Human Resources Associate (m/f/d)

UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSITY Inst. for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and

🏡 Teilweise Remote
📑 Permanent contract
⏱ Full time
👥 Human Resources
💼 Professional


Education, Training
Science & Research


  • The HR Associate is responsible for the full HR life cycle for UNU-FLORES personnel. The incumbent shall be responsible for the following:
  • 1. Manages and provides HR Administrative Services within UNU-FLORES
  • Initiates, organises, manages, and oversees the recruitment, contract extension and separation processes;
  • Drives and initiates recruitment outreach activities to improve the quality of candidates and their diversity;
  • Manage the HR onboarding process.
  • 2. Provides support for the administration and implementation of HR strategies and policies, and adapts processes and procedures:
  • Monitor compliance with UNU Personnel Policy, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, and UNU HR policies and procedures; ensure effective implementation of said policies and procedures;
  • Provides advice, support and recommendations to management and personnel on HR regulations, rules, policies, procedures, and entitlements; and
  • Conduct research on a range of HR-related issues and prepare recommendations and reports as required.
  • 3. Coordinates personnel performance management, supports, personal and professional development and builds upon FLORES culture:
  • Provides staff and management training and advice on the performance management process and monitors Institute-wide compliance;
  • Develops, organises, and provides training/briefing sessions on HR-related topics, and promotes staff development;
  • Maintains HR information and knowledge products on SharePoint.
  • 4. Provides support in a variety of HR Services:
  • Acts as a cultural ambassador, promoting and nurturing the FLORES culture within the Institute, fostering a positive and inclusive work environment; and
  • Facilitates employee engagement initiatives, such as organising team-building activities, recognition programs, and wellness initiatives, to foster a positive and supportive work culture.
  • 5. Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor or Director.

Hard skills

  • You have a bachelor’s degree in human resources management, Law, Business or Public Administration, Social Sciences, Education, or a related field. A master’s degree or equivalent would be highly advantageous.
  • You have at least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in human resources, preferably in an international organisation. A Master’s degree with three years of progressively responsible experience in human resources would be acceptable.
  • You have experience working in an ERP system, ideally Oracle. Handling sensitive and confidential information comes naturally for you.
  • You can communicate positive feedback and constructive feedback alike.
  • You are proficient MS Office applications (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • You have advanced knowledge of organisational policy and procedures relating to HR.
  • You have strong planning, organisation, and time management skills, with the ability to communicate clearly and efficiently.


  • This is a full-time, fixed-term appointment. The initial appointment will be for one (1) year with the possibility of renewal on a fixed-term appointment basis, subject to satisfactory work performance.
  • UNU offers an attractive, tax-exempt compensation package including an annual net salary at the GS-5 level (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), 30 days of annual leave, dependency benefits, a pension plan and a health insurance scheme. For more information please see: .
  • UNU-FLORES furthermore offers a budget for career development, a job ticket for local transportation in Germany, and flexible working arrangements with the possibility to work from home occasionally.
  • Low hierarchies, a strong focus on the values and behaviours of the UN, and an inspiring work environment with the possibility to grow characterise UNU-FLORES.

United Nations University (UNU)

UNU is an international community of scholars engaged in policy-oriented research, capacity development and dissemination of knowledge in furthering the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The mission of UNU is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States.

For the past four decades, UNU has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on human survival, conflict prevention, sustainable development, and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 12 countries, UNU's work spans the 17 Sustainable Development Goals' full breadth, generating policy-relevant knowledge to effect positive global change. UNU maintains more than 200 collaborations with UN agencies and leading universities and research institutions across the globe.

United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)

UNU-FLORES is one of 13 research and training Institutes that comprise the think tanks in the UNU system. UNU-FLORES develops strategies to resolve pressing issues in the sustainable use and integrated management of environmental resources such as water, soil, waste, energy, and other geo-resources that concern the United Nations and its Member States – particularly in developing and emerging economies. Based in Dresden, Germany, the Institute engages in research, capacity development, postgraduate teaching, advanced training, and knowledge dissemination to advance the Resource Nexus. For more information, please visit .

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