Regional HR Assistant Pretoria


Regional HR Assistant: British High Commission – Pretoria, Gauteng

The British High Commission in Pretoria has a vacancy for an HR Assistant. This is a new position in the Regional Corporate Services Hub, which was formed in 2014 to support the British Government’s network of Embassies and High Commissions in Africa. The successful candidate will work in the HR Hub, providing support to the Recruitment, Pay and Benefits, and HR Enquires teams.

The ideal candidate is someone looking for an opportunity to develop a career in HR with a leading organisation. This position offers R8,771 per month paid 13 times a year plus medical aid and provident fund.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative support to the Regional HR Advisors
  • Monitor mailboxes, sort incoming email, and deal with routine correspondence
  • Manage the electronic filing system
  • Other ad-hoc administrative tasks

Minimum Qualifications required:

  • HR experience, either work or study. An HR qualification would be an advantage.
  • Excelled oral and written English.
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Key Competences:

The key competences for the roles are set out below. In applying, candidates should provide evidence of these from their own experience:

  • Managing a Quality Service: being organised to deliver service objectives and striving to improve the quality of service, taking account of diverse customer needs and requirements.
  • Delivering at Pace: focusing on delivering timely performance with energy and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes.
  • Seeing the Big Picture: having an in-depth understanding and knowledge of how your role fits with and supports the organisation.
  • Collaborating and Partnering: maintain positive, professional and trusting working relationships with a wide range of people within and outside the organisation to help get business done.

Language requirements:

Good command of English language both written and spoken


  • All applicants must be legally able to work in South Africa with the correct visa/status or work permit.
  • The British High Commission in Pretoria is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference.
  • Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Pretoria are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in South Africa.
  • Employees who are not eligible to pay local income tax: e.g. certain third-country nationals and spouses/partners of UK diplomats will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount.
  • Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted.
  • If you have not heard from us 3 weeks after the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful. Any questions you may have about this position will only be answered during interview, should you be invited.

To Apply:

Please read these notes carefully to ensure that your application is received and processed.

  • All applicants should submit a short (1 page maximum) covering letter stating why they are a suitable candidate for the position along with a copy of their CV (2 page maximum) in English, by email to:
  • Internal candidates should also submit the above with a bidding form and copy of their appraisals covering the past 24 months.
  • All candidates should use the following subject line for their email: 71/15 PTA, Regional HR Assistant.
  • Please submit only the requested documents. Please also ensure that your email including attachments is no larger than 2 megabytes, otherwise it may be rejected by your email system or the systems through which it will pass en route to us.

Internal candidates and spouses of UK diplomatic officers:

  • Please quote in the subject line of your email, the Vacancy Notice No: 71/15 PTA, Regional HR Assistant and also indicate that you are an internal candidate or the spouse of a diplomatic officer.

Closing Date: 02 October 2015 and no further applications will be accepted after this date.