HR Associate Opportunity at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Full Time

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

HR Associate Opportunity at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Job Title: HR Associate
Location: Nairobi, Kenya.
Type: Full-Time, Regular
Application Deadline: September 11, 2023

Job Overview

In this impactful role as an HR Associate at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), you will play a crucial part in implementing HR operational activities to ensure the timely provision of HR solutions. Your responsibilities will span a range of critical functions including recruitment, talent acquisition, workforce planning, compliance enforcement, and promoting a positive HR culture.

Key Responsibilities

Recruitment and Talent Acquisition

  • Administer the recruitment, assignment, and separation of local staff within the assigned area of responsibility (AOR) adhering to UN/UNHCR rules and procedures.
  • Update and maintain personnel records, including HR module entries, ensuring accuracy and completeness.
  • Participate in local staff recruitment, coordinating vacancy notices, tests, interviews, and submissions for the Assignments Committee (AC) review.
  • Contribute to outreach campaigns aimed at attracting diverse applicants.
  • Provide advice to staff, fostering an inclusive work environment.

Workforce Planning and Support

  • Assist with recruitment processes related to affiliate workforce, including MSRP entries.
  • Contribute to workforce planning activities to ensure optimal staffing levels.
  • Establish a customer-service-oriented HR culture that values innovation, proactivity, and high performance.
  • Ensure compliance with UNHCR’s HR policies, UN staff rules, and regulations.

Talent Management and Development

  • Provide onboarding, induction, reintegration, and offboarding support to colleagues.
  • Support the implementation of HR initiatives to foster positive people management practices and promote diversity and inclusion.
  • Offer guidance on rights, obligations, benefits, and entitlements to staff members and affiliate workforce.

Duty of Care and Employee Well-being

  • Assist in security and medical evacuations, maintaining accurate tracking records for staff and families in case of emergencies.
  • Administer the UNHCR medical insurance plan for locally recruited staff.
  • Proactively identify and address issues affecting the workforce’s well-being.

Desired Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • High School Diploma with 3 years of relevant experience; OR Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of relevant work experience.
  • Certificates and Licenses: Business Administration, Office Management, Human Resources Management or related field.

Essential Skills

  • Experience in Human Resources, with knowledge of HR policies, processes, and systems.
  • Familiarity with UN/UNHCR Administrative Rules, Regulations, and Procedures.
  • Computer literacy, including proficiency in Microsoft Office.

Desirable Skills

  • Experience in HR information technology systems and tools.
  • Previous work experience with the United Nations or in a multi-cultural setting.

Language Requirements

  • Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
  • For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

Expert Tips to Be a Successful Applicant

To excel in this role, consider the following expert tips:

  1. Highlight HR Expertise: Emphasize your experience in HR management, demonstrating your understanding of policies, processes, and systems.
  2. Showcase Recruitment Skills: Provide examples of successful recruitment efforts and your ability to attract diverse applicants.
  3. Demonstrate Communication Skills: Share instances where you effectively advised and supported staff, promoting an inclusive work environment.
  4. Prioritize Well-being: Discuss how you’ve proactively identified and addressed issues affecting employee well-being.
  5. IT Proficiency: Highlight your computer literacy, especially in Microsoft Office, and any experience with HR technology systems.

Apply Now

Ready to make a meaningful impact as an HR Associate at UNHCR? Apply  before the application deadline on September 11, 2023. Join us in our mission to create a safe and empowering work environment for all.

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