HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER (Temporary Job Opening) - Two Positions [Temporary]

  • Added Date: Thursday, 11 April 2019
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 17 April 2019

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This temporary position is located in the Office of Human Resources (OHR), Department of Management Strategy, Policy, and Compliance (DMSPC). The incumbent reports to a Human Resources Officer, under the overall guidance of the Team Lead to work on staffing of the new United Nations Development Coordination Office (UNDCO) entity at the United Nations Secretariat.


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

• Contribute to the design and implementation of a process to staff the new United Nations Development Coordination Office (UNDCO) entity under the current staff selection system in the United Nations Secretariat.
• Contribute to the management and quality assurance of the staffing process to ensure timelines are adhered to and milestones are met.
• Prepare updates and presentations as requested about the staffing process and its progress.
• Provide advice and support to managers and staff on the staff selection process relevant for recruitment to the new entity.

Recruitment and placement: in consultation with the hiring manager
• Prepare job openings and pre-screen applications.
• Facilitate the evaluation of applicants and the preparation of shortlists.
• Facilitate the assessments of applicants to determine whether they meet the technical requirements and competencies of the job opening.
• Serve as ex-officio in interviews.
• Support the preparation of documented record of the evaluation of proposed candidates against the applicable evaluation criteria to allow for review by the central review bodies or the Senior Review Group and a selection decision by the head of the department/office or the Secretary-General.
• Monitor and evaluate recruitment and placement related activities of client offices, and recommend changes or corrections related to procedures to these offices.

Other duties
• Provide advice on interpretation and application of policies, regulations and rules, in particular as it pertains to the staff selection system. Review and provide advice on exceptions to policies, regulation and rules.
• Review policies and procedures and recommends changes, as required.
• Advise and counsel applicants in respect to the staffing process.
• Perform other duties, as needed.


• Professionalism: Knowledge of human resources best practices, recruitment-related policies, practices and procedures and ability to apply them in an organizational setting. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. Knowledge of talent management principles and best practices in recruitment. 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 and 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.

• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


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

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, administration or related area is required.
Experience of working in recruitment, including assessment and screening of large volumes of applicants, is required.
Experience in the use of talent management systems, such as Inspira or related talent management systems such as PeopleSoft or SAP, is desirable.
Experience in large scale recruitment exercises is desirable.
Experience in the United Nations system, or similar organizations, 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.


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

Special Notice

This temporary position is available through 31 August 2019, subject to availability of funding.

If a selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

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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