Human Resource Officer

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Paris, France

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: HR and Admin

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Staffing and Recruitment Section, the incumbent is responsible for ensuring the successful and timely recruitment and selection process for posts; to that effect, the incumbent will provide support and advice to managers and candidates on the full recruitment cycle, including advice on outreach strategies. The incumbent will also be responsible for implementing the mobility programme for staff, in consultation with Sectors/Bureaux concerned, taking into account all aspects of the policy, with a view to ensuring the best possible match between organizational needs and staff career aspirations.

In particular, the incumbent will:

  • Manage staffing and recruitment operations for posts and project appointments positions in area of responsibility (selected Sector/Bureau and / or selected occupational group).
  • Provide quality support, advice and guidance to hiring managers on the recruitment and selection process, covering the full recruitment cycle, from planning to selection, appointment and onboarding.
  • Analyze staffing and recruitment needs in consultation with managers.
  • Advise hiring managers on the appropriate staffing/recruitment actions; assist in the planning and implementation of such actions, including on the attainment of diversity targets. 
  • Ensure that due attention is paid to geographical diversity at all stages of the process, including for Project Appointments. 
  • Provide advice, training and coaching on vacancy preparation.
  • Monitor the timeline against the benchmark and ensure that appropriate actions are taken to abide by the maximum timeline for recruitment. 
  • Advise on and implement the best sourcing/outreach solutions for attracting a diverse pool of candidates; advise on preselection tools and techniques and participate in the preselection process. 
  • Participate in the evaluation/interview panels and provide guidance on the recommendation process.
  • Ensure follow up, completion and communication of recruitment actions.
  • Provide feedback to candidates as required.
  • Ensure appropriate onboarding of successful candidates.
  • Ensure regular monitoring of the vacancy and the recruitment status of posts, in close liaison with Sectors/Bureaux and recommend /plan appropriate actions.
  • Contribute to outreach activities in support of the improvement of geographical distribution, as well as gender parity at the senior level and above. Participate in webinars and forums.
  • Keep up to date with best practices and innovations in recruitment/talent acquisition both at the UN level and in the private sector and actively participate in UN networks; develop and maintain effective working relations and partnerships with internai and external sources. Contribute to the review of existing policies, procedures and practices related to recruitment and outreach, where required, with a view to continuous improvement.

Required Qualifications:


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in human resources management, business or public administration, social sciences, law or a related field.

Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 4 years of relevant professional experience in the field of human resources management or administration or a related field, of which preferably 2 years acquired at international level. 

Skills and competencies:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong team working abilities; ability to build trust-based relationships with colleagues at all levels and with partners.
  • Discretion, high sense of confidentiality; ability to act with sensitivity and respect for diversity. 
  • Ability to deliver a high quality service in a timely manner; strong client orientation focus.
  • Ability to work under pressure; adapt to changing priorities and manage multiple stakeholders effectively.
  • Excellent coordination, organization and planning skills; strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Very good IT skills.


  • Excellent knowledge of English (both written and oral) and good knowledge of French.