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HR Business Partner, IUCN/Ramsar

Vacancy #:   807
Unit:   Human Resources Management Group
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Head, HR Management, Headquarters and EMEA
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 September 2014
Type of contract:   Max-term
Closing date:   15 May 2014
The mission of the Human Resources Management Group (HRMG) in IUCN is to actively and transparently promote and monitor effective, equitable human resources policies, procedures and practices that adhere to best practice standards.

HRMG works in partnership with line management around the globe, to whom it provides expert advice for the purpose of attracting and retaining a qualified and motivated workforce. It is also instrumental in ensuring that IUCN provides career opportunities at all levels and that staff members are treated equitably.

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN’s work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,200 government and NGO Members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is an intergovernmental treaty that embodies the commitments of its member countries to maintain the ecological character of their Wetlands of International Importance and to plan for the "wise use", or sustainable use, of all of the wetlands in their territories. The Ramsar Convention Secretariat is administered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Ramsar Secretariat staff are IUCN employees and their contracts are governed by the IUCN Global Human Resources Policy, IUCN Global Policy for Expatriate Staff, the Conditions of Service for Switzerland, and Swiss labour law. IUCN does not have the status of an intergovernmental organization under a host country agreement in Switzerland: consequently, IUCN must obtain a Swiss work permit for non-Swiss staff. IUCN and Ramsar staff do not have diplomatic immunity or international civil servant (UN) status.

The Secretariat shares the premises provided by the Government of Switzerland to both IUCN and the Convention, located in Gland. The Ramsar Secretariat is under the authority of the Standing Committee of the Convention and ultimately of its Conference of the Parties.
The HR Business Partner will work on a 50/50 basis for the Ramsar Convention Secretariat and IUCN respectively as defined below.

IUCN (50%)

Recruitment & Selection:
- Responsible for the recruitment and selection of staff up to P2 level;
- Assist with drafting of Job Descriptions for new positions in coordination with hiring managers, as appropriate;
- Coordination of vacancy announcements and advertising of positions on all relevant portals;
- Organize and participate in interviews as required and provide candidates with interview feedback;
- Make reference checks before appointing candidates.

General Human Resources Matters:
- Point of contact for training and development issues, managing Lingos learning platform for IUCN;
- Check & Record IUCN consultancy contracts for HRMG manager’s review;
- Help with new staff induction;
- Assist with HR projects where required;
- Organize social events.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a similar HR function

• Bachelor degree in HR of equivalent (Brevet Federal in HR preferred)

• Proven generalist experience in all areas of human resources

• Good knowledge of Swiss Labour Laws

• Bi-lingual English-French capacity, both written and spoken with excellent writing skills

• Experience in the analysis and development of policies and procedures

• Capacity to work effectively with and within two different teams, the Ramsar Secretariat and IUCN HR team

• Ability to work in a multicultural setting

• Excellent interpersonal skills to work and communicate effectively in a multicultural environment and across a range of cultural environments

• Experience in an international environment/NGO/Environmental Organization an advantage

• Proactive, responsive and committed to client service

• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

• Strong team player with a capacity to work on own initiative

• Good knowledge of office computer applications (spreadsheet, document processing, etc.) and experience in the use of Human Resources Information Systems
The gross annual salary for this position is in the range from CHF 86'330 to CHF 107'913, subject to deductions for social security contributions and second-pillar pension, and before tax.

Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

Other job opportunities are published in the IUCN website: http://www.iucn.org/involved/jobs/

About IUCN

IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,300 Member organisations and some 10,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.

IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.