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Human Resources Officer

Damascus (Syria)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Damascus (Syria)
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-26

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The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinate international action, prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.


  1. Support the WHO Head of Country Office in respect to human resources and work force planning for the Office 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 staff on the basis of contractual status; advise and counsel staff in regard to responsibilities, code of conduct as well as rights.
  3. Oversee and conduct recruitment and outreach for local staff.
  4. Serve as focal point for the implementation and monitoring of the WHO ‘s ERP/GSM system with respect to its HR- components.
  5. Provide guidance and ensure compliance across the office in the implementation of the performance appraisal system.
  6. Conducts training and orientation programmes on HR operations issues at country level. Counsel staff members about talent development opportunities.
  7. Provide HR inputs in the programme and budget development process of the Office.
  8. Attend meetings and participate in salary surveys, DSA/cost of living surveys and provide feedback to counterparts at the regional office and headquarters.
  9. Organize and lead capacity building initiatives related to implementation of related international standards and norms in the assigned area(s).



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

The Enhanced WHO Global Competency Model can be found at who global competency model_february 2015.

  • Teamwork.
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.
  • Communication.
  • Producing results.
  • Moving forward in a changing environment.
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment.

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Arabic.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 28,828 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


  • 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.
  • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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