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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HRD/FT182
Title: HR Specialist (Legal)
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 13 May 2013
Application Deadline: 3 June 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
A sound, well managed, responsive and efficient organization-wide Human Resources Management strategy and service delivery which support the work of WHO and its member states, encompassing, but not limited to: HR Policy Development and Planning, Organizational Design and Job Classification, Talent Management (including Succession Planning, Recruitment, Career Development, Rotation and Mobility), Organizational Diversity, Conditions of Service, Compensation and Benefits, Staff Development and Learning, HR Legal Advisory Services, Administration of Justice, HR Administrative Review, Global Staff/Management relations, representation of WHO and influencing of inter-agency HR Common System initiatives, as well as the provision of global advisory services to management and staff. 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:
Reporting to the HR Legal Officer, 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 Counsellor and Medical Services on those cases which also involve issues of a psycho-social or medical nature;
- Administrative review process including: providing support to the review of cases, research of precedents, conducting of interviews, analysis and provision of recommendations to management and staff at HQ and in the Regions for the resolution of individual cases through a formal review of the contested administrative actions or decisions;
- 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 resources;
- 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;
- Proposes the introduction of new statutory provisions;
- Provides training (through briefings) to HR Officers, at 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 internal culture within Organization's regulatory framework;
- Represents the Organization in meetings with other international organizations;
- Consult with Swiss or other consular authorities on matters relating to individual staff members;
- 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.
University degree in Law. *For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.
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. Knowledge of personnel management theories and principles of staff management an advantage. Knowledge of WHO appeals process an asset. Computer skills.
WHO Competencies:
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Moving forward in a changing environment
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
4. Producing results.
At least five years of 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, and in an international setting and multicultural environment.
Experience in the management of human resources an asset.
Expert knowledge of English or French with an intermediate knowledge of the other 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.

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