Jordan: Senior Human Resources Policy Officer, P-4 HQ Amman, Jordan
|Closing Date : 2019-12-03
Duty Station : Amman, Jordan
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Organization: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
Closing date: 03 Dec 2019
Senior Human Resources Policy Officer, P-4
HQ Amman, Jordan
Deadline for Applications
3 December 2019
(19 November 2019 for internal applicants)
2 years, with the possibility of further extension
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UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current UN-wide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified women.
UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.
UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff working across five areas of operation, is looking for highly committed professionals wishing to make a change.
UNRWA s strategic objectives
The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the difficult circumstances in which they live. In line with this mission, the Agency works towards five strategic outcomes: (a) Palestine refugee rights under international law are protected and promoted; (b) Palestine refugee health is protected and disease burden is reduced; (c) school-age children complete quality, equitable and inclusive basic education; (d) Palestine refugee capabilities are strengthened for increased livelihood opportunities; and (e) Palestine refugees are able to meet their basic human needs of food, shelter and environmental health. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states, regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions.
Do you want to make a lasting difference?
If you are looking for a rewarding opportunity to make a tangible difference for one of the most vulnerable communities in the world, UNRWA would like to hear from you. In this role, and under the guidance of the Chief, Human Resources Policy and Development Division, you will provide advice and assistance on the formulation of UNRWA s human resources (HR) policies; review, amend and maintain the Personnel Directives, Staff Rules and Staff
Regulations and other related documents; manage the administration of HR Information supporting HR policies, processes and procedures.
The main responsibilities include:
Working consultatively and in close cooperation with HR colleagues in Headquarters and the Fields; reviewing proposed, new or revised policies, and advising on feasibility, soundness, legality and compatibility with existing rules and guidelines and on impact on other functional areas in HRD and other Departments; previewing all HR policy related correspondence drafted for the signature of the Director of Human Resources (DHR);
Establishing clear priorities for HR policy development and ensuring compatibility of HR policies with each other as well as with strategic priorities and initiatives taking place within the Agency and the UN Common system;
Providing interpretation and guidance in the application of UNRWA s HR policies and practices and the UN Staff Rules and Regulations to HR senior management group and staff on the basis of formal rules and guidelines, exceptions and precedents, rulings and opinions of the Legal Department;
Providing advice and assisting DHR s Office on Human Resources Management policies and procedures within the context of the organization s HRM goals, systems, strategies and direction, decisions of the UN General Assembly (GA), the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) as well as internal reform efforts; supporting inclusion of procedures into Personnel Directives, Staff Rules and Staff Regulations; monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of new or revised policies and undertaking research or studies on the Agencies policies and HR strategy;
Developing new and innovative solutions to address issues in the Human Resources Management area that are consistent with best practice, tailored to the unique needs of the Agency and meet the needs of major stakeholders in different Fields and functional areas;
Preparing position papers on HR issues for discussion or presentation at inter/intra-organizational fora, such as HR Network & ICSC (International Civil Service Commission); representing HR on UNRWA working groups or task forces set up to review HR policies and their links to other functional areas;
Contributing to the effective roll-out and implementation of new or revised HR policies by conducting/participating in HR policy briefings, communications and awareness-raising activities, including visits to HR teams in the Fields.
Conditions of service
UNRWA offers an attractive compensation package including annual salary starting at $72,637 net tax free with post adjustment of 45.6% (subject to change without notice). All UNRWA duty stations (with the exception of Gaza and Syria) are family duty stations. Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:
Education grant for children
Home leave travel
6 weeks (30 working days) annual leave
Pension fund entitlements under the
UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
International health insurance; optional
The incumbent will be required to travel in the Agency s area of operations.
To qualify for this position, you will need:
An advanced university degree from an accredited educational institution in human resources management, public or business administration, law or a related area such as social or behavioral science; a first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
A minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in human resources management, including at least 3 years of being closely involved in HR Policy development and two years of relevant experience at international level outside one s home country.
Excellent command of spoken and written English.
Who we are
For almost 70 years, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA) has been working on the ground in five fields of operations in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip providing direct assistance and protection for some 5 million Palestine refugees in the Middle East. UNRWA is mandated by the UN General Assembly to provide this assistance and its mission is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development until there is a just and lasting solution for their plight. UNRWA restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who have been uprooted by conflict with services encompassing education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance.
For more details on UNRWA, please visit: https://www.unrwa.org/
You will also need to demonstrate the following competencies:
UN Core Values of Professionalism, Integrity and Respect for Diversity and Core Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by default. Default managerial competencies may apply.
Formulating Strategies and Concepts
Creating and Innovating
Relating and Networking
Persuading and Influencing
Applying Technical Expertise
For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews:
How to apply
To start the application process, applicants are required to register at http://jobs.unrwa.orgby creating a personal profile and completing UNRWA Personal History Form. Only applications received through http://jobs.unrwa.orgwill be considered. Due to the large number of applications received for UNRWA vacancies, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted. The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process. The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts.
UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality at all times. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity, and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.
The Agency reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.
Date of issue: 6 November 2019/ LAN
How to apply:
To start the application process, applicants are required to register at http://jobs.unrwa.orgby creating a personal profile and completing UNRWA Personal History Form. Only applications received through http://jobs.unrwa.orgwill be considered. Due to the large number of applications received for UNRWA vacancies, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted. The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process. The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts