Saturday, January 23, 2016

Staff Development Officer (Performance Management) - United Nations (Apply by: March 21, 2016)

Posting Title: Staff Development Officer (Performance Management)



Duty Station: NEW YORK

Apply by: March 21, 2016

Special Notice

- Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Career Support & Performance Management Section (CSPMS), Learning, Development & HR Services Division (LDSD), Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM), Department of Management (DM). The Staff Development Officer reports to the Chief of Section.


Within limits of delegated authority, under the overall supervision of the Chief of Section, the Staff Development Officer, leading the Performance Management team, will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Assists in development and implementation of new performance management policies, practices and procedures to meet the evolving needs of the Organization.
  • Monitors and ensures the implementation of performance management policies, practices and procedures. 
  • Keeps abreast of developments in various areas of performance management.
  • Prepares reports and participates and/or leads special performance management projects.
Staff development and career support: 

  • Identifies and analyzes performance management trends and Organization’s needs; design programmes to meet the identified needs. Includes developing, implementing and evaluating programmes and workshops. Prepares monitoring reports on performance management. 
  • Analyzes performance management trends and policy enhancement to ensure that they are consistent with the overall organizations goals, policies and the respective mandates. 
  • Evaluates effectiveness and impact of performance management, programmes and recommends ways to enhance effectiveness and impact.
  • Provides advice on the Performance Management policy to staff and managers. 
  • Design, plan and implement a strategy for performance management in coordination with Offices Away from headquarters (OAHs), field operations and all key stakeholders. Provides performance management advice to staff and management. Assists supervisors and staff with understanding and using the performance management system (PM).
  • Assesses training needs, identifies, designs and delivers training programmes to staff at all levels throughout the Organization.
  • Liaise with, and ensure regular communication with senior management, OAHs, staff members and representatives of staff on performance management and their relation to broader strategic HR goals of the Organization 
  • Prepare policy papers, position papers and briefing notes on issues related to performance management, for presentation to OHRM, Senior Management, the General Assembly and other stakeholders.
Other duties:
  • Assists supervisors and staff with understanding and using the performance management and development system to promote a culture of high performance, continuous learning and development.
  • Supervises and monitors the work of the junior staff in undertaking the full range of performance management activities.

  • PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of human resources policies, practices and procedures and ability to apply them in an organizational setting. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
  • CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in human resources management, business or public administration, social sciences or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in human resources, administration or related area is required. Experience specific to performance management (policy and practice), change management, and policy development, is highly desirable. Experience in drafting high-level documentation for legislative bodies and/or senior management is highly desirable. Experience implementing and monitoring a performance management framework for a large organization is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Working knowledge of French is an advantage.

Assessment Method

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of inspira account-holder homepage.

Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

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