Job Opening

Department/Office: Regional Service Centre at Entebbe
Duty Station: ENTEBBE
Posting Period: 06 September 2018 - 12 September 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Resources-RSCE-101722-F-Entebbe (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Regional Service Centre, Entebbe (RSCE) and reports to the Deputy Chief of RSCE.

The Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) is responsible for a fully integrated and regulatory-compliant human resources management in the RSCE. He/She serves as the Human Resources Adviser to the RSCE leadership and hiring managers on human resources , planning and management, policy implementation and monitoring in order to ensure that HR and RSCE's objectives are aligned and responsive to Key Performance Indicators (KPls). He/She also ensures that the staff are availed of proper support in terms of policy and substantive guidance in performing the roles in the system (Umoja).


Within delegated authority,the Chief of Unit, Human Resources management will be responsible for the following duties:

Strategic Planning:
Participates in the RSCE planning process throughout the RSCE Lifecycle and plays a critical role in determining the staffing requirements and structures; Advises RSCE Management on emerging capacity gaps in light of the RSCE commitments;
Advises on workforce planning, including implementation of succession planning and forecasting of human resources requirements.
In coordination with all RSCE components, develops coherent staffing strategies to support the implementation of the RSCE's mandate including recruitment plan;
He/she is also responsible for assessment of the workforce per function, skill, level, category, occupational group, gender and geography and for identifying the gap and determining actions to respond to needs taking into account existing vacancies, projected changes due to retirements, returns to parent duty station and turnover rates;
Advises and guides RSCE leadership on the implementation of Organization-wide change initiatives especially those related to and have impact on the human resources;
Reviews RSCE structures to establish required adjustments that may lead to consolidation, retrenching and reduction of posts.
Budget Process:
Participates in the budget development process of the RSCE and provides advice to the Management on the human resources requirements, staffing table and organizational structure of all sections based on the FPD guidelines on budget review;
Coordinates with FPD on the review of the staffing aspects of the RSCE's budget and manages preparation of documentation for classification of posts and the implementation of classification result;
Ensures that expenditures related to staffing are within the budgeted staffing costs, coordinating with the Finance and Budget at both the RSCE and Headquarter levels to ensure availability of funds;
Ensures the integrity of the staffing table as approved in the budget without discrepancy in the organizational units;
Maintain an accurate and updated staffing table. Advises hiring managers on loaning of posts between sections based on the SOP on Staffing table and Post Management.

Recruitment and staff selection:
Manages the selection and appointment process by advising managers on the staff selection process and ensuring compliance and required level of skill to conduct and document competency-based interviews for position specific job openings, if required;
Facilitates the RSCE's participation in expert panels to evaluate applicants to generic job openings;
Manages recruitment and selection related process in a transparent, consistent, merit-based and fair manner;
Advises hiring managers and management on organizational targets related to gender balance and geographic diversity to promote compliance;
Manages the recruitment and selection of national staff ensuring advertising based on the classified job descriptions and guiding managers on the selection process in line with UN staff rules and regulations.

Human Resources Management:
Advises and communicates to Senior Management and staff on Human Resources policies and practices and provides direction and coherence to all HR activities and systems in the RSCE;
Supervises the process of knowledge/awareness building amongst programme managers, senior management and staff members with regard to the staff rules and regulations, and related guidelines in the administration of entitlements and their application by the HR Section, including consistent implementation of delegated authority;
Provides direction and advice on interpretation and application of policies, staff regulations and rules;
Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of related guidelines, HR rules, regulations practices and procedures, and recommends revisions to FPD, where necessary;
Responsibie for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of delegated authorities through inter-alia, the Human Resources Management Scorecard (HRM-S), Service Level Agreements, HRM-S indicators, and the Senior Managers' Compact;
Represents the RSCE Management on a variety of joint staff-management advisory bodies in some ex-officio advisory or active capacity, as appropriate;
Serves as primary interface regarding cross-cutting HR issues between the Chief RSCE and DFS, with a key proactive role of open communications, advisory services, and collaborative problem resolution;
Performance Management:
Supports the RSCE in the implementation of the performance appraisal system and monitors its compliance, providing guidance and substantive support to RSCE components on standards for the development of org units and individual work plans;
Coordinates with the Integrated Mission Training Center to organize training/orientation programmes in performance management and supervisory skills as well as work plans;
Ensures full-compliance of e-Performance and provides input to the establishment of Management Review Committee and Joint Monitoring Committee and Rebuttal Panel and acts as the facilitator and ex-offico member;
Counsels staff and managers in cases of under-performance and facilitates the implementation of a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) or of the remedial measures, when required.
Staff Development:
Advises on training opportunities for HR staff as well as staff in general giving particular attention to developing and implementing career development paths for national staff members;
Provides regular information on global vacancies and opportunities for the generic rostering system;
Coordinates with FPD as a conduit for headquarters initiatives and as the initiator of individual career advice and counseling, which includes the planning and shaping the progression and movement of staff both within and among missions as part of the global secretariat.

Capacity Building:
Continuously assesses the skill, expertise and knowledge of the HROs and HRAs, 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 human resources management, including in the use of HRIT system.

Administration of Justice:
In coordination with interested parties such as the Staff Association(s) and the focal point for Conduct and Discipline, Chief RSCE, the CHRO will address and mitigate staff grievances with the purpose of resolving them at the lowest practical level;
Develops preventive activities such as training and sharing best practices and recent jurisprudence related to human resources management;
In consultation with FPD, the CHRO will also coordinate the RSCE's responses to formal and informal requests coming from different entities under the Administration of Justice (AoJ) system and implement decisions as applicable to the RSCE.

Staff and Management Relations:
Develops an "open door" dialogue between the management and international and national staff unions (Field Staff Union and National Staff Committee) respectively to discuss HR matters and related staff issues;
Meets frequently with staff representatives to address issues affecting the staff and coordinate the quarterly meetings with the Chief RSCE;
Organizes, as necessary, general or specific meetings for the staff on issues such as HR aspects of mandate implementation, status of HR reforms and other organizational change initiatives.

Develops a set of action able and targeted change management plans, including coaching and training in order to implement the above responsibilities and reports on possible gaps and risks and recommends corrective action.
Develops a communication strategy with a dedicated intranet page on HR issues and regular formal and informal meetings.
Maintains constant dialogue with the Heads of Operations/Administration of UN Country Teams for coordination of national staff salary surveys, cost of living surveys, and other common policies on in-country entitlements for staff.
In consultation with UNDSS, the Staff Counselor and the Welfare Officer, develops the RSCE' s response to a natural disaster/incident with focus on anticipating, planning and coordinating the overall HR response in coordination with FPD. Ensure that all activities within the Human Resources Unit are in compliance with the DPKO/DFS Environmental and Waste Management policies and in line with the DFS Environment Strategy objectives.


Professionalism: Demonstrates knowledge of all aspects of human resources management with proven analytical skills; Demonstrated use of initiative and ability to interpret the Organization's HR policies, procedures and practices 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.

Communication: -Speaks and writes clearly and effectively -Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately -Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication -Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience -Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Accountability: -Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours 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.

Judgement/ Decision-making: -Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly, -Gathers relevant information before making a decision-Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them-Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization-Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information-Checks assumptions against facts; -Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; -Makes tough decisions when necessary•

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 or related field is required. 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 (7) seven years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, administration or related area. Experience providing strategic human resource guidance to senior management is required. Experience in the operational application of human resources management policies and practices is required. Experience in staff selection, talent management, and the administration of benefits and entitlements is required. Experience in the use of an SAP or People soft based human resources platform is required. Experience in an international organization is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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