Human Resources Specialist(Port Sudan)- UNICEF

Job no567868
Contract typeTemporary Appointment
LocationPort Sudan
CategoriesHuman Resources
Advertised29 Nov 2023 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline05 Dec 2023 E. Africa Standard Time

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, hope

UNICEF provides humanitarian, peace, and development assistance to children, families, and communities in Sudan, with a focus on health, nutrition, WASH, child protection, social protection, learning, and skills. 

The needs of children and young people at risk of and affected by the conflict, epidemics, and climate change, are at the heart of UNICEF’s work in Sudan. This includes large-scale response to emergencies and lifesaving needs; investment in preparedness and resilience; seeking durable solutions for displaced people; supporting conflict prevention, social cohesion, and peace; building and strengthening support to and partnerships with civil society, local and international NGOs, private sector, frontline workers and local institutions; and preserving and strengthening systems that deliver basic services.

HR specialists at the P3/NOC level are considered seasoned professionals who are generally either responsible for executing a particular HR service or responsible for supporting an assigned client on a broad range of HR services. Such responsibility is expected to be carried out independently, with the primary focus of the managerial oversight on the position being to ensure that results are delivered by the vision set forward by the leadership of the division. As a result, staff in these positions require an in-depth understanding of at least one HR function and how it relates to supporting the organization’s business objectives.

You, within your area of responsibility, are accountable for implementing HR services that enhance the capacity of your clients to deliver on their business goals and objectives. In doing so, you demonstrate the ability to anticipate HR-related needs and develop subsequent plans and solutions that align HR management with business objectives.

As an advocate for children, you will have the following duties/tasks:

1-Business Partnering

  • Serve as the single point of contact for his/her client portfolio on advice about 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 protect both the staff and organization’s interests by 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, and 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, and 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 implement 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 portfolios, assisting in the development of a comprehensive framework in support of the development of the talent pipeline.
  • Recommend efficient and cost-effective learning products that 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 assist in their HR information management.

For more information on the specific technical expertise needed, kindly visit the JD Download File Human Resources Specialist Level 3.doc

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 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

Core Competencies

  1. Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  2. Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  3. Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  4. Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  5. Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  6. Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  7. Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

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 strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements. 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, therefore, 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.


The VA is open to all (internal and external candidates). 

Eligible staff members in the National Officers (NO) or General Service (GS) categories on fixed-term, continuing, or permanent contracts at the Sudan office, can apply for the post and keep a lien against their original positions.

The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 30 days of receiving an offer. 

This position is not considered an elevated-risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.

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

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Advertised: 29 Nov 2023 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 05 Dec 2023 E. Africa Standard Time

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