Closing Date : 2019-05-15
Duty Station : Rome, Italy
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Organization: International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB)
Country: Italy
Closing date: 15 May 2019


The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), established in 1983, is an international, intergovernmental organisation conceived as a Centre of excellence for research, training and technology transfer to industry in the field of biotechnology to promote sustainable global development. The Centre conducts innovative research in life sciences and strengthens the research capability of its over 60 Member States through training, funding programs and advisory services. Located in Trieste (Italy), New Delhi (India) and Cape Town (South Africa), and in collaboration with over 40 Affiliated Centres worldwide, the three ICGEB Components provide a scientific and educational environment of the highest international standards. Further information available at

The ICGEB invites internal and external applications for the post of

Head, Human Resources & Personnel Unit

POST TITLE:Head, Human Resources & Personnel Unit

DUTY STATION:Trieste, Italy

DATE REQUIRED:as soon as possible

TYPE OF CONTRACT:Fixed term appointment

DURATION:Initial period of three months, with possibility of one year further extensions subject to performance

LEVEL:G6/G7 (UN Salary Scale) depending on experience and qualifications

DUTIES:Under the direct supervision of the Chief, Legal & Administration, the incumbent will be responsible for the management and supervision of the staff of the Unit. The overall responsibilities of the incumbent includes but are not limited to the following services and tasks:

day-to-day management, processes and administration related to ICGEB personnel, which include recruitments, job classifications, separations, contracts and relevant financial documentation, performance management, salaries and benefit entitlements etc.;

coordination with the administration of New Delhi and Cape Town Components for personnel related matters in the framework of the application of the ICGEB rules, regulations, policies and guidelines;

supervision of the social security consultant in charge of the administration of Health insurance (CIGNA), Life insurance (AETNA), UN Pension Fund (UNJSPF), Insurances related to death or injuries attributable to the performance of duties;

preparation, revision and implementation of amendments to the Staff Rules and Regulations, updating or development of new policy documents, maintainance of statistics and preparation of reports, and other documents pertaining to Human Resources;

HR information and advice to management and staff;

management of the ICGEB reception;

other assignments and special projects as required.

QUALIFICATIONS:Completion of secondary education with post-secondary training/certificate in human resources, office management, business administration or related field.

A minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience in a similar position is required. Knowledge of the United Nations or other international organizations administrative procedures would be an asset.

COMPETENCIES:Excellent knowledge of human resources management and administration. Previous experience in separation and performance management would be an asset; ability to lead and supervise staff and teams; demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to interpret rules and administrative guidelines and to solve routine and non-routine issues in the field of Human Resources; excellent communication skills with ability to draft clearly and concisely; strong results-orientated approach; demonstrated ability to work in a team and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with external and internal partners in a multicultural environment; strong IT skills.

LANGUAGES:Excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken). Knowledge of Italian would be an asset.

How to apply:

Candidates should submit their full CV by completing the ICGEB s Personal History Form available online at:, together with a cover letter outlining motivation for application and full contact details of three referees.

ICGEB is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

Applications should be addressed via email to HR & Personnel Unit,, quoting reference PU/TS/04-18.

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