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Human Resources Officer

Kabul (Afghanistan)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date: 2021-04-26

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To optimize the implementation of WHO's global health mandate through establishment of monitoring of effective and responsive HR management and supportive policies, systems and services. The objective is to promote a collaborative working environment, ensure prompt programme implementation and monitoring an efficient distribution of resources in support of WHO's leadership role in international health.Ensure full compliance of HR activities with WHO rules and regulations, policies, procedures and strategies; effective implementation of the internal control and functioning of the HR management system. Advise all polio staff on aspects of HR policies and procedures including proper use of contractual modalities.


  1. Support the Operations Officer and Team Lead in respect to human resources and work force planning for the Country Office and Provincial Offices and organizes, manages and supervises the HR unit ensuring that the HR team functions transparently, efficiently and effectively.
  2. Provide advice on interpretation and application of HR policies, regulations and rules; advise on benefits and entitlements for Polio staff on the basis of contractual status; advise and counsel Polio staff with regard to responsibilities, code of conduct as well as rights.
  3. Under the oversight of the Operations Officer, oversee and conduct recruitment and selection, as well as separation processes, for Polio staff positions and WHO affiliated LICA Contractors; facilitate and monitor the recruitment of non-staff hired under the Agreement for Performance of Work (APW) keep track of progress; anticipate challenges and brief PEI management accordingly.
  4. Oversee the contractual relationship with third parties that deploy human resources in support of the polio programme and ensure the third parties deliver on their obligations and that the human resource management, including performance management, of third-party contracted personnel is adequate and consistent with the needs of the programme.
  5. Critically review LICA and Third-Party Personnel (APW) grievance emails/letters including staff complaints; advise on instances of suspected misconduct and propose a remedial solution to the country office PEI management.
  6. Provide guidance and ensure compliance across the office for implementation/monitoring staff performance appraisal system and adhering to timely submission of performance evaluations/ePMDs
  7. Conduct training and orientation program for newcomers (Polio staff and Consultants) on Human Resources related issues at country level and provincial offices.
  8. Counsel Polio staff members about talent and career development opportunities and act as a focal person of staff Peer-helper.
  9. Provide HR requirements in the programme and budget development process during biennium.
  10. Attend meetings and participate in salary surveys, DSA/cost of living surveys and provide feedback to country office PEI management, regional office and headquarters if necessary.
  11. Support the Afghanistan Country Office on offering input to HR planning and forecasting of the staffing needs on an on going basis as well as during the biennium exercise
  12. Perform all other related duties



Essential: University degree in human resources management, business or public administration, Law, social science, or related field.


Essential: At least five years of progressively responsible professional experience in human resources management and administration. Demonstrated experience in the operational application of human resources management policies and practices, selection and recruitment, and the administration of benefits and entitlements is essential.


Knowledge of human resources management policies, practices and procedures and ability to apply them in the country office setting.

Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations.

Experience in related HR subject matters.

Good drafting and communication skills.

Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work. Team spirit and time management skills.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

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Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Other regional lang..


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 60,962 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 2306 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
  • For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.
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