Join UNIDO as a Human Resources Policy Adviser, Homebased International Consultant: Apply Now!!


Vacancy Announcement
Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: 05-Jun-2024, 11:59 PM (CEST) 


The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013 as well as the Abu Dhabi Declaration adopted at the eighteenth session of UNIDO General Conference in 2019, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs. Accordingly, the Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: Creating shared prosperity; Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and Strengthening knowledge and institutions.

Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDO’s four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. Such core functions are carried out in Divisions/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.

The Directorate of Corporate Services and Operations (COR), headed by a Managing Director, is responsible and accountable for the management of UNIDO’s human, financial and material resources, ensuring the capacity of the Organization to fulfil its mandate. The Directorate overseesa full range of financial, human resources, learning and staff development, procurement, information technology and general services to meet the service support needs of the Organizationas a whole. Additionally, the Directorate houses the Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women Unit and the Ethics and Accountability Unit as well as oversees their operations. Furthermore, the Directorate provides guidance on personnel security and safety matters and ensures the overall coordination of UNIDO’s response in this regard.

The Human Resources Services (COR/HRS) is responsible for ensuring that the Organization has at its disposal the human capital required to deliver its mandate and achieve business and strategic goals. To this end, it designs and implements modern human resources management policies and tools, which allow the Organization to attract the best talent. It delivers a broad range of services covering, among others, UNIDO’s human capital through a partnership model with the Professional staff acting as specialist for relevant parts of the Organization.

The Human Resources Policy and Staff Relations Unit (COR/HRS/HRPSRU) is a small, specialized team that provides advice to UNIDO globally on the designed and interpretation of Human Resources policies and is the organization’s interface with other UN common system organizations and entities on matters pertaining to trends, developments and decisions affecting HR policies. Furthermore, HRPSRU is responsible for providing strategic advice to senior management in connection with grievances and disciplinary matters with the aim of protecting the integrity and efficiency of the Organization, while also ensuring that UNIDO’s internal justice system reflects principles of fairness and due process.

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Reporting to the Senior Human Resources Policy and Staff Relations Officer, the candidate will support and advice the HR Policy team in the design and delivery of a strategic review of UNIDO Staff Regulations, Rules and HR polices. The review will ensure that the HR policy framework is modernised, tailored to UNIDO’s current and future needs, enables delivery of a fit-for-purpose UNIDO workforce, fosters engagement, promotes positive employee relations, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion and drives business process excellence.

Specifically, the candidate:

  • Conducts a comprehensive review of existing human resources-related policies (Staff Regulations & Staff Rules, Director General Bulletins, Administrative Instructions, and Information Circulars), with a view to streamline, simplify, consolidate, revise, amend or abolish, as applicable, outdated or obsolete issuances to ensure the current human resources policy framework remains comprehensive, up-to-date and responsive to the operational needs and goals of UNIDO;
  • Draft HR policy papers, administrative instructions, information circulars, standard operations procedures, etc.
  • Ensures alignment of the HR policy framework with applicable HR and legal frameworks and prevailing practices of UN Common System organisations;
  • Perform any other functions, as required;



Advanced university degree (Master’s degree of equivalent) in human resources, public or business administration, law, social sciences or other related field is required.

A certified qualification from a recognized HR professional body would be an asset;

A first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Technical and Functional Experience

  • A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience in modern HR management with a good understanding of the human resources management principles, including experience in entitlements, staff/management relations, established negotiation skills, public administration experience, preferably in an international organization is required.
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities is desirable.
  • Ability and willingness to work as a member of team, with people of different cultural, and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.


Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency and/or working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.


Core values
WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY: work honestly, openly and impartially.

WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM: work hard and competently in a committed and responsible manner.

WE RESPECT DIVERSITY: work together effectively, respectfully and inclusively, regardless of our differences in culture and perspective.

Key competencies
WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE: cooperate to fully reach our potential –and this is true for our colleagues as well as our clients. Emotional intelligence and receptiveness are vital parts of our UNIDO identity.

WE FOCUS ON RESULTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: focus on planning, organizing and managing our work effectively and efficiently. We are responsible and accountable for achieving our results and meeting our performance standards. This accountability does not end with our colleagues and supervisors, but we also owe it to those we serve and who have trusted us to contribute to a better, safer and healthier world.

WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST: communicate effectively with one another and build an environment of trust where we can all excel in our work.

WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE: To stay relevant, we continuously improve, support innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from one another.

This appointment is limited to the specified project(s) only and does not carry any expectation of renewal.
Employees of UNIDO are expected at all times to uphold the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for jobs at UNIDO.

All applications must be submitted online through the Online Recruitment System. Correspondence will be undertaken only with candidates who are being considered at an advanced phase of the selection process. Selected candidate(s) may be required to disclose to the Director General the nature and scope of financial and other personal interests and assets in respect of themselves, their spouses and dependents, under the procedures established by the Director General.

Visit the UNIDO website for details on how to apply:

NOTE: The Director General retains the discretion to make an appointment to this post at a lower level.

Notice to applicants:
UNIDO does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. If you have received a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Vacant positions within UNIDO are advertised on the official UNIDO website. Should you have any questions concerning persons or companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of UNIDO and requesting payment of a fee, please contact: [email protected]


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