United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was created in 1950, during the aftermath of the Second World War, to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes. We had three years to complete our work and then disband. Today, over 65 years later, our organization is still hard at work, protecting and assisting refugees around the world.

Job Position: Human Resources Officer

Job Location: Abuja

Job Responsibilities

Strategic workforce advice and operational support:

  1. Engage with management to understand priorities, and provide advice and solutions on all aspects of HR in line with delegated HR authorities.
  2. Support HR initiatives that support organizational culture change such as good people management practices, and promoting gender, inclusion and diversity.
  3. Plan and implement HR operational activities to ensure timely provision of HR solutions, prioritizing according to the needs and risks.

Assignments and Talent Acquisition:

  1. Manage the process of recruitment, assignment and reassignment of locally-recruited staff and affiliate workforce, ensuring compliance with UNHCR rules and procedures, and providing advice to managers where required.
  2. Set up and run (Regional) Assignments Committee.
  3. Conduct outreach campaigns to attract diverse applicants. Ensure proper consideration is given to all applicants without discrimination.
  4. Analyse, track and report on recruitment and assignments trends for management, including efforts to reach gender parity.
  5. Take a proactive approach to risk management in the areas of recruitment, ensuring the issues are identified, addressed and reported and, where appropriate, escalated.
  6. Advice to managers and staff, and contribution to an inclusive work environment:
  7. Build dialog and outreach with staff to provide support with their queries; and also promote dialog between staff and management to help find solutions to HR-related issues.
  8. Be proactive in identifying issues, themes and patterns affecting the workforce’s health and welfare, including sexual harassment and abuse of authority.
  9. Ensure that on-boarding, induction, re-integration into the workplace and off-boarding support, is provided to colleagues; Induction programmes should include information on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) and Sexual Harassment, Code of Conduct as well as workforce’s rights and obligations.

HR policies and inter-agency:

  1. Enforce compliance with UNHCR’s Human Resources policies and procedures and the UN staff rules, regulations and UNHCR administrative instructions.
  2. Participate in a network among HR staff members in the region in order to harmonize implementation of HR policies and initiatives, collect field insights to inform the development of DHR policies and activities; identify and share HR best practices, also through contacts with other UN agencies.

Duty of Care:

  1. Contribute to establishing and maintaining a medical evacuation plan with senior management, Field safety and the Senior
  2. Medical Officer.
  3. Support the development and implementation of a Duty of Care strategy. Identify and assess issues related to duty of care including physical, mental health and safety of UNHCR’s workforce. Promote work/life balance and flexible working arrangements with managers and staff.

For positions in Regional Bureaux only:

  1. In the absence of a Senior Talent Development Officer in the Bureau:
  2. Implement a talent development and sourcing strategy for UNHCR workforce in the region, in line with UNHCR’s needs and staff members’ career planning.
  3. Equip HR teams and Managers in the region with skills on people management and tools related to talent development, career guidance and performance management.
  4. Support the identification and management of risks and seek to seize opportunities impacting objectives in the area of responsibility. Ensure decision making in risk based in the functional area of work. Raise risks, issues and concerns to a supervisor or to relevant functional colleague(s).

Perform other related duties as required.

Job Requirements
Education & Professional Work Experience

  • For P3/NOC – 6 years relevant experience with Undergraduate Degree; or 5 years relevant experience with Graduate Degree; or 4 years relevant experience with Doctorate Degree

Field(s) of Education

  • Human Resources Management, Human Resource Development, Personnel Administration, Business Administration, or other relevant field.

Relevant Job Experience

  • Experience working in Human Resources. Sound knowledge of general HR policies, processes and systems.


  1. Proven ability to identify and implement successful business related HR interventions. Experience in some of the following areas: HR administration, workforce planning, recruitment, HR policy or talent development. Experience in HR information technology systems and tools.
  2. Experience in field humanitarian operations and/or emergency settings. Experience working with the United Nations. Experience working in a multi-cultural setting.

Functional Skills:

  1. HR-Local mass recruitment
  2. HR-Talent Development and Nurturing
  3. HR-Coordination and Oversight of Workforce Mobility
  4. HR-HR data and people analytics
  5. HR-Employee Relationship Management
  6. SO-Critical Thinking and problem solving
  7. SO-Situational Judgement
  8. SO-Learning Agility
  9. HR-HR Business Partnering
  10. HR-Inclusion, Diversity and Gender strategy design and implementation
  11. RM-Risk Management.

How to Apply
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