UNICEF Careers – Generic Vacancy Announcement: Human Resources Officer, P2, (TA)Pakistan, Islamabad Req # 555119


UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a future!

Pakistan has been impacted by severe monsoon weather since mid-June. Since then, the situation deteriorated significantly due to rainfall that has been equivalent to nearly 3 times the national 30-year average. This has caused widespread flooding and landslides, with severe repercussions for human lives, property and infrastructure.

To date, 72 districts1 have been declared ‘calamity hit’ by the Government of Pakistan. Many of the 72 hardest-hit districts are amongst the most vulnerable districts in Pakistan, where children already suffered from high rates of malnutrition, poor access to water and sanitation, low school enrollment and other deprivations. Some of these same districts also host over 400,000 refugees from Afghanistan who have fled to Pakistan over the past decades.

For more information, visit the UNICEF Pakistan Country Office website: https://www.unicef.org/pakistan/

In Particular, UNICEF Will Work So That

  • Every child survives and thrives — being in good health, immunized, protected from polio and accessing nutritious food.
  • Every child learns.
  • Every child is protected from violence and exploitation and registered at birth.
  • Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.

To learn more about UNICEF’s work in Pakistan, please visit the country website www.unicef.org/pakistan and videos on YouTube and Vimeo.

Under the supervision of the HR Specialist and guidance of the Chief of Human Resources, the HR Officer is accountable for implementing recruitment services that enhance the capacity of her/his clients to deliver on their business goals and objectives in Pakistan Country Office. You will demonstrate the ability to anticipate HR-related needs and develop subsequent plans and solutions that align HR management with business objectives.

How can you make a difference?

Main Duties And Responsibilities

  • Strategic Business Partnering:
  • Proactively collaborate with clients to help fulfill their business goals through anticipating HR-related needs and presenting subsequent plans of action.
  • Advise clients on the resolution of human resources issues ensuring equitable and transparent solutions that protects both the staff and organization’s interests.
  • Collaborate effectively with other sections as well as Regional Office and centers of expertise to provide coherent solutions for clients.
  • Actively participate in establishing and implementing the Sections annual work plan, setting priorities/targets and performance measures.
  • Monitor work progress and ensure results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards.
  • Promote HR initiatives that support organizational culture change, improved results and staff development and explain the scope and ramifications of proposed HR initiatives, promoting understanding of their purpose and functional advantages. Promote the organizational goals and targets for gender equity and cultural diversity.
  • Recruitment and selection:
  • Liaising with hiring managers for assigned posts to initiate recruitment process, conducting recruitment steps (reviewing internal priority candidates if any, advertising the post, longlisting, supporting hiring managers in assessing candidates, writing selection reports, guiding hiring managers to check reference, etc.), and processing approvals (obtaining technical clearance, submitting documents in TMS, following up with approving authorities as necessary).
  • Upon approval of the recruitment, routing the case to GSSC to further processing; following up with GSSC to process offer.
  • Providing advice and guidance on recruitment processes, procedures, and best practices.
  • Coordinating with onboarding focal point to ensure smooth transition between recruitment and onboarding of new hires. Effectively plan and implement recruitment drives for Pakistan Country Office (PCO) to bring people on board timely.
  • Track and report progress of recruitment cases to the supervisor.
  • Follow up with GSSC as necessary to accelerate the background verification and offer to be selected candidates.
  • Implementing recruitment actions (reviewing internal priority candidates if any, advertising the post, longlisting, supporting hiring managers in assessing candidates, writing selection reports, guiding hiring managers to check reference, etc.).
  • Working closely with PCO HR team to facilitate the onboarding process for new hires as necessary.
  • Employee Championing:
  • Contribute to the development 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.
  • Provide day-to-day performance and talent management guidance to line management (e.g., coaching, counseling, career development, and disciplinary actions).
  • Work closely with management when needed and employees to improve work relationships, build morale, and increase productivity and retention.
  • Relationship Management
  • Provide HR Business Partner Client-relationship support to various HR occupations (recruitment, job classification, career development, performance management, data analytics, learning & development, etc.) to help 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.
  • Maintain and enhance relationships with centers of expertise, the global shared services center and global staff association.
  • Collaborate with sister-agencies on best HR practices within the UN or other affiliated organizations.
  • HR Data Analytics
  • Collect, interpret and analyze HR data to help inform decision making on HR processes and strategies.
  • Support the development and implementation of data collection systems to optimize data quality.
  • Coordinate with country office & regional office clients and partners to provide inputs related to their HR information management.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • A First-Level University Degree (Bachelor’s) in Human Resources or related areas is a minimum requirement. Additional specialized certification in Human Resources is an asset.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in Human Resources management is required.
  • Hands-on experience in facilitating recruitment and selection processes is required.
  • Experience in a client-orientation role with strong analytical, interpersonal and communication skills is required.
  • Knowledge of technological platforms, particularly SharePoint and Enterprise-Content Management (ECM) systems as is an asset.
  • Prior knowledge/experience in the UN/UNICEF system in HR is a distinct asset.
  • Knowledge of UN/UNICEF HR rules, guidelines, policy and procedures is an asset.
  • Experience in emergency response management highly desirable
  • Fluency in English, written and verbal, is required. Working knowledge of another official UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) and/or regional language as needed to perform the role is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS)

Competencies Required For This Post Are

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

View our competency framework at Competency Framework Brochure.pdf

Life at UNICEF

Working at UNICEF is highly rewarding. With attractive remuneration package encompassing competitive pay and benefits, a culture that helps staff thrive and diverse opportunities for personal and professional development, we aim to help you maintain a fulfilling life both at and outside the office.

We make sure you and your loved ones receive the resources and care that you need to thrive. Our contracts, benefits and wellbeing policies and initiatives ensure that you are well equipped to effectively deliver for children such as;

  • Tax exemption, family allowances, hardship benefits, 10 UN holidays and annual leave allowance, maternity, paternity, adoption leave, medical and dental insurance, pension etc.
  • Career support, staff wellbeing programme, breastfeeding policy, flexible work arrangements, childcare room, family support, policies & initiatives, security etc.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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.

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.


  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • HEC Attested Degrees are a pre-requisite for employment at UNICEF. During the recruitment process candidates will be required to present HEC attested degrees/certificates.

Duty Station And Travel

  • This post will be based in Human Resources, Islamabad, Pakistan Country Office with minimum travel to the field.

Job Details:

Company: UNICEF

Job Type: Full Time

Job Location: Islamabad, Pakistan

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