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Human Resources Policy Officer

from International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 24 Jan 2019

Position Title : Human Resources Policy Officer

Duty Station : Geneva, Switzerland

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 24 January 2019

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading

UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and

non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:

1. Internal candidates

2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Cook Islands, Cuba, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Fiji, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Grenada, Guyana, Iceland, Kiribati, Comoros, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Lao People's Democratic

Republic, Saint Lucia, Lesotho, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Paraguay, Solomon Islands, Seychelles, Suriname, Sao Tome and Principe, Eswatini,

Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa


With a workforce of more than 11,000 staff worldwide, the Human Resources Management Division plays a vital role in meeting organizational needs, ensuring both operational flexibility and institutional consistency, with challenges resulting from a decentralized structure and funding shortages. IOM follows the UN Staff Regulations and Rules and GA decisions where practical and possible.

Working as a member of the Human Resources Policy and Advisory Services team, the Human Resources Policy Officer will be responsible for developing Human Resources (HR) policies, advising management on contentious issues such as performance management, and advising on the consistent implementation of Staff Regulations and Rules.

The selected candidate will work under the overall supervision of the Chief Human Resources Business Partner and the direct supervision of the Senior Human Resources Policy Officer, in coordination with the Office for Legal Affairs (LEG).

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Undertake research on best practices in HR management, including in other

inter-governmental organizations. Analyze trends and developments related to IOM's workforce policies.

  1. Review existing HR policies to identify gaps and propose changes in accordance with identified best practices and relevant jurisprudence.

  2. Draft policies, procedures and administrative issuances on HR matters.

  3. Provide advice to colleagues in the field and at Headquarters on the interpretation of HR

policies, as well as of the Staff Regulations and Rules. Recommend solutions on cases.

  1. Liaise with HRM colleagues, Legal colleagues, Manila and Panama Administrative Centers, and Regional and Country Offices on HR issues, particularly contentious performance management and separation cases.

  2. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Human Resources, Public Administration, Law, Social or Political Sciences or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or,

• University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.


• At least 5 years of relevant experience, including at least two years of experience working with

IOM or the United Nations system in the human resources area;

• Experience in administrative law an advantage;

• Proven knowledge and experience of policy development and research;

• Strong analytical, drafting and negotiation skills;

• Ability to work independently against tight deadlines;

• Solid computer skills;

• A track record of tackling and resolving complex HR problems, while maintaining a client-focused approach to work;

• Resilience and a good sense of humour;

• Ability to communicate complex issues to a variety of audiences;

• Ability to anticipate and mitigate against issues;

• Field experience is an advantage; and,

• Ability to take sound, reasoned and quick decisions on delicate HR matters.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an advantage.

Desirable Competencies:


Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.

Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.

Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.

Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.

Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.

Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.

Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.

Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.

Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 24 January 2019 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

Posting period:

From 11.01.2019 to 24.01.2019

Requisition: VN 2019/13 (P) - Human Resources Policy Officer (P3) - Geneva, Switzerland (55764244) Released

Posting: Posting NC55764245 (55764245) Released