Chief, Recruitment and Classification Section - United Nations, Kenya, Deadline: May-12-2014

Posting Title:  Chief, Recruitment and Classification Section, P4 
Department/ Office:  United Nations Office at Nairobi 
Duty Station:  NAIROBI 
Posting Period:  13 March 2014-12 May 2014 
Job Opening number:  14-HRE-UNON-32853-R-NAIROBI (R) 

This position is funded for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.  
1.  All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. 
2.  If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.


Org. Setting and Reporting


The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the representative office of the Secretary-General. We support programme implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by Providing administrative, conference and information services (




Under the supervision of the Chief, Human Resources Management Service (HRMS), the incumbent is responsible for classification and recruitment services to client organizations as follows: 1. Management of Recruitment and Classification Section (RCS): Day-to-day supervision, motivation and development of staff; Ensure equitable distribution of work among sub-units; Planning and organizing the yearly work plan of the Section; Oversee the establishment and continuous maintenance of records, files and databases. 2. Classification Services: Classification and re-classification of posts up to and including D1 level, and submission of D2 level job descriptions (JDs) to Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM), New York, for review; Provision of advice to staff and management on the development of JDs and encouragement and advice on the use of Generic Job Profiles; Provision of advice and guidance to staff and management on classification policies and procedures; Analysis of classification appeals related to general service posts, and liaison with OHRM on appeals related to professional and higher level posts; Maintenance of statistics and provision of reports or inputs to reports on classification matters. 3. Recruitment Services: Management of Job Openings (JOs), including acting as Senior Human Resources Case Officer in processing of JOs in Inspira from G5 to D2 levels; Oversee the advertising and management of Temporary JOs and G1-G4 level posts; Provision of advice and guidance to staff and management on recruitment policies and procedures; Liaison with OHRM on recruitment issues and policies; Maintenance of statistics and provision of reports or inputs to reports on recruitment matters; Participate in the development and management of a skills database for the management of staff mobility and succession planning; Develop pro-active initiatives to assist the client organizations in managing expected staff turn-over; Responsible for vacancy management related to the Managed Re-assignment Programme for Junior Professional Staff, and, in liaison with OHRM, for activities related to job openings reserved for NCRE, YPP and G to P candidates; Oversee the recruitment of Consultants and Individual Contractors, including the establishment and maintenance of a roster of experts. 4. Compensation matters: Represent the organization in compensation matters, including coordinating, organizing and participating in local salary surveys, and acting as Secretary of the Local Salary Survey Committee; organizing and coordinating place-to-place and housing surveys in liaison with the International Civil Service Commission. 5. Representative of HRMS: Represent HRMS in committees, working groups and relevant inter-agency meetings; Represent HRMS in statutory and staff - management bodies as required; Make presentations, briefings to staff, management and other interested or requesting parties on subjects related to work area; 6. Officer-in-Charge of HRMS in the absence of the Chief, HRMS, as required. 7. Perform other related duties as may be assigned.




• Professionalism: Knowledge of human resources policies, practices and procedures and ability to apply them in an organizational setting. Ability to identify issues, analyze and formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations on complex human resources policy and development issues. Shows pride in work and in achievements;; 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. • 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. • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.




Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in human resources management, business or public administration, social sciences, education or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


Work Experience


A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, administrative services or related area. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognised by the United Nations.




English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of another UN language is desirable.


Assessment Method


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


United Nations Considerations


The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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