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HR Partner, Centres & Finance

Vacancy #:   5937
Unit:   Human Resources Management Group
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Head, Global HR Operations
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 June 2024
Type of contract:   Max-term (24 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   31 March 2022
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 Human Resources Management Group (HRMG) provides HR leadership to IUCN Secretariat global HR function. It designs and implements global programmes and practices and oversee their implementation across IUCN offices to ensure the consistent, fair and strategic management of IUCN workforce.

HRMG works in partnership with line management and HR professionals around the globe, to whom it provides expert advice for the purpose of attracting, retaining and developing a qualified and motivated workforce. It is composed of a team of 8.


The HR Partner provides strategic HR support and leadership to a portfolio of units comprised of the Thematic Centres that provide programmatic leadership globally, the Finance Group. The incumbent is responsible for leading and coordinating the complete range of HR services and support to his/her global portfolio, acting as the primary HR focal point. He/she also serve as IUCN focal point for the HR Partner – corporate Services & Ramsar. The HR Partner reports to the Head, Global HR Operations, and collaborates closely with the other members of HRMG to contribute in HR global initiatives and to execute HR global programmes and standards.

• Provide HR support and advice to designated group or business units by responding to requests, analysing situations, interpreting IUCN policies and guidelines, and recommending sound and workable solutions.
• Act as a single point of contact for the employees and managers in the units he/she supports, developing a trusting and consultative relationship with all levels of managers and employees.
• Develop and maintain a strong understanding of the units’ strategies and work and build relationships with senior management to improve overall capacity to manage people in the unit.
• Build manager and staff knowledge of HR policies and practices through regular information and training.
• In conjunction with the relevant Manager, manage the recruitment and selection of internal and external applicants from initiating terms of reference and position requirements to reference checks, offers and relocation support.
• Provide leadership and support on the complete range of Human Resources activities including employee relations, conflict management, employee grievances, benefits and compensation, full employee life cycle, including separations, inclusion and workplace health initiatives, learning and development, workforce planning, organisation structure, etc.
• Be the point of contact to the HR Partner – Corporate Services & Ramsar to support him/her on the application of HR policies and processes.
• Ensure the timely completion of all activities of the performance development cycle, build managers and staff capacity to develop their performance and others through feedback conversations.
• Escalate any issues or cases that cannot be resolved or that generate significant risks for the organisation to the Head, Global HR Operations in a timely manner.
• Actively participate in the design and planning of global HR programmes and initiatives and lead the implementation for his/her portfolio of units.
• Responsible for data integrity of his/her portfolio in IUCN HR Systems.
• Maintain knowledge of local regulations and current practices pertaining to Human Resources.
  • Eight to ten years of demonstrable hands on experience as an HR generalist, with at least five years working with an international workforce.

• Experience in people management. Knowledge of Swiss employment laws an advantage.

• Bachelor in Human Resource Management, Business or Public Administration, or equivalent experience.

• Advanced working knowledge of HR and organisational development disciplines, including recruitment, employee life cycle administration, employee relations, compensation and benefits practices, performance management, learning and development, diversity and inclusion, workforce planning, and change management.

• Ability to use diplomacy and discretion in handling matters which are confidential and/or sensitive in nature.

• The capacity to build trusting and collaborative relationships with employees and managers at all levels, keen ability to coach and guide.

• Ability to work well in a multi-cultural environment.

• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, in one-on-one situations, in group settings, and with employees of all levels.

• To be results driven and have a comprehensive approach to managing all HR processes from end to end; from administrative to highly strategic.

• Ability to troubleshoot, follow projects through to completion, and make decisions with limited information.

• Fluency in English. Working knowledge of French is Highly desirable and a clear advantage.
The gross annual salary for this position is between CHF 100'355 and CHF 125'444, subject to deductions for social security contributions and second-pillar pension, and before tax. While this is an indicative amount effective as of the current date, changes may occur as per IUCN's compensation practices without prior notice. The same applies to other organisations hosted by IUCN.

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.

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Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,400 Member organisations and around 16,000 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.

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