Job Opening

Posting Title: Human Resources Officer (Chief of Unit), P4
Department/Office: Office of Human Resources Management
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 01 June 2018 - 15 July 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Human Resources-DM OHRM-98067-R-New York (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 Headquarters Staffing Section (HQSS) in the Staffing Service of the Strategic Planning and Staffing Division, Office of Human Resources Management. The incumbent will report directly to the Chief of HQSS, and the position heads a unit entrusted with staffing responsibilities.


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

•Develops and implements new human resources policies and procedures to meet the evolving needs of the Organization in the area of staff selection and appointment in the General Service and related categories (GS appointment).
•Monitors and ensures the implementation of human resources management strategic targets, policies and procedures relating to staff selection and GS appointment in client departments and offices.
•Keeps abreast of developments in various areas of human resources particularly in the area of staff selection and GS appointment.
•Prepares reports and participates and/or leads special human resources project.
•Plans, organizes, manages and supervises the work of the Unit assigned.
•Monitors and oversees the job openings advertised and the issuance of offers in the General Service and related categories in the assigned client departments and offices; and ensures adherence to human resources management strategic targets, policies and procedures.
•Participates in task forces and working groups identifying issues/problems, formulating policies and guidelines, and establishing new procedures.
•Represents the Organization with full delegation of authority in discussions with senior officials in the Organization, UN system and other international organizations and Member States on recruitment and other human resources matters.
•Provides advice on and prepares responses to questions concerning the interpretation and application of the Staff Regulations and Rules, policies and procedures for senior managers and client offices; and review and provide advice on exceptions to the Staff Rules, policies and procedures.
•Considers requests for the review of administrative actions taken by HQSS for informal resolution of disputes, respond to management evaluation requests and provide guidance to the client departments and offices on dispute resolution and management evaluation concerning staff selection and GS appointment issues.
•Advises the Offices-away-from-Headquarters, Regional Commissions and other human resources partners with comparable delegation of authority in staff selection and GS appointment.
•Supports the overall goals of the Section and Service by carrying out other duties as assigned.


•Professionalism: Knowledge of human resources policies, practices and procedures in the area of staff selection and appointment, 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.

•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.

•Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) 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 relevant 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, law or related area is required. The following experience acquired in the United Nations or a comparable public international organization is also required:

•At least four years of experience implementing a staff selection framework using an e-recruitment system;
•Experience in delivering trainings on staff selection processes to human resources practitioners, hiring manager and applicants;
•Experience in developing and implementing staff selection policies, manuals or guidelines; and
•Experience in defending or assisting with defending administrative decisions in the area of staff selection through a formal dispute resolution mechanism.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in French is desirable.


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

Special Notice

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 March 2018, 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, 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, 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.

Extension of appointment will be subject to extension of mandates and budgetary approval.

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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