HR Specialist, Performance Management, New York, United States

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: United States

City: New York, USA

Office: UNDP New York, USA

Grade: P-3

Closing date: Saturday, 21 November 2020

Job ID: 33604

Practice Area - Job Family: Management

Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 21/11/2020

Duty Station: New York, United States

Education & Work Experience: I-Master’s Level Degree - 5 year(s) experience

Languages: English

Grade: P3

Vacancy Type: FTA International

Posting Type: External

Bureau: Management

Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension


UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With presence in 170 countries and territories, UNDP endeavors to help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships and institutions so they can sustain their progress. UNDP personnel are united by a common purpose: to help countries and communities across the world pursue peaceful, prosperous lives, lived in harmony with the planet.

Drawing on the diversity of UNDP0‘s client needs and partnerships, the Office of Human Resources (OHR) in the Bureau for Management Services (BMS is the hub for the global HR function for UNDP, providing strategy, policy setting, guidance and oversight. In addition, OHR provides a broad range of HR advisory and talent management services enabling UNDP to deliver fully integrated development solutions at corporate level. In this context, OHR is focused on the implementation of an ambitious and forward-looking three-year strategy, People for 2030, which will progressively transform UNDP’s culture and enable its workforce capacity to deliver more and better results.

Through People for 2030, OHR aims to be at the leading edge of HR in the international development sector by developing high quality and innovative human resources solutions and driving transformation across UNDP.

In this renewed and dynamic framework, OHR is seeking high caliber human resources professionals with a strong HR background, and the capacity, commitment, and attitude needed to generate a culture characterized by innovation, entrepreneurship and a focus on delivering transformative outcomes.

In this context and under the guidance of the Chief of Personnel Performance in the Talent and People Services (TPS), the HR Specialist, Performance Management will be responsible for supporting the development and implementation of a mature approach to individual performance management and employee engagement in UNDP. The incumbent of the position will work in close collaboration with other OHR/TPS units, OHR Business Partners and the Policy Team, representatives of Regional and Central Bureaus in order to ascertain requisite integration and action.

Duties and Responsibilities

Individual performance management

Contribute to the design and implementation of the UNDP strategy, policy, systems (platforms), guidance and tools on individual performance management for staff and other personnel, in line with the UNDP competency framework

Monitor the implementation of the UNDP policy, programmes and tools related to individual performance management with a view to ascertain their effectiveness and whether they respond to UNDP organizational needs

Contribute to ensuring requisite linkages with other talent management processes and broader issues of organizational performance, e.g. through talent reviews.

Lead the design and facilitate the implementation of the reward and recognition programmes and initiatives for UNDP

Lead the design of the real time feedback tools for UNDP personnel and contribute to building a culture of continuous dialogue between managers and personnel

Lead the completion of the guides for UNDP managers and personnel on managing under- and non-performance

Act as Secretariat for the corporate Rebuttal Panel and support the resolution of disputes related to performance management, in close collaboration with Business Partners and Legal Office/BMS

Contribute to strengthening the organizational capacity to effectively manage individual performance, with a particular focus on support to leaders/managers

Employee Engagement

Lead the design and administration of the Global Staff Surveys (GSS)

Lead the identification/design of other tools to engage with personnel and collect feedback on key UNDP strategies, policies, and relevant workplace issues

Lead the development of the resources, learning packages and guides for UNDP offices on follow-up to the GSS and other employee surveys with a few to ensure strong response to their findings.



Ability to make new and useful ideas work


Ability to persuade others to follow

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction


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Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform


Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement


HR Policy

Knowledge of HR strategies, with a focus on talent management, employee engagement and motivation, and performance management

Data and Analytics

Ability to interpret and synthesize data into usable information to inform policy, strategy, and/or action

Stakeholder management

Ability to manage multiple stakeholders and balance often contradictory expectations, building and maintaining relationships


Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of professionals towards common goals

Collaboration and Partnership

Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support. Sets overall direction for the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of UNDP.

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s degree or equivalent in organizational/industrial psychology, human resources management, or related discipline. Specialized knowledge in employee motivation and engagement is an asset

or Bachelors‘ degree with two additional years of relevant work experience.


At least 5 years of relevant experience

Experience within the multilateral organizations, including the UN system, is an asset.

Other requirements:

Commitment to the United Nations system’s mission, vision and values; cultural sensitivity and adaptability

Strong motivation and ability to work independently

Membership in/familiarity with the professional networks working on issues of performance management and employee engagement is an asset

Language Requirements:

Full proficiency in English. Knowledge of another UN language is an asset

Excellent writing skills in English


UNDP does not tolerate harassment, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse, discrimination and abuse of authority. The incumbent of the post will be required to comply with UNDP standards of conduct and relevant policies.


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