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  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2017-06-07

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UN Women: Deputy Director, Human Resources

New York City (United States of America)


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

The Human Resource Section is responsible for the timely, accurate, equitable, effective and efficient delivery of all human resource management strategy and services, including strategic workplace planning, sourcing, recruitment and selection, contracts, benefits and entitlements administration, support to organizational design and performance management, learning/career development, workplace wellness and relations. The HR Section is also responsible for the continuous development and improvement of human resource operations, policies, tools and methods, ensuring alignment with UN Women evolving business needs. The Section provides advisory support to the Executive Director on HR-related issues as they relate to the formulation and implementation of UN Women's overall mission, strategy and plans of actions, and provides HR related expertise in consultations with internal and external stakeholders, member states, working groups and UN inter-agency work and committees, supporting and furthering UN Women’s gender parity and gender in the workplace agendas.

Under the guidance of the HR Director, the Deputy Director will provide strong support to the Director in the daily management and operations of HR and play a key role in the continuing development of the HR function. The Deputy Director will oversee and provide direction to the Business Partnering and HR Operations teams, ensuring the strategic positioning of Business Partners in their interactions with HR’s internal & external clients.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide substantive guidance and advice to the Director HR on developing key HR functions and policies:

  • Deputize for the Director HR, as and when needed, and contribute substantively to the  development of key essential functions for the Human Resources unit;
  • Provide substantive support and advise the Director HR on human resources policy matters and provide substantive inputs in the development of policies, practices and approaches that meet the needs and conditions of the Organization;
  • ensure implementation and consistent application of policies and instructions; monitors and evaluates effectiveness and recommends changes to the Director.

Manage the HR Business Partner team at Headquarters and in the Regional Offices:

  • Manage the delivery of HR advisory services globally;
  • Develop and manage the implementation of the HR Business Partner annual workplan and budget;
  • Oversee the work of the HR Business partners at Headquarters and Regional Offices, creating a strong HR global community;
  • Oversee alignment between headquarters operational processes, and Regional HR needs;
  • Guide regional offices and country offices in aligning HR policies and procedures effectively including on recruitment, benefits and entitlements, HR budgets and HR Policies;
  • Oversee the implementation of new HR initiatives and procedures globally;
  • Provide strategic guidance, interpretation and technical support on HR management in the regional and country offices.

Manage the coordination, knowledge building and knowledge sharing through HR Business Partners at HQ and in Regional Offices on HR initiatives:

  • Build and maintain strategic relations with managers at headquarters, Regional Offices and Country Offices;
  • Act as an interface between Headquarters, Regional Offices and Country Offices, ensuring regional and countries’ needs are properly communicated to headquarters.

Oversee HR Reporting from the HR Business Partners:

  • Ensure regular reporting from HR Business Partners, as needed;
  • Provide substantive inputs to key reports for Senior Management Team, Executive Board and other stakeholders, including CEB, ICSC, audits, HR Network as provided by the HR Business Partners.

Oversee the work of the HR Operations team, including benefits and entitlements, contract management, leave management and the management of external contractors:

  • Develop and oversee the implementation of the annual workplan and budget for Contract Management and Benefits and Entitlements teams;
  • Provide substantive guidance and expertise as requested.

Lead partnership and collaboration on HR issues:

  • Work closely with other HR team members for technical advice and implementation on issues related to recruitment, workplace relations, performance management, and learning and development;
  • Liaise closely with donors and other stakeholders on possible engagements (JPOs, fellowships) and secondment arrangements;
  • Represent UN Women HR at inter-agency meetings (HR Network, ICSC etc.) and related platforms on HR matters as needed.  Support the Director in the management of inter-agency HR matters;
  • Engage in substantive discussion with representatives of other institutions to influence policy discussion.

Staff Management:

  • Supervise staff in team, have regular performance appraisals, provide coaching and guidance and encourage learning opportunities;
  • Foster teamwork and communication among staff in the team, and across organizational boundaries.

Key Performance Indicators:

The successful delivery of HR operational and administrative activities will have a positive impact on the delivery of the organization’s mission by enhancing the organizational and staff wellbeing. It will contribute to delivering efficient and effective HR services in a timely and accurate manner.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent knowledge and expertise human resource management especially in the area of global HR operations;
  • Ability to translate knowledge, ideas and strategies into concrete action and results;
  • Demonstrated negotiating and analytical skills;
  • Demonstrated innovation and creative problem-solving abilities;
  • Strong planning, goal-setting, prioritization and organizational skill;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills;
  • Ability to manage global teams;
  • Team-player;
  • Ability to handle confidential information;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization;
  • Excellent understanding of UN Staff Regulations and Rules and human resources policies and procedures.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Human Resources, Business Administration, Psychology, Organisational Development, Public Administration or other relevant social sciences.


  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively relevant experience in Human Resource Management of which several years at the international level;
  • Experience in managing teams;
  • Experience in providing high level HR advice.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Working Knowledge of another UN official working language is an asset.


  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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