Senior Human Resources Assistant
New York City (United States of America)
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Human Resources Advisory Section 2 of the Operational Support and Advisory Service, Human Resources Services Division, Office of Support Operations, Department of Operational Support.
The Department of Operational Support was established to provide end-to-end operational support, advisory services and other solutions to operating entities across the Secretariat, including departments, offices away from headquarters, peace operations, and regional commissions.
The Human Resources Services Division provides dedicated services in support of human resources requirements of client entities, from process development through service delivery.
The Operational Support and Advisory Service serves as an enabling partner to support clients in fulfilling their mandates. The key services include: guidance to entities on the proper exercise of delegated authorities; advice on the application of human resources policies and procedures; advice to managers related to formal and informal conflict resolution; input/feedback to the development and/or improvement of simplified policies and procedures; support to clients in developing, formulating and implementing customized entity specific HR strategies and plans; and support to clients and shared services in the achievement of their human resources management targets and objectives.
The Senior Human Resources Assistant will report to the Chief of the Unit.
Within limits of delegated authority, the Human Resources Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
Recruitment and placement
•Researches and provides accurate information to Human Resources Officers and Senior Managers on human resources staffing issues.
•Oversees and provides expert advice to client entities and Service Centres in exercising delegated authorities and responsibilities in the recruitment and staff benefits administration.
•Provides guidance on human resources entitlements, emoluments, rules and regulations, administrative procedures, mission mandates and local conditions (travel and on the ground), safety and security and basic knowledge of the political and geographic area of responsibility.
•Drafts correspondence on the full range of staffing related issues and for supporting Human Resources Officers as required.
•Participates in the selection of candidates for secretarial, clerical and related categories positions, including evaluating and screening applications of such candidates, preparing profiles of candidates, and conducting preliminary interviews, and conducting roster searches for vacancies and identifying short-list of candidates.
•Assists in the filling of posts, including initiating and following-up on reference checks and academic verifications, ensuring the completion of the pre-recruitment formalities, calculating salaries and related benefits, and preparing and dispatching offers of appointment and Statement of Emoluments.
•Assists in organizing and coordinating competitive recruitment examinations.
•Oversees the maintenance of vacancy announcement files and tracking status of vacancy announcements.
•Advises staff on visa matters.
Administration of entitlements
•Provides advice on the application of policies, regulations, and rules.
•Reviews and seeks OHR support on exceptions to the Staff Rules and Regulations concerning travel entitlements, currency of payment of emoluments and rental subsidy.
•Monitors issues on conditions of service of staff and advises the supervisor of any developments.
Staff development and career support training
•Assists in the development of career development programme.
•Assists in the organization and conduct of training courses and workshops.
•Assists in reviewing and processing requests for classification.
•Provides advice and answers general queries on classification procedures and processes.
•Assists in providing documentation and background materials relating to classification appeals.
•Establishes service delivery standards with deadlines to achieve performance targets related to the provision of key HR services to client entities and Service Centres.
•Participates in various business process improvement initiatives by providing HR subject matter expertise, contributing to the development and implementation of new processes and system enhancements, and supporting robust change management and communication activities.
•Supervises the maintenance of automated databases and the centralized reference and filing systems.
•Undertakes research on a range of HR related issues and prepares notes/reports.
•Conducts research on precedents, policy rulings and procedures.
•Supervises compilation and preparation of statistical reports on HR related issues.
•Supports client entities in their operational workforce planning activities and in the review of staffing aspects of budget submissions by providing operational and strategic inputs in close collaboration with other offices.
•Assists in the preparation of information circulars for HR related issues.
•Conducts exit interviews for separating staff and assists him/her in final arrangements.
•Provides general office support services; processes, drafts, edits, proofreads and finalizes for signature/approval, a variety of correspondence and other communications; performs budget preparation input monitoring and implementation in Umoja, etc.; sets up and maintains files/records (electronic and paper); schedules appointments/meetings, monitors deadlines, etc.
•Prepares written response to queries concerning HR related matters.
•Trains and provides supervision to new and lower-level staff in the unit.
•Performs other duties as required.
• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of human resources policies, procedures and practices and ability to interpret and apply them in an organizational setting. Ability to participate in and contribute to Human Resources business process improvement initiatives. Demonstrates use of initiative and makes appropriate linkages in work requirements and anticipates next steps.
Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
• PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
• COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
High school diploma or equivalent is required.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, administrative services or a related area is required.
Experience providing policy advice on human resources management matters in the United Nations or a similar international organization is desirable.
Experience in the application of human resources rules and regulations in the United Nations or a similar international organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is desirable.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.Special Notice
Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Staff members who were granted a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment as a result of having passed a predecessor test recognized by the Office of Human Resources, and who have continuously held such appointments, are not required to take the new test.
This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
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