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Head of Unit

Paris (France)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris (France)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-21

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Post Number : HRM-045

Grade : P-4

Parent Sector : Bureau of Human Resources Management (HRM)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Human Resources

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 07-MAY-2021


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism




Under the authority of the Director of the Bureau of Human Resources Management (HRM), the head of the Management Support and Coordination Unit (HRM/MSC) provides strategic advice, quality control and management support to the Director HRM and ensures the overall coordination of the development, implementation and monitoring of the approved policy and budget of HRM, as well as the Bureau’s communication with Sectors/Bureaux/Offices at UNESCO, with other agencies of the UN System and with external partners.

Specifically, the incumbent shall:

Long Description
  • Provide overall support to Director HRM by producing substantive and quality input, analysis, advice, and recommendations on a variety of HR issues.
  • Lead the HRM/MSC Unit to coordinate the Bureau of Human Resources’ activities and budget.
  • Contribute to the development of major strategic programme orientation for HRM based on thorough analysis of past and ongoing activities, evaluations and priorities expressed by members states.
  • Coordinate and support consistency in planning and monitoring practices across HRM.
  • Lead the coordination of HRM’s contributions to the governing bodies of the organization, including quality assurance of all documents provided by HRM.
  • Lead, coordinate HRM communication, ensure harmonization of HRM communications to staff at large and develop HRM branding strategy.
  • Act as focal point of for the follow up of evaluation and audit recommendations regarding HRM activities.
  • Support Director HRM in joint staff management relations and some wellbeing activities.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Communication (C) Accountability (C) Innovation (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) Professionalism (C) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS



  • Advanced university degree (master degree or equivalent) in human resource management, business or public administration, organizational development, industrial psychology, law or related fields.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with three additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, administration or closely related area(s), of which preferably 3 years acquired at the international level.


Long Description

Skills and Competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to identify issues, proactively formulate advice and analysis, draw conclusions and recommendations on a wide range of policy, operational, management and administrative HR-related matters.
  • Demonstrated strong ability to analyze complex cases involving sensitive information and manage difficult discussions in a diplomatic manner.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, orally and in writing.
  • High sense of objectivity, discretion, professional integrity, diplomacy, tact, and political astuteness.
  • Excellent coordination skills and a client-oriented service approach.
  • Excellent skills and ability to manage diverse teams and financial resources.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to work effectively in a team and to maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural environment.


  • Excellent knowledge (spoken and written) of English or French and good knowledge of the other.


Work Experience

  • Experience in an international/multilateral entity, preferably a UN common system organisation.
  • Expertise in conflict resolution, multi-functional collaboration, and project management.
  • Experience in supporting organization-wide change management programmes.


Skills and competecies

  • Good knowledge of results-based and budget management tools.



  • Knowledge of other UNESCO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish).

UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.


For more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website.


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
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