UN Women: Deputy Director, Human Resources

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Application Deadline :07-Jul-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-5
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


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.

Within the framework of the UN Common System and UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UN Women’s Human Resources Division directs and supports the delivery of responsive and quality human resource management services, ensuring integration and synergy in the development of a comprehensive human resources management framework. It leads and facilitates organizational change and development and advises the organization on strategies to attract, retain, develop and motivate human talent across the range of specialized occupations critical to the delivery of the organization’s mandate through the following sub-areas:

  • HR Strategy and Policy Development and Execution
  • Organizational Design and Change Management
  • Recruitment and Staffing
  • Learning and Talent Management
  • Performance Management
  • Workforce Planning and Management

Under the guidance of the HR Director, the Deputy Director will share accountability for the overall HR function, provide support to the client-facing part of the human resources function and drive HR reform and culture change across UN Women.  The Deputy Director will provide strong support to the daily management and operations of HR and oversee and provide direction to the Business Partnering and HR Operations teams, ensuring inter alia the strategic positioning of Business Partners in their interactions with HR’s internal & external clients.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide substantive guidance and advice to the Director HR on developing key HR functions and policies:

  • Deputize for the Director HR, as and when needed, and contribute substantively to the  development of key essential functions for the Division.
  • Provide substantive support and advise the Director HR on human resources policy matters and provide substantive inputs in the development of policies, practices and approaches that meet the needs and conditions of the Organization.
  • Provide substantive inputs to key reports for Senior Management Team, Executive Board and other stakeholders, including CEB, ICSC, audits, HR Network etc.
  • Ensure consistency, fairness, and transparency of HR decisions, remaining current with legal requirements and compliant with the Staff Rules and Staff Regulations of the UN.
  • Provide substantive support in development and implementation of corporate HR systems, processes, and tools.

Manage the HR Business Partner team:

  • Manage the delivery of HR advisory services globally.
  • Develop and manage the implementation of the HR Business Partner annual workplan.
  • Oversee the work of the HR Business partners at Headquarters and Regional Offices, creating a strong HR global community.
  • Oversee alignment between headquarters operational processes, and Regional HR needs.
  • Guide regional offices and country offices in aligning HR policies and procedures effectively including on recruitment, benefits and entitlements, HR budgets and HR Policies.
  • Oversee the implementation of new HR initiatives and procedures globally.
  • Provide strategic guidance, interpretation and technical support on HR management in the regional and country offices.
  • Act as an interface between Headquarters, Regional Offices and Country Offices, ensuring regional and countries’ needs are properly communicated to headquarters.

Oversee HR Operations:

  • Lead HR operations and oversee the work of Contract Management and Benefits and Entitlements teams.
  • In close collaboration with other team members, support the development and implementation of the annual workplan for the Division.

Partnership and collaboration on HR issues:

  • Work closely with other HR team members for technical advice and implementation on issues related to recruitment, workplace relations, performance management, and learning and development.
  • Liaise closely with donors and other stakeholders on possible engagements (JPOs, fellowships) and secondment arrangements;
  • Represent UN Women HR at inter-agency meetings (HR Network, ICSC etc.) and related platforms on HR matters as needed.  Support the Director in the management of inter-agency HR matters.
  • Engage in substantive discussion with representatives of other institutions to influence policy discussion.
  • Provide substantive support to the Director on promoting effective communication and facilitation of open and transparent consultative processes with the UN Women Staff Representatives.

Staff Management:

  • Supervise staff in team, have regular performance appraisals, provide coaching and guidance and encourage learning opportunities;
  • Foster teamwork and communication among staff in the team, and across organizational boundaries.

Key Performance Indicators:

The successful delivery of HR operational and administrative activities will have a positive impact on the delivery of the organization’s mission by enhancing the organizational and staff wellbeing. It will contribute to delivering efficient and effective HR services in a timely and accurate manner.


Core Values:

  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism;
  • Respect for Diversity.

Core Competencies:

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

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Values and Competencies Framework: https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent knowledge and expertise human resource management especially in the area of global HR operations;
  • Ability to translate knowledge, ideas and strategies into concrete action and results;
  • Demonstrated negotiating and analytical skills;
  • Demonstrated innovation and creative problem-solving abilities;
  • Strong planning, goal-setting, prioritization and organizational skill;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills;
  • Ability to manage global teams;
  • Team-player;
  • Ability to handle confidential information;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization;
  • Excellent understanding of UN Staff Regulations and Rules and human resources policies and procedures.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Human Resources, Business Administration, Psychology, Organizational Development, Public Administration or other relevant social sciences; a first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively relevant experience in Human Resource Management of which several years should be at the international level.
  • Experience in managing teams.
  • Experience in providing high level HR advice.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading/facilitating change management process. 


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Working Knowledge of another UN official working language is an asset.


All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-p11-personal-history-form.doc?la=en&vs=558. Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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