Human Resources Associate, G6, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, for nationals of Turkmenistan only

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This is a G-6 contract. This kind of contract is known as General Service and related categories. It is normally only for nationals. It usually requires 6 years of experience, depending on education. More about G-6 contracts.

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 fulfil 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.

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The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favouritism.

Since 1994, UNICEF’s Office in Turkmenistan has been working with the Government to fulfil its obligation in realization of child rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The current Country Cooperation Programme for 2021 – 2025 between UNICEF and the Government of Turkmenistan aims to support the Government of Turkmenistan in fulfilling its obligations to respect, protect and implement children's rights, as stipulated in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and further confirmed in the National Action Plan for the Realization of Children's Rights (NAP). Within the new Programme, UNICEF will be partnering with more institutions to ensure equitable access to high-impact and quality health, nutrition and early childhood development services; to protect children from all forms of violence, ill-treatment and socio-economic vulnerabilities; as well as to increase access to quality inclusive education and learning opportunities for Turkmenistan’s children and youth.

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How can you make a difference?

UNICEF Office in Turkmenistan is hiring a dedicated Human Resources Associate for a temporary appointment (364 days), who will support the supervisor and colleagues in the office by executing HR services through applying knowledge of theoretical HR models, as well as understanding of organizational HR policies and procedures.

Purpose for the job:

Under the supervision and guidance of the Operations Manager, the Human Resources Associate provides administrative, procedural and operational support and assistance to the efficient implementation of a broad range of Human Resources functions for all categories of staff in his/her office, ensuring accurate and timely delivery that is in compliance with UNICEF HR rules and regulations.

Summary of key functions and accountabilities:

Within the assigned accountabilities and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent contributes to the following main functions and expected results, in accordance with the plans, agreements and standards of performance.

• Support to business partnering • Support in processing of entitlements and benefits of local staff • Support in recruitment and placement • Support in organization design and job classification • Support in learning and capacity development • General office support

Support to business partnering

• Support the business partners in developing initiatives to encourage employee well-being and employee recognition schemes

• Support the management of change processes by advising clientele on changes to HR processes under the guidance of HR Business Partner

• Support the business partners in assisting clientele in using HR systems such as talent management, agora and achieve.

Support in processing of entitlement and benefits

• In consultation with supervisor, analyze, research, verify, and compile data and information on cases that do not conform to UN or UNICEF’s HR Rules & Regulations, to support consistent and equitable application of decisions and implementation of agreed upon action.

• In consultation with supervisor, analyze, research and verify information for the purpose of responding to staff queries on areas related to benefits and entitlements

• Initiates the processing of a wide range of personnel actions in accordance with UNICEF rules and regulations, by ensuring all relevant forms and actions are completed by staff and forwarded to the GSSC.

• Maintains and prepares all personnel-related records and files, ensuring all information on each staff member is up-to-date and accurate.

Support in recruitment and placement

• Prepares and circulates internal and external advertisements.

• Liaises with candidates in the various stages of the recruitment process.

• Prepares formal acknowledgement, offer and regret letters.

• Initiates and follows up on reference checks and academic verifications, and ensuring the completion of other background checks.

• Monitors life-cycle of recruitment process to update supervisor as necessary.

Support in organization design and job classification

• Participates in the review of GS positions specific JDs, ensuring effective application of ICSC methodology.

• Drafts and edits job descriptions to be submitted for classification for review by supervisor.

• Follows up and liaises with HQ and RO over status of requests to ensure timely completion.

• Prepares documents to be submitted for classification to RO and NYHQ, ensuring completeness of documentation

• Monitors life-cycle of all job classification requests to facilitate recruitment and organization planning.

• Compiles and analyses information and statistics related to posts and staff for reports on staffing trends.

• Analyze, research, verify, and compile data which facilitates preparation of workforce planning reports for supervisor to review against benchmarks i.e. Gender and geographical balance and other recruitment related key performance indicators.

Support in learning & capacity development

• In consultation with supervisor, research and analyses data and information to help identify training needs within his/her office for the development of learning plans and other targeted training interventions.

• In consultation with supervisor, researches, analyzes, verifies, and compiles information on external training courses available and educational institutions to help supervisor decide on learning programmes that address learning gaps in his/her country office.

• Assists team in organizing and conducting courses, workshops and events by participating in exercises which aim to build capacity of stakeholders.

• Develops and processes contracts for institutions providing training and courses, ensuring compliance with UNICEF rules and regulations.

• Assists team in organizing and conducting courses, workshops and events by preparing and organizing distribution of materials for participants, ensuring availability of training venues and required equipment and supplies, while providing logistical and secretarial support at workshops and events as necessary.

• Tracks the performance management cycle processes, ensuring the timely distribution and enhancing the timely completion and return of appraisals.

To qualify as HR Associate, you will have...

Education: Completion of secondary education preferably supplemented by technical or university courses related to the work of the organization.

Experience: A minimum of 6 years of progressively responsible administrative or clerical work experience required

Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Russian or Turkmen language is an asset.

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

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 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.

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 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.


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

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID). Government employees that 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.

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