Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Human Resources Officer (Administrative Law & Workplace Relations)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Job Description

 

 The Food and Agriculture Organization is the specialized Agency of the United Nations leading international efforts to defeat hunger.FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide to achieve Food Security for all and make sure that people have regular access to high-quality food. FAO’s Office of Human Resources (OHR) provides HR strategies, policies, tools, guidance and oversight to FAO clients worldwide to ensure that the Organization attracts, develops and retains a diverse, skilled and highly motivated workforce, delivering on the mandate of the organization. Over the next years, OHR will focus on developing and implementing a people centered strategy, and positioning HR as a strategic partner contributing to the achievement of the mandate of FAO. The Office of Human Resources is composed of 2 main clusters, (i) the Integrated Talent Management, providing advice and managing position management, recruitment, mobility, staff development & training, performance management and social security, and (ii) the HR Strategy and Policy providing HR strategic guidance, policy and oversight. . OHRP works closely with the Shared Services Center (SSC), supporting the delivery of administrative services globally, and with the  regional Human Resources Officers in Bangkok, Accra, Cairo and Santiago to ensure that HR processes and programs are delivered in a consistent, effective and efficient manner   The position is located in the HR Strategy and Policy Branch (OHRP) Reporting Lines The Human Resources Officer reports to the Chief,  Strategy and Policy Branch, OHRP under the overall guidance of the Director, OHR Technical Focus HR policies relevant to international organizations, employment law and international administrative law. Key Results Comprehensive HR expertise for the planning and delivery of multi-disciplinary HR programmes, products and services and the development of related policies and specialized tools and systems. Key Functions • Provides specialist HR  advice and expertise to designated 'business partners' on specific or complex cases, staff requirements, policy interpretation issues, labour relations issues and/or best practices, etc.• Develops information, training materials and products to increase understanding of HR programmes and policies, promote Capacity Development and facilitate the introduction of 'Change' across the Organization.• Provides information and assistance to management and staff to resolve problems and/or reach agreement on complex  issues.• Analyzes HR requirements, information, data, statistics, relativities, trends, problems, and/or issues to support service delivery, new HR initiatives, and the preparation of plans strategies, reports, policies and/or other related products.• Develops relevant performance criteria and indicators to evaluate HR programmes, products and services.  Specific Functions • Researches and provides expert advice in respect of rights, responsibilities, code of conduct and difficulties associated with employment and entitlements.• Contributes to the development of new policies and makes recommendations to harmonize/streamline existing policies.• Contributes towards the Design and creation of tools for performance monitoring; monitors, analyzes and reviews cases of performance management and recommends appropriate action; liaises with relevant parties. • Liaises with the Legal Office, Ethics Office and Ombudsman on specific cases as well as corporate-related issues. • Analyses and provides advice on complex individual administrative law cases with a view to facilitating early resolution.• Coordinates awareness raising briefings, workshops and seminars on UN standards of conduct, with a focus on prevention of sexual harassment, harassment and abuse of authority.• Provides expert advice and support in policy development, particularly in the areas of performance management, rebuttal, sexual harassment, harassment and abuse of authority.• Conducts research and prepares policy papers, position and briefing notes on complex administrative HR matters.• Contributes to the development of relevant HR strategies and policies.  CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING Minimum Requirements • Advanced university degree in law with specialization in administrative and employment law or a related field• Seven years of relevant experience in reviewing and advising on administrative and employment law and HR policy matters  • Working knowledge (Level C - proficiency) of English and limited knowledge (Level B - intermediate) of another FAO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French Russian or Spanish)  Competencies • Results Focus• Teamwork• Communication• Building Effective Relationships• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement Technical/Functional Skills • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable• Extent and relevance of experience in administrative and employment law • Extent and relevance of experience in the handling of disciplinary, performance management and complex individual administrative cases at the international level • Extent and relevance of experience in development and implementation of human resources strategies, policies and procedures• Demonstrated experience in drafting legal and policy documents, position papers and briefing notes • Experience with the United Nations System is considered a strong asset• Experience as an advocate/litigator before courts and tribunals on administrative and employment law is desirable• Working knowledge (proficiency) of French and/or Spanish is considered a strong asset
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