Senior Human Resources Officer – P5

New York, United States
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:
Full-time position

Senior Human Resources Officer – P5

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Department/ Office:
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Posting Period:
14 October 2016-12 December 2016
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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.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Personnel Section, Executive and Programme Support Office, of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The Executive and Programme Support Office provides human resources, finance and budget, logistics and general administrative support to the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS), Chief Executives Board (CEB), and Regional Commissions New York Office (RCNYO). Further information on DESA is available on the following website: The Senior Human Resources Officer reports to the Executive Officer of DESA.


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


  • Plans, organizes, manages and supervises the work of the Professional and General Service staff of the Personnel Section.
  • Acts for the Executive Officer in his/her absence.
  • Represents the Department at task forces on administrative and personnel matters, as required.
  • Ensures the implementation of human resources policies, practices and procedures centrally-led by OHRM, in the Department.
  • Advises senior management on all aspects of human resources policies, procedures and strategies including succession planning, career development, talent management.
  • Represents the Organization in negotiations with staff, staff representatives. Provides support to the Head of Department in staff management relations.
  • Accepts resignations from service on behalf of the Head of the Department.
  • Reviews recommendations for Special Post Allowance (SPAs) for presentation to Departmental Panel of SPA.
  • Certifies all common staff travel and other travel on entitlements.
  • Assists the Executive Officer in managing the departmental staffing tables and providing support to the Head of Department on the use of post resources.
  • Oversees the preparation of HR reports and HR statistical data.
  • Identifies recruitment needs and priorities, develops and implements recruitment strategies.
  • Monitors and ensures timely filling of posts in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Reviews job openings for submission to the Office of Human Resources Management.
  • Oversees and clears recruitment, submissions of staff selection cases to Central Review bodies.
  • Manages the UNHQ Internship Programme for the Department.
  • Monitors and ensures the implementation of staff development and career support programmes.
  • Provides advice on mobility and career development to programme managers and staff.
  • Provides performance management advice to staff and management. Assists the Head of Department/Offices with the implementation of the performance appraisal system .
  • Provides overall support to the programme managers in appraising the staff in accordance with applicable procedures and makes necessary arrangements regarding rebuttal cases.
  • Advises staff in respect of rights, responsibilities, code of conduct and difficulties associated with work and entitlements.
  • Monitors, advises and acts on disciplinary matters in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Mediates conflict, grievance and harassment cases.
  • Advises the Head of Department and Programme Managers and coordinates responses on litigation cases.
  • Reviews requests for classification of jobs initiated by the substantive offices for submission to the Office of Human Resources Management.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of human resources policies, practices and procedures and ability to apply them in an organizational setting. Ability to identify issues, analyze and formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations on complex human resources policy and development issues. 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.


  • 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 the audience
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


  • Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments
  • Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards
  • Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules
  • Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments
  • Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


  • Serves as a role model that other people want to follow
  • Empowers others to translate vision into results
  • Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support
  • Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions
  • Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo
  • Shows the courage to take unpopular stands

Judgement/ Decision-making:

  • Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly
  • Gathers relevant information before making a decision
  • Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them
  • Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization
  • Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information
  • Checks assumptions against facts
  • Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision
  • Makes tough decisions when necessary


    Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in human resources management, business or public administration, social sciences, education or related area is required. 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, administrative services or related area is required. Experience in integrated information management systems related to recruitment and staff administration is required. Experience in administration of large scale of staffing table is required. Experience in application of staff regulations, staff rules, human resources policies, practices, and administration of entitlements is desirable. Experience in supporting an organizational-wide change management programme is desirable.


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


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

    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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

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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