Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR HUMAN RESOURCES ASSISTANT, G7
Job Code Title: Senior Human Resources Assistant
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 07 September 2022 - 06 October 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Human Resources-ESCWA-190347-R-Beirut (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA unescwa.org) forms part of the United Nations Secretariat and, like the other regional commissions, operates under the supervision of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. ESCWA comprises 20 Arab countries in Western Asia and North Africa. ESCWA provides a framework for the formulation and harmonization of sectoral policies for member countries, a platform for congress and coordination, a home for expertise and knowledge, and an information observatory. ESCWA activities are coordinated with the divisions and main offices of the Headquarters of the United Nations, specialized agencies, and international and regional organizations, including the League of Arab States and its subsidiary bodies, and the Gulf Cooperation Council.

This Senior Human Resources Assistant position is located in the People Management Central (HR) of the Resource Management and Service Development Division (RMSDD) of ESCWA. The Senior Human Resources Assistant reports directly to the Chief HR Unit.

Responsibilities

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

Recruitment and Placement:

• Participates in the selection of candidates for secretarial, clerical and related categories positions, including evaluating and screening applications of such candidates, preparing profiles of candidates, and conducting preliminary interviews, and conducting roster searches for vacancies and identifying short-list of candidates.
• Supports the filling of positions for all categories, including posting of job openings, reviewing candidate eligibility, serving as HR representative in interviews and Central Review Bodies (CRB) reviews, conducting reference checks and academic verifications, ensuring the completion of the pre-recruitment formalities (visa, medical clearance; etc.), calculating salaries and related benefits, and preparing and dispatching offers of appointment and statement of emoluments.
• Supports Hiring Managers on the application of relevant modules in Inspira, the UN Secretariat's human capital management system (HCM), and through all the steps of the recruitment process.
• Provides input into policy development.
• Schedules and coordinates entry tests.
• Maintains digital job opening files, tracks the progress of recruitment, and updates managers on necessary actions.
• Processes and approves personnel actions through in Umoja, the UN Secretariat’s enterprise resource planning system (ERP)

Administration of Staff Contracts and Benefits & Entitlements:

• Undertakes on-boarding of national and international staff members as soon as reference checks and medical clearance are completed; advises staff on visa matters and on on-boarding coordinates with relevant parties and selected candidates on visa matters, travel and shipment arrangements;
• Arranges inductions for newly recruited staff in client divisions on service-related entitlements, benefits, allowances; and on living conditions in the duty station;
• Undertakes the administration of staff benefits and entitlements from the entry-on-duty or engagement up to the time of separation / retirement, including initial appointments, extension of appointments, transfers, secondments, separations, retirements, resignations, terminations etc.;
• Advise staff members regarding eligibility, applicability and administration of staff benefits and entitlements;
• Supports the team leader in the coordination and implementation of special projects;
• Prepares and reviews correspondences concerning appointments, promotions, reassignments, transfers and separations;
• Coach and develop newly recruited HR staff in the respective team.

Learning and Development:

• Assists in the organization and conduct of training courses and workshops.
• Serves as mentor and train new and continuous learners for the performance of Human Resources enterprise roles.

Classification:

• Assists in reviewing and processing requests for classification.
• Provides advice and answers general queries on classification procedures and processes.
• Assists in providing documentation and background materials relating to classification appeals.

General:

• Supervises the maintenance of automated databases and the centralized reference and filing systems.
• Undertakes research on a range of HR related issues and prepares notes/reports.
• Conducts research on precedents, policy rulings and procedures.
• Supervises compilation and preparation of statistical reports on HR related issues.
• Assists in the preparation of information circulars for HR related issues.
• Conducts exit interviews for separating staff and assists him/her in final arrangements.
• Provides general office support services; processes, drafts, edits, proofreads and finalizes for signature/approval, a variety of correspondence and other communications; performs budget preparation input monitoring and implementation in Umoja, etc.; sets up and maintains files/records (electronic and paper); schedules appointments/meetings, monitors deadlines, etc.
• Prepares written response to queries concerning HR related matters.
• Trains and provides supervision to new and lower-level staff in the unit.
• Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of human resources policies, procedures and practices and ability to interpret and apply them in an organizational setting. Demonstrates use of initiative and makes appropriate linkages in work requirements and anticipates next steps. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects 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.

• 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

High school diploma or equivalent is required.

Work Experience

At least ten years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, administrative services or related area is required.

At least three years of experience and demonstrated proficiency in the application of an enterprise management system (ERP) in performing tasks and transactions related to human resource management is required.

At least three years of experience in recruitment against various types of contracts is desirable.

At least three years of experience in the interpretation and application of human resources policies with the United Nations or a similar international organization in an operational environment is desirable.

Experience in the development of training materials such as job aids, standard operating procedures and guidelines related to human resources policies or human resources information technology tools is desirable.

Experience in supervising, or mentoring and coaching staff is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. In addition, Arabic is a working language at ESCWA.
For this position, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is desirable.
Note: "Fluency" equals a rating of 'fluent' in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and "Knowledge of" equals a rating of 'confident' in two of the four areas.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test [in English] at the United Nations headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International criminal tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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