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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HRD/FT59
Title: HR Specialist
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 25 February 2013
Application Deadline: 6 March 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The objectives of the Department of Human Resource Management are a sound, well-managed, responsive and efficient organization wide HR programme which supports the work of WHO and its Member States encompassing development, implementation and monitoring of WHO's human resources policies and plans;
- Management of career development, rotation and mobility opportunities;
- Development and implementation of strategies and plans for staff development and leadership strengthening in WHO;
- Performance management, learning and staff development;
- Administration of Justice;
- Relations with Staff Associations;
- Medical Services for WHO staff, including psycho-social support.
Description of duties:
- Strategy
Follow-up on policy changes by developing/redefining objectives of the career development programme and proposing changes to existing strategies for their attainment. Provide input to the Staff Mobility and Rotation strategy;
- Counselling
Design and implement a system for monitoring staff interest in career progressions; define pathways for logical progression; evaluate system operations and propose adjustments for reaching the career development objectives. Provide management with information on transfer possibilities in the case of placement problems and advise managers and staff on career path linkages and their relations to the development of staff skills; advise all staff on possible skills acquisitions to increase career development possibilities including those for inter-agency transfer and provide career transition support to individuals;
- Mobility and reassignments
Participate and represent the Organization in inter-organization policy discussions on mobility, suggest and provide input to change; review and respond to individual cases of intra and interagency mobility. Lead the process to design an implementation plan for global mobility; propose changes or adjustments to existing policies affecting staff mobility on the basis of a global consultative process, implement policy changes and prepare periodic reports on realizations under the mobility scheme. Develop and prepare reports on the availability of competencies and advise Senior Management on the distribution of competencies in relation to projected staff needs. Act as Secretary to the Reassignment Committees;
- Tools
Develop a database for skills profiles of staff; design and implement a system for collection of data concerning those staff who have volunteered to participate in the Mobility and Rotation scheme (initial collection and in-career development). Provide reports showing what competencies are present but unexploited. Develop and maintain a compendium of expected vacancies in consultation with Clusters and Regional Offices and operate a system for extraction of essential qualifications and data from other databases;
Achievement activities include implementation and maintenance of the Organization's Mobility and Rotation scheme to ensure a rapid and smooth running response to requests and needs, advice to management on lateral reassignments, monitor trends and prepare analyses, evaluations and reports to senior management to inform the development of strategies and policies in the relevant areas.
Master's level university Degree in human resources management, public or business administration, psychology or other relevant social sciences.
Formal qualification in staff or career counseling. Training in database applications and data analysis would be an asset.
Thorough knowledge of human resource management theories and principles and staff/management relations; excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds. Tact and discretion. Conceptual analytical ability and ability to present information in a clear and logical manner. Proven skills in advocacy and action oriented. Ability to formulate policy and procedural guidelines and provide expert advice to management. Familiarity with the structure of the UN system and WHO Rules and Regulations.
WHO Competencies:
*1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
*2. Moving forward in a changing environment
*3. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
4. Ensuring the effective use of resources
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond.
A minimum of seven years of wide-ranging and progressively responsible experience in human resources administration covering several specialized areas, three years of which must have been in the field of career development or in the application of staff mobility and rotation systems; a minimum of two years of experience in an international organization. Proven experience in analysing and collating complex sets of data, drawing conclusions and recommendations for action.
Experience in designing and implementing career development and staff rotation and mobility schemes would be an asset.
Excellent knowledge of English or French is required, with a very good knowledge of the other language. A good working knowledge of Spanish would be an asset.
Additional Information:
The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), 2. External candidates. A written test may be used for screening purposes. Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67'395 at single rate
USD 72'373 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 103.3 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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