Job Opening

Posting Title: HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER (CHIEF OF UNIT), P3
Job Code Title: HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Office in Central Africa
Duty Station: LIBREVILLE
Posting Period: 14 June 2022 - 05 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Human Resources-UNOCA-183415-F-Libreville (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) in Libreville, Gabon. The
Human Resources Officer (Chief of HR) reports to the Chief of Mission Support and is part of the Mission Support Section.

The incumbent of this post undertakes wide range of responsibilities in human resources management including but not limited to advising and applying the Organization’s staff rules and regulations as well as internal procedures and processes related to human resources planning and management, review of the staffing aspects of the budget, conditions of service, administration of entitlements and benefits, recruitment and selection, performance management and staff development, and administration of justice.

UNOCA covers the countries of the Economic Community of Central African States, namely: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda and Sao Tome and Principe.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Human Resources Officer (Chief of HR) will be responsible for the following duties:

Recruitment and Staff Selection:

• Projects and monitors vacant posts of assigned level/group, Secretariat or mission-wide and ensures adherence to policies and procedures in filling these posts.
• Manages recruitment process including development of recruitment strategies and plans, coordinating with client offices in forecasting and identifying vacancies, preparing job openings, reviewing and screening of candidates
• Review job openings in consultation with hiring managers, ensuring that the evaluation criteria and responsibilities are in line with the approved or classified documents.
• Conducts preliminary review, prepares and submits recruitment cases to approving officials/entities.
• Arranges and conducts interviews for selection of candidates.
• Reviews recommendation on the selection of candidate by client offices.
• Participates in task forces and working groups identifying issues/problems, formulating policies and guidelines, and establishing new procedures on recruitment and staff selection.
• Under the direction of OHR, coordinates and administers language professional examination and other programmes and tests related to the recruitment of professional, general service and other categories of staff.
• Manages the recruitment and selection of national staff ensuring the development of job descriptions for approved posts, liaising with the UNHQ on the classification of such posts, advertising and guiding managers on the selection process in line with UN rules and regulations.

Administration of entitlements and Benefits:

• Provides advice and guidance to managers and staff on human resources related matters
• Reviews and recommends level of remuneration for consultants.
• Provides advice on interpretation and application of policies, regulations and rules. Reviews and provides advice on exceptions to policies, regulations and rules.
• Represents the office in joint bodies and working groups relating to salaries and other conditions of service.
• 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 strict application by the HR Section, including consistent implementation of delegated authority;
• Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of related guidelines, HR rules, regulations, practices and procedures, and recommends revisions to OHR, where necessary.

Planning and Budget:

• Participate in the mission planning process throughout the mission lifecycle for determining the staffing requirements and organizational structure; also conducts analysis and provides inputs on emerging capacity gaps in accordance with the mission’s mandate.
• Contributes to the budget development process by reviewing the drafts and providing input on the human resources requirements and organizational structure of all sections.
• Reflects recommendations of the staffing reviews into the staffing requirements for purpose of budget preparation;
• Constantly reviews and monitors staffing related costs and expenditures in UMOJA in line with funds allotment, ensuring that funds for staffing costs are available, and where necessary alerts the Chief of Mission Support to follow up on the deployment of funds to meet any shortfall;
• Ensures that expenditures related to staffing are within the budgeted staffing costs, coordinating with the Finance and Budget Units at both the mission and Headquarter levels to ensure availability of funds;
• Advises hiring managers on loaning of posts between sections and movement of posts and staff between locations based on the SOP on Staffing table and Post Management, ensuring the integrity of the staffing table as approved in the budget without discrepancy in sections and locations.
• Assists in reviewing and processing requests for classification, providing advice and answering queries on classification procedures.

Performance Management:

• Supports the mission in the implementation of the performance appraisal system and monitors its compliance with the proper implementation of the performance management system, providing guidance and substantive support to mission components on standards for the development of service, section, unit 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 the performance management process and provides input to the establishment of Management Review Committee and Joint Monitoring Committee and Rebuttal Panel and acts as their facilitator and ex-officio member.
• Counsels staff and managers in cases of underperformance and facilitates the implementation of a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) or other remedial measures, when required.

Staff Development:

• Provides regular information on global vacancies and opportunities for the generic rostering system and works with HRSD as a conduit for headquarters initiatives and as the initiator of individual career advice and counseling.
• Advises staff 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;
• Continuously assesses the skill, expertise and knowledge of the 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 the area of human resources management.

Administration of Justice:

• Researches and compiles the mission’s responses to formal and informal requests coming from different entities under the Administration of Justice (AoJ) system.
• Provides inputs to efforts and measures aimed at addressing and mitigating staff grievances with the purpose of resolving them at the lowest practical level.
• Contributes to the development of preventive activities such as training and sharing best practices and recent jurisprudence related to human resources management.

Staff and Management Relations:

• Supports 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;
• Participates in meetings with staff representatives to address issues affecting the staff and coordinate the quarterly meetings with the Head of the Mission and Director/Chief of Mission Support;
• Organizes, as necessary, general or specific meetings for the staff on issues such as mandate implementation, status of HR reforms and other organizational change initiatives etc.

Other:
• Under the supervision of the Chief of Mission Support, the HRO contributes to the monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of delegated authorities, through interalia, the Human Resources Management Scorecard (HRM-S), Service Level Agreements, HRM-S indicators, and the Senior Managers' Compact.
• Participates in the development of a set of actionable and targeted change management plans, including coaching and training in order to implement these responsibilities and reports on possible gaps and risks and recommends corrective action.
• Assist with the development of a communication strategy with a dedicated intranet page on HR issues and regular formal and informal meetings.
• Conducts research on precedents, policy rulings and procedures.
• Maintain human resources information systems, including constant update and generation of information and reports for use by management;
• Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism :

Professionalism: Knowledge of human resources policies, practices, procedures, and tools and ability to apply them. Ability to identify issues, analyze and formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations on complex human resources policy and development issues. Ability to conceptualize complex data analytics and programme management for Human Resources initiatives. 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 and for counseling mission leadership and hiring managers on how to bridge the gender gap in the UNOCA recruitment process.

•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.

•Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Education

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 qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, administration or a related area is required.

Experience in provision of HR policy interpretation and advisory services is required.

Relevant work experience of at least three (3) years at a professional level in the United Nations or with an international organization is desired.

Experience with ERPs such as SAP and PeopleSoft or equivalent is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the two working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in both English and French (oral and written) is required.

Assessment

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.

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.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity 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 31 March 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, China, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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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