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Saba Al-Bermani

Talent Acquisition Manager

Erbil, Iraq
HR Manager / Talent Acquisition at International Rescue Committee
Studied Horticulture at Baghdad University
Human Resources
Joined October 10, 2022



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I have overall 15+ years of experience with 7+ years focused on Talent Acquisition, I have always wanted to ensure that the organization I am working with gets the best-qualified employees. It's essential for me and the organization to hire talented employees who are in line with the organization's principles and values to achieve all our goals and serve the most vulnerable groups, My drive to constantly develop my career in talent acquisition and commitment to the employer is the reason that I earned around seven years working with IRC, and around 10 years with ADEC Company, plus the achievements that I did in the recruitment as gender equality, nationalized high level of positions, and hire the best staff within time to fill 45 days, also build the staff capacity in recruitment, My strengths range from troubleshooting to analytical thinking, excellent communication skills, strong leadership, and the ability to work under pressure. As for my weaknesses, I find it difficult to say no to more tasks and to work beyond working hours.
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International Rescue Committee
Feb 2021 – Present
HR Manager / Talent Acquisition
Leading the Talent Acquisition Function in IRC Iraq, and working in hiring various positions ranging from mid-level to senior roles within IRC programs and operations across Iraq. Responsible for recruiting and overseeing open positions while being compliant with IRC's Global Human Resources Operating Policies and Procedures. Human Resource Management, Talent Acquisition: • Contributing to the HR Lead's periodic assessment of HR policies and processes, recommending modifications. As part of the overall IRC Iraq Risk Management activities, ensure that IRC complies with all employment and local rules to reduce legal risk exposure. • Participating in discussions aimed at improving the HR department's overall performance. Also, assist in the formulation of IRC Iraq's human resources strategy, yearly business plans, policies, and procedures. • Supporting overall HR Risk Management initiatives by implementing audit recommendations in areas of responsibility. • Developing attraction strategies and practices that are sensitive to the context to ensure the acquisition of the right staff, fast. • Overseeing the entire recruitment process while adhering to established policies and procedures. Also, lead the review of the recruitment policy, method, and tools to verify that they are in line with IRC global standards, the Iraqi context, local laws, and HR best/next practices. • Participating in local job fairs, HR forums, and other professional networks to promote the IRC brand. • Collaborating with hiring managers, Learning and Development, and all HR professionals in field sites to ensure that all new employees get departmental orientation before their start date. • And developing pre-employee arrival documents that offer detailed information to new employees. • Developing a recruitment strategy to be in line with the global strategies and Iraq labor law.
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International Rescue Committee
Jul 2015 – Feb 2021
HR Senior Officer / Talent Acquisition
• Participated in the periodic review of the HR policies and procedures and recommended changes to the HR Lead. • Ensured IRC is compliant with all employment and local regulations to minimize legal risk exposure as part of the general IRC Iraq Risk Management efforts. • Contributed to discussions aimed at improving the delivery of the HR department in general. • Supported development of IRC Iraq HR strategy, annual business plans, policies, and procedures. • Implemented audit recommendations in areas of responsibility and support the overall HR Risk Management efforts. • Covered for the Country HR Manager position whenever required. • Developed attraction strategies and practices that are sensitive to the context to ensure the acquisition of the right staff, fast. • Responsible for the end-to-end recruitment process while ensuring compliance with approved policy and procedures. • Responsible for implementation of the Internship Policy as part of talent attraction and development strategies. • Periodically led the review of the recruitment policy, procedure, and tools to ensure alignment with IRC global policies, Iraq context, local legislations, and HR best/next practices. • Promoted IRC brand through participation in local job fairs, HR forums, and other professional networks. • Worked with Hiring Managers and the HRO-Learning and Development to ensure all new staff has set departmental orientation schedules before their start date. • Developed pre-employee arrival welcome packages that offer detailed information to new employees • Employed traditional sourcing strategies, actively networked, and employ innovative, creative recruiting methods to hire the best talent. • Created and maintained talent pools and pipelines using IRC's applicant tracking system (Cornerstone). • Responsible for end-to-end consultancy engagement, and TTA process that includes working with Hiring Managers to complete relevant forms, advertising, interviewing, and contracting.
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International Rescue Committee
Oct 2014 – Jun 2015
Recruitment Consultant
• Responsible for end-to-end recruitment process for the positions in the Iraq country program. • Supported Recruitment Manager for additional responsibility. • Direct and proactive sourcing for open vacancies, and candidates for Iraq Roster. • Participated in community engagement for surge and emergency recruitment. • Oriented hiring managers on recruitment minimum standards for Iraq. • Promoted the International Rescue Committee brand as an employer of choice in Iraq, with a focus on creating awareness for IRC’s response to the Syria crisis. • Rejected candidates on time and being able to educate candidates on the recruitment process. • Developed and maintained a collaborative relationship with key global stakeholders internally and externally. • Built the capacity of hiring managers through regular Recruitment Strategy Meetings ‘’RSMs’’.
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Baghdad University
Oct 1996 – Jun 1999
Agricultural Engineer, Horticulture