HR Specialist

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Mogadishu, Somalia

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: HR and Admin

This VA is also open to  Nationals of Somalia. A Somali  National selected will be contracted under a Local Individual Contractor Agreement (ICS 10/LICA 10) or the Diaspora Rule consideration where applicable.

Based in the support services structure, reporting directly to the Head of Support Services and collaborating closely with IPAS HR, the HR Specialist ensures consistent application of appropriate policies, rules, guidelines, procedures and practices in service provision in the Somalia Country Office (SOCO).

HR Specialist supports the business unit in the management, implementation and oversight of HR service lines and initiatives to meet client needs, i.e. including recruitment, contract administration, interpretation and guidance, learning and personnel re-alignment exercises in consultation with HQ. Specifically, s/he is the primary HR focal point within the Somalia Country Office (SOCO).

Functional Responsibilities

  • Summary of Key Functions: Support to policy development and  im...

 Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Advanced University (Master's) Degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, Social or Behavioral Sciences or other related disciplines combined with five (5) years of relevant experience.


  • A First University (Bachelor's) Degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, Social or Behavioral Sciences or related disciplines combined with seven (7) years of relevant experience is required.


  • A minimum of five (5) years of professional-level human resources experience, including HR advisory services, in a major area(s) of human resources management (HR Contract Administration, HR Reporting, Recruitment or Organizational Design) in an international, public or corporate organization at the national and/or international level is required.
  • Relevant experience in a multicultural setting is desirable.  
  • Some experience in UN system organizations, preferably in a developing country, is desirable.
  • Proficiency in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Office), Google Suite Applications, as well as web-based management systems is an asset.
  • Experience and proven knowledge of UNOPS/UN rules and regulations in HR Management, Procurement, Finance and Administration is an asset.
  • Relevant experience working in Developing/Conflict/Post-conflict countries is an asset.
  • Work experience in the East Africa Region is desirable.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and oral English is required. 
  • Working knowledge of another, official UN language is desirable