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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HRD/TA45
Title: HR Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 29 April 2013
Application Deadline: 22 May 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. The policy covers recruitment, rotation and mobility, diversity and inclusion, contractual arrangements, training and staff development, succession planning and performance management. Within HRD, the Human Resources Management, Policy and Administration of Justice (HPJ) unit is responsible for the formulation and adaptation of integrated WHO's human resource management policies reflecting organizational needs and best practice and development and updating of guidance. HPJ also provides advisory services to Headquarters Clusters and Regional Offices, with a view to ensuring consistent and equitable policy application.
Description of duties:
Under the guidance and direct supervision of Chair of WHO Global Working Group on Performance Management and Development, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:
1.Preparation of draft guidance materials and analyses related to the elaboration, introduction and revision of global HRM policies in support of managerial reform, including creation of a high performance culture, as well as diversity and inclusion, and work-life polices, and reflect these in draft amendments to HR e-Manual and other documentation.
2.Taking into account best practice in the UN Common System, interpret and assist in the implementation of recommendations of the Global Working Group on Performance Management and Development and other entities. This includes planning and organizing follow-up activities, review, analysis and formulation of operational plans, liaising with stakeholders in Headquarters and Regional Offices as well as at the inter-agency level. to ensure effective communication and information-sharing.
3.Developing briefing and background materials in support of awareness building, advocacy and information exchange with key stakeholders for HRM policies in the context of change management among priority target groups. This involves, inter alia, drafting and preparing information updates and information tools (Information Notes, Factsheets, FAQs, and other related communication).
4.Participation in the review of management tools, proposals and curricula and/or their testing, including distance learning modules, to support the launch and application of HR policies, with a view to ensuring policy coherence across the Organization and harmonization with agencies in the UN Common System.
5.Formulation and completion of monitoring and reporting tools to track progress of implementation of plans and policies.
6.Coordination and provision of support to prepare and follow-up meetings and consultations at internal as well as inter-agency level, video-conferences, capacity building and brainstorming workshops and other events, and participate in meetings and other consultations as required.
7.Performing other related duties, as required.
A first-level university degree, preferably in human resource management, or organizational behavior, business administration, or public administration or law.
For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.

Master's degree in human resources management or related field would be an asset.
Knowledge and understanding of human resources management policies and practices, ideally with a focus on one or more of the following areas: performance management and development, diversity and inclusion, and work-life balance.

Knowledge of other International Organization`s practices in human resource management would be an advantage.

WHO competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
5. Respecting and promoting cultural and individual differences
Minimum 5 years of professional experience in human resource management, and/or one of the following areas: organizational behavior, business administration, public administration, or law, including practical experience in the formulation, review and/or implementation of policies.

Part of the professional experience would be in an international organization or bilateral agency and would include strong analytical and communication skills.
Expert knowledge of English and working knowledge of French required.
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.
Monthly salary: (Net of tax)
USD 4,674 at single rate
USD 5,007 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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