Associate Human Resources Officer
Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the Human Resources Section of the Executive Office, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Istanbul, Turkey. OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response efforts. OCHA's mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies; advocate the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions.
The Associate Human Resources Officer reports to the Head of the Unit, through a Human Resources Officer .
Within delegated authority, the Associate Human Resources Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Provides advice and support to clients on human resources related matters; provides support in the implementation of performance management systems by providing policy advice on performance management matters and monitoring compliance statistics; provides logistical, administrative and communications support for the delivery of the United Nations Respect Dialogues in OCHA; provides support with tracking, reporting and case management of Administration of Justice and Conduct and Discipline related cases, as well as support to fact-finding panels.
• Keeps abreast of developments in various areas of human resources; assists in planning, organizing, developing and implementing human resources strategies and initiatives.
Administration of entitlements
• Provides advice on salary and related benefits, travel, and social security entitlements.
• Provides advice on interpretation and application of policies, regulations and rules. Reviews and provides advice on exceptions to policies, regulations and rules.
• Reviews the applications for internship programmes; handles correspondence with applicants.
Staff development and career support training
• Identifies and analyzes staff development and career support needs and assists in designing programmes to meet identified needs.
• Provides induction orientation and briefing to new staff members.
• Prepares classification analysis of jobs in Professional and General Service and related categories.
• Provides guidance to programme managers on the application of classification policies and procedures and by undertaking whole office review including research of human resources policies and drafts policy guidance on a wider range of human resources matters.
Professionalism: Knowledge of human resources policies, practices and procedures and ability to apply them in an organizational setting. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. 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.
Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services. Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs. Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas. Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box." Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things. Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
Technological awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.
A first-level university degree in human resources management, business or public administration, social sciences, education or related field is required.
A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, administration or related area is required.
Experience in providing human resources policy advice is required.
Experience in Conduct and Discipline case management is desirable.
French and English are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a technical assessment followed by a competency based interview.Special Notice
This position is funded for a finite period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and the availability of funds.
This position is a National Professional position and will be based in Istanbul. Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located (limited to Turkish nationals).
Appointment against this post is on a local basis.
Please NOTE that the selected candidates may be requested to work remotely (due to Covid-19 restrictions) for an initial period upon onboarding.
The contract will be administered by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on behalf of OCHA.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-general and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.
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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