The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.  Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title: HR Advisor, Global Mobility

Vacancy Code: VA/2024/B0042/28266

Location: Remote

Job Categories: Human Resources

Department / Office: MP, PCG, People and Culture Group

Duty Station: Home Based

Contract Type: International ICA

Contract Level: IICA-3

Duration: 100 days contract

The Role 

  • To deliver the UNOPS Integrated People Strategy, the People and Culture Group is developing  several new programmes, systems and processes, and managing the associated change processes.
  • Our vision for career development and mobility is to ensure our people have the opportunities to develop their skills by moving through roles laterally in a variety of functions, organizational contexts, and duty stations, enabling them to develop a well-rounded set of skills and capabilities. 
  • The HR Advisor, Global Mobility will report to the Deputy Director, People and Culture.  It is a specialized and experienced HR role, which will have responsibility for developing and designing a pilot for the UNOPS international mobility framework. This includes the global mobility architecture and an interlinked career progression approach which allows for internal exchanges of personnel and stretch assignments throughout the organization.
  • These frameworks will be applied to a range of internal contexts including UNOPS staff members and International ICA contract holders, as well as international and national workforce.


Global mobility framework:

  • Develop the global mobility architecture for UNOPS, including policies, processes and practices on personnel rotation.
  • Develop the policies, processes and practices for short term internal exchange of personnel, including stretch assignments.
  • Work closely with UNOPS Process Innovation and Digitization programme, to ensure mobility considerations are included in new digital platforms and tools.
  • Ensure the mechanisms are in place for regular feedback from program participants for policy evaluation purposes
  • Collaborate with cross functional teams to ensure proposed mobility, exchange and stretch assignment  policies, processes and practices will meet organizational objectives.
  • Ensure mobility practices are well integrated with other talent management initiatives including internal strategic workforce planning and internal recruitment processes.
  • Develop the tools and resources required for personnel to understand and utilize these frameworks.  

Mobility implementation pilot:

  • Manage the roll out of any mobility, exchange and stretch assignment policies or related practices, ensuring appropriate piloting is in place to test and revise practices as required.
  • Make recommendations on how the ongoing implementation of talent rotation practices will be implemented, to support strategic workforce planning, career development and succession planning.
  • Lead the communication strategy related to the introduction of new mobility practices and any related pilot programme.  
  • Design the annual process of reviewing talent in rotational positions and make recommendations on how this will be implemented going forward.
  • Collaborate with the HR Analytics team to ensure processes are in place for the data collection and analysis required to support periodic reviews of talent in rotational positions.


Education Requirements:

  • Advanced Degree from an accredited university preferably in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Business Administration, Public Administration or related discipline.
  • A combination of a Bachelor’s degree with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements outlined above.

Experience Requirements:

  • Seven (7) years of relevant progressively responsible experience in HR management  related to career development, succession planning and global mobility planning, some of  which should be in a globally present company or an international organization is required;
  • Experience dealing with UN regulations, rules and policies in the areas of contracting, procurement and human resources is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading successful global mobility programs is desirable;
  • Experience in managing HR projects within UN system organizations is desirable; and

Language Requirement:

  • Full working knowledge of English is required.
  • Knowledge of another official UNOPS language is an asset


  • Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
  • Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
  • Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
  • Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
  • Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
  • Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.
  • Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).


How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:

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Application Deadline  12th June, 2024.


  • This is a limited term contract of maximum 6 months duration. The work may be conducted from any location, including home-based.  Part time work hours may also be considered.
  • UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
  • UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures,  languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. 
  • Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.
  • We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process.  If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation


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