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Chief, Strategy and Information Management Unit (HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER)

Addis Ababa

  • Organization: UNECA - United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Statistics
    • Human Resources
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Documentation and Information Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Org. Setting and Reporting
ECA's mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063. The mission will be guided by ECA's five strategic directions which are: advancing ECA's position as a premier knowledge institution that builds on its unique position and privilege to bring global solutions to the continent's problems and take local solutions to the continent; developing macroeconomic and structural policy options to accelerate economic diversification and job creation; designing and implementing innovative financing models for infrastructure, and for human, physical and social assets for a transforming Africa; contributing solutions to regional and transboundary challenges, with a focus on peace security and social inclusion as an important development nexus; advocating Africa's position at the global level and developing regional responses as a contribution to global governance issues. This position is in the Strategy & Information Management Unit (SIMU), Human Resources Management Section (HRMS), Division of Administration (DoA), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The Human Resources Officer works under the direct supervision of the Chief Human Resources Officer and under the overall guidance of the Director of the Division of Administration. The objective of SIMU is to support the Chief of Section in the formulation of ECA's human resources strategy in alignment with the UN Secretariat's corporate HR strategy, with ECA's vision, mission, strategic directions, business strategy and the UN's corporate initiatives and imperatives, such as gender parity, disability inclusion, restructuring, reform, etc. SIMU is also responsible for HR information management, maintenance and generation of HR data, dashboards, maintenance, retrieval and archival of personnel records, sensitive personnel information, administration of justice, staff grievances and counseling (Tier 2), change management, staffing table management, organisation structure management, coordination of audits and monitoring the implementation of audit recommendations, staff-management relations, staff engagement, coordination with the UN Country Team, ICSC Surveys, coordination of HR services and pricing catalogue, support for host country agreement, HR communications and other strategic corporate and entity-level HR initiatives as defined from time to time.
Within limits of delegated authority, in addition to above mentioned responsibilities and objectives of SIMU, the Human Resources Officer will be responsible for the management of SIMU, including the following duties: GENERAL: • Develops and implements new human resources policies, practices and procedures to meet the evolving needs of the Organization. • Monitors and ensures the implementation of human resources policies, practices and procedures. • Keeps abreast of developments in various areas of human resources. • Prepares reports and participates and/or leads special human resources project. • Develops and deploys data solutions and visualizations to improve HR reporting and analysis. • Oversees the design, development and implementation of communication strategies, campaigns and material to improve staff engagement and HR related communication • Monitors and ensures the proper review and simplification of HR workflows and processes and prioritizes their deployment based on annual business workplan • Plan, organize, manage and supervise the work of the Unit/Section assigned. RECRUITMENT AND PLACEMENT: • Projects and monitors vacant posts of assigned level/group, Secretariat or mission-wide and ensures adherence to policies and procedures in filling these posts. • Recommends guidelines on promotion and placement of staff. • Oversees preparation of vacancy announcements, reviews applications and provides short-lists to substantive offices. • Arranges and conducts interviews for selection of candidates. • Reviews recommendation on the selection of candidate by client offices. • Serves as ex-officio in or secretary to appointment and promotion bodies, examinations boards, and prepares and presents cases to these bodies. • Prepares job offers for successful candidates. • Participates in task forces and working groups identifying issues/problems, formulating policies and guidelines, and establishing new procedures. • Represents the Organization with full delegation of authority in discussions with senior government officials on recruitment and other human resources matters. • Plans, organizes, develops, coordinates and administers the National Competitive Examinations, G to P Examinations, Language professionals examinations and other programmes and tests related to recruitment of professional, general service and other categories of staff. • Prepares classification analysis of jobs and guides programme managers on the application of classification policies. ADMINISTRATION OF ENTITLEMENTS: • Advises the Head of the Unit or Chief Human Resources Officer on the development, modification and implementation of United Nations policies and practices on entitlements. • Reviews and recommends level of remuneration for consultants. • Provides advice on interpretation and application of policies, regulations and rules. Reviews and provides advice on exceptions to policies, regulations and rules. • Represents the office in joint bodies and working groups relating to salaries and other conditions of service. STAFF DEVELOPMENT AND CAREER SUPPORT: • Identifies and analyzes staff development