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HR Policy Officer


Post Number : HRM 018

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Bureau of Human Resources Management (HRM)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Human Resources

Type of contract : Fixed Term

Duration of contract : 2 years

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 16-03-2021


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




Under the authority of the Director of the Human Resources Management and the supervision of the Chief of Human Resources Strategic Support Section, the incumbent shall provide legal advice and recommends solutions based on applicable regulations, rules and general legal principles. S/he coordinates draft proposals on Human Resources policies and procedures that are relevant to meet the needs of the organization and responds to the need for harmonization with the UN System, simplicity, cost effectiveness and efficiency. The incumbent is also responsible for the communication/promotion of the policies, as well as monitoring the compliance/implementation with a view to address shortcomings, if any. For this purpose, the incumbent will be required to:

Long Description

  • Recommend policy process changes as and when needed. Keep abreast of developments in the HR field, in the UN common system and other public/private organization. Constantly seeks to improve delivery, proposes new approaches as well as improvements to existing methods.
  • Provide interpretation and advice on Staff Rules, HR Manual provisions, policies and procedures; provide advice to managers and AOs on the validity of clauses therein and make recommendations on proposals for derogations.
  • Identify situations and risks of non-compliance of Staff Regulations and Rules, and other statutory texts and make preliminary proposals for compliance plans and activities.
  • Serve as the Secretary of the Advisory Council on Personnel Policies (ACPP) which reviews draft HR policies; coordinates the meetings and prepare subsequent reports and recommendations from HRM to the Director-General for decision.
  • Conduct in-depth research and studies on both legal and factual aspects of the issues of human resources and undertake any other duties as requested.

Long Description

Long Description

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Communication (C)
Accountability (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.




  • Advanced university degree (master degree or equivalent) in Human Resource Management, Business Administration, Public Administration, Law or related field.


Work Experience

  • Minimum 4 years of relevant professional experience in legal and/or human resources field, of which preferably 2 years acquired at international level.



  • Solid analytical skills and ability to speak and present effectively, concisely and persuasively.
  • Good knowledge of HR environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and drafting skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and client-oriented service approach.
  • Ability to work in a team and maintain effective working relationship in a multicultural environment.
  • Ability to take initiative in recommending actions.
  • Discretion, integrity and tact.
  • Ability to work well even under pressure.
  • Good IT skills.



  • Excellent knowledge of English or French (oral and written) and good knowledge of the other language.





  • Specialization in international administration.


Work Experience

  • Experience in human resources policy and legal issues.
  • Experience in providing HR policy advice and improving preparing legal opinions on issues related to international administrative law.



  • Knowledge of the UN common system HR bodies and regulatory framework.



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


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.