Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 05 March 2018 - 18 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Resources-UNOG-93395-R-Geneva (G)
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 Vacancy Management Unit of the Human Resources Management Service (HRMS), United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). The incumbent will report to the Chief of Unit.


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

• Provides advice and support to managers, staff, permanent missions of Member States and applicants on staffing-related matters, including the use of the United Nations’ talent management system, Inspira, and the interpretation and application of regulations, rules, policies and procedures; reviews and provides advice on exceptions to policies, regulation and rules.
• Contributes to the Unit’s role as the focal point for Inspira recruitment module, by assisting in further enhancing and advising on the use of, and monitoring transactions to measure performance of Inspira.
• Identifies upcoming vacancies in coordination with client offices and performs the full range of functions relating to the placement and reassignment of staff, including relating to the Young Professionals Programme and Managed Reassignment Programme.
• Serves as ex-officio / Secretary to central review bodies, and provides input in the preparation of cases.
• Assists in preparing, drafting, developing, and revising policy and guidance materials on issues related to staffing.
• Monitors HR performance against established benchmarks and indicators.
• Provides advice on interpretation and application of policies, regulations and rules in regards to administration of staff contracts, benefits and entitlements.
• Prepares classification analysis of jobs in Professional and General Service and related categories; provides guidance to programme managers on the application of classification policies and procedures.
• Contributes to informal resolution of staffing matters; and assists with defending cases referred to the formal dispute resolution mechanisms;
• Prepares reports and participates in human resources task forces and working groups identifying issues/problems, formulating guidelines, and establishing new procedures, where necessary.
•Assesses training needs, identifies, designs and delivers staffing related training programmes to staff at all levels throughout the Organization;
• Supervises and monitors the work of Human Resources Assistants as assigned by the Chief of Unit.
• Assists with preparing reports and responding to queries from the legislative and audit bodies.
• Keeps abreast of developments in various areas of human resources.
• Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of human resources policies, practices and procedures, in particular with regard to staffing matters and the ability to apply them in an organizational setting. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. Demonstrated technical knowledge on the development of Inspira guidance materials. 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.

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.

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) in human resources management, business or public administration, social sciences, education or related area. 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in human resources, administration or related area is required. Experience in drafting or contributing to the drafting of human resources policies or guidelines including in the area of staffing is required. Experience in using human resources planning systems, such as PeopleSoft or SAP, preferably in an international organization, is required. Experience in monitoring HR performance based on strategic and operational indicators using dashboards and scorecards is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and French is required.Knowledge of another United Nations official language is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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.

The United Nations is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance 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 30 November 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Viet Nam.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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 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.

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