Human Resources Assistant

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Posting Title: HRE FS5 HUMAN RESOURCES ASSISTANT, FS5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: HUMAN RESOURCES ASSISTANT
Department/Office: United Nations Mission in Kosovo
Duty Station: PRISTINA_ISC
Posting Period: 04 October 2021 - 02 November 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Human Resources-UNMIK-165399-J-Pristina (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) The Human Resources Assistant at FS-5 level will report to the Chief Human Resources Officer.

Responsibilities

Within the delegated authority, the Human Resources Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

Recruitment and Staff Selection

  • Reviews job openings in consultation with hiring managers, ensuring that the evaluation criteria and responsibilities are in line with the approved or classified documents.
  • Assists with forecasting and identifying vacancies, preparing job openings, reviewing and screening of candidates.
  • Assists in conducting preliminary reviews, prepares and submits recruitment cases to (Field) Central Review Bodies.
  • Participates in the selection of candidates, including conducting roster searches for applicants and identifying short-lists of candidates, evaluating and screening applications, generating personal history profiles of candidates, facilitating the interview process and acting as ex-officio.
  • Assists in the filling of posts for all categories, including initiating and following-up on reference checks and academic verifications, ensuring the completion of prerecruitment formalities, calculating salaries and related benefits, preparing and dispatching offers of appointments and Statement of Emoluments.
  • Maintains job opening files, ensuring closure of job openings in HRIS upon completion of selection.
  • Prepares recruitment status reports for use by management.

Administration of entitlements and benefits

  • Supervises and monitors the work of Human Resources Assistants at the lower level in carrying out all human resources transactions including but not limited to approving personnel actions in HRIS and related HR transactions and maintenance of staffing tables.
  • Receives and reviews grievances and complaints related to entitlements and benefits, assessing and evaluating the merit of each case and making recommendations for resolution; Reviews and processes entitlements and benefits related actions, making appropriate recommendations where exception is required.
  • Provides advice to staff as first point of contact regarding interpretation and application of policies, regulations and rules concerning conditions of service, entitlements and benefits.
  • Administers and provides advice on salaries and related benefits and travel entitlements.
  • Determines benefits and entitlements for staff on the basis of contractual status in line with Staff Rules and Regulations, preparing justifications for exceptions for review by the Chief Human Resources Officer before submission to the Headquarters;
  • Inducts newly recruited staff members by briefing them on administrative formalities, conditions of service, entitlements and benefits.
  • Approves personnel related actions in HRIS within authority delegated to the mission;
  • Assists in resolving complex HR related issues and problems by conducting necessary research and fact finding and preparing drafts and related documentation for review by the Supervisor.

Performance Management and Staff Development

  • Provides support in advising managers and staff on performance management to ensure effectiveness, compliance and equity.
  • Ensures compliance with the performance management system, including inputs to the Joint Monitoring Group and Rebuttal Panels in which he or she serves as ex officio member.
  • Reviews complaints or grievances from staff on performance related matters and initiates actions to resolve them.
  • Prepares monitoring reports on staff development and career support programmes.
  • Assist in the development and tracking of career development programmes in liaison with the mission training focal points, the DFS Career Development Unit and the Field Career Development Officers.

Planning and Budget

  • Supports the mission planning process throughout the mission lifecycle by preparing documentation and data as well as initial reviews on staffing requirements and organizational structure.
  • Assists with reviewing recommendations resulting from staffing reviews and providing data that would translate them into staffing requirements for purpose of budget preparation.
  • Supports review of budget drafts of mission’s sections and ensures that data and actions asked for in the DOS guidelines on budget reviews are provided by HR assistants and mission sections for review and reflection in the budget draft.
  • Provides assistance and recommendations to the mission’s sections on job classification procedures and the preparation of classification documentation including Job Descriptions and org charts.
  • Assists with the monitoring of staffing related costs and expenditures in the HRIS in line with the funds.
  • Ensures that management of posts is conducted in line with established standard procedures, and processes related transactions such as fund commitment in the HRIS to meet any shortfalls.
  • Advises managers on loaning of posts between sections and movement of posts and staff between locations based on the Standard Operating Procedures, Staffing table and Post Management.
  • Updates staffing tables in HRIS systems in line with the authorized staffing table provided by DOS.

Others

  • Researches on matters related to the administration of justice and provides inputs and information for formulation of mission response to applications of staff to MEU or UNDT.
  • Updates HRIS and initiates required transactions in the system.
  • Provides induction to the Civilian Police and monitors their time and attendance.
  • Analyzes incoming correspondence, and drafts memorandum and faxes related to HR matters.
  • Prepares monthly reports on staffing compliments and post incumbency.
  • Assists in preparing policy papers, position papers and briefing notes on issues related to human resources management matters.
  • Keeps abreast of developments in various areas of human resources.
  • Performs other duties as may be assigned.

Competencies

Professionalism:

Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

Client Orientation:

Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Teamwork:

Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Education

High-school or equivalent diploma is required. Technical or Vocational Certificate and/or training in human resources management, business or public administration, social sciences, education or related field experience is a requirement.

Work Experience

At least 8 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of human resources management or related fields is required.

At least three (3) years of relevant experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions or UN agencies, funds and programmes) - or similar international organization or non-governmental organization is required;

Experience in using Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) systems like Umoja, including training and certification as HR Partner-all is required.

Experience in delivering training sessions on a wide range of human resources management practices such as policies and procedures, benefits and entitlements, performance management and Human Resources Systems is desirable.

Experience and certification as Local Process Expert (LPE) and Business Expert and Mentor (BEaMS) is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

  • This position is temporarily available for 364 days. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
  • While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
  • Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
  • This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
  • Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
  • Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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