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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/GMG/FT90
Title: HR Specialist
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 11 March 2013
Application Deadline: 2 April 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/GMG General Management (HQ/GMG) /
HQ/HRD Human Resources Management (HQ/HRD)
RCO Recruitment, Career Management and Org Design
Within the Department of Human resources, the objectives of the Recruitment, Classification and Organizational Design team (RCO) focuses on the development and implementation of optimum HR strategies in respect of sourcing, staff development and Organizational design issues.In particular, the Classification team provides advice and assistance on all matters of position management and on structural issues, in close collaboration with and through proactive advice to the requesting parties and clients.
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the Team Leader, the post provides a varied set of services in respect of position management to clients at Headquarters and associated organization-entities. The incumbent performs position evaluations and recommends job classification levels and functional titles, ensuring internal grade comparability and consistency across the Organization. The incumbent assists requesting clients in reviewing structures of their work-place-entities, analyzing the given grade structures and proposing where necessary correct post levels; assessing possible gaps/overleaps/duplications and proposing delivery-focused, effective structural alternatives, including making recommendations for the corresponding grades. Liaises with counterparts, HR Administrative - and other specialist staff on post-management related issues with the aim to understand the requirements of the clients and translate these into adequate positions descriptions. Liaises with counterparts within the UN common system family of Organizations for best practice or alternative approaches in respect of particular positions of in the attempt to arrive at models that can serve as generic post descriptions for WHO. Undertakes Desk Audits to assess individual positions in-depth and make recommendation on the corresponding grades and titles. Delivers briefing and training sessions to interested parties on HR planning, classification standards in use, as well as the processes, tools and rules pertaining to post evaluation in WHO. Perform any other related duties of similar scope within the general perimeters of this position. Assists, in developing generic post descriptions which cover the most frequently used duty lines in WHO, studies common office structures with the aim to provide material for the development of generic structures and standardized organigrams.
University degree in a Human Resources management related field, or business or public administration with a specialization in HR related issues.
For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.

Formal training in the use of post evaluation tools.

Knowledge of human resources management theories and principles; ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds. Tact, discretion and ability to deal with highly confidential information. Ability to present information and advice in a clear and logical manner. Ability to write clear and focused job descriptions in English and French.

WHO competencies:
-Communicating in a credible and effective way
-Producing results
-Moving forward in a changing environment
At least five years of generalist human resources experience, of which at least 2 years of post classification experience, in an international or large-scale national or not-for-profit / public Organization.

Experience in undertaking analytical workplace evaluations highly desirable.
Classification experience in the UN an asset
Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of French required.
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.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
A written test may form part of the screening process.
This Vacancy Notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 56,091 at single rate
USD 60,091 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.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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