Human Resources Associate

Location:
Sudan
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:
Contract
Salary:
Competitive

Human Resources Associate

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Application closing date: 26 May 2019
HR Associate – Background Information – Job-specific

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.  UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peace building, humanitarian and development projects.  Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.

The HR Associate works in close collaboration with the Programme, Project and Operations staff in the Country Offices and with UNOPS HQ staff to exchange information and ensure consistent service delivery.

Under the direct supervision of the HR Officer and the overall direction of the Head of Support Services as well as the technical guidance of IPAS HR, the HR Associate is responsible for administering and implementing services, plans, and processes covering the array of Human Resources Management service lines for optimal employee and talent management, i.e. recruitment, learning, performance management, transition, organizational development, and contract management. S/he serves as the first contact for internal and external clients in resolving questions on processes and procedures and provision of guidance and information related to HR initiatives and services to a wide range of UNOPS clients.

Functional Responsibilities
Functions / Key Results Expected 1.     Support for policy development and implementation

  • Contribute to HR policy development and corporate HR initiatives by assisting to collect data on trends, risks and opportunities and sharing local HR best practices.
  • Assist with projects in support of HR initiatives for the attainment of business objectives in line with the corporate HR strategy.
  • Support the communication of HR policy changes and new HR initiatives to management and personnel, providing guidance as needed.

2.     Advisory Services

  • Provide guidance on HR-related systems and processes including but not limited to Recruitment, Contracts, Position Management, Performance Management, Benefits and Entitlements consistent with UNOPS rules and procedures.
  • Provide advice and guidance to personnel on administrative procedures, processes and practices.
  • Act as liaison between unit and internal and external clients and provides proactive customer service to expedite completion of projects, and provide information.
  • As the first face of HR, ensure that new hires’ first impressions are positive and that they have all in-processing information completed.
  • Advise hiring management and guide personnel on UNOPS recruitment and performance management processes, and learning and development initiatives, resources, and plans.
  • Provide advice to supervisors on good practices, policies and procedures in performance management, including managing of underperformance.
  • Support the implementation of institutional gender and diversity initiatives, providing education and advice on issues related to equity, compliance, inclusion, and diversity.

3.     Talent Acquisition and Administration

  • Assist in recruitment processes ensuring best practices are used for effective and efficient talent acquisition in line with UNOPS policy.
  • Actively participate in workforce planning at the office and project level and guide clients through recruitment and selection processes. Take lead on requisition initiation, longlisting, testing and interviews, formal approvals, selection minutes, reference checking, fee calculation, offers and rejections, and updating recruitment on-line information system.
  • Inform and advise UNOPS personnel, consultants, partners and project personnel on their conditions of service and entitlements according to their contract modality, expediting actions to facilitate their efficient, timely, and client-focused onboarding.
  • Liaise with UNOPS’ HR related groups such as SSC on personnel administration matters and submit transactional HR service data (normally within the ERP system).
  • Research precedents and present recommendations to the supervisor, taking into account institutionalized exceptions. Undertake research on a range of HR related issues and assist in the preparation of notes/reports.
  • Establish and maintain monitoring systems, advising the supervisor on the status of pending requests and approaching deadlines. Follow up on teamwork processes to ensure clearance, approvals and timely workflows
  • Answer questions and follow-up with personnel and management to ensure completion of absences requests, performance management cycle, and other HR processes etc. in electronic information systems.
  • Liaise with relevant HQ and UN system units to exchange information and follow up on pending issues.
  • Set up and maintain reference files/records.
  • Follow up or process payroll verification.
  • Monitor status of HR actions to facilitate timely action by the supervisor and line management, including on transactions initiated, expiring appointments/contracts, and pending separation actions.
  • Support efficient planning and management of the HR unit, including drafting annual recruitment plans, implementing designated projects in line with the corporate HR strategy, overseeing personnel file systems as well as provision of related statistical summaries and tracking movements of UNOPS personnel within the relevant business units.

4.     Team Management

  • Facilitate the engagement and provision of high-quality results and services of the team supervised through effective work planning, performance management, coaching, and promotion of learning and development.
  • Provide oversight, ensuring compliance by team members with existing policies and best practices.

5.     Knowledge building and knowledge sharing

  • Provide support to the organization, facilitation and/or delivery of training and learning initiatives for personnel on HR-related topics.
  • Provides sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice by synthesizing of lessons learnt and dissemination of best practices in human resources.
  • Collect feedback, ideas, and internal knowledge about processes and best practices and utilize productively.
  • Undertake research on a range of HR related issues and provide content for notes/reports including quarterly and year-end reports for monitoring, statistical and review purposes by management.
  • Liaise with relevant HQ and UN system units to exchange information and follow up on pending issues.

Impact of Results

The effective and successful achievement of results by the HR Associate directly impacts on the compliant execution of HR processes in the respective unit and the efficient and effective performance within it. These promote the credibility of the organization as an effective service provider in project services and management.

Education

– Completion of Secondary education is required. First University Degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, Public Administration, or equivalent disciplines is desirable. – Knowledge of  UN policies, procedures and practices highly desirable

Experience

– Minimum of six years of relevant experience in an international and/or national organization in providing HR advisory, recruitment, and/or HR-generalist services. – Some experience in UN system organizations is desirable – Proficiency in computers and office software packages (MS Office) and experience in handling of web-based management systems is required. – Experience in the use of HR information systems, Enterprise systems including OneUNOPS is desirable.

Languages
– Fluency in spoken and written English and Arabic is required.
Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement

Contract level: Local ICA Support 6

Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’

Please note that this is a local position and it is open to nationals of Sudan only

Background info – Sudan

The UNOPS Sudan office is based in Khartoum and works closely with the Government of Sudan and international partners to support humanitarian response, recovery and development initiatives. UNOPS is the United Nations sector lead for the Basic Infrastructure Sector in Sudan and helps partners achieve their project goals in sectors including: water resource management, education, census and elections, human resource management and mine action.

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