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Talent Acquisition Specialist II

  • Worldwide
  • Full-Time
  • 22 applicants

Talent Acquisition Specialist II

remote type

Remote- International (non-US)


South Africa-Johannesburg

Cote d’Ivoire-Abidjan

time type

Full time

job requisition id


About the role:

MSH seeks a highly motivated and skilled individual with experience in recruiting staff for USAID and other international donor funded programs to join its Talent Acquisition team. The ideal candidate will be fluent in French and English, have experience in international development and in recruiting, both local and expatriate staff, ideally within global health.

The Talent Acquisition Specialist II is responsible for recruitment related activities including but not limited to the recruitment and retention of qualified candidates and partnering with the hiring managers to ensure our projects staffing needs are being fulfilled. S/he will play a vital role to build internal and external relationships, becoming an essential team member in the delivery of superior customer service.

More specifically:

Recruitment (85%)

  • Manage open requisitions utilizing a creative application of recruitment knowledge to identify top talent for assigned US and international positions. This includes:
    • Reviewing and revising position descriptions as needed.
    • Shortlisting candidates based on established requirements and presenting them to the hiring manager.
    • Conducting screenings and providing summary notes to hiring managers then working with hiring manager to determine which candidates to invite for further interviews.
    • Drafting interview guides, guiding post-interview discussions, and helping identify and enact next steps.
    • Conducting reference checks and following MSH’s established equity analysis process to negotiate offers.
    • Providing responsive, high-quality service to candidates with additional care for internal or former MSH employees.
  • Identify and utilize alternative recruitment methods such as professional organizations, technical associations, and universities to target skilled individuals for hard to fill positions.
  • Research and recommend new sources for active and passive candidate recruiting.

Collaboration – Training and Communication (10%)

  • Provide support, training, and assistance to MSH staff within country and project offices in managing candidate profiles within the applicant tracking system, as well as managing specific areas of MSH related to recruiting activities (i.e., posting job openings, etc.)
  • Collaborate with all members of the MSH HR team to develop best practices, promote continuous improvement, and foster information/idea sharing.
  • Develop meaningful relationships with office and project based management teams that facilitate joint problem solving and recruitment efficiencies.

Recruitment Compliance (5%)

  • Negotiate and extend job offers which align with MSH’s compensation philosophy and collect all appropriate documentation and approvals to comply with MSH policies and funding agency requirements.
  • Manage and save all recruitment staffing inputs to include reviewed job descriptions, intake notes, interview notes, background check forms, verified biodatas, etc.


What do you need to apply?

MSH employs people of passion, we seek those individuals who dream of a better world. We look for professionals who combine experience, local knowledge, and an understanding of international best practices.

Specific requirements for this role are:


  • University degree and 4-6 years of experience, or Advanced degree and 2-4 years of experience, or Doctorate and 0-2 years of experience.
  • Preferred: HRCI, SHRM and/or AIRS Certification a plus.


  • Minimum of 4 years of related experience in a professional services environment (with a university degree). Strongly prefer 2 years of full-cycle recruiting experience, preferably in an international development, contract-based environment.
  • Experience and success in identifying/hiring technical experts in a variety of technical areas in public health.
  • Hands-on experience in conducting initial interviews to determine suitability of candidates and making recommendations.
  • USAID and/or other donor-funded project experience.
  • Prior experience recruiting within the global health sector is advantageous


  • Good understanding of contractual regulations in recruitment of key and non-key personnel for projects funded through USAID contracts and cooperative agreements, in addition to other donors.
  • Knowledge of HR and recruiting functions, practices and approaches to include sourcing, research, and cold calling experience with a wide variety of sourcing vehicles, including internet sourcing/advertising, direct sourcing, trade journal/newspaper advertising, employee referral campaigns, job fairs and outplacement firms.
  • Excellent information management skills, with strong attention to detail and understanding of requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines and work in a fast-paced, rapidly-changing environment.
  • Proficiency with Applicant Tracking Systems, LinkedIn, MS Office applications and Human Resources Information Systems; experience in Workday a plus.
  • Full professional proficiency in English and French.


  • Able to understand the operational impact of the recruitment role within the broader context of the organization, with a particular appreciation on the interdependency of effective HR-TA practices and interdepartmental collaboration.
  • Culturally sensitive team player – A people person and strong collaborator with effective interpersonal communication skills who enjoys working across countries, cultures, and organizational units.
  • Time Management – Demonstrated ability to work, manage, and meet competing deadlines. Action oriented. Proven ability to organize work and perform independently while closely and appropriately coordinating with team members.
  • Communication – Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships across all levels of the organization.
  • Customer focus dedicated to meeting expectations and requirements of internal and external customers.
  • Innovation good at bringing creative ideas forward.
  • Ability to work independently in a hybrid work environment.


  • Ability to travel up to 15% to countries within MSH’s project portfolio.

MSH is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, religion, creed, citizenship, national origin, age, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job requirements. MSH will take affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed and that employees are treated without regard to their race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran and disability status. In compliance with U.S. Department of Labor Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Section 4212 of the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act, MSH has developed and maintains an affirmative action program and plan.

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