Human Resources Associate (GS -6) at UNICEF April, 2024

UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

At UNICEF, we are committed, passionate, and proud of what we do. Promoting the rights of every child is not just a job – it is a calling.
UNICEF is a place where careers are built: we offer our staff diverse opportunities for personal and professional development that will help them develop a fulfilling career while delivering on a rewarding mission. We pride ourselves on a culture that helps staff thrive, coupled with an attractive compensation and benefits package.

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For every child, a chance

Tanzania is a youthful nation, with children and adolescents making up half of its population and has made significant progress in access to health care, reducing child mortality, enrolment in education, and social protection for households in poverty. However, the pace of poverty reduction has slowed down, and the country still faces socio-economic challenges, such as poverty, limited educational and employment opportunities especially for girls and women, and the need to respond to external shocks such as the climate crises and unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Tanzania has an ambitious development agenda to tackle these issues and recognizes that job creation and strengthening human capital are becoming more urgent to capitalize on the potential for economic growth during the transition towards a demographic dividend. To reap the full benefits of the demographic dividend, UNICEF’s Country Programme for 2022-2027 is supporting the Government of Tanzania’s development agenda in placing greater emphasis on inclusive and sustainable socioeconomic development that enables all children and adolescents, including those with disabilities, to reach their full potential, lead a healthy life, consume nutritious diets, access quality learning and protection, and meaningfully participate in society, leaving no one behind.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision and guidance of the Human Resource Officer the Human Resource Associate will be required to provide administrative, procedural, and operational support and assistance to the efficient implementation of a broad range of Human Resources functions for all categories of staff in the office, ensuring accurate and timely delivery, whilst promoting a client-based, quality and results oriented approach to the unit and ensuring compliance with UNCEF HR rules and regulations.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

1. Support to business partnering.

Support the business partners in developing initiatives to encourage employee well-being and employee recognition schemes.
Support the management of change processes by advising clientele on changes to HR processes under the guidance of HR Business Partner.
Support the business partners in assisting clientele in using HR systems such as talent management, agora and achieve.
2. Support in processing of entitlement and benefits.

In consultation with supervisor, analyze, research, verify, and compile data and information on cases that do not conform to UN or UNICEF’s HR Rules & Regulations, to support consistent and equitable application of decisions and implementation of agreed upon action.
In consultation with supervisor, analyze, research and verify information for the purpose of responding to staff queries on areas related to benefits and entitlements.
Initiates the processing of a wide range of personnel actions in accordance with UNICEF rules and regulations, by ensuring all relevant forms and actions are completed by staff and forwarded to the GSSC.
Focal point for leave and contract monitoring and maintains all personnel-related records, ensuring all information on each staff member is up-to-date and accurate.
3. Support in recruitment and placement

Prepares and circulates internal and external advertisements.
Liaises with candidates in the various stages of the recruitment process.
Prepares formal acknowledgement, offer and regret letters.
Initiates and follows up on reference checks and academic verifications and ensuring the completion of other background checks.
Monitors life-cycle of recruitment process to update supervisor as necessary.
Support in organization design and job classification.
Provides support to the HR Specialist on analyzing, researching, verify, and compiling data which facilitates preparation of workforce planning reports for supervisor to review against benchmarks i.e., Gender and geographical balance and other recruitment related key performance indicators.
4. Support in learning & capacity development.

In consultation with supervisor, research and analyses data and information to help identify training needs within his/her office for the development of learning plans and other targeted training interventions.
In consultation with supervisor, researches, analyzes, verifies, and compiles information on external training courses available and educational institutions to help supervisor decide on learning programmes that address learning gaps in his/her country office.
Assists team in organizing and conducting courses, workshops and events by participating in exercises which aim to build capacity of stakeholders.
Develops and processes contracts for institutions providing training and courses, ensuring compliance with UNICEF rules and regulations.
Assists team in organizing and conducting courses, workshops and events by preparing and organizing distribution of materials for participants, ensuring availability of training venues and required equipment and supplies, while providing logistical and secretarial support at workshops and events as necessary.
Tracks the performance management cycle processes, ensuring the timely distribution and enhancing the timely completion and return of appraisals.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Completion of secondary education, preferably supplemented by technical or university courses related to the work of the organization.
A minimum of 6 years of progressively responsible administrative or clerical work experience required. Three (3) years and an additional two (2) years of experience maybe substituted for candidates holding a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree respectively.
Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
Extensive knowledge of HR principles, rules, regulations and procedures within the UN
Computer literacy and the ability to effectively use standard office software tools as well as good knowledge and skill in using HR systems.
Ability to extract and format data and to solve operational problems.
Ability to organize own work, set priorities and meet deadlines.
Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). 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 is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station is required for IP positions and will be facilitated by UNICEF. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be canceled.


UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply.

visa residence requirements: i.e.: UNICEF shall not facilitate the issuance of a visa and working authorization for candidates under consideration for positions at the national officer and general service category.

UNICEF does not charge a processing fee at any stage of its recruitment, selection, and hiring processes (i.e., application stage, interview stage, validation stage, or appointment and training). UNICEF will not ask for applicants’ bank account information.

All UNICEF positions are advertised, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. An internal candidate performing at the level of the post in the relevant functional area, or an internal/external candidate in the corresponding Talent Group, may be selected, if suitable for the post, without assessment of other candidates.

Additional information about working for UNICEF can be found here.

Advertised: Apr 17 2024 E. Africa Standard Time
Application close: Apr 24 2024 E. Africa Standard Time


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