World Health Organization – HR Specialist (Administrative Law)

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Application Deadline- May 12, 2018, 3:29:00 AM

Within the Human Resources Management Department, the Human Resources Policy and Administration of Justice unit (HPJ) is responsible for the development of WHO’s human resource management policies reflecting organizational needs and best practice. HPJ also provides advisory services to the Organization, with a view to ensuring consistent and equitable policy application. In the immediate area of work, the sub-unit provides advisory services and legal input in order to ensure the consistent and equitable application of the Organization’s human resources policies, procedures and activities.



Essential: An advanced level university degree in Law.
Desirable: University degree in human resources management.

Admittance to Bar of a Member State or an equivalent qualification to practice law in a Member State.


Essential: At least seven years’ experience in the application of legal principles and concepts, and in the analysis and application of rules and regulations. Experience in grievance and appeals systems, and in an international setting and multicultural environment.
Desirable: Some experience in the management of human and financial resources and assets.


Knowledge of the general principles of law, and their unique application in international organizations; ability to instil confidence, negotiate, and persuade both senior management and staff; analytical skills, effective communication skills to present information clearly and logically (including legal issues and impacts of policies to non-lawyers) orally and in writing; ability to develop innovative solutions which are fair to staff and support managerial responsibilities, interpersonal skills to work with people across the Organization, including in the regions; tact and high degree of discretion and confidentiality; ability to provide leadership and also work in team settings.

Knowledge of personnel management theories and principles of staff management an advantage.

Knowledge of WHO’s internal justice system is an asset

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.

Intermediate knowledge of UN Language.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 71,332 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 1658 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.

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