Talent Management Officer

  • Added Date: Monday, 22 June 2020
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Resident Coordinator (RC) System Leadership Branch of the United Nations Development Coordination Office (UNDCO). The incumbent reports to the Senior Talent Management Officer, under the overall supervision of the Chief of Branch.


Within delegated authority, the Talent Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

1. Support the inter-agency talent management strategy for the identification, talent sourcing of future Resident Coordinators (RCs). This function will include:
โ€ข Assist in drafting a talent management strategy across pillars and across entities to build foundational tracks for Resident Coordinators (RCs).
โ€ข Contribute to the designing, building and maintaining of a pool of high-potential candidates for RC positions (RC Talent Pool) whilst ensuring gender and geographical balance, in close coordination with United Nations entities.
โ€ข Coordinate the provision of development opportunities to high-potential candidates through inter-agency secondments, developmental assignments, shadowing opportunities, coaching, mentoring, etc. in close coordination with their parent UN entity.
โ€ข Facilitate inter-agency discussions on career paths for UN field leaders and influencing UN entities with a view on how to include RC postings in their career paths.
โ€ข Produce analytical reports on RC demographic trends and RC Pool composition to ensure effective succession planning.

2. Support the implementation of an outreach strategy to attract qualified candidates from outside the UN to the RC track. This will require:
โ€ข Supporting and following up on the unit's engagement with governments, civil society, the private sector, and other labour markets to identify potential feeder pools and gauge their suitability for the RC track.
โ€ข Contributing to maintaining strategic partnerships with select stakeholders.
โ€ข Participating in campaigns to promote the RC Talent Pool using a variety of formal and informal channels.

3. Facilitate the unit's engagements with potential candidates, RC Talent Pool members, RC Pool members and sitting RCs to provide them with career counselling and support, in close coordination with their parent entity.

4. Assist in preparing policy papers and briefing notes on issues related to RC talent management.

5. Perform other relevant duties, as required.


โ€ข Professionalism: 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. 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.

โ€ข 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 โ€œoutside the boxโ€; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

โ€ข 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.


Advanced university degree (Masterโ€™s degree or equivalent) in human resources management, business or public administration, social sciences, education or related area. A first-level university degree in combination 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 strategic human resources management, including talent management and career development is required.
Experience in building senior leadership pipelines is desirable.
Experience working with senior UN leaders, or equivalent, is desirable.
Experience in the United Nations system or a comparable international organization is desirable.
Experience with inter-agency or multi-stakeholder collaboration is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

This position is available for an initial period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to the availability of funds.

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.

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 โ€œsexual exploitationโ€ 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 โ€œsexual abuseโ€ means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term โ€œsexual harassmentโ€ 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 perpetratorโ€™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 โ€œManualsโ€ 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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