Job Description

  UNOPS hosts the Stop Tuberculosis Partnership Secretariat (STBP) as of 1 January 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland. The vision of the Stop TB Partnership is to realize the goal of elimination of Tuberculosis (TB) as a public health problem and, ultimately, to obtain a world free of TB by ensuring that every TB patient has access to effective diagnosis, treatment and cure; stopping transmission of TB; reducing the inequitable social and economic toll of TB; and developing and implementing new preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic tools and strategies. The Stop Partnership is uniquely positioned to support the development and further implementation by partners of the current and future Global Plan, acting as a Coordinator and catalyst for the range of partners engaged in the fight against TB.

Founded in 2001, the Stop TB Partnership's mission is to serve every person who is vulnerable to TB and ensure that high-quality treatment is available to all who need it. Stop TB partners include international and technical organizations, government programmes, research and funding agencies, foundations, NGOs, civil society and community groups and the private sector.

Currently, the Secretariat consists of individuals from more than 40 countries. In order to bridge cultural differences, prevent racism and all forms of discrimination and harassment, ensure that each person is respected, has a safe work environment and is protected against retaliation. The Secretariat, Board and host organization, will expand and improve training on cultural awareness, diversity, inclusion, and anti-discrimination, which will be required for all staff annually, at a minimum. The Board is committed to participating in and supporting this effort. To ensure this work is mainstreamed and prioritized, a Secretariat position will be built to bring expertise and advice on diversity, equity and inclusion to its leadership team.

Functional Responsibilities

STBP currently has 85+ permanent personnel and 150+ retainers home-based. Most of the permanent personnel are based in the secretariat in Geneva, but 10+ are based abroad in the field. The colleagues are from more than 40 different countries.

Objectives of this role:

  • Ensure that STBP implements its host recruitment and retention policies in a way which promotes diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Build capacity of staff and management to ensure a workplace that is free of all forms of discrimination and harassment, with diverse staff contributing optimally to the mission of STBP.
Under the direct supervision of STBP's Executive Director, the incumbent will work under the leadership and in close Coordination with the team leaders as well as the agency hosting STBP. With delegated authority, the following will be the responsibilities: Promoting Diversity & Inclusion within the partnership:

  • Serve as a subject matter authority on diversity, equity and inclusion to assure visibility and accessibility of tools, training, and inter-organizational dialogue on cultural awareness, diversity, inclusion, and anti-discrimination;
  • Identify, promote and implement anti-racism, diversity and inclusion related policies and strategies of the hosting agency of STBP;
  • Define and implement Standard Operating Procedures that build upon STBP's vision and Operational Strategy and the host’s policies and seek to reinforce diversity, inclusion in the workplace and address all kinds of harassment, and protect all individuals in STBP;
  • Revise and update the partnership’s documents related to personnel and Human Resources and provide guidelines for the partnership to ensure the use of equal opportunity language in these documents as well as in internal communications;
  • Create and implement metrics to measure and assess progress on diversity and inclusiveness. Provide recommendations and advice on how to improve the metrics.
Contribute to establishing a working environment of equal opportunities for all personnel and potential candidates

  • Works closely with the Human Resource policies unit of the agency hosting the Stop TB Partnership to design and promote standard methodologies and strategies for Talent Management and employee engagement; Additionally, coordinates and contributes – if needed - to the host’s agency policy development on diversity and inclusion
  • Build capacity of STBP's personnel, management and governance bodies on diversity and inclusion by developing and implementing training and other learning opportunities;
  • Train hiring managers and personnel working on human resources on how to select, handle, evaluate and retain a diverse group of employees;
  • Organize regular Capacity Building sessions to boost personnel’s’ communication abilities and team spirit;
  • Partner with the HR Manager to resolve internal misunderstandings and act as the “go to” person when Stop TB Personnel have concerns related to equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion;
  • Provide advice on how to improve diversity and inclusion practices at the recruitment, onboarding and developmental stage of STBP personnel.
Consolidate STBP's Diversity & Inclusion Strategy:

  • In collaboration with STBP's hosting agency, organize, conduct and disseminate results of periodic staff surveys and implement actions as needed to address the findings and recommendations and contribute to the D&I strategy of STBP.
  • Work with the hosting agency to ensure that ample support mechanisms are available and accessible to personnel and aligned with the STBP strategy;
  • Serve as liaison between personnel, team leaders, Deputy Executive Director and Executive Director regarding the organization’s climate, personnel well-being, related project updates, proposals, and planning;
  • Build and develop relationships with all personnel for increased efficiency and effective responsiveness into existing operations, and help to define new Diversity & Inclusion operational strategies;
  • Contribute to planning and organizing annual retreats making sure the elements of the D&I strategy are present and personnel have a good understanding and the tools to endorse it in the workplace;
  • Ensures that advice and information on cross-cutting issues are communicated to and coordinated with the management and the hosting organization.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education:

An advanced University Degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) preferably in one of the following disciplines: human resources, organizational psychology, organizational development, psychology, international relations, political science, business Administration, public administration, management, law, or relevant field.

A University Degree (Bachelor’s degree or undergraduate) with additional two (2) years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.

Essential Experience:

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in human resources, ideally within the area of Change Management, with at least five (5) years of experience in leading diversity and inclusion efforts in an international setting; Working experience in multicultural settings, including coordination of interdisciplinary teams.

Experience in direct interaction with senior stakeholders on sensitive issues  is required.

Desirable Experience: 

Knowledge and experience of human rights legislation; Hands-on experience designing staff policies like anti-discrimination and equal employment opportunity.

Language Requirements:

Excellent knowledge of English.

Knowledge of another UN official language would be considered an asset.

Competencies

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment (FTA) Contract level: ICS11 - P4 Contract duration: One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability Additional Considerations: The initial appointment will be for one year with UNOPS, however, STBP is currently transitioning to a new host - latest by 31 December 2021 - and therefore, this contract and appointment will transition to the new host accordingly.

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified candidates from TB affected countries are strongly encouraged to apply. See here the list of countries: http://www.stoptb.org/countries/tbdata.asp
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by Security Policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.

Diversity

With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands
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