Human Resources Business Partner

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


Job Description – Human Resources Business Partner (16275)

Job Description 

Human Resources Business Partner (

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Application Closing Date

: 06-07-2023, 12:59:00 AM

THE OECD – Who we are, what we do

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation comprised of 38 member countries, that works to build better policies for better lives. Our mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.  Together with governments, policy makers and citizens, we work on establishing evidence-based international standards, and finding solutions to a range of social, economic and environmental challenges. From improving economic performance and creating jobs to fostering strong education and fighting international tax evasion, we provide a unique forum and knowledge hub for data and analysis, exchange of experiences, best-practice sharing, and advice on public policies and international standard-setting.


The Executive Directorate (EXD) is the steward of OECD resources, on behalf of the Secretary-General.  Our focus is on people and their wellbeing; the effective and efficient management of the budget; the safety and security of staff, Delegations, visitors, and of the OECD’s data; maintaining and sustaining physical and digital infrastructure; and enabling the convening power of the OECD through conferences, meetings and events, whether virtual, physical or hybrid.  As well as providing corporate services, functions and management support to our staff and Members, we provide integrated, strategic and expert advice on corporate policies and management issues to the Secretary-General, to Council and to Standing Committees, to which we regularly report on corporate matters. We also provide compliance and risk management functions (for management areas under our purview). Ours is a fast-paced environment focused on delivering management excellence across all of our functions.




Within the OECD’s Executive Directorate (EXD), the Human Resource Management Service (HRM) is responsible for providing stewardship of the Organisation’s human capital on behalf of the Secretary-General and composed of three divisions (HR Operations, the Client Services Group and the Talent Management and Analytics Group).


The Client Services Group (CSG) provides Directorates with a first point of contact for all people management matters and assumes overall responsibility for all aspects of HR client support work related to workforce planning and people management within Directorates (recruitment, performance management, engagement, retention).


EXD/HRM is currently recruiting motivated and experienced human resources professionals for the Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) function within CSG. The HRBP will work with a portfolio of client Directorates, supporting and advising staff and management on a wide range of HR topics and ensuring these are resolved in line with the Organisation’s people management policies. A key focus of the HRBP role is managing professional, effective and proactive relationships with their Directorate client group, understanding their key drivers and priorities, and providing a solution-oriented approach to achieve these goals in alignment with the OECD Human Resources Strategy. The selected candidate(s) will work under the overall supervision of a CSG HR Manager.


Main Responsibilities


·        Support delivery of the HR People Management cycle including continuous performance management, strategic workforce planning and HR action plans with senior management teams.

·        Partner with Directorate Hiring Teams on recruitment planning including providing guidance on sourcing strategies to attract highly qualified and diverse candidates and to ensure an open and fair merit-based competition.

·        Leverage data and analytics to provide strategic guidance to help build targeted action plans with key stakeholders for effective workforce planning, Directorate re-organisations, recruitment, skills development, diversity and inclusion.

·        Provide comprehensive, informed advice to managers on employee relations including performance management, contract management, grievances, Code of conduct and end of appointments.

·        Contribute to various HR initiatives, working horizontally across the broader EXD/HRM and Executive Directorate team to support the launch of programmes and activities related to employee engagement, staff well-being, talent review, succession planning, recruitment, digitalisation, social media and others.

·        Develop and expand initiatives to improve staff diversity and inclusivity and propose recommendations to enhance current policies, monitor and assess progress.

·        Organise capacity building sessions with teams, managers and key stakeholders in the Directorates, to foster management culture and skills, ensuring the consistency of practice and policy application across the Organisation.

·        Adhere to and model to the values and ethical principles in the OECD’s Code of Conduct in all internal and external matters.


Ideal Candidate Profile


Academic Background


·        An advanced university degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, Public Administration, Psychology or a related field.


Professional Background


·        Minimum three to five relevant years in an HR business partner or advisory role in a complex, multicultural organisation.

·        Proven experience delivering high quality, client focused advice and solutions.

·        Proven experience in drafting communication and developing materials targeted to a range of audiences, namely senior management.

·        Experience analysing and interpreting key HR data to identify insights that drive decisions

·        Experience in leading projects and implementing change is a plus.




·        Working knowledge of HR Information Systems including SAP, SmartRecruiters and Cornerstone or similar.

·        An advanced understanding of how to use current and emerging technology to increase the efficiency of HR management.

·        Knowledge in the use of social media to leverage talent acquisition and development.


Key Skills


·        Solid problem solving skills utilising sound judgement and risk assessment

·        Ability to engage in complex discussions at all levels

·        Strong organisation and time management skills and ability to manage competing priorities

·        Excellent communication and presentation skills

·        Collaborative approach and an ability to build relationships and trust with clients


Core Competencies


For these functions, the following competencies would be particularly important: Analytical thinking; Client focus; Teamwork and Team leadership; Influencing; Drafting skills and Diplomatic sensitivity.

Please refer to the full list of OECD Core Competencies and the level 3 indicators.




·        Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and knowledge of the other, with a commitment to reach a good working level.


Contract Duration


·        A twenty-four month (2 years) fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.


What the OECD offers

·        Monthly base salary starting from 6.672,15 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.

·        Click here to learn more about what we offer and why the OECD is a great place to work.

·        Click here to browse our People Management Guidebook and learn more about all aspects relating to people at the OECD, our workplace environment and many other policies supporting staff in their daily life.


Salary Information


·        Please note that the appointment may be made at a lower grade based on the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicant.

·        Please note that our Rules and Regulations stipulate that the mandatory retirement age is 65.


The OECD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates [who are nationals of OECD member countries], irrespective of their racial or ethnic origin, opinions or beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, health or disabilities.


The OECD promotes an optimal use of resources in order to improve its efficiency and effectiveness. Staff members are encouraged to actively contribute to this goal.

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