HUMAN RESOURCES ASSISTANT
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) provides critical Supply Chain,
Geospatial, Information and Telecommunications Technologies services and Training to all
Secretariat Entities, Peacekeeping and Special Political Missions, Agencies, Funds and
Programmes of the UN system worldwide.
These positions are located in FCRB and Reference Verification Unit in UNGSC, Brindisi.
The Human Resources Assistant at this level reports to the Human Resources Officer and the
Chief of the FCRB/RV Unit.
Within delegated authority, the Human Resources Assistant will be responsible for the
RECRUITMENT AND PLACEMENT:
•Conducts preliminary HR review of every incoming FCRB case submission to ensure the
completeness of the data and the correct set-up of the evaluation criteria in line with the
recruitment rules and practices and liaises with recruiters as necessary to request clarifications
•Coordinates the nomination and extension process of FCRB members.
•Runs checks in the Clear Check database on sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment, UN
Security Council Sanctions List and INTERPOL Wanted Persons lists and updates the status
of the checks according to the outcome and follows-up accordingly.
•Determines the outcome of the reference verification process of candidates in line with the
Reference Verification Guidelines and makes well – reasoned recommendations to
management regarding the final case status.
•Views personnel actions through Umoja for records verification purposes
•Participates in the selection of candidates for FCRB/RVU unit positions, including
evaluating and screening applications of such candidates, preparing profiles of candidates, and
conducting preliminary interviews, and identifying short-lists of candidates.
•Assists in the filling of FCRB/RVU unit posts for all categories, including drafting of
vacancy announcements and building the job opening in Inspira; liaising with recruiters
regarding the process; and serving as note taken on CBI interviews.
•Assists in organizing and coordinating competitive recruitment examinations FCRB/RVU
STAFF DEVELOPMENT AND CAREER SUPPORT TRAINING:
•Monitors, identifies and analyses knowledge gaps to prepare and deliver training to all actors
involved in recruitment: recruiters, hiring managers in field missions, FCRB members and
consultants working as reference verification case processors.
•Delivers ad-hoc virtual step-by-step training and guidance sessions to clients to facilitate the
work in their assigned roles (recruiters, FCRB members etc.)
•Creates, updates, and disseminates training and guidance material including step-by-step
guides, checklists, and aide-memoires on reference check case submissions and case
processing, as well as on recruitment case reviews.
•Assists in the organization and conducts of training courses and workshops.
•Provides logistics and administrative support to trainers.
•Maintains HR related automated systems and applications including automated databases
containing HR related statistics and prepares periodic reports. Undertakes research on a range
of HR related issues and prepares of notes/reports
•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 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 new /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. Knowledge of the United
Nations staff rules and regulations, human resources policies, procedures and practices.
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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality
by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of
• 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.
• 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.
High school diploma or equivalent is required.
Minimum 7 years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management,
administrative services or related area is required.
Experience in performing recruitment oversight, recruitment process compliance review or
reference verification related duties is desirable.
Experience in delivering training programs related to recruitment or reference verification is desirable.
Experience with ERP systems such as SAP (Umoja), Oracle/PeopleSoft (Inspira) or other
similar platforms is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
Applicants for the General Service and related positions must be authorized to work in the
country where the position is located.
A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits
exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
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. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment
Test [in English] at the United Nations headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa,
Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United
Nations Office at Vienna, International criminal tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal
Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.
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.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
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.
Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.