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Director, Talent Acquisition

Reports to: Director of People & Culture

Location: Nairobi, Kenya or Kampala, Uganda

Travel: up to 25 percent

Direct reports: 3


Do you want your work to matter? Do you want to use your advocacy skills to make a difference, not just a living? Do you want to improve millions of lives, including your own? 

Living Goods works to reinvent how we improve the lives of the under-served. We think big, but operate lean and nimble. We train community health workers to bring life saving products and health services to people’s doorsteps. 

We also transform community health through mobile phones.  Using the disruptive power of mobile technology, we’ve equipped and deployed 7,500 community health workers across Africa.  These community health workers treat common illnesses like pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria.  They also provide primary healthcare to 6 million people at a fraction of the cost of doctors and nurses.  And they’ve reduced child mortality by 27 percent.

The secret to our success is a winning team.  One that enables people to bring their ideas and creativity to work every day.  If you work well in a dynamic collaborative culture, set high standards, meet challenges with determination and a have a sense of humor, come work for Living Goods!

People & Culture

We know that our work at Living Goods depends on more than careful research and creative ideas.  It also depends on great people.  That’s why we’ve been adding more people every month for years. Already this year we’ve hired 100 new people.  There are now 400 Living Goods employees working in Uganda, Kenya and the US. Three years from now, there’ll be 1,000.

But growing a global workforce requires a Chief Cultivator – also known as a Director of Talent Acquisition.  Someone to plant the seed about Living Goods in the minds of talented professionals.  Simplify the hiring process.  Improve the candidate experience.  Think big but get the details right!

Lead recruiting.  Tripling our global team requires more than just clever titles and an efficient process.  It also requires a great strategy.  So we need you to develop the strategy to get us to 1,000.  To set global goals for growth, identify best in class sourcing techniques, develop employee referral campaigns, and build talent pipelines.

Design. We look to you to build the next several stories on the foundation we’ve laid.  To create assessment centers to better understand candidates’ skills.   Add your ideas to our onboarding program.  Develop new ways to promote diversity in recruiting.

Be the brand ambassador.  You will turn our employee sales pitch into a full-fledged employer brand.  One that communicates our “employee value proposition” through blogs, a new career website, videos and candidates materials.  You’ll also help ensure that candidates have a great experience with Living Goods from start to finish – regardless of whether they get the job.

Top talent scout.  Like a monarch butterfly you will flutter your wings at regional career fairs and global health conferences, spreading Living Goods pollen and finding great people for the Talent Acquisition team to cultivate.

Clarify the course.  We need you to solidify recruitment policies and processes.  To map out the process end to end and clarify the stages of recruiting, the activities in each stage, and the responsibilities of hiring managers, recruiters, and HR partners using technology. 

Measure & refine.  You will drive recruitment analytics and metrics.  Measuring what matters will enable you to keep recruitment fresh, efficient, and effective. You will keep a pulse on new trends and ways to improve recruiting

Manage the team.  Your enthusiasm for recruiting is contagious and you will infect your team with it.  You will guide country Talent Acquisition leads to set country-specific strategies and plans, set collaborative team goals and help your team members remove roadblocks they encounter.

Your background

  • Recruiting credentials.  You have a decade (10 years) of experience in talent acquisition, including at least 5 years gained in a best-practice environment in an international corporation and/or global NGO.  BA or BS required; masters degree preferred.
  • Leadership.  You’re a visionary thinker, who’s created collaborative talent acquisition strategies.  You’ve translated organizational strategy into talent acquisition plans.
  • Sourcing savvy.  The internet is a global database and you know how to mine it for people.  You have a knack for using online recruiting tools and strategies to identify talent.  You know Africa, and where talent resides
  • Client focused. You understand organizational strategy, are capable of translating it to talent acquisition goals and map out mechanisms to meet your client needs.  You can enhance the image of People and Culture.
  • Tech-savvy. You’ve managed talent acquisition systems including best-in-class digital tools.  More importantly, you use analytics to inform business decisions, and can develop Talent Acquisition reports, dashboards and metrics
  • Collaborative spirit.   You actively listen and communicate.  You connect easily with your team and can gain their trust and respect.  You can roll up their sleeves and help others out in a pinch. You can change the HR paradigm from “you can’t do that” to “yes we can.”
  • Manage and build others.  You’re an astute manager who has implemented management practices and previously lead a team.   You’re also a great leadership coach and trainer.
  • Influencing skills. A recognized strong communicator with positive influential interpersonal skills.  You can persuade people in writing and in person.
  • Problem solving skills.  You have the intelligence to anticipate challenges and the resourcefulness to find solutions.
  • Gets our model. Living Goods is a hybrid model.  We’re a nonprofit organization with a business minded approach.  We use business practices to achieve social goals.  Candidates with for-profit and nonprofit experience preferred.
  • Lives our values. You can thrive in our culture – you can demonstrate inclusion, integrity, innovation, quick footedness, collaboration, and accountability.  


A competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience including health insurance and bonus opportunity.  The opportunity to be your best while making lives better for those in need.

Life at Living Goods

Living Goods is aiming to make disruptive changes, dramatically improving the lives of underserved communities. We think big, but we operate small and nimble. At Living Goods, you will have the chance to use your creativity and work with your teammates to conceive and test new ideas every day. If you work well in a dynamic, highly collaborative culture, if you set high standards for yourself and your colleagues, if you know how to fail fast and learn fast, if you meet challenges with calm determination and a sense of humor, you will thrive at Living Goods.

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