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Senior HR Officer (Staffing and Recruitment)

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:
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date: 2021-11-04

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Post Number : HRM 188

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) : 04-NOV-2021


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




The Senior Human Resources Officer reports to the Chief of the Staffing and Recruitment Section and is under the authority of the Director of the Bureau of Human Resources Management. The incumbent is responsible for leading and managing specific recruitment and talent outreach programs, including programmes to improve the geographical representation of staff, and to set up talent pools and rosters. S/he will initiate and lead key process improvement initiatives, as well as training initiatives, and will also be responsible for contract management in all areas of recruitment and sourcing. Furthermore, s/he will be responsible for leading and managing the functional mobility programme.


Specifically, the incumbent is responsible for the following:

Long Description

Recruitment and talent outreach programmes

  • Manages staffing and recruitment operations for designated Sector(s)/Bureau(x).
  • Develop strategies and lead recruitment and outreach programmes in support of UNESCO’s objective of achieving equitable geographical distribution and gender parity.
  • Actively engage and work closely with all partners, Member States, National Commissions, UN Agencies, IGOs in the development and implementation of outreach.
  • Develop and manage talent pools and rosters, ensuring efficient use in support of quality recruitment, and in support of equitable geographical diversity and gender parity.


Process improvements/initiatives

  • Initiate and lead specific initiatives for improving the staffing and recruitment process and operations; keeps abreast of developments in the recruitment industry, and actively support harmonization of UN practices.
  • Develop communication strategies in support of staffing and recruitment and ensures implementation.
  • Initiate and lead training programmes in support of staffing/recruitment operations.
Long Description

Staff placement and mobility

  • Develop and manage the functional mobility programme.
  • Provide advice to staff and managers on the programme and works closely with hiring managers with a view to ensuring the best possible match.
  • Continuously monitor the programme and propose improvements where needed.
  • Ensures effective communication of the programme with staff at large and with managers.
  • Manage cases of redeployment and individual placement, ensuring effective support and coaching to staff, exploring options, and ensuring effective communication with staff and with managers.


Contract Management

  • Initiate, negotiate and manage contracts with external providers in support of staffing and recruitment.
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’s or equivalent) in the field of human resources management, public or business administration, social sciences or a related area. 


Work Experience

  • Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience in the area of human resources management, administration and closely related areas, of which preferably 3 years at international level.
  • Experience in the development and implementation of sourcing and recruitment strategies.
  • Experience leading and managing HR projects.
Long Description

Skills and competencies

  • Good knowledge of talent management systems, and the use of databases/rosters.
  • Good interpersonal and representational skills and demonstrated ability to advocate and negotiate with staff and a wide range of stakeholders/partners at all levels within and outside the Organization.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Excellent sense of judgement for informed decision-making. 
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of innovative human resources policies, practices and procedures. 
  • A proactive and solution orientated approach: highlights challenges and offers appropriate solutions.
  • Ability to successfully prioritize and manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.
  • Strong planning and organizing skills required to respond to multiple and different requests.
  • High sense of objectivity and professional integrity, diplomacy, tact and political astuteness.



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






  • Other diplomas, certificates, or training in the area of human resources management.


Work Experience

  • Experience in the UN system or an international organization, in different locations.



  • Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and/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 full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.


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.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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