Leading the Bureau of Human Resources Management, the Director serves as the main advisor to the Organization on the management of its human resources. Providing vision and strategies for the creation and maintenance of a dynamic workforce, the Director plays a primary role as part of the senior management team for ensuring UNESCO’s continuing capacity to deliver on its mandate. From workforce planning through performance management, career development and learning, the Director acts as change leader and visionary manager of a team of human resources professionals. Motivating and providing an empowered environment for innovation and high quality service, the Director ensures the provision of a comprehensive and integrated service which positions the Organization to optimally develop and deploy its human assets. The Director promotes a keen appreciation by management and staff of the critical importance of human resources management as central to the overall performance of the Organization.


Under the general authority of UNESCO’s Director-General, the Director shall\:  

  • Direct the delivery of comprehensive human resource management services from recruitment through career development, learning and performance management ensuring integration and synergy in creation of the human resources management framework; 
  • Ensure the provision of critical business intelligence to senior management on overall workforce trends and emerging issues to position the Organization to proactively anticipate, plan and meet workforce needs as these arise; 
  • Advocate and build awareness within UNESCO of the central importance of the strategic importance of human resources management to the performance of the Organization. Embracing the nurturing and guiding of the development of staff including providing meaningful options addressing work/life balance issues, achieving gender equity and the leveraging of diversity as a comparative advantage; 
  • Support the evolution of a modern and dynamic international civil service through active contribution within the United Nations common system on human resources reform; 
  • Empower a peer community of human resources specialists to excel in programme delivery in the service of the Organization; 
  • Represent the Director-General in joint staff-management meetings as well as in the various United Nations and fora including the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), the HR Network and, as appropriate, the High-Level Committee on Management (HLCM).


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in human resources, public or business administration or management, or other related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible professional experience at the national or international level in human resources management, including a significant part of this period at managerial level.


  • Knowledge of, and commitment to, the Organization’s mandate, vision, strategic direction and priorities. 
  • Strong managerial and leadership skills combined with demonstrated flexibility in leadership by performing and/or overseeing the analysis of complex human resources issues. 
  • Proven ability to motivate, administer and manage a large body of staff working in diverse human resources functions. 
  • Thorough understanding and hands-on experience in human resources management and a sound knowledge of HR theory and general management concepts. 
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making abilities including strong analytical and negotiation skills. 
  • High sense of professional integrity and political sensitivity; demonstrated ability to interact with a wide range of high-level partners. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment whilst maintaining a high sense objectivity and impartiality as well as sensitivity and respect for gender and diversity issues. 
  • Excellent communication skills with strong representational abilities.


  • Excellent knowledge and drafting skills in one of the working languages of the Organization (English or French). Knowledge of the second one is strongly desirable. Training will be mandatory in order to acquire the required level of the second working language in a reasonable time-frame.


  • Other degrees or short- to medium-term training in disciplines relevant to the post would be an advantage.

Work Experience

  • Senior-level assignments at the international level and/or within the United Nations system. 
  • Knowledge of the United Nations Common System.
  • Professional experience gained in multicultural working environments.
  • Experience with the development and implementation of ERP systems.


  • Proven ability to function effectively at the highest governmental levels, and to build collaborative partnerships and networks.


  • Knowledge of other official United Nations languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish).






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: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Paris
  • Grade: D-2, Director
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date: 2016-12-04

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