Job Opening

Department/Office: Office of Human Resources Management
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 04 April 2017 - 18 May 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Human Resources-DM OHRM-77210-R-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the 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.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Central Review Bodies Secretariat in the Staffing Service, Strategic Planning and Staffing Division (SPSD), Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM), Department of Management. The incumbent reports directly to the Chief, Staffing Service, SPSD.

The Central Review Bodies (CRBs) are staff-management bodies which review the process of staff selection in the United Nations Secretariat for job openings at the General Service and related categories and Professional and higher categories up to and including D-1 level categories. The Human Resources Officer serves as the Chief of the CRB Secretariat and Secretary of the Headquarters and Regional Commissions Central Review Board. The Global Central Review Board (GCRB) is responsible for reviewing and endorsing evaluation criteria of job openings and suitable candidates under consideration to fill vacant positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-5 level and in the Field Service category in the Secretariat. The Human Resources Officer serves as the Secretary of the GCRB.


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

•Serves as the Secretary of the CRBs and the GCRB.
•Provides substantive support required by the CRBs and GCRB.
•Oversees the planning and organization of weekly virtual meetings of the CRBs.
•Plans activities and the delivery of services of the GCRB, including job networks that transition into the staff selection and managed mobility system.
•Coordinates with the Network Staffing Team (NST) on job openings for job networks that are rolled out under the staff selection and managed mobility, and participate in meetings of the NSTs.
•Plans and provides training to members of the CRBs and GCRB in NY and other duty stations as required, as well as managers, on the staff selection systems, including its electronic support tools (such as Inspira).
•Plans and coordinates the establishment of the membership of the CRB and GCRB.
•Assists in developing strategies, policies and procedures on different facets of human resources management, particularly in the area of staffing, including the existing rules of procedure and proposes changes as necessary.
•Reviews the current process and mechanisms to identify efficiencies, specifically opportunities to streamline and simplify processes, and develops and implements change management strategies to proactively support the overall strategy of reducing “time to recruit”.
•Closely monitors and tracks statistics on activities of the CRBs and GCRB ensuring review timelines are met, as well as tracks the outcome of selection decisions, and provides relevant reports, including lessons learned, as requested.
•Manages and supervises the staff of the Secretariat of CRBs and establishes the work plan of the Secretariat.
•Develops and implements new human resources policies, practices and procedures to meet the evolving needs of the Organization.
•Monitors and ensures the implementation of human resources policies, practices and procedures.
•Keeps abreast of developments in key areas of human resources.
•Prepares reports and participates and/or leads special human resources projects.
•Performs other functions as requested.


• Professionalism: Knowledge of human resources policies, practices and procedures and ability to apply them in a dynamic organizational setting. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, and make recommendations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient and effective 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.

• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

• 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.

•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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in human resources management, business or public administration, social sciences, education or related field. 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, administration or related area is required. Experience in change management and developing new strategies is desirable. Experience managing a team is desirable. Experience in staffing is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. 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.

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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 At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

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