Posting Title:Human Resources Assistant, G6
Department/Office:Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station:NEW YORK
Posting Period:07 May 2020 – 05 June 2020
Job Opening Number:20-Human Resources-DESA-135597-R-New York (X)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the JPO Programme, Human Resources Management (HRM), Capacity Development Office (CDPMO), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). CDPMO furnishes integrated management support services to the substantive divisions of the Department as they provide advisory services on request to development countries and countries with economies in transition, and formulate and implement capacity development projects. The incumbent is under the overall guidance of the Chief, JPO Programme, and the direct supervision of the Human Resources Officer.


Within delegated authority, under the general supervision of the Chief, Junior Professional Officers (JPO) Programme, and the direct supervision of the Human Resources Officer in the JPO Programme, the incumbent fulfills human resources related functions in the recruitment and administration of JPOs ensuring that the recruitment processes for the new appointees are carried out in a timely manner, and that the staff member’s contracts are maintained up-to-date; performs a great range of personnel administration functions in order to assist the various clients of assigned organizational units that are supported by the Service; prepares, updates and maintains accurate statistics on JPOs under his/her responsibility.

•Provides comprehensive assistance in the filling of posts, by initiating and following-up on reference checks including academic verifications, medical clearances, previous employments and personal references, to ensure the completion of pre-recruitment formalities;
•Reviews appointment entitlements with the proper interpretation and in compliance with the Staff Regulations and Staff Rules, updated ST/AIs and ST/ICs;
•Independently prepares the statement of emoluments and the offers of appointment which are forwarded to the candidate;
•Advises on visa matters and maintains continuous and effective communication with the candidates;
•Reviews and processes personnel action in the relevant human resources management system;
•Processes letters of appointment as well as extensions of appointment, ensuring accurate inclusion of all relevant information and prompt distribution of these documents to staff members and appropriate offices.

•Determines the entitlements of the different types of appointment given to JPOs, with the proper interpretation and in compliance with the Staff Regulations and Staff Rules, ST/AIs and ST/ICs;
•Provides substantive administrative support by ensuring timely review and processing of requests for entitlements and claims such as rental subsidy, education grant, dependency allowance, hazard pay, etc.
•Coordinates, and actively monitors the arrangements of official travels on business, home leave, repatriation and shipment of personal effects of staff members and dependent(s) as required, by processing the necessary actions, as necessary and reviews and processes the relevant claims;
•Monitors and maintains attendance records of staff members, both manually and in the human resources management system;
•Conducts exit interviews for separating staff and assist in final arrangements;
•Advises staff on personnel-related matters;
•Responds to a diverse range of information requests and inquiries regarding salaries and entitlements.

•Maintains up-to-date computerized data of appointments, extensions and separations of staff.
•Coordinates extensively with Service Units and member states’ representatives and liaises frequently with internal team members in Headquarters and in the field;
•Provides general office support services; drafts routine correspondence and processes varies correspondence and other communication;sets up and maintains files/records; monitors deadlines
•Trains and provides supervision to new and lower-level staff in the unit.
•Performs other duties as required.


• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of human resources policies, procedures and practices and ability to interpret and apply them in an organizational setting. Demonstrates use of initiative and makes appropriate linkages in work requirements and anticipates next steps. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

• PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

• 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.


High school diploma or equivalent. Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Staff members who were granted a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment as a result of having passed a predecessor test recognized by the Office of Human Resources Management, and who have continuously held such appointments, are not required to take the new test.

Work Experience

Seven years of progressively responsible experience within the United Nations System, including four years in administration, human resources, or other related field.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English and French are required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


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

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.

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.

No Fee


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