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Human Resources Policy and Strategy Officer (P-3)
Post Level :    P-3  Closing Date :  3 January 2019 (-47 days left)
Vacancy Ref :     E-ADM/HRB/HRPSO/F0100/P-3/79/11-18
Branch :     Human Resources Branch
Division :    Administration Division
Date :    29 November 2018
This fixed-term appointment is for the duration of two years with a six-month probationary period, and is subject to the OPCW Staff Regulations and Interim Staff Rules, as applicable. The OPCW is a non-career organisation with limited staff tenure. The Director-General retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description. Several vacancies may be filled.
 Principal Functions  Requirements
Are you a world class Human Resources professional who has a solid foundation in HR, policies, strategy and employee relations? Are you client-focused and self-motivated?

What drives you? Is it complex, challenging, cross organisational projects? Is it the satisfaction of solving problems and eliminating pain points for your employees?

We're seeking a world-class Human Resources professional with a track-record of establishing and developing exceptional HR practices and policies as our organization enters a new era.

This position is located in the Human Resources Branch of the Administration Division. The Human Resources Policy and Strategy Officer will serve as lead Governance officer for consistent and transparent application of the Policy framework. Under the general supervision of the Director, Administration, the incumbent reports directly to the Head of Human Resources.

Policy development and implementation
• Review HR policies and formulate new/revised HR policies in close collaboration with the HRB teams and the Office of the Legal Advisor. Continually assess the adequacy of existing HR policies to meet the emerging workforce and programme needs as well as UN common system initiatives.
• Identifies the need for new and revised Staff Regulations and Rules, Administrative Directives, Information Circulars, etc. human resource policies and HR procedures tailored to the specific requirements of the OPCW environment.
• Ensures research, and evaluation is conducted on the regulations, rules, policies and procedures available in comparable organisations, and develops procedures and guidelines in consultation with relevant stakeholders, ensuring consistency with the Organisation’s priorities, legislative framework, management objectives, in order to support programme delivery and promote efficiency and effectiveness in HR practices.
• Promotes consistent application of HR policies throughout the organisation and act as a policy adviser within HRB and provide interpretation and guidance on HR policies, staff regulations and rules, as well as exceptions and precedents to managers and staff. Develops systematic feedback mechanisms/approaches to assess policy impact and effectiveness.

Procedure, reporting and strategy development
• Ensures alignment of initiatives with overall HR & People strategy. Drives assessment and development of comprehensive human resources strategies, practices, plans and programs, which result in the achievement of organisational goals. Tracks the progress of HR strategies and annual planning, supports HRB teams to implement and execute annual plans and HR strategy.
• Supports Head HRB during consultations on HR issues and ensures provision of reports and other information on HR issues required to support Senior Management during formal sessions of the Executive Council or Conference of States Parties.
• Examines HR issues within his/her areas of responsibility, carrying out investigation and research in order to prepare reports and analyses for the Head of Human Resources providing recommendations on improved approaches and alternative courses of action.
• Acts as an advocate during consultations and negotiations with line managers, staff representatives and Management, preparing position papers, attending meetings, and delivering presentations to clarify issues. Suggests approaches and modifications to accommodate areas of concern identified by stakeholders in order to achieve acceptance, buy-in and approval of HR proposals.

Staff appeal and disciplinary cases and close liaison with the Office of the Legal Advisor
• Makes proposals on the application of rules in respect to standards of conduct and disciplinary cases. Advises staff and management on their roles and responsibilities in respect to conduct and discipline, and ensures provision of coaching on the management and documentation requirements for complex individual cases, and on the potential for appeals.
• Provides advice to senior managers and staff members on the most viable option available which adheres to existing policies and procedures and/or by undertaking an analysis and evaluation of the merits of the justifications for complicated or unprecedented cases.
• Manages the formal internal appeal and disciplinary processes, ensuring compliance by the Organisation with the due process and procedural requirements of cases before the Appeals Council and Disciplinary Committee, and preparation of the Organisation’s case submissions and responses based on research of international civil service employment law, for consultation and clearance by the Director-General through the legal office.

 Knowledge and Skills


Essential: An Advanced University degree in human resources management, public or business administration, industrial relations, psychology or other social sciences; a first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience (minimum 7 years) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Skills and Abilities (key competencies):
· Knowledge of human resources management theories and principles,
· Ability to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies, foresee risks and adjust plans as necessary;
· Ability to operate in compliance with organisational regulations and rules and to perform his/her duties under pressure and within deadlines;
· Actively seek to improve programmes or services and take an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the field of human resources and International Civil Law;
· Tact, discretion, stakeholder management and problem-solving skills;
· Conceptual analytical ability and excellent communication skills with demonstrated ability to present information in a clear and logical manner both orally and in writing. Ability to listen to others and take the ideas of others into consideration;
· Demonstrated ability to analyse HR policy and effectively apply procedural guidelines;
· Excellent organisational, planning and coordination skills;
· Demonstrable partnership, negotiating and influencing skills;
· Ability to handle requests from multiple sources and to work effectively across teams;
· Knowledge and practical experience of effective coaching and mentoring;
· Strong attention to detail, analytical acumen, intellectual curiosity, creativity, a proven work ethic.


Essential: A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, several of which must be in at least two of the following specialisations: HR policy, staff appeal and disciplinary cases, staff relations, and performance management implementation; or 7 years with a first level degree.

Desirable: Knowledge of the principles of rules, regulations, general procedures and legal framework of the UN Common System is desirable.


Fluency in English is essential and a good working knowledge of one of the other official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) is desirable.
Total annual salary consists of a net annual salary (net of taxes and before medical insurance and provident fund deductions) in US$ and a post adjustment. The post adjustment (cost of living allowance) is variable and subject to change without notice in accordance with the rates as set within the UN Common System for salaries and allowances. The figure quoted on the right, is based on the November 2018 rate of 34.3 %.
Annual Salary $59,151
Post Adjustment $20,289
Total Salary $79,440
Currency USD USD
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