• Added Date: Friday, 14 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 21 February 2020

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), Damascus. The incumbent reports to the Chief Human Resources Officer, P-4. The incumbent undertakes a wide range of responsibilities in HRM including but not limited to interpreting and applying the Organization’s HR rules and regulations as well as internal procedures and processes related to various human resource functions.


Within the delegated authority, the Human Resources Officer will be responsible for the following duties, with emphasis on Recruitment and Staff Selection:

Recruitment and Staff Selection
•Manages recruitment processes including coordinating with client offices in forecasting and identifying vacancies, preparing job openings, reviewing and screening of candidates.
•Reviews job openings in consultation with hiring managers, ensuring that the evaluation criteria and responsibilities are in line with the approved or classified documents.
•Conducts preliminary review of applications and provides list of eligible applicants to Hiring Managers and advises Managers of the selection process in line with the UN staff rules and regulations.
•Arranges and conducts interviews for selection of candidates.
•Reviews Comparative Analysis Reports and the recommendation on the selection of candidates by client offices.
•Presents cases to the Mission Review Panel for national staff recruitment cases and to the Field Central Review Board for international recruitment cases.
•Prepares job offers and on-boarding of selected candidates.
•Participates in task forces and working groups identifying issues/problems, formulating policies and guidelines, and establishing new procedures on recruitment and staff selection.
•Coordinates and administers tests related to recruitment of professional, general service and other categories of staff.
•Contributes to the monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of delegated authorities with respect to Recruitment and Staff Selection issues.

Administration of entitlements and benefits:
•Advises the CHRO on the development, modification and implementation of United Nations policies and practices on recruitment and staff selection.
•Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of related guidelines, HR rules, regulations practices and procedures, and recommends revisions where necessary on Recruitment & Selection matters.

Performance Management
•Supports the supervisor in the implementation of the performance appraisal system and monitors its compliance with the proper implementation of the performance management system within the Recruitment Unit.

Staff Development
•Identifies and analyses staff development and career support needs and designs programmes to meet identified needs of the Recruitment Unit.
•Prepares monitoring reports on staff development and career support programmes of the Unit.
•Advises staff on career development, giving particular attention to developing and implementing career development paths for national staff members within the Unit.
•Continuously assesses the skill, expertise and knowledge of human resources staff, ensuring participation of human resources staff in relevant training programmes and designing individual on-the-job and group training programmes on specific subject matters in the area of human resources management, including in the use of HR IT systems for Recruitment Unit staff.

•Performs other duties as required.


• Shows pride in work and in achievements. • Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of Recruitment and Staff Selection • Solid computer skills and good knowledge of human resources IT systems. • Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. • Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. • Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. • Remains calm in stressful situations. • Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

• Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. • Identifies priority activities and assignments. • Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources. • Foresees risks and allows for contingencies. • Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. • Uses time efficiently.

• Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments. • Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. • Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. • Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. • Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

• Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. • Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. • Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. • Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. • Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. • Encourages risk-taking and supports staff when they make mistakes. • Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. • Appraises performance fairly.


High-school or equivalent diploma is required. Technical or Vocational Certificate and/or training in human resources management, business or public administration, social sciences, education or related field experience is a requirement. The minimum years of qualifying experience can be reduced to 5 for those who possess a first level university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, administration or related area. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced to 5 years for candidates who possess a first level university degree.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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