Job Opening

Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 26 July 2018 - 08 September 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Resources-OHCHR-97145-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Human Resources Management Section, Programme Support and Management Service (PSMS) of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Section.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Human Resources Management Section (PSMS), the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

- 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 various areas of human resources.
- Prepares reports and participates and/or leads special human resources project.
- May plan, organize, manage and supervise the work of the Unit/Section assigned.

Advising and Monitoring
- Advises and counsels staff in respect of rights, responsibilities, code of conduct and difficulties associated with work and entitlements.
- Monitors staff welfare and identifies/proposes appropriate programmes and remedial action.
- Monitors, advises and acts on disciplinary matters in accordance with established policies and procedures. Mediates conflict, grievance and harassment cases.
- Supervises and monitors the work of junior staff in undertaking the full range of human resource management activities.

Recruitment and Placement
- Participates in task forces and working groups identifying issues/problems, formulating policies and guidelines, and establishing new procedures.
- Provides advice on interpretation and application of policies, regulations and rules.
- Reviews and provides advice on exceptions to policies, regulations and rules.
- Represents the office in joint bodies and working groups relating to salaries and other conditions of service.

Staff Development and Career Support
- 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.
- Provides performance management advice to staff and management. Assists supervisors and staff with understanding and using the performance appraisal system (PAS).
- Performs other tasks as required.


PROFESSIONALISM. Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to human resources management, administration or related area. Knowledge of human resources policies, practices and procedures. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the Internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.

CREATIVITY. Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box"; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

BUILDING TRUST. Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; Manages in a deliberate and predictable way; Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; Gives proper credit to others; Follows through on agreed upon actions; Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in human resources management, business or public administration, law, social sciences, education or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, administration or related area is required. A minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience with the United Nations Common System or other international organization is required. Field experience is desirable. Experience working on issues related to staff support and staff management is also desirable. Experience managing critical incidents in the workplace is an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat, for the position advertised, fluency in English or French (both oral and written) is required, knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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

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.

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.

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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