TA : Human Resources Specialist - Immunization Support, P-3, DHR, New York HQ, # 98668

New York City

Timely recruitment of staff and their retention is extremely critical to ensure that UNICEF has the appropriate skills and capabilities on the ground to deliver the results it has committed to within the GAVI and GPEI partnerships.

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

For every child, a vaccine

In March 2016, the Immunization Programme received funding from GAVI to support over 120 staff positions in 40 plus countries for a period of 12 months with potential for additional funding in the coming years. The support is part of the GAVI Partner Engagement Framework, Targeted Country Assistance (PEF, TCA) packages requiring much strict monitoring and reporting than the previous GAVI Business Plan model.  In addition, GAVI has also provided to UNICEF other types of funding through the Foundational Support component of PEF to fund 37 immunization staff at Headquarters (Programme Division & Supply Division) and Regional Offices (WCAR, ESAR, ROSA, MENA, EAPR and CEE/CIS).

Many positions funded through PEF TCA and Foundational Support are for existing staff members; however some of the 160 plus GAVI supported staff positions are vacant. There is urgency to ensure that all GAVI funded positions are filled through a rapid and high quality recruitment process that upholds all UNICEF staff selection rules and regulations.

In addition, the UNICEF Polio Team is supporting the recruitment, retention and rotation of a number of regional and country based staff using funds from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). The incumbent of this position will also be responsible in providing this HR needed support.

Timely recruitment of staff and their retention is extremely critical to ensure that UNICEF has the appropriate skills and capabilities on the ground to deliver the results it has committed to within the GAVI and GPEI partnerships. Failure to do so could lead to a major reputational risk to UNICEF and drawing from the previous experience of the polio programme, it is important to have dedicated HR capacity to closely track recruitments and manage innovative approaches to capacity mapping and talent management in a world where we are facing major competition in attracting high quality talents.

How can you make a difference? 

Immediate (April-September):  Support the Immunization & Polio Units and DHR in NY to conduct follow up actions on the staff mapping exercise on all GAVI & GPEI funded positions, confirm whether or not  they are vacant and support the recruitment, replacement and transition plan. The HR Specialist will develop a partnership with key stakeholders and create a matrix of accountability to improve and expedite the recruitment/replacement process and the Transition Plan.

Deliverables:  Database for all GAVI & GPEI funded staff is developed and monthly reports shared with the Immunization Unit including projections of upcoming vacancies.  Regional/Country offices supported in the recruitment process for immunization positions; and Global Talent Pool Roster developed and maintained effectively.

On-going (April - December): Undertake an analysis of HR capacity for the global Immunization & polio programmes (including routine, polio, measles, MNTE) at country, regional and headquarters levels.  This will also include an evaluation of existing job profiles for immunization positions.

On-going (April - December 2017): The HR specialist will continue to update the database of GAVI & GPEI staff and initiate recruitment activities in a predictive manner to ensure that post do not remain vacant for long-time during staff transitions. In addition, the HR Specialist will explore new avenues to attract high quality expertise in the areas of immunization and polio including the use of new technologies and communication channels. He/she will introduce an effective model to identify high potentials, promotable, well placed staff members (particularly from Polio) in an effort to better understand the human resources available for regular routine immunization programming as well as the Global Measles Elimination Programme and Emergencies.

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master's or higher) in Human Resources, Business Administration, International Relations, Social Sciences, Psychology or related areas.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in HR Management is required.  Developing country work experience is a great asset.
  • Track record of HR data analytics expertise and effective facilitation/training experience is needed. 
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (preferably French) is a great asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

Remark: Expected contract duration for this post is d 364days.

 UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Human Resources
    • Human Resources
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2017-03-07

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