HR Specialist (Performance Management), Vienna, Austria

Organization: IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Country: Austria

City: Vienna

Office: IAEA Vienna, Austria

Closing date: Monday, 27 March 2023

HR Specialist (Performance Management)(P4)

( 2023/0172 (236795) )

Organization: MTHR-HR Management

Primary Location: Austria-Vienna-Vienna-IAEA Headquarters

Job Posting: 2023-02-27, 3:09:17 PM

Contract Type : Fixed Term


Probation Period : 1 Year

Full Competitive Recruitment : Yes

Organizational Setting

The Division of Human Resources (MTHR), within the Department of Management, plans, acquires and manages human resources to effectively implement the IAEA programmes. It thus delivers the full spectrum of human resource services, including HR organizational development and planning, talent acquisition and development, performance management, and administration of compensation and benefits. The Division serves a multicultural workforce of approximately 2300 people from diverse scientific, technical, managerial and professional disciplines.The HR Management Section (HMS) provides HR services to the Agency and advice to managers in the areas of recruitment, learning and development, staff relations and the business partner approach.

Main Purpose

Under the overall guidance of the Staff Relations Specialist, the HR Specialist (Performance Management) is responsible for providing advice and support to managers on complex performance management cases in the organization, and thus support the further strengthening of the organizational performance culture.


The HR Specialist (Performance Management) is: 1) a Substantive Contributor, managing and facilitating the implementation of changes within the Performance Management system. 2) an Innovator, designing and promoting new approaches, policies, tools and systems and advising managers on performance management.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Reviews and advises management on effective approaches to implementing the performance management review.

Builds organizational support and commitment for an open and ongoing feedback-oriented performance management culture.

Ensures effective management of the performance management cases and good quality of services provided to clients; leads the analysis of documents, data, and other inputs from relevant sources as well as research on regulations, rules, policies, and precedents to handle the performance management cases properly and effectively; collaborates and coordinates with HR colleagues to ensure standard approach.

Establishes Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for performance case management with focus on client orientation.

Proactively engages with HR Business Partners and line managers in fostering good performance management across the organization and preventing performance management issues.

Monitors, analyses, and reports on performance management cases.

Contributes to the development of policies, guidelines, and processes in MTHR.

Keeps abreast of new developments, approaches, and best practices within and outside the UN system in performance management and participates in relevant inter-agency working groups and forums.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

Name Definition


Communicates orally and in writing in a clear, concise and impartial manner. Takes time to listen to and understand the perspectives of others and proposes solutions.

Achieving Results

Takes initiative in defining realistic outputs and clarifying roles, responsibilities and expected results in the context of the Department/Division’s programme. Evaluates his/her results realistically, drawing conclusions from lessons learned.


Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions.

Planning and Organizing

Plans and organizes his/her own work in support of achieving the team or Section’s priorities. Takes into account potential changes and proposes contingency plans.

Functional Competencies

Name Definition

Client orientation

Helps clients to analyse their needs. Seeks to understand service needs from the client’s perspective and ensure that the client’s standards are met.

Knowledge sharing and learning

Actively seeks learning opportunities and actively shares knowledge and information with others; shares specialized knowledge, skills and learning from experience across different situations and contexts effectively.

Technical/scientific credibility

Ensures that work is in compliance with internationally accepted professional standards and scientific methods. Provides scientifically/technically accepted information that is credible and reliable.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

Advanced university (Master’s Degree or equivalent) degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, Law, Social Sciences, or another related field.

A first level university Degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) in the above educational areas plus three additional years of relevant work experience, may be accepted in lieu of the Advanced Degree.

At least seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in human resources management or related functions, of which three years preferably in the United Nations or another international/multi-cultural organization or institution.

Experience in dealing with confidential issues and/or complex/sensitive cases relating to performance management as well as in leading performance management initiatives.

Ability to work with ambiguity and coordinate across diverse teams and leaders.

Mature, resilient, with strong people relating skills and empathy; focused on solutions; communicates effectively to varies audiences.

Strong analytical skills and experience.

Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.


The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $77326 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 36266*, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks‘ annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance


Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are encouraged

Applicants should be aware that IAEA staff members are international civil servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. The IAEA is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. As part of the United Nations common system, the IAEA subscribes to the following core ethical standards (or values): Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for diversity. Staff members may be assigned to any location. The IAEA retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade or with a different contract type, or to make an appointment with a modified job description or for shorter duration than indicated above. Testing may be part of the recruitment process

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