Human Resources Officer

  • Added Date: Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Sunday, 12 April 2020

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Staffing Diversity and Outreach Section, Strategic Talent Management Service (STMS), Global Strategy and Policy Division (GSPD) in the Office of Human Resources (OHR) of the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance (DMSPC).

The Global Strategy and Policy Division serves as the central strategic authority for matters pertaining to the management of human resources, and ensures that the Organization can attract, develop and retain a talented and diverse global workforce. The Division provides leadership on the development, implementation, monitoring and communication of human resources strategies and revises existing or develops new policies for the Secretariat. The Division identifies, champions, develops and promulgates for implementation of modern, innovative and enabling policies and standards.

The incumbent will report directly to the Chief of the Staffing Diversity and Outreach Section.


Within limits of delegated authority, the Human Resources Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Contributes to the development of new talent management strategies and processes leveraging innovation, creativity and, best practices to build diverse, inclusive, competent, and agile workforce.
• Develops, implements and evaluates new diversity and outreach strategies, initiatives, and tools.
• Supports the coordination of Organization-wide efforts for achieving equitable geographical distribution, greater regional diversity, gender parity, proper representation of troop- and police-contributing countries, and other diversity priorities by preparing top management guidance material, providing advice to entities, examining status of entities, and monitoring progress.
• Coordinates, supports and carries out outreach activities for the global Secretariat and UN system as necessary.
• Participates in the review, evaluation and enhancement of enterprise systems and tools, and new technologies for the global UN Secretariat for a diverse, inclusive, multi-talented and mobile workforce.
• Participates in task forces and working groups identifying issues/problems, formulating strategies, policies and guidelines, and establishing new procedures.
• Keeps abreast of developments in various areas of human resources.
• Contributes to the preparation of proposals and reports of the Secretary-General on human resources management to the General Assembly, and prepares responses to questions from the legislative, advisory and audit bodies, and Member States.
• Represents the Organization with full delegation of authority in discussions with senior officials in the organization, UN System and other international organisations and Member States on diversity and outreach matters and other strategic talent management items as assigned.
• Supports the overall goals of the Section and Service by carrying out other duties as assigned.
• Plans, organizes, manages and supervises the work of the team assigned.


• Professionalism: Knowledge of human resources policies, practices and procedures in the area of staff selection, appointment and entitlements and benefits of the United Nations system. Ability to understand and analyze complex and sensitive human resources matters and provide high quality responses, recommendations and solutions appropriate for the audience. Ability to understand key performance indicators in human resources management and to analyze the performance of entities and provide appropriate guidance. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; 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.

• Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

• Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

• Managing Performance: 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 creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in human resources management, business or public administration, social sciences, education or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, administration, law or related area is required.
Experience in implementing a recruitment or staff selection framework in the United Nations or a comparable international organization is required.
Experience in analyzing complex and sensitive human resources matters and providing responses, recommendations and solutions is required.
Experience in conducting outreach activities to identify and attract qualified talent is desirable.
Experience in analyzing and monitoring progress against key performance indicators in human resources management in recruitment or staff selection and providing appropriate guidance to accelerate the progress is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations languages is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2019, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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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