HR Specialist (Policy)

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This is a P-4 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 7 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 159,379 USD and 205,487 USD.

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The international rate of 90,970 USD, with an additional 75.2% at this the location, applies.

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The Department of Human Resources and Talent Management (HRT) is responsible for providing a sound, well managed, responsive and efficient organization-wide Human Resources Management strategy and global HR services which support the work of WHO and its member states, encompassing, but not limited to: HR Policy Development, Organizational Design and Job Classification, Contract and Staff entitlement administration, Talent Management (including Succession Planning, Global staffing, Career Development and Training, Rotation and Mobility),application of the UN Common system's Compensation and Benefits, HR Legal Advisory Services, Administration of Internal Justice, Global Staff/Management relations, representation of WHO in inter-agency UN Common System HR initiatives.



  1. Conceptualizes documents, reports, position papers, etc. for submission to WHO governing bodies (World Health Assembly/Executive Board) as well as to inter-agency meetings (ICSC, HR Network, etc.).
  2. Participates in HR inter-agency meetings on policy issues as required.
  3. Drafts Staff Rule/Staff Regulation amendments based on UN common system policy and amendments required as a result of changing priorities in the area of HR and related reform initiatives.
  4. Conducts analysis and develops new human resource policies, strategies, procedures and guidelines, provides guidance on new policy proposals, as required, to ensure the effective and efficient management of WHO's human resources across the three levels of the organization.
  5. Manages the consultation of HR policy and strategy development and ensures amendments are agreed through an extensive consultation process and prepares submission for approval to WHO's governing bodies (World Health Assembly/Executive Board).
  6. Writes Information Notes and HR eManual provisions relating to revisions to existing HR policies and procedures in consultation with regional and HQ HROs, LEG and Staff Associations and with counterparts in other common system agencies.
  7. Manages the HR e-Manual by reviewing and validating content on a continuing basis to ensure it is comprehensive, up to date, relevant, and corresponds to the needs of the Organization to administer staff in an equitable and transparent way.
  8. Identifies areas for constant improvement, streamlining of practices and procedures to optimize the business processes as defined by the existing or any forthcoming global management system.
  9. Provides support to the Global Staff/Management Council. Establishes a network of staff/management contacts.
  10. Organizes meetings in accordance with terms of reference.
  11. Liaises with HQ and regional administrations and Staff Associations regarding input; prepares consultation documents.
  12. Writes reports and recommendations and ensures appropriate follow-up action is taken.
  13. Performs all other related duties as required.




Essential: An advanced level university degree in human resources management, public or business administration, industrial relations, psychology, law, social science or related field.



  • A minimum of seven years of professional work experience in the field of human resource management, including three to five years in an international setting and/or multicultural setting.
  • Demonstrated experience in the area of policy development.
  • Demonstrated exposure at the international level.

Desirable: Relevant experience in WHO, another UN Agency or other international organization.


  • Strong knowledge of HR management practices, theories and principles;
  • Good knowledge of Human Resources policies and techniques and best practices;
  • Ability to conceptualize analyze and develop HR policy and strategies and information materials;
  • Ability to instill confidence and to negotiate and persuade; analytical ability and ability to present information in a clear and logical manner; ability to produce innovative solutions.
  • The ability to consult with a vast array of clients on policy development and coordinate feedback in an inclusive manner.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: tact and high degree of discretion and confidentiality.
  • Ability to work as a team member.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Knowing and managing yourself
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills


  • Expert knowledge of English.
  • Intermediate knowledge of WHO language.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 75,602 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 4473 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
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  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
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