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Chief of HR Policy Section


  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Senior level - P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Human Resources
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Before submitting an application, UNHCR staff members intending to apply to this Job Opening are requested to consult the Recruitment and Assignments Policy (RAP, UNHCR/HCP/2017/2 and the Recruitment and Assignments Administrative Instruction (RAAI), UNHCR/AI/2017/7 OF 15 August 2017.

Chief of HR Policy Section

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The position is located within the Division of Human Resources (DHR). The Division¿s mission statement indicates that DHR is a strategic, trusted and innovative business partner in enabling UNHCR to protect and respond to persons of concern by attracting, motivating, retaining and developing a talented, diverse and agile workforce, while nurturing a culture of excellence, respect and wellbeing for all.

The incumbent of this position supports the UNHCR¿s People Strategy and contributes to the implementation of the 2018 independent HR review which resulted in the establishment of HR strategic priorities and the reconfiguration and transformation of the Division from a largely transactional model into a strategic business partner for field operations and senior management.

The Chief of HR Policy Section is part of the Human Resources Operational Partnership Service and leads a team of professional staff.

The staff member works under the supervision of the Deputy Director and collaborates with Heads of Services and Chief of Sections within the Division as well as with the Legal Affairs Service (LAS) and the Organizational Development and Management Service (ODMS).

The staff member maintains close relationships with Human Resources staff and other managers in the Organization, such as Senior Resource Managers, Country Representatives, the Ombudsman, Inspector General's Office and the Staff Council, as well as with consultative bodies such as the Joint Advisory Committee.

The Chief of HR Policy Section promotes UNHCR's position and interests on HR matters with partners in the UN system, ICSC and in various interagency working groups, such as the HR Network Standing Committee on Field Duty Stations, and has close working relationship with the UN Secretariat (OHRM); the HR Network, and Heads of Policy (HR) departments in other UN Organizations.

The incumbent engages and contributes to the work of internal Task Forces, as deemed appropriate.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

- Initiate/coordinate and prepare policy papers and technical proposals on HR policies and procedures to meet UNHCR's evolving operational needs.
- Advise on all HR issues and on related policy formulation.  Elaborate and recommend strategies and methodologies to ensure sound and flexible HR policies that will serve to attract, motivate and retain high calibre staff and enhance UNHCR's organizational performance.
- Actively monitor (newly) implemented HR policies and procedures, to ensure consistency.
- Present position papers on behalf of the Division and ensure full inclusion of the HR perspective in policies and decisions by participating in internal working groups and task forces.
- Maintain an open system of information exchange on HR policy needs, development, and interpretation by establishing close partnership with the Bureaux, Divisions and the Staff Council.
- Analyse information and statistical data to identify new areas of gaps in the HR policies and procedures.
- Represent UNHCR in external HR fora, such as the HR Network, ICSC, and various Inter-agency Working Groups, to promote UNHCR HR interests with partners in the UN system and ICSC.
- Ensure HR policy consistency and regular communication of clear and up-to-date instructions and guidelines to staff and managers.
- Support the Director and Deputy Director of DHR on HR related issues.
- Work closely with the Legal Affairs Service on interpretive issues or on administrative reviews.
- Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P5 - 12 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 11 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 10 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education
*Human Resources or other relevant field.
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses
Not Specified.
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience

10 years of experience in progressively responsible functions and exposure to HR policy matters. Knowledge of UN system, of its bodies (specifically CEB, HLCM and ICSC), its practices, standards, and processes. Good communicator with strong interpersonal and negotiation skills. Excellent computer skills and excellent knowledge of MS office software. Highly developed drafting and negotiation skills in English.

Knowledge of trends, initiatives and best practices in HR policies, in the UN Common System and in the public and private sectors. Experience/Exposure to change management process. Understanding of legal implications of HR policies. Experience in Humanitarian Field Operations.

Functional Skills
*IT-Computer Literacy
HR-Conceptual development of strategic HR approaches/policies/legal implications
*CO-Drafting and Documentation
*HR-Corporate HR Policy
*UN-UN Organizational Regulatory frameworks, policies, processes
HR-HR Policies-Trends/initiatives/best practices in UN Common Syst, public&private sectors
*UN-UN System - Legal Status and Structure
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements
For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates. C002L4 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 4
C001L4 - Accountability Level 4
C003L4 - Communication Level 4
C004L4 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 4
C005L4 - Client & Result Orientation Level 4
C006L4 - Organizational Awareness Level 4
M002L4 - Managing Performance Level 4
M001L4 - Empowering and Building Trust Level 4
M003L4 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 4
M006L4 - Managing Resources Level 4
M005L4 - Leadership Level 4
M004L4 - Strategic Planning and Vision Level 4
X001L4 - Analytical Thinking Level 4
X008L4 - Stakeholder Management Level 4
X006L4 - Policy Development & Research Level 4
X005L4 - Planning and Organizing Level 4
X009L4 - Change Capability and Adaptability Level 4

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

Please note that the closing date for vacancies advertised in the March 2021 Compendium is Thursday 15 April 2021 (midnight Geneva time).

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