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HR Manager

United School International (An Orbital Education School)Qatar

Are you an enthusiastic and experienced Human Resources (HR) professional, with strong government relationships and understanding of the legal processes in Qatar, seeking a challenging new opportunity?  If so, you will be interested in this fantastic opportunity to join United School International, our world-class educational facility with a clear vision of academic excellence, located in the heart of the prestigious development ‘The Pearl’.

The Opportunity

The role is due to start from January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter, depending upon candidate availability.

Please note that this is not an international vacancy and does not benefit from International recruitment benefits, such as flights and relocation etc.  For these reasons, we are ideally seeking candidates who are already based in Qatar and do not require sponsorship. 

In this role you will be responsible for providing an efficient and comprehensive HR Service to the school.  This is a generalist HR role and will focus upon all key HR matters impacting upon the school, from the provision of quality first line support and assistance around recruitment and HR matters, to management and processing of payroll compliance with school procedures, and effective recruitment and onboarding of new staff.

Fluency in spoken and written English is a necessity, as is a wider understanding of Qatar Employment Law and Recruitment practices.

Person Specification

In particular, candidates should meet the following technical profile:

• Educated to college / degree level and/or recognised HR qualification.

• Comparable work-based experience in similar generalist HR roles, with experience in providing support to line management.

• Recent GCC experience, ideally at another school within the Middle East or similar service setting, with understanding of Islam and Arab culture.

• Understanding and experience of HR systems and working understanding of MS Office applications.  

• Good working understanding of Qatar Employment and Labour laws, able to demonstrate prior successful application.

For more information please refer to the separate Job Description and Person Specification provided.

About the School

United School International is a newly founded school on the prestigious Pearl Development in Doha, Qatar, a residential development reclaimed from the Arabian Gulf.  Because of its position, its beautiful architecture and facilities, the Pearl is one of the most desirable locations for both expatriate and local Qatar families in the city.  There is a combination of spacious high-rise apartments and luxurious villas currently housing a population of 33,000.  When finally completed in two years’ time this will have risen to around 50,000.

United School International is the first and probably only school to be built on the Pearl, providing education for children within the local community.  It is a result of an exciting partnership between Orbital Education and United Development Company, a highly successful Qatari organisation and the developer of The Pearl.  It is the second major school in the city of Doha to be established by Orbital Education, with the highly acclaimed and beautifully appointed Oryx International School established in partnership with Qatar Airlines, already operating within the city.  

The school provides a British style of education based upon the English National Curriculum, whilst retaining the value of local culture and tradition within its curriculum offering.  It can accommodate up to 2,600 students between 3 to 18 years, and is expected to fully open in August 2022.  The facilities offered at the school site, combined with our approach to education, will allow the school to stand out as a leading International school in Qatar.  

Benefits of working at an Orbital Education School

Orbital Education  focuses on delivering the very best in British education to its students around the globe. It’s an expanding group with schools already in Spain, Hungary, Slovenia, China, Russia, Ecuador and the Middle East, with exciting plans to develop new schools across the globe. Key reasons to work at an Orbital Education School include:

1. Opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and students worldwide

2. Enhanced professional development opportunities, through partnerships with specialist learning providers to offer recognised and accredited professional development programmes.

3. Opportunities for both career development and movement within the group, providing opportunity to see the world whilst progressing an attractive and rewarding career.

Application Process

If this describes you, you meet the requirements for this position and are keen to join our excellent and friendly school we would welcome an application from you.

Applications should be made by CV in the first instance, with all relevant details of your experience and education history, accounting for any employment gaps.  You should also detail the names, email contacts and contact numbers of two referees, one of whom must be your current or most recent employer.

Applications should be headed with the title/subject of 'HR Manager' and submitted to Mr A Edgar (Group HR Manager) at 

Please ensure your application clearly details your relevant college / degree level qualification and/or recognised HR qualification.  Applications without this may not be considered. 

Closing date:  12th December 2021

Although interviews will commence on a rolling basis, and the advert may close earlier if a suitable candidate is found.  Early applications are therefore encouraged to avoid disappointment

Successful candidates will be contacted as soon as we have drawn up a shortlist for interview.  If you have not heard from us before 31st December 2021 you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Safeguarding – United School International is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all of its staff and stakeholders to share this commitment. As part of the school’s commitment to safeguarding, all post-holders are subject to background checks and an International Child Protection Certificate administered by ACRO (if ever worked or lived in th e UK), Prohibition Checks where appropriate and/or Criminal Records (Police Check) disclosure from their most recent country of residence.

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