Consultancy: Policy and Social Benefits, Division Human Resources (6 months, Home Based)
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Close on 15 Jul 2020
Location: United States, Remote Work
Grade: Consultancy
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Job Description

Location: Home based

Duration: 6 months

Anticipated Start Date: 31 July 2020

For every child, Hope….

The Policy and Social Benefits team in the Division of Human Resources (DHR) is comprised of two pillars, under the supervision of the Chief, Policy and Social Benefits. The team provides support and guidance on UNICEF's human resources policies and procedures, medical evacuation, pension, insurances, special needs allowances, local salary and for clearance against disciplinary records.

The Policy pillar focuses on formulating, updating, interpreting and communicating UNICEF's HR policies and procedures. In particular, the pillar is responsible for drafting UNICEF'S HR policies and procedures to support the Organization's goals and strategies, while ensuring consistency with decisions of the UN General Assembly, the International Civil Service Commission, CEB, HLCM, HR Network as well as other inter-agency fora. The Policy pillar formulates new policies and procedures, in close collaboration with various stakeholders, including the management, staff representatives, GSSC, and the OneHR community of HR practitioners and reviews/revises existing policies for continued effectiveness, applicability and consistency with United Nations staff regulations and rules.

The Social Benefits pillar focuses on ensuring coordination between DHR New York and UNICEF’s Global Shared Services Centre (GSSC), and between DHR and the UN common services that are ‘serving’ UNICEF, such as the Division of Healthcare Management and Occupational Safety and Health (UN DHMOSH), the Advisory Board on Compensation Claims, the Headquarters Life and Insurance Committee, the Pension Fund and the Headquarters Salary Steering Committee, and on managing the Medical Insurance Plan (self-funded insurance plan for locally recruited staff members), UNICEF’s medical evacuation programme/policy and on the various insurance provisions for non-staff personnel. In essence, the pillar deals with a broad range of policy and practical matters, advising (in individual cases) and providing information on medical entitlements (including, complex sick leave cases, applications for disability and compensation for malicious acts and service-incurred injuries, medevacs and medical insurances etc.) as well as pensions, life insurance, special needs allowances and local salary surveys.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the HR Managers, Policy and Social Benefits Team, and in cooperation with other colleagues in the team, the consultant will be responsible for the following projects:

  • Prepare advice (policy and operational), memos and other correspondence, revise relevant policies on matters related to the Social Security pillar, as required.
  • Liaise with GSSC on systemic and operational matters with respect to the development and implementation of HR policies as well as on simplification of business practices. In particular, work closely with the HR/GSSC colleagues in order to resolve operational and as appropriate, policy-issues related to the UNICEF Medical Insurance Plan for non-locally recruited staff and the WorldWide Plan.
  • Review and assist in managing individual cases arising under the MIP for locally-recruited personnel.
  • Provide advice and support to human resources practitioner on the interpretation of human resources policies.
  • Draft and review official correspondence addressed to UNICEF staff (letters of termination, letters of appointment templates, etc.), and other HR-related agreements with staff or external stakeholders, as well as templates for such letters/agreements.
  • Liaise with internal stakeholders and the Office of Ombudsman and propose amicable solutions on mediation cases.
  • Support the Policy pillar of the team in making amendments to UNICEF HR policies, as necessary. 

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

  • An advanced degree in Human Resources Management, Law, International Relations, Business Administration or related field.
  • Previous experience in HR policy or administrative law matters in an international organization, preferably an organization part of the UN common system.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication in English. Knowledge of another UN working language is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of relevant computer systems and applications.
  • Demonstrate strong organizational, planning, and analytical skills.


The proposal from the consultant should include daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference. The projected level of engagement is 50% part-time.

At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.

Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.


For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.

UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is also the world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries. As a global authority UNICEF is able to influence decision makers at the global level and turn the most innovative ideas into reality.