Human Resources Specialist UNICEF Job in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Human Resources Specialist, (Fixed Term-NOC), Addis Ababa , Ethiopia | UNICEF

  • Organization: UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer – Locally recruited position – Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date: 2018-02-20

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, nurturing Talent

UNICEF Ethiopia has been working in Ethiopia for the last 65 years supporting the national and regional efforts towards the progressive realization of the rights of children and women.

We do this by supporting the achievements of the Growth and Transformation Plan II as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through our programmes in Health, Nutrition, WASH, Child Protection, Education and Social Policy and Evidence on Social Inclusion.

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In addition, UNICEF Ethiopia has been leading the support in humanitarian programmes relentlessly working towards responding to emergency needs.

Providing timely and quality support in identifying and nurturing the best talent to help deliver UNICEF Ethiopia’s mandate is at the heart of the Human Resources Team’s goal.

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance of the Human Resources Manager, the selected candidate will work with a team of HR practitioners and support the management of  the Human Resources function in Ethiopia Country Office. As a strategic business partner, the selected candidate will provide guidance and support to managers and their staff to attract and retain an agile, diverse and motivated workforce that will contribute to the achievement of Ethiopia country office strategic objectives and UNICEF strategic goals.

Key Expected Results

1- Strategic Partnering to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders

Engage with key stakeholders in the Country office to identify their business needs and partner with Regional office and headquarters Centre of Expertise (CoE) to provide sustainable and affordable Human Resources solutions that are in accordance with the UN staff rules and UNICEF policies and procedures

2- Strategic HR Planning and Management

HR management and strategy planning are effectively supported by sound technical analysis, and office management and planning processes.  Strategy guidance and technical support for HR planning and management is always available to management. Local implementation of /regional /country level HR strategy is effectively undertaken in coordination with the Regional Office and HQ Divisions.

New trends, priorities, requirements, and strategic HR plans are identified and incorporated through participation in Country Programme Strategy Review, Regional Management Team Meetings, and Global workshops, as appropriate.

3- Inter-agency Cooperation, Networking and Partnerships

Ensure active coordination of HR initiatives with other agencies.  Maintain effective and steady communication or working relations with UN agencies to seek harmonization. Support common strategies and approaches for enhancement of the HR reform within the UN Common system.

4- Recruitment, Selection and Placement

Through strategic partnerships with line managers, develop and/or implement job designs and staffing strategies that takes into consideration retention of high performing staff and attract new talent to ensure timely filling of vacancies with diverse, with a particular emphasis on diversity and quality candidates to deliver UNICEF strategic goals and objectives in an equitable, transparent, efficient and consistent manner.

5- Emergency and Staff Security

Emergency preparedness and emergency rapid responses are established and ensured. Emergencies affecting staff are promptly and properly investigated and appropriate coordinated actions are swiftly undertaken.

6- Policy Implementation and HR Administration

Ensure equity, transparency and consistency are demonstrated in the interpretation, determination, implementation, and administration of UN staff rules, HR policy, procedures and guidelines. Through partnership with the Regional office and the Global Shared Services Centre (GSSC) in Budapest, ensure all HR activities related to the implementation of staff benefits and entitlements, including contracts management and separations are conducted and communicated in a systematic, timely, equitable, and transparent manner.

7- Performance Management and Career Development

Guide managers and staff on all aspects of performance management, and career development, including the management of underperformance.  Through the implementation of organization performance and career development programs, provide support to managers to provide continuous timely feedback and effective coaching and mentoring to their staff to close performance gaps, and acquire/strengthen skills, knowledge and abilities. Provide support to staff by sharing information and tools that will help them to drive their performance and career development goals.

8- Management Excellence in the Office

Management excellence and integrity, gender equality and gender equity are promoted and enhanced through measurable accountability and demonstrated leadership in HR management of the office.

9- Staff and Management Relations

Communication between management and staff are clear, and sound relations between management and staff are effectively established and maintained.

To qualify as an Human Resources champion for every child you will have

  • An Advanced university degree (Masters) in Human Resources, Business Administration, International Relations, Social Sciences, Psychology or related areas.

*A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree

  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional work experience in strategic HR management and staff development at the national and international levels.
  • Fluency in English is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The technical competencies required for this post are

  • Analyzing
  • Applying Technical Expertise
  • Formulating Strategies & Concepts
  • Leading and Supervising
  • Planning and Organizing

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