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  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Istanbul
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Human Resources
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Public, Private Partnership
  • Closing Date: 2017-11-13

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UN Women: HR Regional Business Partner – Europe and Central Asia and Arab States Regions

Istanbul (Turkey)

Background

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 resources management services, i.e. strategic staff planning, recruitment, staff administration, organizational and design and learning/career development, for the continuous development and improvement in human resource operations, policies, and methods to align with UN Women evolving business needs, and for providing advisory support to the Executive Director in the formulation and implementation of UN Women's overall mission, strategy and plans of actions.

Under the supervision of the RO Director ECA, with matrixed reporting to AS RO Director, and functional oversight from the HQ HR Deputy Director, substantively lead and oversee ECA and AS HR Operations, including Recruitment, Benefits and Entitlements, and Contract Management, and oversee the implementation of performance management, learning and development and workplace relations for the region(s).

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 resources management services, i.e. strategic staff planning, recruitment, staff administration, organizational and design and learning/career development, for the continuous development and improvement in human resource operations, policies, and methods to align with UN Women evolving business needs, and for providing advisory support to the Executive Director in the formulation and implementation of UN Women's overall mission, strategy and plans of actions.

Under the supervision of the RO Director ECA, with matrixed reporting to AS RO Director, and functional oversight from the HQ HR Deputy Director, substantively lead and oversee ECA and AS HR Operations, including Recruitment, Benefits and Entitlements, and Contract Management, and oversee the implementation of performance management, learning and development and workplace relations for the region(s).

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide inputs to and technically support the implementation of new human resources (HR) policies, guidelines, procedures, systems,  and standard operating procedures (SOPs) at the regional and country level:

  • Monitor and ensure proper implementation of HR policies, guidelines, practices and Standard Operating Procedures for designated regions;
  • Provide advice on the interpretation and application of HR policies, regulation and rules as necessary;
  • Technically support the Regional Offices (RO), Multi Country Offices (MCO) and Country Offices (CO) in implementing policies, guidelines and procedures in relation to HR operations (contract management, recruitment and selection, benefits and entitlements);
  • Provide technical inputs into HR policies, guidelines, procedures and SOPs as necessary;
  • Participate in HR strategic planning/discussions on the direction of HR services, goal setting and annual work planning;
  • Participate in training of regional personnel on HR systems and in turn conduct training and build capacity in the region.

Provide guidance and support on HR issues to managers and staff in the region on issues related to HR, including attraction and recruitment, benefits and entitlements and separation:

  • Provide current and prospective staff and external contractors in the ROs, MCOs and COs with timely guidance on recruitment and contracting policies, general conditions of service and business orientation;
  • Develop, lead and monitor the implementation of the Annual HR Plan for the Region, including budget;
  • Lead performance management outcomes for the Region;
  • Coordinate support to audits and ensure implementation of audit findings and recommendations in the region.

Oversee the contract management, benefits and entitlements and other staffing issues for staff and non-staff personnel within assigned portfolio:

  • Oversee the administration of contractual benefits and entitlements and other related HR administrative matters;
  • Guide and make staff aware of their rights and obligations with regard to their entitlements and the processing of their entitlements;
  • Provide relevant HR data to HR Headquarters, Regional Directors and Country Office Representatives on contractual actions;
  • Review and recommend levels of remuneration for external contractors;
  • Maintain smooth and effective coordination with outsourcing service providers on the overall administration of benefits and entitlement management of staff.

Coordinate the Recruitment and Selection processes for RO and CO:

  • Project and monitor vacant post in the ROs, MCOs and COs;
  • Coordinate/Lead timely transparent and competitive recruitment and selection processes for international professional positions in regional and country offices, including proper job classification, vacancy announcement, screening of candidates and appropriate use of different contract modalities with UN Women policies and standards;
  • Provide guidance as necessary on locally-recruited positions in close coordination with regional and country offices;
  • Ensure appropriate usage of UN Women’s different contract modalities;
  • Act as Secretary to the Regional Compliance Review Board to ensure compliance of recruitment at General Service and Professional level, as necessary.

Coordinate closely with other HR teams and other stakeholders:

  • Work closely with HQ HR teams for technical advice and implementation on issues related to workplace relations, performance management, and learning and development;
  • Promote and implement UN Women workplace relations policies and initiatives in the region, including work/life balance;
  • Orient staff and managers on the performance managment system and facilitate the annual performance management process;
  • Identify, coordinate and implement learning and development activities, including on code of conduct and benefits and entitlements.

Coordinate communication and outreach activities:

  • Promote transparent communication with country offices and HQ on all matters pertaining to staff;
  • Contribute to HR’s outreach platforms, including intranet, internet and HR Bulletin;
  • Serve as HR’s regional spokesperson internally and externally and nurture partnershipswith relevant partners.

Reporting:

  • Share data and information on HR issues with HQ, MCO, CO, supervisor as requested;
  • Analyze workforce data in the region and provide briefing notes as required;
  • Prepare special reports as required.

Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • HR operations services in the Regional Office and Country Offices are implemented, on time on scope and on budget;
  • HR policies, guidelines and projects are implemented in the region on time, on scope and on budget;
  • Strong and responsive relationships with clients in ROs and COs by responding to queries within agreed timelines;
  • Recruitment and Selection processes implemented, on time on and scope per policy and UN Women values;
  • Workplace relations issues are raised to HR HQ as needed.

Competencies

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: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf.

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong general HR knowledge and expertise with a focus on recruitment and selection, knowledge of modern concepts and approaches in the field of HR Business Partnering;
  • Demonstrated negotiating, cultural sensitivity and diplomatic skills;
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills;
  • Good problem-solving and decision-making skills;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Team-player;
  • Good planning, goal-setting and prioritization and organizational skills;
  • Ability to write and present ideas and concepts;
  • Ability to handle confidential information;
  • Good understanding of UN Staff Regulations and Rules and human resources policies and procedures is an asset.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

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

Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in human resource management or related area;
  • Experience in recruitment and selection,  benefits administration, and workplace relations are required;
  • Minimum 2 years work experience internationally;
  • Field experience is an asset.

Languages:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of Arabic or French is an asset.

Application:

  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment 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.

Note:

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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