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HR Manager

Yangon (Myanmar)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Yangon (Myanmar)
  • Grade: IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-08-10

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Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Background Information - Myanmar

UNOPS Myanmar is one of UNOPS’ leading offices in Asia, acting as fund manager for three of the largest development programmes in the country, namely the Access to Health Fund, the Livelihood and Food Security Fund (LIFT) and the Joint Peace Fund (JPF). In addition, UNOPS is Principal Recipient for the Global Fund in Myanmar and for the Global Fund’s regional artemisinin-resistance initiative towards elimination of Malaria, which works to accelerate progress towards malaria elimination in the greater Mekong sub-region. UNOPS provides procurement, infrastructure and project management services to a wide range of organisations in the country, including the Government of Myanmar, international development partners, other UN agencies, NGOs and INGOs. UNOPS plays a critical role in ensuring that the quality of services provided to its partners meets stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Background Information - Job-specific

Based in the support services structure, reporting directly to the Head of Support Services and collaborating closely with IPAS HR, the HR Manager ensures consistent application of appropriate policies, rules, guidelines, procedures and practices in service provision in Myanmar.

HR Manager supervises the HR Unit in Myanmar serving over 400 personnel and supports the Myanmar Operations Centre (MMOC) in the management, implementation and oversight of HR service lines and initiatives to meet client needs, i.e. including recruitment, contract administration, interpretation and guidance, learning and personnel re-alignment exercises in consultation with HQ. Specifically, s/he is the primary HR focal point in MMOC. 

Functional Responsibilities

UNOPS Office in Myanmar is looking for an experienced and results oriented HR Manager to lead a team of six dedicated local HR colleagues. The Myanmar office currently has over 400 personnel. The projects managed by this office are focusing on post-disaster recovery, health programmes and food security.  

As the HR Manager, you will be accountable for implementing HR Services and providing advisory services to strengthen the delivery capacity of our clients – the three largest development programmes in-country. These programmes are the Access to Health Fund, the Livelihood and Food Security Fund (LIFT) and the Joint Peace Fund (JPF) as well as the Global Fund Programme in Myanmar and the Southeast Asia Region's artemisinin-resistance initiative, targeting drug resistant malaria in the greater Mekong sub-region.  

Your main responsibility will be to manage and build the capacity of your team, and ensure clients receive the highest possible level of service. Your ultimate goal is that HR Unit be considered a strong business partner and reliable resource providing innovative operational and strategic HR guidance, including advice on best practices and policy implementation.

You will also be in charge of providing HR advisory services to managers, and control the full recruitment lifecycle in the office (talent acquisition, outreach, recruitment, on-boarding, performance management, succession planning, etc.). You will work very closely with UNOPS Headquarters in Copenhagen and get the opportunity to contribute to HR policy development.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please read the full job description which is attached to this vacancy announcement.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • Advanced University degree in relevant discipline
  • A first University degree in related fields combined with 2 years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.

  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in human resources management including HR advisory services/business partnering in at least 2 areas of the following HR disciplines: HR Contract Administration/Benefits and Entitlements, HR Operations, Recruitment, Performance Management or Organizational Design
  • Experience in an HR manager or team lead role is required 
  • Relevant experience in a multicultural setting is required
  • International experience or exposure is required
  • Some experience in UN system organizations/NGO preferably in a developing country is desirable.
  • Experience in a similar HR function in a NGO is desirable
  • Prior work experience in Asia would be an asset

Language Requirements
  • Fluency in English is required
  • Working knowledge of another, official UN language is desirable

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type:        International Individual Contractor Agreement Contract level:       IICA 2 (ICS 10)
Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory  performance

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Additional information
ToR_HR Manager_ICS10 IICA2_SupportServ.docx.pdf (254 KB) 

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