Associate Director (Human Resources Centres of Expertise), D-1, Division of Human Resources, New York

UNICEF International

Together with the HR Director, HR Deputy Director and the wider HR management team, the Associate Director is directly accountable for the HR Centres of Expertise (CoEs) that provide state of the art technical tools, advice and support to the client-facing part of the human resources function and drive HR reform and culture change across UNICEF.

How can you make a difference?

1. Co-lead the human resources function and the ongoing HR transformation as part of the divisional leadership team and the global OneHR leadership team

• Drive the HR reform program and lead organizational transformation and change initiatives, in close collaboration with management at all levels and the Global Staff Association;

2. Provide intellectual leadership in the design and project management of organizational transformation priorities

• Support the ongoing change process based on a sound understanding of the strategic direction of the organization;
• Proactively engage with key stakeholders and opinion leaders;
• Leverage data analytics to proactively identify, raise and monitor potential risks and unintended consequences of the transformation process and propose mitigating measures;
• Spearhead HR capacity building within the global UNICEF HR community and facilitate learning and training efforts;
• Create and manage measurement systems to track adoption, utilization and effectiveness of the various changes;

3. Oversee HR Centres of Expertise

• Keeping abreast of emerging trends in the industry and ‘best practices’;
• Provide leadership to UNICEF’s HR centres of expertise in the areas of performance management and career development; HR capacity building and learning coordination; and staffing, mobility and talent acquisition;
• Promote and support the introduction of a modern HR business partner approach To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…
• An Advanced University Degree in a relevant field (Human Resource Management, Business Administration, Sociology or other related areas), or an additional two years of relevant experience.
• A minimum of 13 years of relevant professional work experience in human resources, management, operations, planning and/or in relevant field is required.
• Oral and written proficiency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

Person Profile:

The profile should include progressive responsibility and experience in:
• Leading significant organizational change in a large, complex and decentralized organization;
• Demonstrating thought leadership and innovative program/product;
• Understanding of how people go through change processes;
• Establishing, managing and continuously enhancing state of the art HR centers of expertise;
• Demonstrating the ability to successfully work across organizational boundaries and build solid working relationships based on trust;
• A solid track record of effective collaboration within an HR business partnering environment;
• Successful track record in leading and managing large, complex, diverse and geographically spread teams;
• A solid understanding of HR principles, policies and processes;
• Utilizing and leveraging complex data to produce compelling, evidence driven rationales and narratives for behavior change.

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