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Post Number : 5BAGBFM0003PA

Grade : G-6

Parent Sector : Bureau Of Financial Management (BFM)

Duty Station: Baghdad

Job Family: Field Operations Coordination

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 25-SEP-2020


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism


(Only candidates who are entitled to work in Iraq may apply to this position)

Duration of contract: 1 year with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and performance. 


Under the overall authority of the Director of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Iraq Office and the direct supervision of the Senior Finance and Administrative Officer, the incumbent provides high-level Human Resources (HR) and administrative services in a range of specialized areas and plays a lead role within the unit in ensuring application and compliance with the rules, regulations, policies and practices in place.


The incumbent shall assume the following tasks:

  • Deliver specialized support in a range of areas of human resources management and related administrative support, which have to be carried out in a confidential environment.
  • Execution of tasks involves a broad range of human resources policies, procedures and practices and interpretation of these for Office colleagues.
  • Extracting, analysing and interpreting a full range of data related to specialized functions. The incumbent is expected to review and recommend changes to operating procedures and systems, thereby affecting the timeliness and efficiency of work within the unit.
  • Anticipates the volume of work and priorities for monitoring the timing requirements so that deadlines are met and actions delivered on time.
  • Work is performed with a significant degree of operational autonomy and initiative within the established HR guidelines, procedures and processes.
  • Organizes his/her work routine and determines priorities while overall objectives and expected results are set by the supervisor. Results are reviewed by the supervisor for achievement of objectives and provision of overall quality and timely support.
  • Works closely with Office staff (Director/ Head of Office, programme and administrative staff) and with colleagues from HQ corporate services (HRM, BFM, MSS) and regional/ cluster office, as applicable. Work relations within the Office focus on provision of advice and discussion to ensure adherence to the rules, regulations and policies, recommend viable and compliant solutions, as well as maintain accurate personnel records and high standards.
  • Contacts with beneficiaries, suppliers, UN agencies and local authorities to exchange in information and discuss more complex situations.
  • Independently consolidates data and prepares reports, non-routine correspondence and documentation, ensures the functioning of internal control systems, especially in the area of personnel management.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



  • Completed secondary, technical or vocational education.


Work Experience

  • Minimum eight (8) years of relevant experience and progressive work experience in human resources, administrative services or related area.
  • Experience in working with ERP systems.
  • Experience in working with talent management systems.



  • Ability to work under pressure.



  • Excellent knowledge of English and Arabic. 




  • Certificate and/or training in human resources management or any other related area.


Work Experience

  • Experience in handling large staffing tables, and administering contracts within an international organization.
  • Experience in using SAP, STEPS, FABS and/or various UNESCO applications (DUO, TULIP, etc.).
  • Experience in working with MS Excel creating pivot tables and charts using worksheet data and external resources.
  • Experience in application of UN Staff Rules and Regulations in operational environment, including administration of a broad range of entitlements and benefits.
  • Working experience in the UN System, or at similar international or bilateral organizations. 



  • Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.


For more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website.


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.