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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HRD/FT176
Title: HR Specialist
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 8 May 2013
Application Deadline: 29 May 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
A sound, well managed, responsive and efficient organization-wide HR programme which supports the work of WHO and its Member States (encompassing recruitment, rotation/mobility, gender and geographical diversity, workforce planning, contractual arrangements, performance management, talent management, and staff relations); to provide advisory services to senior management, clusters and regional and country offices. Stabilization of the HR Organization, implementation of the overall HR strategy for HR to provide key levers to manage people. Optimize organizational efficiency and identify opportunities for improvements, facilitate the implementation and monitor the ongoing effectiveness acting as a catalyst for change.
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of and in collaboration with the supervising HR Specialist position, the incumbent performs the following functions:

Compensation, benefits and entitlements:
- Be responsible for the analysis, review and promulgation of remuneration packages, namely salary scales, rates of remuneration of conference interpreters and translators, consultants fees, calculation of WHO specific extra steps;
- Liaise with the HR Network Field Group and ICSC on matters related to the classification of duty stations and the corresponding field entitlements:
- Keep the Regional offices and Countries Offices informed of any developments and provide guidance on special implementation issues related to compensation, benefits and entitlements with a view to ensuring consistency across WHO;

Policy development and implementation:
- Research and draft policy papers and technical proposals on HR policies and procedures to meet the evolving needs of the Organization;
- Research relevant rules, regulations, policies and practices of other UN agencies and identify best practices;
- Make proposals for policy change;
- Provide information and data to the HR Network and ICSC as required;
- Liaise with counterparts in other UN agencies to exchange information on implementation of new policies or interpretation of specific rules and regulations;
- Participate in internal working groups and inter-agency working groups provide input at technical level;
- Work in close collaboration with the Global Service Centre to follow up on request for policy advice, provide guidance on specific issues and share information;
- Provide advisory services to managers and staff as necessary;
- Develop training modules and conduct training courses/ workshops aimed at HR administrators throughout the organization in order to promote common understanding of new policies or decisions taken at inter-agency level;
- Participate in the reflection of revised rules and procedures in the WHO e-Manual and perform any other tasks as required.
A university degree in HR management, law, public or business administration or social sciences. *For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.
An advanced university degree in the above areas.
Clear understanding of the legislative mechanisms of the UN common system as it relates to HR management, strong analytical skills, ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner both verbally and in writing. Good analytical and drafting skills. Client and action oriented. Mastery of software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
WHO Competencies
1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Knowing and managing yourself
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
5. Moving forward in a changing environment.
A minimum of five years of progressive experience in an international organization in the areas of benefits and entitlements. Knowledge of WHO/UN Staff Rules and Regulations.
Experience in the field of HR with another agency of the UN common system.
Expert knowledge of English or French with an intermediate knowledge of the other language are 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. 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 56'018 at single rate
USD 60'013 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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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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