Human Resources Manager

United Nations Children's Fund

Abuja, Nigeria

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: HR and Admin

The Human Resources Manager reports to Deputy Representative Operations (Level 5) for guidance and general supervision. The HR Manager, within their area of responsibility, is accountable for implementing HR services that enhance the capacity of their clients to deliver on their business goals and objectives. In doing so, the incumbent demonstrates the ability to anticipate HR-related needs and develop subsequent plans and solutions that align HR management with organizational, regional and country office objectives. In addition to general HR functions, the position will be dedicated to the Level 3 Emergency response in the country. 

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Management of Unit:
  • Establishing the annual work plan, setting priorities/targets and performance measurements.
  • Establish clear individual performance objectives, goals and timelines; and provide timely guidance to enable the team to perform their duties responsibly and efficiently.
Technical HR Leadership:
  • Provide technical leadership in the Recruitment, Learning and Performance Management areas with responsibility for reviewing the work of other Professional and General Service staff for compliance with principles and concepts, policies, regulations and rules as well as for soundness of judgement and conclusions.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor the interpretation and application of new human resources policies, practices and procedures in area of specialization to meet the evolving needs of the organization including formulating the position of the organization on policies in area of HR specialization and determining the appropriate application of rules and regulations to highly sensitive or contentious individual cases having implications for other HR systems and UNICEF as a whole.
Business Partnering:
  • Serve as the single point of contact for his/her client portfolio on advice pertaining to all aspects of the employment life cycle.
  • Work with clients to help fulfill their goals through advising on how to attract, retain and motivate staff of the highest caliber.
  • Provide accurate and timely advice to clients on HR processes and policies, ensuring the highest level of client-orientation.
  • Proactively advise clients on the resolution of human resources issues ensuring equitable and transparent solutions that protects both the staff and organizations interests in accordance with policies, regulations, and procedures.
  • Promote the organizational goals and targets for gender equity and cultural diversity.
Strategic Human Resources:
  • Liaise with the HQ Divisions, and regional office to support the local implementation of global initiatives and priorities. Provide feedback and make recommendations on the establishment and improvement of HR systems, policies and processes locally, regionally and globally.
  • Keep abreast of, research, benchmark, and implement innovative practices in HR management for the country office and contribute to the development of global initiatives by sharing of best practices and knowledge learned.
  • Help design optimal organizational, staffing structures and levels, and, in consultation with senior management develops standards and benchmarks staffing norms.
  • Implementation of assigned Human Resources Services
  • Provide support to various staff and management on various HR areas (recruitment, job classification, career development, performance management, data analytics, learning & development etc.)
  • When assigned casework in the relevant area on either a routine or non-routine basis, analyze and synthesize issues and problems, and interpret established, formal guidelines to address and recommend solutions or further actions required.
Learning and Capacity Development:
  • In collaboration with the local Learning and f Development Committee (LDC) , design and deliver learning plans for staff to enhance their knowledge and build skills in new areas aligning local individual and group learning plans with relevant global and regional learning priorities.
  • Recommend efficient and cost-effective learning products which strengthen staff capacity to contribute effectively to business goals.
  • Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders and provide orientation briefings to new staff.
  • Provide day-to-day performance and talent management guidance to line management (e.g., coaching, counseling, career development, career conversations, and disciplinary actions)
HR Data Analytics:
  • Interpret and analyze HR data to help inform strategic decision making on HR processes and strategies.
  • Develop data collection systems to optimize data quality.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in human resource management, business management, international relations, psychology or another related field is required.
  • A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant professional experience in human resource management in an international organization and/or large corporation is required.
  • Developing country work experience and familiarity with emergency contexts is considered essential.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.