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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HRD/TA28
Title: HR Specialist (Legal)
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 15 March 2013
Application Deadline: 1 April 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
To provide integrated HR services, expertise and advice to facilitate the management of human
resources, in accordance with the Staff Rules and Regulations, across the Organization. The specific
objectives of the Department are to provide advisory services to Headquarters clusters and regional
offices and to ensure the consistent and equitable application of the Organization's policies and
activities for the development of human resources; to develop an integrated human resources policy
covering recruitment, rotation and mobility, gender and geographical distribution, contractual
arrangements, training and staff development, succession planning and performance management.
Description of duties:
Reporting to the HR Specialist (Legal), the work involves providing legal expertise to support the effective and fair management of human resources
across the organization, including the development and application of human resource policies,
processes, and statutory provisions. Specifically the incumbent:
- Researches precedents, conducts interviews, and analyzes cases of staff member(s), including on issues of performance, selection, contractual arrangements, entitlements, and other sensitive or complex human resource issues in order to provide advice, recommendations to management at HQ and in the Regions, or to staff;
- Drafts statements on behalf of the Administration for appeal cases heard by the Headquarters Board
of Appeal or addressed directly to the Director General;
- Provides input and/or reviews statements, particularly for cases of a complex or sensitive nature, prepared by the regional administrations for
review by the Regional Boards of Appeal.
- Represents WHO/HRD at conferences and meetings related to personnel and due process issues; attends sittings of the ILO Administrative Tribunal;
- Provides advice to HQ and the Regions, based on interpretations of the Organizations rules, related
precedents and practices, on the handling of appeals, as well as issues related to standards of
conduct and disciplinary measures;
- Reviews, analyses, researches precedents, conducts interviews and provides recommendations to management for the resolution of cases through informal dispute resolution mechanisms, including in collaboration with the Ombudsman, as well as with the Staff Counselor and Medical Services on those cases which also involve issues of a psycho-social or medical nature;
- Analyses, summarizes and prepares interpretations of ILO Administrative Tribunal jurisprudence and HBA recommendations impacting on the Organization's statutory
provisions, management of staff, HR policy framework; contributes to the development of
proposals/provides advice for revised and/or new processes, changes in the management of human
- Contributes to the development and revision of Staff Rules, Manual provisions and other information or regulatory tools, in order to reflect changes in the Organization's statutory and policy
framework; and proposes the introduction of new statutory provisions;
- Provides training (through briefings) to HR Officers, to Management Officers in HQ Clusters and in the Regions in the understanding and application of WHO Rules and processes; provides advice on issues of HR policy; develops options appropriate for WHO within Organization's regulatory framework;
- Represents the Organization in meetings with other international organizations;
- Contributes to the development of new systems with a view to expanding the accessibility to, and transparency of the Organization's regulatory framework;
- Works in other areas of Human Resources Management and performs other related duties as required.

Under the supervision of Director HMS, the Staff member provides medical legal advice on complex medical cases.Upon briefing of the WHO Headquarters Health Medical Services Staff Physician, the Staff member autonomously provides technical expertise, helping in drafting all necessary documentation for complex medical cases to be presented to the ACCC, Pension Board or Medical Board as appropriate. This involves detailed analysis of available medical and legal documentation submitted by HMS Physicians, and regular communication with them, either by email or during meetings. Regular legal support and advice is expected in the preparation of the cases, as well as detailed argumentation and precise answers to HMS physicians questions and requests.
* Essential:
Medical degree and University degree in Law.
MD-level medical qualification and an advanced degree in law.
*For WHO staff please see e-manueal lll.4.1, para 220.
*1. Producing results
*2. Moving forward in a changing environment
*3. Communicating in a credible and effective way
Knowledge of the general principles of law, and their unique application in international
organizations; interviewing and counselling skills; ability to instil confidence, negotiate, and
persuade both Senior management and staff ; analytical skills, effective communication skills to
present information clearly and logically (including legal issues and impacts of policies to
non-lawyers) orally and in writing; ability to develop innovative solutions, interpersonal skills to
work with people across the Organization, including in the regions, tact and high degree of
discretion and confidentiality, ability to provide leadership and also work in team settings.
* Essential:
At least five years' experience in the application of legal principles and concepts, and in the analysis
and application of rules and regulations. Experience in grievance and appeals systems, of which
some experience in an international and multicultural setting.
Experience in the management of human resources. Knowledge of personnel management theories
and principles of staff management an advantage; Knowledge of WHO appeals process an asset.
Excellent knowledge of English with a working knowledge of French desirable.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
This vacancy is published in English only.
Priority will be given to internal candidates,
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$56091 at single rate
US$60091 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

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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.

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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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