Human Resources Officer

United Nations Secretariat , Bonn, Germany

Skill Required:, HR and Admin
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th April, 2021

Job Description

This position is located in the Compensation and Classification Section, Strategy and Policy Development Service, Global Strategy and Policy Division, Office of Human Resources, Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance. The Human Resources Officer reports to the Chief of the Section.
The Global Strategy and Policy Division serves as the central strategic authority for all matters pertaining to the management of human resources. It ensures that the Organization has the strategies, policies, frameworks and tools to attract, develop and retain a talented and diverse global workforce. It nurtures a culture of engagement, leadership and results. It provides policy, strategic and thought leadership, innovations and solutions for the end-to-end management of talent: from strategic workforce planning; talent acquisition; organizational and staff development and growth; performance management; including Organization-wide mobility and appropriate duty of care, for all Secretariat staff.


Within limits of delegated authority, and under the guidance of the Chief of Section, the Human Resources Officer will be responsible for the following duties:


  • Conducts and coordinates salary surveys assessing local labour markets and establishes salaries and related allowances for locally-recruited staff;
  •  Keeps abreast of global developments in remuneration in the public and private sector;
  •  Assists in the continuous development of IT tools used to analyse and process salary data and the reports that are generated;
  •  Conducts trainings for members of the Local Salary Survey Committees and other stakeholders.


  •  Advises the Chief of the Section on the development, modification and implementation of United Nations policies and practices on salaries;
  •  Advises the Chief of the Section on interpretation and application of policies, regulations and rules;
  •  Advises the Chief of Section on exceptions to policies, regulations and rules;
  •  Represents the office in joint bodies and working groups relating to salaries.


  • Prepares classification analysis of jobs in Professional and higher categories, the Field Service category, and the General Service and related categories.
  • Provides guidance to programme managers on the application of the classification policies and procedures.


  • Assists in preparing technical reports, policy papers, position papers and briefings notes on salary survey and classification matters.




Knowledge of human resources policies, practices and procedures and ability to apply them in an organizational setting. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work


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.


Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.



  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in management, finance, business administration or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, administration or related area, at least two of which should have been gained in an international environment is required.
  • Experience in job classification is desirable.
  • Experience in working with excel spreadsheets and formulas is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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