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Human Resources Specialist P3


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Humanitaire (ONG, Associations, ...), Projet/programme de développement
Human Resources Specialist P3, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, #108581

Job Number: 518367 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Burkina Faso
Work Type : Fixed Term Staff

For Every Child, hope 
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world. To learn more about UNICEF, visit

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa, bordered by Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, and Ghana. With a population estimated at 19 million (2016), Burkina Faso has gone through fluctuated economic progressions over the past years. Combined with high demographic growth (3.1% annually), this makes the country’s sustainable economic and social development challenging. In 2016, the Human Development Index (HDI) put the country in one of the lowest: 185 out of 188 countries and territories. The population is characterized by high proportion of young people (67% under 25 years old) and is estimated to increase up to 8 million by 2030.

Since 2011, the country’s political and social stability suffered from a significant downturn. The successful organization of presidential and legislative elections in November 2015 marked the end of the post-insurrectional political transition mechanism. The new government was installed in 2016 with its development priorities clearly set out in the National Economic and Social Development Plan (PNDES 2016-2020).
In 2018, Burkina Faso continued to face a multifaceted security and humanitarian crisis that included displacement but also food insecurity and malnutrition, floods.

How can you make a difference?
Under the general guidance of the Chief of Operations, the selected candidate will lead a small team of HR practitioners and manage the Human Resources function in Burkina Faso. As strategic business partner, the selected candidate will provide guidance and support to managers and their staff to attract and retain an agile, bilingual, diverse and motivated workforce that will contribute to the achievement of Burkina Faso country office strategic objectives and UNICEF’s strategic goals.

The Human Resources Specialist will perform the following functions:

1-Business Partnering 
Serve as the single point of contact for his/her client portfolio on advice pertaining to all aspects of the employment life cycle 
Provide accurate and timely advice to clients on HR processes and policies, ensuring the highest level of client-orientation. 
Proactively advise clients on the resolution of human resources issues ensuring equitable and transparent solutions that protects both the staff and organizations interests in accordance with policies, regulations and procedures.
Promote the organizational goals and targets for gender equity and cultural diversity.
2- Strategic Human Resources 
Liaise with the HQ Divisions, regional and country offices to support and contribute to corporate HR strategy formulation and global implementation. Provide feedback and make recommendations on the establishment and improvement of HR systems, policies and processes.
Keep abreast, research, benchmark, and implement best and cutting edge practices in HR management and contribute to the development of global policies, procedures and introduce innovation through sharing of best practices and knowledge learned.

3- Implementation of assigned Human Resources Services 
Provide support to various or one specific HR occupation (recruitment, job classification, career development, performance management, data analytics, learning & development etc.) to help their supervisors in implementing efficient client services that help either attract, retain and/or motivate staff of the highest caliber. 
When assigned casework in the relevant area on either a routine or non-routine basis, analyze and synthesize issues and problems, and interpret established, formal guidelines to address and recommend solutions or further actions required.

4- Learning and Capacity Development 
In collaboration with business owners, design and deliver learning plans for staff to enhance their knowledge and build skills in new areas.
Contributes to the mapping of competencies for all staff in assigned client portfolio, assisting in the development of a comprehensive framework in support of the development of the talent pipeline. 
Recommend efficient and cost-effective learning products which strengthen staff capacity to contribute effectively to business goals. 
Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.
Provide orientation briefings to new staff.
Provide day-to-day performance and talent management guidance to line management (e.g., coaching, counseling, career development, career conversations, and disciplinary actions). 

5- HR Data Analytics 
Interpret and analyze HR data to help inform strategic decision making on HR processes and strategies.
Develop data collection systems to optimize data quality.
Coordinate with country offices and partners to provide assistance in their HR information management.

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…
An Advanced University Degree in human resource management, business management, international relations, psychology or another related field is required.
Five years of increasingly responsible professional experience in human resource management in an international organization and/or large corporation is required.
 Fluency in French and English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.

- Strategic 
Experience and ability to implement targeted and innovative human resources strategies to address clients’people-related needs. 
Ability to implement innovative HR programs within a fast paced, evolving, and wide organizational setting. 
- Technical 
In-depth technical knowledge of the principles and concepts of human resources management.  Ability to identify and analyze systemic issues, formulate opinions and make conclusions and recommendations to resolve same.  Excellent knowledge of organizational and HR information technology systems and tools. 
- Interpersonal and Communication  
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in a diverse organization tailoring language, tone, style and format to match audience.
Ability to empathize with client managers, supervisors and staff while advocating for consistent and equitable applications of promulgated HR regulations and rules.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The technical competencies required for this post are:
Leading & Supervising (II)
Formulating Strategies and Concepts (II)
Analyzing (II)
Applying technical expertise (II)
Planning and organizing (II)

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Closing Date Thu Dec 20 2018 00:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest) 


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