Human Resources Officer (Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme), (P-2), Fixed-Term, Talent Engagement and Partnerships Team, DHR, Istanbul, Turkey, Post #99825, (requisition # 560167)

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  • Added Date: Friday, 10 March 2023
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 24 March 2023
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UNICEF works in some of the worldโ€™s toughest places, to reach the worldโ€™s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, Results

UNICEFโ€™s Division of Human Resources (DHR) provides leadership to the global Human Resources (HR) community on creation of an environment which allows UNICEFโ€™s global workforce to perform at its best in service of our mission for children. This is done by, inter-alia,

attracting and retaining the most qualified people who are skilled and committed to making UNICEFโ€™s Strategic Plan a reality, and by providing them with the leadership, guidance and support that they need to excel and continuously develop their capabilities to meet the challenges of today while preparing for those of the future. We also provide leadership and guidance to the creation and maintenance of a culture where all managers and staff demonstrate behaviors that are consistent with UNICEF's values, and are accountable and recognized for using their strengths to achieve results for children. The New Talent Team manages programs to provide staffing modalities and solutions through various talent programmes, outreach initiatives and partnerships with the public and private sectors.

How can you make a difference?

The position is based in the New Talent Team, Talent Engagement and Partnerships Team, Division of Human Resources (DHR). The HR Officer will operate under the direct supervision of the HR Manager (New Talent Unit) and will manage and promote UNICEFโ€™s Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme, with a focus on the areas of donor relationship management, JPO recruitment, contract administration, learning and career development, and management and monitoring of all JPO and secondment activities.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Under direct supervision and guidance of the HR Manager, New Talent Unit, the incumbentย will perform the following tasks:

Donor Relations

Coordinate the partnership with existing donors and actively manage outreach to donors from underrepresented governments Conduct ย regular consultations with existing donors including participation in meetings with Government missions Actively support in exploring the opportunities with new potential donors and establishing new partnership strategically. Coordinate and manage donor events as needed.

Manage the full cycle of JPO Programme with focus on development and retention

Oversee the activities of the JPO Programme including recruitments and contract extensions of future and active JPOs as well as coordinate implementation of different projects serving to enhance the JPO programme. Liaise with supervisors and donors regarding timely regarding to all relevant JPO activities such as: stretch assignments, transfers, performance evaluations, etc. Generate regular management reports with detailed analysis on corporate organization indicators and make necessary recommendations

Coordinate the recruitment and contract extension for government-sponsored Secondment

Working closely with donor governments, initiate and negotiate agreements to support secondment programme. Manage recruitment, contract extension, transfers, and performance management for the senior-level secondees.

Manage the Career Development Programme for JPOs

Manage the coaching and mentoring programme Career transition conversations with outgoing JPOs (including 360-degree feedback) Guidance to supervisors and managers on JPO programme expectations Manage feedback surveys for JPOs and supervisors

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will haveโ€ฆ

University degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, Psychology International Relations, or a relevant field. At least 2 (two) years of relevant work experience It is preferable that the individual has experience with, or in, multilateral and development institutions specifically in public partnerships or managing donor relations. Knowledge of UN common practices in HR is required. Knowledge of UNICEF context will be an advantage. Experience in full recruitment cycle, career counselling and contract management is preferred. Knowledge of human resources policies, practices and procedures and ability to apply them in an organizational setting. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. Strong project management skills are preferred. Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and ability to establish harmonious working relations in a multicultural environment. Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of an additional UN Language (French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) is considered an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEFโ€™s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post areโ€ฆ

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the worldโ€™s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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