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Senior Human Resources Officer - Legal and Policy


Grade: P4  

Vacancy no.: CALL/P/2019/10
Publication date: 9 September 2019
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 23 September 2019


Job ID: 1744 
Department: HRD - Human Resources Development Department
Organization Unit: HR/POL - Policies and Social Benefits Branch 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Fixed Term 


The ILO is issuing a call for expression of interest for a temporary assignement in the Human Resources Development Department (HRD), Policy and Social Benefits Branch (HR/POL).


The purpose of this temporary assignement is to to replace a colleague during inter-agency secondment. This temporary assignment will be for an initial 12 month period with possibility of extension (subject to satisfactory performance) for an additional 12 month period. It is not expected to lead to a career in the ILO. 

The selection process is not subject to the rules and procedures defined in Annex I of the ILO Staff Regulations.


The following are eligible to apply:


  • Currently serving staff (WLT, FT, ST, SST).
  • External candidates (subject to the terms of article 4.2(e) of the ILO Staff Regulations).


The ILO values diversity among its staff. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to


HR/POL is responsible for the design, development, implementation, communication and review of all policies, rules and procedures relating to the terms and conditions of employment of staff; ensuring consistency in the application and interpretation of such policies, rules and procedures; coordinating the representation of HRD in internal and external bodies and coordinating the work of HRD in the prevention and resolution of work-related problems; coordination of the preparation and production of governance documents.
HR/POL is also responsible for the management and administration of social benefits, including health insurance (secretariat of the ILO/ITU Staff Health Insurance Fund – SHIF), pension benefits (secretariat of the ILO Staff Pensions Committee), staff compensation (secretariat of the Compensation Committee) and voluntary benefits (Thrift Benefit Fund and death and invalidity insurance).

This temporary position reports to the Head of the Legal and Policy Advice Unit (HRD Legal Adviser), under the supervision of the Branch Chief of HR/POL. The incumbent carries out the following duties in the legal and policy area:  



Legal and Conflict resolution:


1. Undertake legal research, analysis, fact finding and preparation of written submissions on behalf of HRD and the Office, incl. to the Joint Advisory Appeals Board (JAAB), in internal grievances pursuant to Chapter XIII of the Staff Regulations, determining legally sound approach that is in the best interest of the Office, coordinating with other in-house departments, as appropriate;

2. Keep abreast of relevant jurisprudence and share case experience and lessons learned; ensure consistent policy implementation and application of rules and regulations in line with the ILO International Tribunal (ILOAT)’s jurisprudence, recommending and preparing policy review and changes as necessary;

3. Coordinate regarding the implementation of judgments of the ILOAT, and other administrative action related to conflict resolution and settlement, taking into consideration legal and operational risks to ensure appropriate administrative action;

4. Provide administrative support to convene and prepare submissions to internal committees and panels (e.g. the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) as Joint Secretary);


Policy advice and development:


5. Provide expert legal and policy advice to HR colleagues, managers and other clients in all areas of HR policy and related fields, including on highly sensitive or contentious matters; prepare HR policy-related formal correspondence;

6. Determine contentious and complex cases of eligibility of staff to entitlements or benefits and ensure the necessary administrative follow-up with other units and Departments;

7. Review the work of other professional and general service staff for compliance with rules and regulations and soundness of judgement and conclusions;

8. Draft and revise internal governance documents, prepare and/or contribute to submissions to the Governing Body, policy briefs and reports, collaborating with and coordinating inputs from other units;

9. Contribute to policy development, incl. comprehensive legal research & comparative analysis to assess potential policy, operational, financial or legal implications; prepare strategic policy papers and consult with managers, counterparts in field / regional offices and staff representatives, incl. in the context of collective bargaining, on proposed HR policies or modifications, participating in negotiations with the Staff Union, as required;

10. Undertake research, write studies and advise on complex legal and policy questions concerning conditions of service, incl. related to UN common system entitlements, salaries and allowances, and other HR-related matters;

11. Analyze and ensure compatibility of HR regulations formulated at inter-agency and UN Common system level with those of the Office.

Required qualifications

Advanced degree in law.


Seven years of relevant professional experience, of which at least three years at the international level in the legal area, including exposure to HR policy-related aspects. Familiarity with the UN HR management framework and acquaintance with international administrative law and ILOAT jurisprudence will be considered as an asset.


Excellent command of one working language and good knowledge of another.


Ability to  undertake research and conduct comparative analyses involving the application of principles of law to the analysis of complex administrative, substantive and procedural HR policy topics. Knowledge of the theories, principles, methods, practices and techniques of human resources management. Acquaintance with the organisation’s HR policies, rules and procedures. Ability to interact within a diverse and dynamic team, planning and organising work and providing guidance to junior level staff, as required. Ability to provide expert advice. Ability to persuasively negotiate sensitive and contentious issues. Sensitivity to cultural differences.


Conditions of employment

  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to ILO Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules. Any offer of employment with the ILO is conditional upon certification by the ILO Medical Adviser that the person concerned is medically fit to perform the specific inherent requirements of the position offered. In order to confirm an offer from the ILO the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination.


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Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website at . The system provides instructions for online application procedures.


Depending on the location and availability of candidates and interview panel members, the ILO may use communication technologies such as Skype, Video or teleconference, e-mail, etc for the assessment and evaluation of candidates at the different stages of the recruitment process, including technical tests or interviews.


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