Human Resources Associate Temporary Appointment South Africa | UN Jobs

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Human Resources Associate Temporary Appointment South Africa | UN Jobs

Human Resources Associate (Temporary Appointment) – 30572, Pretoria, South Africa

Closing date: Saturday, 30 October 2021

Eligible Applicants: Interested applicants should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS).

Procedures and Eligibility: Temporary Appointment (6 Months Initially)

Interested staff members should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS, UNHCR/AI/2020/1/Rev.2). If you have questions regarding your eligibility, you may also contact the HR Unit.

In line with the RALS, the below category of candidates are eligible to apply for internally/externally advertised vacancies.

Group 1 candidates: Group 1 comprises current GS staff members holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment who, at the date of the deadline for application, are serving in the country of the vacancy at the grade of the position or one grade below or above. However, current GS staff members holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment in the country of the vacancy who apply for a position two grades above the personal grade will be considered as Group 2 applicants.

Group 2 candidates: Group 2 comprises candidates from the below categories after completion of one cumulative or continuous year of service in the country of the vacancy.

I. Current locally recruited UNHCR staff members holding a temporary appointment up to a maximum of two grades above their current positions; II. Former locally recruited UNHCR staff members who held an indefinite or fixed-term appointment (within 2 years of separation for males and 5 years for females) up to a maximum of two grades above the last position at UNHCR; III. National United Nations Volunteers currently working for UNHCR; IV. National UNOPS and individual contractors currently working for UNHCR; V. Current GS staff members holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment applying to a position in the same category two grades above the staff member’s personal grade; VI. Current UNHCR staff members in the International Professional category holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment applying to a GS post; VII. Current UNHCR staff members in the NPO category holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment applying to a GS post; VIII. Current locally recruited female staff members from other UN system Organizations holding the equivalent of an indefinite or fixed-term appointment up to a maximum of two grades above their current positions.

External candidates: External candidates are candidates who are not in Group 1 or Group 2. They must meet the essential minimum requirements of the position, candidates not citizens of the country must comply with all eligibility requirements for employment in line with the prevailing legislative prerequisites in the country.

Duties and Qualifications: Human Resources Associate

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Human Resources Associate supports the UNHCR’s People Strategy and contributes to the implementation of the 2018 independent Human Resources review, which resulted in the establishment of HR strategic priorities and the reconfiguration and transformation of the Division of Human Resources (DHR) from a largely transactional model into a strategic business partner for field operations and senior management. Having the right people in the right place at the right time is at the core of enabling UNHCR to protect and respond to persons of concern. By attracting, retaining and developing a talented, diverse and agile workforce while nurturing a culture of excellence, respect and wellbeing for all, UNHCR’s Human Resources acts as a strategic partner to the organization, enabling a people-centric culture. The Human Resources Associate provides support and assistance in the areas of operational support, workforce planning, assignments and talent acquisition, organizational cultural changes, HR policy implementation and duty of care in the area of responsibility (AOR). The incumbent maintains employee confidence and protects the organization and its workforce by keeping human resources information confidential.

The Human Resources Associate is usually supervised by the Associate HR Officer, HR Officer or another HR or admin staff. This position can be located in a Country Operation, Multi-Country Office, Regional Bureau or Headquarters. The Human Resources Associate may supervise General Service staff. The supervisor provides the incumbent with regular guidance. The incumbent works quite independently on regular assignments with an oversight from the supervisor, assisting him/her in personnel administration and other HR related matters.

The incumbent may maintain a direct working relationship with a number of units within the Division of Human Resources (DHR).

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

Duties Human Resources Operational Support:

  •  Implement HR operational activities to ensure timely provision of HR solutions, prioritizing according to the needs and risks. This may include.
  •  Administration of recruitment, assignment and separation of local staff in the AOR, in accordance with UN/UNHCR rules and procedures.
  •  Update of personnel records in the Office, including MSRP entries into HR module where required.
  •  Assisting with recruitment and other procedures related to affiliate workforce, including MSRP entriesinto MSRP where required
  •  Contribution to workforce planning activities.
  •  Provision of a HR customer service-oriented culture that values proactivity, continuous improvement, innovation and high performance.
  •  Enforce compliance with UNHCR’s Human Resources policies and procedures and the UN staff rules, regulations and UNHCR administrative instructions.
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Assignments and Talent Acquisition:

  •  Participate in the recruitment of local staff including the issuance of vacancy notices and arranging for required tests and interviews, and preparation of submissions for the review by the Assignments Committee (AC).
  •  Assist in organizing outreach campaigns to attract diverse applicants.
  •  Advice to staff and contribution to an inclusive work environment.
  •  Build dialog and outreach with the workforce; answer questions, and provide information to staff as to where to go for help or ask questions.
  •  Track and report on recruitment and assignments activities.

Advise staff members and affiliate workforce on their rights, obligations, benefits and entitlements.

  •  Be proactive in identifying issues, themes and patterns affecting the workforce’s health and welfare, including sexual harassment and abuse of authority.
  •  Assist in the provision of on-boarding, induction, re-integration into the workplace and off-boarding to colleagues.
  •  Assistance in implementation of HR initiatives that support organizational culture change such as good people management practices, and promoting gender, inclusion and diversity.

