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Consultancy, Recruitment Center of Expertise, Mobility and Staffing Section, DHR

Apply now Job no: 517756
Work type: Consultancy
Location: United States
Categories: Human Resources, Consultancy

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, an advocate

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

How can you make a difference?

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Assignment

The Staff Selection Policy (CF/AI/2016-005) that came into effect on 1 February 2017 enables a faster, simpler and more streamlined approach to place the right people in the right place and at the right time.  The Division of Human Resources (DHR) has established a Recruitment Centre of Expertise (CoE) which supports the business objectives of UNICEF by providing content expertise related to recruitment and talent acquisition. In this context, DHR requires the support of a junior professional consultant to perform the following assigned tasks, under the supervision of the HR Specialist:

  • Contribute to innovation in recruitment, including solutions that facilitate execution of talent acquisition and recruitment
  • Contribute to corporate HR strategy formulation and global implementation, working collaboratively with other CoEs
  • Support ongoing efforts to augment recruitment capacity building for Offices globally. This includes preparing relevant learning material and content, Power Point presentations, drafting guidance 
  • Support the knowledge management functionality of the Recruitment CoE and disseminate best practices 
  • Support the implementation of key initiatives and assigned projects within the Recruitment CoE. This includes initiatives for populating talent groups; monitoring and efficient maintenance of talent groups and consistent application of guidelines.

The consultant is expected to undertake other duties as required and assigned by the supervisor. Exact tasks may be added or modified throughout the period of the assignment depending on the CoE workload and emerging priorities.  The consultancy is for 11 months, and the start date is 17 December 2018.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate


  • A Masters degree in HR management, business administration, social sciences, education or related field is required. 
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of another UN working language an advantage.

Years of relevant experience

  • At least 1 year of professional experience in human resources. 

A Bachelors degree and additional years of relevant experience may be considered.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

  • Knowledge of current theories and practices in human resources management
  • Strong writing and capacity building skills
  • Strong ability to research, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information
  • Very good ability to articulate clear and concise ideas and concepts in written and oral form
  • Knowledge of a major platform e-Recruitment system is an asset
  • Technical - Knowledge of relevant computer systems and applications; excellent knowledge of software MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Managing resources - Organizes and manages information effectively to achieve defined goals and optimum results.
  • Flexibility - Works effectively on multiple assignments simultaneously and adapts to changing demands and circumstances.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at


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.

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Please apply with your cover letter and indicate your availability and monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above.  Applications submitted without a rate will not be considered.

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

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