Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the Director-General of UNON is the representative of the Secretary-General in Kenya. UNON supports programme implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Resident Coordination System (RCS) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, security, conference and information services ( positions are located in the Human Resources Management Service (HRMS) within the Division of Administrative Services of the United Nations Office at Nairobi and report to the Human Resources Officer in the Staff Entitlements and Benefits Section. The Senior Human Resources Assistants will be responsible for the following duties:
ADMINISTRATION OF ENTITLEMENTS:
â¢ Supervises and supports maintenance of Umoja entitlements reference tables.
â¢ Reviews and processes data pertaining to conditions of service.
â¢ Administers benefits and entitlements of staff, and reviews staff members' eligibility for entitlements and benefits within the Staff Regulations and Staff Rules; determines entitlements and reviews, analyzes and documents cases requiring exceptional treatment for the approving authority.
â¢ Administers and monitors contractual status of staff, including relevant actions regarding appointments, extensions, transfers, reassignments, loans or secondment of staff, analyzing recommendations regarding changes in contractual status, determining status and entitlements of such staff and drafting related correspondence and following up with phone calls, as necessary.
â¢ Supports the Human Resource Officer with coordination of reports, statistical info and actions required in support of special exercises and ad hoc cleanup activities required for the section as a whole.
â¢ Guides and mentors junior staff on entitlements and benefits processing in Umoja.
â¢ Takes the lead on knowledge sharing of updates, new policies and practices in the UN human resource community.
â¢ Assists with the collection and analysis of data as well as preparation of data presentations and reports for information sharing, responding to queries, knowledge management, planning and decision making.
â¢ Assists with visualizations and updating information materials such as web pages or brochures.
â¢ Perform other related duties as assigned.
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. The ability to perform analysis, modeling and interpretation of data in support of decision-making. 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.
TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing othersâ ideas and expertise. Is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors' commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
Completion of high school diploma or equivalent is required.
Supplemental training in human resources, administration, or related area is required.
Bachelorâs degree in human resources, business administration and other related area is desirable.
Job - Specific Qualification
Certification in human resources at the diploma level or equivalent is desirable.
Training in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP/SAP), such as Umoja or similar is desirable.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible work experience in human resources management, personnel administrative services or related area is required. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced by two years for candidates who possess a first level University degree.
Six years work experience in a busy human resources staff administration environment in an International Organization is desirable.
Experience in processing and troubleshooting personnel transactions in Enterprise Resource Planning System and or SAP (Systems Applications and Products) is required.
Experience in handling complicated staff entitlement and benefits cases and application of human resources staff rules in an International Organization is desirable.
Experience in supervising, leading or mentoring team members is desirable.
One year or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.
NOTE: "Fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and " Knowledge of" equals a rating of " confident" in two of the four areas.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
These are Temporary Job Openings. Appointment against these positions is for a duration of six months, a limited duration and does not carry any expectancy, legal or otherwise, of renewal.
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.
These positions are subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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United Nations Considerations
According to article , 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 âsexual exploitationâ 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 âsexual abuseâ means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term âsexual harassmentâ 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 perpetratorâs 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.
Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI//3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions.
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