Job Opening

Posting Title: Human Resources Officer, P4
Department/Office: Department of Field Support
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 30 November 2017 - 13 January 2018
Job Opening Number: 17-Human Resources-DFS-88616-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Department of Field Support (DFS) is mandated to provide strategic support for the administrative, logistics and technology requirements of all United Nations field missions, including peacekeeping operations and political offices.

This position is located in the Career Development and HR Capacity Building Unit (CDHRCBU) in the Field Personnel Specialist Support Service (FPSSS), Field Personnel Division (FPD), Department of Field Support (DFS).

The Human Resources Officer advises the Chief, FPSSS/FPD/DFS in the organization, plans and supervises the work of the CDHRCBU. S/he will identify career support needs; designing, planning, implementing, evaluating and monitoring career development programmes for the field staff, building relationships with internal and external career development stakeholders; advising Service and Section Chiefs on career development issues; developing systems, policies and practices for a range of career support, including: succession planning, mobility and rotation, assessment of occupational requirements and career pathing.


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

•Monitors and ensures the implementation of human resources policies, practices and procedures.
•Keeps abreast of developments in various areas of human resources.
•Prepares reports and participates and/or leads special human resources project.
•Plan, organize, manage and supervise the work of the unit assigned.

Staff development and career support
•Conceptualizes, develops and implements the DPKO career development strategy, career pathing exercises, and the reprofiling of key positions.
•Ensure that policies and practices are consistent with overall organizational goals, DPKO's career development framework, policies on staff development and career support, and the respective mandates.
•Identifies and analyzes staff development and career support needs and designs programmes to meet identified needs.
•Prepares monitoring reports on staff development and career support programmes.
•Analyzes staff development and career support plans to ensure that they are consistent with the overall organizations goals, policies on staff development and career support, and the respective mandates.
•Evaluates effectiveness and impact of staff development and career support programmes and recommends ways to enhance effectiveness and impact.
•Provides advice on mobility and career development to staff at all levels in all categories.
•Assesses training needs, identifies, designs and delivers training programmes to staff at all levels throughout the Organization.
•Conduct research in preparing policy papers, position papers, and briefing notes on issues related to career development.
•Provide remote and in-situ advice on mobility and career development to field staff at all levels in all categories, recommending assignments and career moves. Manage the substantive content of the CDU website with information relevant to DPKO field staff.
•Provide individualized advice to staff and management on mission drawdown and downsizing.
•Maintain and expand an intra-UN and external network on career development issues.
•Build relationships with external career development partners, including organizing and participating in the Career Development Roundtable and active participation in the career development community of practice.
•Advise the Chiefs on career development issues, prepare special reports and make recommendations on improving policies, procedures and practices. Ensure capacity building on career development issues for training focal points and human resources personnel in the field.
•Develop systems, policies and practices encompassing a range of career support elements for international staff in peacekeeping operations, including succession plans, mobility and rotation as well as staff development, through the assessment of occupational requirements and implementation of career paths.

Other duties
•Supervises and monitors the work of junior human resources officers in undertaking the full range of career development and human resource capacity building activities.
•Lead, coordinate and consolidate the unit’s budget (with the accompanying Results-Based Budgeting Framework) to reflect the Service's work priorities and career development requirements or field missions.
•In consultation with Division and the missions, develop annual budgets and provide input for: performance reports, audit reports and for Committees and Panels.
•Represents the management in career activities.


Professionalism: Knowledge of human resources policies, practices and procedures 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in human resources management, organizational development, business or public administration, social sciences, education, learning or organizational psychology 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, administrative services or related area is required. Experience in career development, staff learning or a closely related domain is required. Experience managing statistics, staffing, administration, and talent acquisition using enterprise resource platforms is required. Experience with the planning and delivery of human resources services in a complex environment is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official languages is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

-Appointment to this position is limited to a finite period of one (1) year, due to the temporary assignment/secondment of the regular incumbent to another office/organization. The selection and extension of appointment of the selected candidate will be contingent on the return of the incumbent who maintains a lien against this post. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.

- 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.

- This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations for a period of one year. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.

- The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

- Applicants from troop- and police contributing countries who are found most suitable and recommended for selection will be given due consideration for positions in a peacekeeping operation or Headquarters support account funded positions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Field Support, taking into account their contribution to United Nations peacekeeping, in accordance with General Assembly resolutions 66/265 and 67/287.

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.

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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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