UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.  

The full-scale invasion of Ukraine has had a profoundly negative impact on the lives of women and men, girls and boys, causing widespread destruction, displacement and suffering. To respond to the social, economic, and humanitarian impact of the war, UN Women in Ukraine expands its presence and programmatic activities, thus increasing the number of personnel.

Under the technical guidance of the Regional HR Business Partner in HQ and the daily supervision of the Operations Manager, the Human Resource (HR) Associate is responsible for administratively and logistically supporting the recruitment and placement, administration of benefits and entitlements of staff and local external contractors, improving the engagement and productivity of UN Women staff by providing tools, processes, and guidance for effective performance management, onboarding and orientation, staff and leadership development, and quality individual and team learning. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Administer and implement HR strategies and policies in CO in full compliance with UN Women rules, regulations, and HR policies and guidelines: 
  • Provide general, standard information to the management and staff on HR strategies, rules and regulations; 
  • Identify ways in which the administrative needs can be met within existing policies; interpret processes and procedures, anticipate and manage operational requirements; 
  • Prepare written response to queries concerning HR related matters. 
  1. Provide HR administrative and logistical services to CO and region in full compliance with UN Women rules, regulations, and HR policies and guidelines:
  • Process, draft, edit, proofread and finalize for approval a variety of correspondence and other communications; maintain files/records, monitor deadlines; 
  • Provide administrative coordination in the extension of contracts, processing of national benefits and allowances, and entitlements, and renewal of UNLPs and visas; 
  • Input and track all transactions related to positions, recruitment, benefits, earnings/deductions, retroactivities, recoveries, adjustments and separations through Quantum system 
  • Facilitate responses to audit findings and recommendations;  
  • Assume overall responsibility for leave management; record management;  
  • Process payment, and administer entitlements for international staff as delegated; validate and coordinate local payroll and related issues; 
  • Facilitate staff separation process; 
  • Create/update entries of vendors, PO and Receipts in Quantum system.  
  1. Facilitate and coordinate recruitment processes in full compliance with UN Women rules, regulations, and HR policies and guidelines:
  • Draft job descriptions and vacancy announcements; assist in reviewing and processing requests for classification; 
  • Screen candidates and facilitate and participate in interview panels as necessary;  
  • Prepare recruitment recommendations/supporting documentation for the Central Review Board (CRB); 
  • Prepare position establishment, liaise with headquarters and assure that action is completed;  
  • Provide regular recruitment status reports; 
  • Provide advice to local recruitment in programmes/projects when necessary. 
  1. Provide administrative support to staff performance management and learning and development in full compliance with UN Women rules, regulations, and HR policies and guidelines:
  • Monitor compliance with the performance appraisal review in the office and staff learning and development; 
  • Facilitate the preparation of Office learning plan and individual learning plans in consultation with the HR Business Partner  
  1. Maintain data in relation to HR in full compliance with UN Women rules, regulations, and HR policies and guidelines:
  • Maintain and update internal database and files on administrative HR matters in a confidential and secure manner; 
  • Generate a variety of standard and non-standard statistical and other reports from various databases; 
  • Update position data in Quantum system, association of positions to chart fields (CoAs), update of CoA information and setting up vendors. 
  1. Facilitate knowledge building and knowledge sharing globally:
  • Organize training courses, workshops, information sessions, orientations and consultations for staff; 
  • Provide a synthesis of lessons learnt and best practices in HR administration; 
  • Liaise with HR headquarters in HR administration and staffing to disseminate information on a variety of HR matters. 
  1. Contribute to Talent Development and Employee Engagement
  • Facilitate the development and Implementation of Staff Learning Plan
  • Assesses the skills, expertise and knowledge of the staff, encouraging their participation in relevant training programmes
  • Assists in supporting the dialogue between the management and staff to discuss HR matters and related staff issues
  • Prepare, coordinate, facilitate and deliver learning sessions and knowledge processes in the framework of workshops, online learning activities, webinars, retreats and others on HR topics


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example


  • Strong knowledge of HR administration, processes and policies; 
  • Ability to administer and execute administrative processes and transactions;  
  • Ability to handle information of a confidential nature; 
  • Ability to provide inputs to business processes re-engineering, implementation of new systems; 
  • Good quantitative skills; ability to produce reports; 
  • Strong IT skills. 

Required Skills and Experience

Education and Certification:

  • Completion of secondary education is required.  
  • Bachelor’s degree in HR, Business or Public Administration is an asset. 


  • At least 6 years of relevant experience in human resource management;  
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) is required; 
  • Experience in the use of a modern web-based ERP System, preferably Oracle Cloud, is desirable. 


  • Fluency in English and Ukrainian is required. 
  • Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable (French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish). 

All applications must include a completed and signed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from

Applications without P11 may be treated as incomplete and may not be considered for further assessment.

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need. 

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check).