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Human Resources Assistant


Human Resources Assistant - 17024-FT

HR Service Desk (WIPO and UPOV), Pension and Insurance Unit, Office of the Director General and Related Programs
Grade - G6
Contract Duration - one year *
Duty Station : CH-Geneva
Publication Date : 13-Feb-2017
Application Deadline : 06-Mar-2017, 11:59:00 PM

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE: please note that the deadline for applications is indicated in local date and time.

Organizational context

The post is located in the HR Service Desk, Pension and Insurance Unit, Human Resources Operations Service, Human Resources Management Department. The Human Resources Operations Service is a “one-stop” service center providing a full range of administrative staffing services.

The HR Service Desk is the entry point for internal and external inquiries and handles routine queries with regards to a variety of HR-related transactions or directs callers and requests for specific information to other areas of HR. The HR Service Desk also administers all matters in relation to time management such as recording of all leave types, and compiling reports for staff and management.

The main role of the HR Assistant is to perform a full range of high-level and specialized HR support services, ensuring compliance with the Organization’s Staff Regulations and Rules and relevant administrative issuances and instructions. The incumbent also contributes to the Organization’s time management regime and underlying technical infrastructure. He / she identifies, resolves and documents issues with time management and reviews recording processes, with a view to advance automation and improve services. The incumbent may also utilize, test and evaluate software and make recommendations for future use, compile statistics and produce reports using the Organization’s reporting tools and software.

The incumbent works under the supervision of the Human Resources Operations Manager, and liaises frequently with concerned work units throughout the Organization on the provision and follow-up of HR administrative actions.



Completed secondary education.


At least eight years of relevant work experience, including in the administration of benefits and entitlements in a UN or other international organization. Experience working with electronic HR information systems.
Experience working with an ERP, preferably Oracle PeopleSoft Human Resources.

Experience using and developing reporting tools to present data.


Excellent written and spoken knowledge of English or French and good knowledge of the other language.
Knowledge of other UN official languages.

Job-related competencies

Ability to interpret and work within the applicable rules, regulations and procedures.

High level of client orientation, with the ability to understand diverse client needs and to foster effective two-way communication, ensuring necessary information is conveyed services are provided in a timely manner.

Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to manage competing priorities.

Excellent drafting skills.

Good analytical skills, high level of accuracy and attention to detail.

Discretion in dealing with confidential matters.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint), the internet and HR information systems; ability to adapt quickly to new software and systems.


Annual salary (Net of tax): 80,912 CHF

Please refer to WIPO's Staff Regulation and Rules for detailed information concerning salaries, benefits and allowances.

Additional Information
* Initial period of one year, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance. No fixed-term appointment or any extension hereof shall carry with it any expectancy of, nor imply any right to, (further) extensions or conversion to a permanent appointment.

Dependency allowances:
7,939 CHF per year for dependent spouse; 6,398 CHF per year for each dependent child.

Language allowance:
Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish: 4,788 CHF per year for two of these languages, and 3,192 CHF per year for one of them. The allowance is not payable for the mother tongue or the main working language of the staff member. The grant of this allowance is subject to examination.

General Service posts are subject to local recruitment. Staff in the General Service category are recruited in the host country or within reasonable commuting distance of the Headquarters.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill other posts at the same grade with similar functions in accordance with Staff Rule 4.9.5.

The Organization reserves the right to make an appointment at a grade lower than that advertised.

By completing an application, candidates understand that any willful misrepresentation made on this web site, or on any other documents submitted to WIPO during the application, may result in disqualification from the recruitment process, or termination of employment with WIPO at a later date, if that employment resulted from such willful misrepresentations.

In the event that your candidature is shortlisted, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of an identification and of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WIPO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.

Additional testing/interviewing may be used as a form of screening. Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory professional references.

Additional background checks may be required.