Duty of Care:

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  •  Assist in the security and medical evacuations of UNHCR personnel. Maintain daily tracking record of staff and families to provide accurate information in case of emergency.
  •  Administer UNHCR medical insurance plan for locally recruited staff.
  •  Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience Years of Experience / Degree Level For G6 – 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Field(s) of Education N / A

Certificates and/or Licenses Business Administration, Office Management, Human Resources Management or related field. (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience Essential: Experience working in Human Resources. Knowledge of general HR policies, processes and systems. Desirable: Experience in HR information technology systems and tools. Experience working with the United Nations. Experience working in a multi-cultural setting.

Functional Skills UN-UN/UNHCR Administrative Rules, Regulations and Procedures IT-Computer Literacy* HR-Administer/manage a large number of staff, preferably within the UN HR-Talent development HR-Provision of technical HR advice HR-Relationship Management SO-Learning Agility (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English. For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language. For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Position Competencies: Competencies as defined in Job Profile: Core Competencies:

  •  Accountability
  •  Communication
  •  Organizational Awareness
  •  Teamwork & Collaboration
  •  Commitment to Continuous Learning
  •  Client & Result Orientation

Managerial Competencies:

  •  Managing Resources

Cross-Functional Competencies:

  •  Analytical Thinking
  •  Planning and Organizing
  •  Change Capability and Adaptability

Language Requirements: Please also note that English is essential for this Job Opening. Knowledge of French is desirable.

Additional Information

Remuneration: A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the International Civil Service Commission at: http://icsc.un.org

Submission of Applications:

  •  Interested Group 1 and Group 2 applicants need to apply through MSRP – Self-Service – Recruiting Activities – Careers (please search by JO number or by Location). Please update your personal profiles with all required information in order to be able to apply. Please consult the attached documents for further guidance on how to update the personal profile.
  •  Interested external applicants need to apply online and complete the mandatory motivation letter. For technical issues with logging in to the MSRP External Portal, or with online applications, please contact the HR Unit well before the deadline to allow sufficient time for any technical problem to be resolved. External vacancies are posted on the external UNHCR website and applicants who do not have internal status must apply through the external UNHCR website. https://www.unhcr.org/careers.html – Careers – Career opportunities – Other Opportunities – Vacancies – sort by Location or search by Job Opening number.
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– Applications will be accepted only via the online portals. Please do not send application via email.

– Not signed, incomplete and late applications will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a written test and do a competency based oral interview. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees).

– The evaluation of applicants will be conducted based on the information submitted during the application. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications. 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.

  •  UNHCR strongly encourages qualified female applicants to apply. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities. UNHCR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms gender, disability, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.
  •  UNHCR has a zero-tolerance policy against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). SEA is unacceptable behavior and prohibited conduct for UNHCR personnel. It constitutes acts of serious misconduct and is therefore grounds for disciplinary measures, including dismissal. Any concerns or suspicions about a possible case of SEA should be reported immediately to the Inspector General’s Office (IGO) at inspector@unhcr.org or through the online complain form at https://www.unhcr.org/php/complaints.php or by confidential fax: +41 22 739 73 80.

– For any technical problems encountered during the online application, please send an email to the below email address titled —-Online VA Query-your name and surname—-. Human Resources Pretoria RSARBHR@UNHCR.ORG See below for this postion’s Operational Context

The Human Resources Associate supports the UNHCR’s People Strategy and contributes to the implementation of the 2018 independent Human Resources review, which resulted in the establishment of HR strategic priorities and the reconfiguration and transformation of the Division of Human Resources (DHR) from a largely transactional model into a strategic business partner for field operations and senior management. Having the right people in the right place at the right time is at the core of enabling UNHCR to protect and respond to persons of concern. By attracting, retaining and developing a talented, diverse and agile workforce while nurturing a culture of excellence, respect and wellbeing for all, UNHCR’s Human Resources acts as a strategic partner to the organization, enabling a people-centric culture.

The Human Resources Associate provides support, oversight, and assistance in the areas of operational support, workforce planning, assignments and talent acquisition, organizational cultural changes, HR policy implementation and duty of care in the area of responsibility (AOR). The incumbent maintains employee confidence and protects the organization and its workforce by keeping human resources information confidential.

The Human Resources Associate is supervised by the Associate HR Officer. The supervisor provides the incumbent with regular guidance. The incumbent works independently on regular assignments with an oversight from the supervisor, assisting him/her in personnel administration and other HR related matters. He/she will support the current focal point and HR team to administer medical insurance claims of locally recruited staff, as well as medical evacuations of UNHCR colleagues. The incumbent may maintain a direct working relationship with the operations overseen by the bureau and a number of units within the Division of Human Resources (DHR).

For this particular post, excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills are needed coupled with very solid HR management experience. The incumbent is expected to be proactive and service-minded. Knowledge of French is desirable.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

Closing Date

The closing date for submission of applications is 31 October 2021 midnight Geneva time.

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