and career support needs and designs programmes to meet identified needs. • Advises and designs on the preparation and monitoring of reports on staff development and career support programmes. • Analyzes staff development and career support plans to ensure that they are consistent with the overall organizations goals, policies on staff development and career support, and the respective mandates. • Evaluates effectiveness and impact of staff development and career support programmes and recommends ways to enhance effectiveness and impact. • Provides advice on mobility and career development to staff at all levels in all categories. • Provides performance management advice to staff and management. Assists supervisors and staff with understanding and using the performance appraisal system (PAS). • Assesses training needs, identifies, designs and delivers training programmes to staff at all levels throughout the Organization. • Formulates examination policies, and develops and prepares examination questions and papers. OTHER DUTIES: • Advises and counsels staff in respect of rights, responsibilities, code of conduct and difficulties associated with work and entitlements. • Monitors staff welfare and identifies/proposes appropriate programmes and remedial action. • Monitors, advises and acts on disciplinary matters in accordance with established policies and procedures. Mediates conflict, grievance and harassment cases. • Supervises and monitors the work of the junior human resources officers in undertaking the full range of human resource management activities. • Represents the management in classification appeal cases. • Conducts and coordinates salary surveys assessing the labour market at Headquarters and in the field and establishes salaries and related allowances of international-recruited and locally-recruited staff. • Prepares classification analysis of jobs in Professional and General Service and related categories. • Provides guidance to programme managers on the application of classification policies and procedures and by undertaking whole office review. • Coordinates duty station classification and subsistence allowance surveys. • Conducts research in preparing policy papers, position papers and briefing notes on issues related to examinations and tests. • Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. Designs, Develops and deploys workflows, systems and solutions to improve the monitoring, tracking and processing of staff benefits & entitlements, and evaluation of staff learning & development. The incumbent will also be required to support the Chief HR Officer in work related to the Commission's HR Strategy and change management initiatives; strategies related to institutional imperatives (e.g., gender parity, disability inclusion, geographic representation, etc.); staff-management relations and administration of justice; and coordination of audits and Operations Management Team and/ or ICSC matters. The incumbent will also be expected to perform other duties as required and as per the position TOR.
• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of human resources policies, practices and procedures and ability to apply them in an organizational setting. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. • PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently. • ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable. • TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in human resources management, business or public administration, social sciences, education or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with 2 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Successful completion of post-graduate degree in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.
Job - Specific Qualification
Not available.
Work Experience
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, administration or related area is required. Experience of developing, implementing and evaluating human resources management strategies is required. A minimum 3 years of experience in handling data analytics, data visualization, and dashboard or related area is desirable. Experience in designing, developing, and deploying HR focused management information systems and solutions using Power Platforms or other similar solutions during the past 3 years is desirable. Experience in leading and evaluating staff engagement initiatives, including disability and inclusion initiatives, is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; and knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special Notice
Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year. This vacancy is subject to availability of post. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application. Applicants, who successfully go through a competitive recruitment process and are recommended for selection and/or inclusion in the roster of pre-approved candidates for subsequent job openings at the same level and with similar functions, may have their application information and roster status shared with other UN Organizations. Such applicants may be contacted by other UN Organizations for similar job openings, subject to the confirmation of their interest. Placement on the roster is no guarantee of a future selection. Pursuant to section 6.9 of ST/AI/2010/3/Rev. 1, interns, consultants, individual contractors and gratis personnel may not apply for or be appointed to any vacancy in the Professional or higher categories within six months of the end of their current or most recent service. Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals’ programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position. For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 Nov 2023, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions. Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.
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