Human Resources Associate (Open to current UN Staff / Nationals of Malawi only)

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Job no:   542018
Contract type:   Fixed Term Appointment
Level:  G-6
Location:   Malawi
Categories:   Human Resources

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, health

UNICEF Malawi Country Programme (2019-2023) is aligned with the Government of Malawi’s Growth and Development Strategy (MDGS III) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). The programme supports the Government of Malawi to meet its commitment to respect, protect and fulfil children’s rights in line with international conventions and standards. The country programme is guided by the principles of children’s rights, equity, gender equality, inclusion and resilience, and supports evidence-based, integrative and innovative programming. The vision is that ‘all girls and boys in Malawi, especially the most disadvantaged and deprived, realize their rights’.  The programme focuses on: early childhood (parenting, high-impact social services, early stimulation and learning), middle childhood and adolescence (learning, multi-sectoral services, active citizenship), communities (decentralized services and systems, community ownership, social norms), programme effectiveness (monitoring, evaluation, HACT, Innovation, Social Protection and Social Policy and External Communication.  The programme is based on ‘leaving no child behind’, realizing ‘rights for all children in Malawi’.

How can you make a difference?

The Malawi Country Office offers an exciting and rewarding career opportunity for you to join our dynamic Human Resources (HR) team where you will be responsible for the effective and efficient delivery of a broad range of HR administrative, procedural and operational support services for all categories of staff, while ensuring accurate and timely delivery of such assistance in compliance with UNICEF HR rules and regulations.  In your role as HR Associate, you will be under the close guidance and supervision of the Human Resources Specialist and play a pivot role in ensuring highly responsive HR services in the areas under your responsibility.

This job presents a unique and significant opportunity for a qualified, vibrant, motivated and committed person to contribute to the overall achievement of the HR work plan by delivering on the following key responsibility areas, but not limited to – you are however encouraged to read the attached and detailed job description in order to  view the full role and its requirements:

  1. Support to business partnering
  2. Support in processing of entitlements and benefits
  3. Support in recruitment, placement and onboarding
  4. Support consultancy recruitment
  5. Support in learning and capacity development
  6. General support during the entire employee life-cycle
  7. General office support

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…


  • A completed secondary education, preferably supplemented by technical or university courses related to HR work


  • A minimum of six years of relevant professional work experience is required in responsible HR and administrative related work
  • Experience working within the UN system is a definite asset
  • Background and/or familiarity with emergency is considered as an asset


  • Extensive knowledge of HR principles, rules, regulations and procedures within the UN is a strong asset
  • Sound computer literacy and the ability to effectively use standard office software tools as well as good knowledge and skill in using HR systems
  • Ability to extract and format data and to solve operational problems
  • Solid report writing skills
  • Ability to organize own work, set priorities and meet deadlines
  • Being a self-starter, taking initiative and quick learning skills

Interpersonal and communication

  • Takes responsibility to respond to internal and external service needs promptly and proactively; takes initiative to ensure that deadlines, rules and regulations are met. Uses own discretion to address unforeseen situations.
  • Demonstrates a high degree of confidentiality, initiative and good judgment.
  • Demonstrates courtesy, tact, patience and ability to work effectively with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.


  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

View our competency framework at:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.


The position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.

UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at .

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

The VA is open to candidates – both internal to UNICEF and external candidates from all other UN agencies only.

Advertised:   13 Jul 2021  South Africa Standard Time
Deadline:   20 Jul 2021  South Africa Standard Time

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