For 60 years,United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Job Summary: The UNICEF Human Resources Manager will oversee all human resource activities including the supervision of human resources staff in accordance with the HR strategy and work plan, aligned with the Country Programme Management Plan as well as the goals and strategic needs of the organization.
Key Performance Areas:
- Responsible for the effective planning, management, administration and development of the Country Office Human Resources, and for the efficient and effective delivery of Human Resources Services to its staff.
- Advising the Representative, Section/Unit Chiefs and Staff on Human Resources Management and Development issues.
- Overseeing the contracting process for the acquisition of specialized services (for an average annual total value of 5 million US Dollars), including participation in the planning of these services requirements, and in the selection of consultants/Institutes/NGOs.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Recruitment, Selection and Placement:
- Policy Implementation and HR Administration:
- Capacity Building and Career Development:
- Strategic HR Planning and Management:
- Management Excellence in the Office:
- Staff and Management Relationship Management:
- Inter-agency Cooperation, Networking and Partnerships:
- Emergency and Staff Security:
- Render support, implement and administer the effective and timely recruitment processes in the hiring, developing and retaining the best talents available to support the strategic human recourses needs of the office and the organization.
- Support the offices’ human resources needs for national professional officers, general service, and temporary employees by implementing proper and expedient recruitment procedures.
- Guarantee that organizational human resources targets are met while ensuring the recruitment and retention of staff and diverse body of staff of the highest caliber.
- Actively promote gender equality, equity, transparency, and consistency in the selection and placement of staff.
- Work to establish a targeted approach to recruit specialized talent, with particular focus on MTSP areas, to fill posts requiring specialized expertise, at the global, regional, or local level.
- Establish and implement results-oriented action plans and sound budgets to coordinate targeted recruitment efforts with identified need at UNICEF in the short-term, intermediate-term, and long-term.
- Intuitively monitor and evaluate the measurable results of targeted recruiting efforts and its impact on UNICEF human resources with emphasis on all aspects required to achieve UNICEF’s objectives for gender parity, diversity, and a supportive work environment for men and women.
- Establish and maintain equity, transparency and consistency in the interpretation, determination, implementation, and administration of HR policy, procedures and guidelines on all HR related matters applicable to the staff.
- Ensure timely, equitable, transparent and systematic administration of all HR benefits, entitlements, contracts renewal and termination, performance management, promotions and other HR activities.
- Identify opportunities for the country office to support UNICEF‘s global HR priorities, campaigns and partnerships, and lead, advise or recommend new initiatives to adopt in the office.
- Actively implement and administer the equitable, transparent and efficient GS job classification system in compliance with the established job classification policy, guidelines, procedures and related requirements.
- Identify opportunities to develop and support capacity among staff are regularly identified and addressed as appropriate.
- Work in consultation with the relevant partners, the Regional HR Development Committee and DHR, implement timely and effective staff learning and development programmes and briefing on career management to all staff in the office in order to strengthen their capacity building and advance career development planning.
- Supports and utilize a database on staff development activities and training contracts and take follow-up actions for processing of external collaborator contracts and implementation of planned training activities.
- Determines training and learning needs in consultation with organizational units at HQ and in the field in order to identify organizational competency gaps and gender imbalances. Advises on staff learning/development, career development, coaching and counselling
- Provide ongoing strategy direction, interpretation and technical support to management of the country offices in the all area of HR management. Provides accurate and sound technical analysis and timely support to the management and planning process in the office as it relates to budget planning, staffing, organization design, change management and other HR strategy planning and development deliberations.
- Works closely with the HQ Divisions to support and contribute to corporate HR strategy formulation and local implementation; advise on the applicability of new strategy and guidelines to country offices HR plans and activities.
- Offer timely feedback and make recommendations from a field perspective on the establishment and improvement of systems and internal controls, planning and change management and resolution of HR issues and problems.
- Take part in Country Programme Strategy Review meetings to identify new trends, priorities and requirements. Participate in Global workshops and meetings for the strategic planning as needed.
- Promote management excellence in the office by ensuring accountability in all areas of HR demonstrating a high level of skills in the management of staff resources including staff selection based on merit and the needs of the organization, staff aspiration and counselling, systematic and equitable performance management, and staff development and learning activities.
- Effectively manage the human and financial resources (budget planning, management and monitoring) of the office and ensure both are optimally utilized.
- Monitor compliance with all systems and procedures and ensure management integrity and accountability with high quality standards in all activities in HR; ensure the implementation of agreed audit recommendations; advise on corrective measures to be taken and establish relevant internal controls.
- Actively monitor staff/management issues and support/advise management and staff as appropriate to improve the relations and resolve the issues.
- Offer administrative support to the staff-management bodies in the capacity of HR focal point in the office.
- Ensure active coordination of HR initiatives with other agencies. Maintain effective and steady communication or working relations with UN agencies to seek harmonization as well as new ways to enhance effective HR management and development in UNICEF. Support common strategies and approaches for enhancement of the HR reform within the Common system.
- Co-ordinate HR activities with other UN agencies and cooperate with partners in the locality, including Government and NGOs .Identify and explore the “best practices” in HR area. Participate in the inter-agency coordination, conferences and other forums to improve HR planning, implementation, staff learning and development, recruitment, etc.
- Work in coordination with management and the staff, plan and ensure effective emergency preparedness and rapid responses in case of emergency.
- Properly and promptly investigate and respond to emergencies affecting staff, including immediate actions, and if necessary, coordination with UN agencies and other parties concerned, in accordance with the UN and UNICEF emergency and security policy and guidelines.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The ideal UN Human Resource Manager should possess an advanced university degree (Master’s) in Human Resources, Business Administration, International Relations, Social Sciences, Psychology or a directly-related technical field(s) is required.
- At least eight (8) years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in HR Management and Staff Development is required.
- Work experience in emergency duty station is considered an asset.
- Prior hands-on experience in supervisory capacity is required.
- Language Proficiency: Fluency in English (written & verbal) is required. Knowledge of an additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is considered an asset.
- Communicates effectively to varied audiences, including during formal public speaking.
- Consistently achieves high-level results, managing and delivering projects on-time and on-budget.
- Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
- Analyzes and integrates potentially conflicting numerical, verbal and other data from a number of sources.
- Demonstrates, applies and shares expert technical knowledge across the organization.
- Creates organization-wide processes to help ensure that all adhere to procedures and policies.
- Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives.
- Has good leadership and supervisory skills; co-ordinates group activities, ensuring that roles within the team are clear.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.
How to Apply for the job:
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Deadline: 8th October, 2014