Job Opening

Posting Title: HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 17 June 2022 - 01 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Human Resources-DESA-184043-J-New York (X)
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 JPO Programme, Human Resources Management (HRM), Capacity Development Programme Management Office (CDPMO), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). CDPMO furnishes integrated management support services to the substantive divisions of the Department as they provide advisory services on request to development countries and countries with economies in transition, and formulate and implement capacity development projects. The incumbent is under the overall guidance of the Chief, HRM, CDPMO, and the direct supervision of the Chief, JPO Programme. Further information is available at


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

• Provides advice and support to donor countries, managers and staff on human resources and administration related matters in the context of the JPO Programme.
• Keeps abreast of developments in various areas of human resources.
• Prepares vacancy announcements, posts them on the JPO Programme website, reviews applications, and provides short-lists to offices in the context of the JPO Programme.
• Reviews recommendation on the selection of JPO candidates by client offices and participating donor countries.
• Finalizes job offers for successful candidates.
• Supervises and monitors the work of the Human Resources Assistants in carrying out all human resources administrative transactions including preparation of personnel actions, maintenance of staffing tables, and processing of contracts.
• Provides advice on interpretation and application of UN Human Resources policies, regulations and rules, with particular focus on the JPOs donor driven entitlements. Reviews and provides advice on exceptions to policies, regulation and rules.
• Administers and provides advice on salary and related benefits, travel, and social security entitlements for JPOs.
• Determines and recommends benefits and entitlements for JPOs on the basis of contractual status.
• Reviews policies and procedures and recommends changes as required.
•Certifying expenditures in the context of the JPO Programme.
•Prepares and reviews relevant cost estimates for JPO extra-budgetary posts.
•Advises managers in the elaboration of resource requirements for submissions of cost-sharing cases for JPOs.
•Monitors expenditures and compares with available budget for each JPOs, liaises with Finance Section for the necessary action.
• Identifies and analyzes staff development and career support needs and designs programmes to meet identified needs for JPOs. Provides advice on mobility and career development to the young professionals in the JPO Programme.
• Provides performance management advice to JPOs and management. Assists supervisors and JPOs with understanding and using the performance appraisal system (INSPIRA Performance Appraisal).
• Advises and counsels JPOs in respect of rights, responsibilities, code of conduct and difficulties associated with work and entitlements.
• Administers the JPO Programme Website.
• Assist the Chief HRM/CDO in his role of focal point for coordination of the JPO Programmes, particularly in the context of the preparation of the donor country and inter-agency meeting on JPOs.
• Perform other duties as required.


Professionalism:Knowledge of human resources management, in particular with regard to staffing matters (i.e. recruitment, placement.); analytical skills; Demonstrated technical knowledge on the development of e-staffing guidance materials; knowledge of the United Nations staff rules and regulations, human resources policies, procedures and practices.

Client orientation: Ability to identify clients’ needs and propose appropriate solutions; ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with clients; 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.

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in public or business administration, human resources management or related area. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, administration or related area are required;

At least 2 years of experience in recruitment for international organizations administering staff, including benefits and entitlements for various type of contracts, in different duty stations are required;

At least 2 years of experience with ERP platforms (SAP, Oracle) in the administration of HR and generating business intelligence reports are desirable;

At least 2 years in advising staff members on HR policies are desirable;

Experience in international fund raising, donor relations and organization of international meetings is desirable;

Experience in organizational management systems and in managing extrabudgetary funds in ERP systems is desirable;

Experience in managing websites and Wordpress is desirable


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include a substantive assessment, which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This project-funded position is temporarily available until 31 August 2023 with
possibility of extension depending on continued existence of project or availability of funds.
If the 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.
• 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.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current
temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such
retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of
the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform
the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the
career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both
a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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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