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Human Resources Specialist – SUVA (NO-3 level) (Fixed Term Appointment)

 UNICEF is seeking to employ a person, under the supervision of the Chief of Operations, to manage the human resource activities including the supervision of human resources staff in the medium size country office in accordance with the HR strategy and work plan, aligned with the Country Programme Management Plan as well as the goals and strategic needs of the organization.


Recruitment, Selection and Placement

Support, implement and administer the effective and timely recruitment processes in the hiring, developing and retaining the best talents available to support the strategic human recourses needs of the office and the organization. Promote equity, transparency, and consistency in the selection and placement of staff. 

Support the office's human resources needs for national professional officers, general service, and temporary employees by implementing proper and expedient recruitment procedures.  Ensure organizational human resources targets are met while ensuring the recruitment and retention of a diverse body of staff of the highest caliber.  

Work to establish a targeted approach to recruit specialized talent, with particular focus on MTSP areas, to fill posts requiring specialized expertise, at the global, regional, or local level.

Policy Implementation and HR Administration

Establish and maintain equity, transparency and consistency in the interpretation, determination, implementation, and administration of HR policy, procedures and guidelines on all HR related matters applicable to the staff.  

Ensure timely, equitable, transparent and systematic administration of all HR benefits, entitlements, contracts renewal and termination, performance management, promotions and other HR activities.

Capacity Building and Career Development

In coordination with the relevant partners, the Regional HR Development Committee and DHR, implement timely and effective staff learning and development programmes and briefing on career management to all staff in the office in order to strengthen their capacity building and advance career development planning.

Strategic HR Planning and Management

Provide ongoingguidance, interpretation and technical support to management of the country offices in the area of HR management. Provide accurate and sound technical analysis to the management and HR planning process in the office as it relates to budget planning, staffing, organization design, and change management.

Liaise with the HQ Divisions to support and contribute to corporate HR strategy formulation and local implementation; advise on the applicability of new strategy and guidelines to country office HR plans and activities.  Provide feedback and make recommendations from a field perspective on the establishment and improvement of systems and internal controls, planning and change management and resolution of HR issues and problems.

Management Excellence in the Office

Promote management excellence in the office by ensuring accountability in HR and by demonstrating a high level of skills in the management of staff resources including staff selection (based on merit and the needs of the organization), staff counseling, systematic and equitable performance management, and staff development and learning activities.

Monitor compliance with all systems and procedures and ensure management integrity and accountability with high quality standards in all activities in HR; ensure the implementation of agreed audit recommendations; advise on corrective measures to be taken and establish relevant internal controls.   

Staff and Management Relationship Management

Monitor staff/management issues and support/advise management and staff as appropriate to improve the relations and resolve the issues.  Provide administrative support to the staff-management bodies in the capacity of HR focal point in the office.

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. Collaborate with UN/UNICEF HR colleagues in the region

Emergency and Staff Security

In coordination with management and the staff, plan and ensure effective emergency preparedness and rapid responses in case of emergency. Properly and promptly investigate and respond to emergencies affecting staff, including immediate actions, and if necessary, coordination with UN agencies and other parties concerned, in accordance with the UN and UNICEF emergency and security policy and guidelines.

Requirements and Qualification:

We welcome applicants who have the following educational background, skills and experience:

Advanced university degree or equivalent backgrounds, in Human Resources, Business Administration or equivalent qualification or a person with one or two courses/project to complete relevant advance university degree. 

Five years of relevant professional HR Management work experience is a must.  Developing country work experience or field work experience.  Background/familiarity with emergency operations and staff security is added advantage. 

Fluency in English and another UN language required. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset.

Competencies of successful candidates:

Presents effectively to others during formal public speaking

Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment

Demonstrates an ability to interpret non-verbal or emotional signs.

Challenges self and own team or organizational area to achieve high levels of quality and productivity.

Identifies, attracts and recruits high caliber individuals as organization-wide assets.

Translates strategic direction into medium and long term plans and objectives for own team or department.

Makes logical and well-reasoned judgments from an analysis of the information available.

Develops own technical skills and knowledge by looking out for opportunities to engage in continual professional development.

Creates and fosters an organizational culture of appropriately following instructions and not unnecessarily challenging authority, leading by example.

Uses many different approaches to interact successfully with others, adapting own interpersonal style to fit in with the situation, and the characteristics of groups and individuals.


If interested please include in your application:

A covering letter describing how you meet each of the requirements listed above.

Your current Curriculum Vitae (work and education history) and UN Personal History Form (P11)

The two most recent performance appraisals or performance evaluation reports (PER)

The names, addresses, emails and phone details of three work related referees

Applications must be submitted  NOT LATER THAN 29 March 2013and addressedto:

Chief of Operations


UNICEF Pacific, 5th Floor FDB Building

Private Mail Bag

Suva, FIJI  

Or sent via email to pacificvacancies@unicef.org

Detailed Job Description and UN Personnel History Form (P11) 

Regret letters will only be sent to short listed candidates. All applications are treated with strict confidentiality.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified Fiji female and male candidates from all religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.



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