Chief of Human Resources, P-5, Islamabad, Pakistan, South Asia Region (SAR), Post # 00012854

  • Contract
  • Pakistan
  • Posted 12 months ago

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfil their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a Champion and an Inspiration!

How can you make a difference?

Reporting to the Pakistan Country Office Representative, the Chief of Human Resources advises the Representative and Country Management Team and works closely with the Deputy Representative Operations as well as Chief Field Operations on strategic human resource planning and management. He/she directs and manages a wide range of strategic human resource services (recruitment, compensation, staff administration, recruitment, career management, employee relations, staff development, etc.) at the Country Office. He/she ensures an effective workforce of an average 360 staff members in order to achieve the Country Office’s strategic goals and objectives. He/she advises, contributes, and plans in building a modern, agile, and diverse workforce that is fit for an evolving landscape embedded in UNICEF core values. He/she contributes to the continued motivation and professional development for staff, enhanced staff well-being and mental health, and conductive office culture and working environment.  More specifically, he/she is expected to:


  • Lead a team of human resources professionals and promote management excellence in the office by ensuring accountability in all areas of HR and by demonstrating a high level of skills in the management of staff resources including staff selection based on merit and the needs of the organization, staff aspiration and counselling, systematic and equitable performance management, and staff development and learning activities.
  • Advise and liaise with the senior management of the Country Office and with the Regional Advisors to implement the HR global strategy as well as lead strategic human resources forecasting for his/her clients including identifying future human resource requirements in terms of numbers, types and levels of staff, and identifying emerging trends in profile requirements in line with the Country Programme.
  • Lead the design of optimal organizational, staffing structures and levels, and, in consultation with senior management develops standards and benchmarks staffing norms.
  • Provide expert advice to senior management on a range of human resources management questions and have the authority to negotiate solutions on sensitive or complex HR problems with client managers and staff representatives.
  • Build and strengthen relationships with inter-agency bodies on matters of importance for UNICEF and present UNICEF’s policy position on HR issues.
  • Create a culture within the HR team to work with clients to help fulfill their goals through advising on how to attract, retain and motivate staff of the highest caliber.
  • Promote the organizational goals and targets for gender equity and cultural diversity.
  • In coordination with the Staff Counsellor, Peer Support Volunteers, and the Joint Consultative Committee, design and implement a holistic Staff Well-being Framework. Lead associated change management and transformation initiatives.
  • In close coordination with senior management, Regional HR Chief, and Staff Association, formulate strategic staff learning and development plans to ensure relevant human resources skills and competencies that meet the Country Office’s current and future needs.
  • Spearhead the development of data collection systems and analysis to optimize data quality and reporting.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An Advanced University Degree in human resource management, business management, international relations, psychology or another related social science field is required.
  • A minimum of ten years of increasingly responsible professional experience in human resource management in an international organization and/or large corporation is required.
  • Strong commitment to UNICEF mandate and Pakistan Country Office strategic direction.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and agility to achieve organizational objectives.
  • Skills to empower others to translate vision into results.
  • Ability to deliver innovative HR programs within a fast paced, evolving, and wide organizational setting.
  • Good understanding about UN/UNICEF HR policies, rules and regulations is an asset.
  • Desirable qualities: solution-oriented, client-focused, adaptable and resilient.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For more details, please see attached JD Download File Chief of Human Resources, P-5, Islamabad, Pakistan, South Asia Region (SAR).pdf

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS)

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are.

    • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (II)
    • Works Collaboratively with others (II)
    • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (II)
    • Innovates and Embraces Change (II)
    • Thinks and Acts Strategically (II)
    • Drive to Achieve Impactful Results (II)
    • Manages Ambiguity and Complexity (II)


This position is open to Non-Pakistan Nationals only.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service. 

UNICEF 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 at

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID). UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Advertised: 02 Jun 2023 Pakistan Standard Time
Deadline: 18 Jun 2023 Pakistan Standard Time

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