic / HR matters by providing strategic advice and direction to colleagues and staff across the university.
• Be an active participant in setting the strategic direction of FNU and building HR strategies that support the achievement of its aims and objectives.
• Lead in managing major organisational change processes that are required to invigorate FNU’s institutional culture and deliver on its strategic objectives.
• Provide leadership of the HR function for the departments of: Talent Acquisition & HR Partnerships; Compensation & Benefits; People Performance & Development; HR Analytics and Technology.
• Review and improve the effectiveness of HR processes and procedures and reform/ rebuild existing processes to deliver more effective outcomes for the institution.
• Devise a progressive HR policy structure that is appropriate to FNU’s evolution towards becoming a high-performing organisation.

Person specification:
This challenging senior executive role requires demonstrated managerial and leadership experience in human resource management and organisational development in a large, complex organisation which recruits and operates internationally. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a commitment to building an organisational culture that encourages innovation, a customer-centred responsiveness to national and regional stakeholder needs and integrity and trust.

Essential Criteria:
• A bachelor’s degree and a postgraduate qualification in HRM or a closely related discipline
• Professional membership of a recognised institute of human resources (eg, Australian Human Resources Institute)
• Significant experience as a senior HR manager in a large, complex organisation with international staff
• Practical experience of employment legislation and international best practice
• Experience of operating at strategic level
• Evidence of managing complex change and development
• Experience of managing a budget at divisional level
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels
• Ability to manage and motivate own team and where appropriate other corporate teams.
• Ability to negotiate, persuade and influence at both institutional and individual level
• Significant international experience as a HR professional

Desirable Criteria:
• A master’s degree in HRM or a closely related discipline
• Experience of working in a dynamic and changing workplace environment
• Experience of HR management in a university

Application Details: 
All applications are to include: (a) a cover letter expressing the interest to join Fiji National University, (b) a statement of claim addressing the key selection criteria stated in the person specification (c) a detailed CV and certified copies of all qualifications, (c) letters of support from two colleagues who were not subordinates at any time, and (d) names and contacts of at least 3 confidential referees. 

The statement of claim against the selection criteria will provide evidence on how your qualifications and experience meet the criteria. This statement of claim will form the main basis for shortlisting. Failure to provide this letter will result in your application not being considered.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: Dharmend Chand, Manager Talent Acquisition & HR Partnerships, Division of Human Resources Tel: + (679) 3394000 ext. 2639, Email:

Salary An attractive salary commensurate with qualifications and abilities will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

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Statement of Claim Guide Click here to download

Application Details

All applications are to include:
 • A covering letter of application addressing each of the criterion of the person specifications above, evidencing how your qualifications and experience meet the criteria. Guide on how to address your claims against the selection criteria can be downloaded from the link below.

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This covering letter will form the main basis for shortlisting. Failure to provide this covering letter will result in your application not being considered.

• A detailed CV and certified copies of all academic transcripts, three referees, with full contact details, including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. Candidate should state their relationship with each referee (e.g., line manager, former postgraduate supervisor)

All applications must be submitted online using the University’s online job applications system which can be accessed at this address:  . Applications sent via email or manually for all positions will not be accepted.

Should you have any queries or face difficulty submitting your application online , please email on:

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted by Fiji National University, then your application has not been successful.

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