Dep Director (HR)


Deputy Director (Human Resources)

Under the supervision of the Director of the Division of Human Resources Management, the Deputy Director supervises the Strategic and Transformative HR Service. The incumbent advises the Director of Human Resources Management on human resources policy matters and assists the Director in the development of human resources management policies, practices and approaches that meet the needs and conditions of the Organization; ensures implementation and consistent application of policies and instructions; monitors and evaluates effectiveness and recommends changes to the Director. The incumbent manages in consultation with the Director, the assigned resources to provide timely and effective services to staff, managers and field offices. The incumbent maintains sound staff-management relations and ensures consistent application and enforcement of rules, regulations and standards and also ensures coordination within the Department in order to respond timely to emergency staff deployment.

- Vision and policy guidance is provided towards the strategic and transformative orientation of the Division of Human Resources Management.
- The annual workforce planning for the entire organisation is determined.

- Oversee the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to the strategic and transformative orientation of the Division in particular relating to workforce planning, leadership development and succession planning.
- Oversee the implementation of the People Strategy which contains the overall strategic orientation of the organisation in the field of human resources management.
- Lead the annual consultation exercise with Bureaux, Divisions and Field Offices aimed at determining organizational needs in terms of skills and competencies, to identify overall staffing gaps and develop strategic approaches to mitigating the risk of a misalignment in the workforce.
- Represent the Division in discussions aimed at improving the Organisation¿s response to affiliated workforce.
- Lead the Division¿s efforts in addressing policies and behaviour in relation to gender equity, diversity and inclusion in staffing in UNHCR. Act as the main focal point between the DHRM and the Bureaux/Divisions in addressing issues related to functional clearances, certification etc.
- Liaise with the Bureaux and Divisions on operational matters, especially as concerns emergency response, and ensure overall coordination and response within the Division.
- Supervises the Organisation¿s representation in the inter-agency consultative body and direct the services related to the appointment of Resident and Humanitarian Coordinators, secondments and inter-agency exchange.
- Serves as Secretariat of the Senior Workforce Panning Committee, the inter-departmental body overseeing senior inter-agency appointments.
- Chair the inter-departmental committee aimed at addressing the situation of staff in need of placement or in between assignments.
- Support the Director in implementing the Division¿s communication strategy.
- Assist the Director, as and when required, on matters relating to:
- Policy development
- Disciplinary procedures
- Budget development and planning within DHRM
- Participation in inter-agency bodies
- Representations with governments
- Requests for administrative review
- Provide support and guidance to staff members.
- Act as intermediary for the Division on issues related to affiliated workforce, emergencies, diversity, inter-agency coordination etc.

- Make recommendations to the Director of DHRM regarding strategic and transformative HR.
- Assign responsibilities to staff members directly under his or her supervision.
- Decide on staff deployments to respond to emergency situations.

- An advanced university degree in Human Resources Management, Public or Business Administration, Social Sciences or a related field. 
- Minimum 20 years of working experience at the professional level with a minimum of 10 years in an international capacity and 7 years in managerial capacity.
- Experience in and extensive knowledge of UN policies and practices.
- Excellent drafting skills.
- Significant field experience with UN or a similar organisation or similar.
- Fluency in oral and written English.

- Completion of the Senior Management Learning Programme.
- Knowledge of another official UN language, preferably French.

C001L4 - Accountability Level 4
C002L4 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 4
C003L4 - Communication Level 4
C004L4 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 4
C005L4 - Client & Result Orientation Level 4
C006L4 - Organizational Awareness Level 4
M001L4 - Empowering and Building Trust Level 4
M002L4 - Managing Performance Level 4
M006L4 - Managing Resources Level 4
M005L4 - Leadership Level 4
M003L4 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 4
M004L4 - Strategic Planning and Vision Level 4
X006L4 - Policy Development & Research Level 4
X005L4 - Planning and Organizing Level 4
X008L4 - Stakeholder Management Level 4

Please note that the closing date for all vacancies in Add.2 to the September 2015 Compendium is Monday 22 February 2016 (midnight Geneva time).

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.
  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: D-1, Director
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
    • Human Resources
    • Human Resources
    • Human Resources
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2016-02-22

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