Human Resources Officer - P03

Grade: P03
Type of Appointment: Series A - Short Term
Duration of Contract: 12 months
Secretary/Department/Off.: The Exec. Secretariat of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Announcement Number: EO/17/23
Duty Station: US - Washington D.C.
Job Family: Human Resources
Job Category: Professionals and Higher Categories
Recruitment Type: External
Employment Schedule: Full time
Publication Date: 4/21/23
Closing Date: 5/5/23
# of Openings: 1

  Annual Basic Salary (net of taxes):

Basic Salary: US $64,121

 Annual Post Adjustment (net of taxes):

Post Adjustment: US $40,717


Duties and responsibilities:

Within limits of authority delegated by the Executive Secretary and under the direct supervision of the Senior Officer in charge, serve as the focal point for the IACHR on Human Resources matters and maintain liaison with the Department of Human Resources with regards to the following:  

  • Provide technical leadership in one or more HR specialty areas for compliance with GS/OAS policies, regulations and rules for recruitment, job classification, career development, performance management, data analytics, learning & development etc. to help supervisors by implementing efficient client services that help either attract, retain and/or motivate personnel.
  • Engage with management to understand priorities and provide advice and solutions on all aspects of HR in line with GS/OAS Department of Human Resources policies.
  • Advise managers on the resolution of human resources issues ensuring equitable and transparent solutions that protects both the personnel and the organization’s interests determining the appropriate application of GS/OAS rules and regulations to highly sensitive or contentious individual cases.
  • Responsible for proposing strategic human resources workforce planning supporting senior management to identify future human resource requirements in terms of numbers, types of contracts, and levels of staff, and identifying emerging trends in profile requirements.
  • Contribute to the mapping of competencies for all personnel assisting in the development of a comprehensive framework in support of their development.
  • Develop the human resources annual work plan, setting priorities/targets and performance measurements.
  • Propose and develop HR initiatives that support organizational culture change such as high-quality people management practices, and promoting gender, inclusion, and diversity.
  • Take initiative in identifying issues, themes and patterns affecting the personnel health and wellbeing.
  • Build dialog and outreach with personnel to provide accurate and timely advice to their queries on HR processes and policies and promote dialogue between personnel and management to help find solutions to HR-related issues ensuring the highest level of client-orientation as well as in channeling concerns through conflict resolution mechanisms.
  • Provide support to the onboarding and offboarding process of personnel.
  • Develop, lead, and organize the execution of the competitions for vacancies in the Regular and Specific Funds of the IACHR, including those for Special Rapporteurships and Executive Secretary.
  • Conduct eligibility screening for staff competitions and elaborates preselection documents to managers responsible for selection.
  • Act as technical secretary for interview panels and prepare memorandums for review by the IACHR and GS/OAS selection committees.
  • Prepare job descriptions as well as post reclassification documents based on UN classification standards in the Professional and General Service categories in accordance with GS/OAS Human Resources Department procedures.
  • Prepare requests for consulting announcements reviewing and recommending level of remuneration.
  • Coordinate the organizational culture change and improvement of the work environment project of the ES/IACHR carried out by an external consulting firm.
  • Manage physical space, identifying space for new members and planning additional needs.
  • Keep abreast, research, benchmark, and implement best and cutting-edge practices in HR management and contribute to the development of policies, procedures and introduce innovation through sharing of best practices and knowledge learned.
  • Actively engage in the Performance Evaluation System: providing advice to the ES/IACHR leadership, as well as guidance, coaching, and motivation to staff by regularly discussing performance and providing feedback; solving interpersonal conflicts; actively supporting the development and career aspirations of staff; evaluating performance fairly. Reviewing and discussing staff member’s work expectations with the direct supervisor by defining individual annual objectives.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Education & Experience  :   

Essential: First University Degree (Bachelor) in Human Resources Management, Public or Business Administration, Industrial Relations, Psychology, or a related field issued by a duly accredited institution and 7 years of relevant experience at the national and/or international level OR Advanced University Degree (Master) in one of the fields listed above issued by a duly accredited institution and 4 years of relevant experience OR Doctorate and 1 year of relevant experience.  

Desirable: Experience or knowledge of the OAS mandate and priorities as related to the area of work and/or the dynamics of the Inter-American agenda and system.


Essential – Proficient in at least two of the official languages of the OAS (read, write and communicate).

Desirable – Working knowledge of other two OAS official languages.

Personal Competencies:
  Client Orientation, Knowledge Sharing, Teamwork, Interpersonal Skills.  Ability to clearly communicate in the languages required for the post.


The GS/OAS embraces equality, diversity and inclusion. Thus, the GS/OAS, in accordance with its rules and regulations, is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, achieving a diverse staff, and will take into account a wide geographic representation, as well as gender equity and equality, in the selection of candidates.

In accordance with paragraph f. of Article 44 of the General Standards, the official languages of the Organization are English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.  No candidate for a position in the General Secretariat subject to the competition requirement shall be contracted until he/she has passed language proficiency exams administered by the DHR in at least two of the official languages. Nevertheless, i) Any candidate, including staff member whose native language is one of those four languages shall only be required to demonstrate proficiency on an exam in one of the others; and (ii) Persons applying for G-1 and G-2 positions at Headquarters and G-3 driver/clerk positions in those Offices of the General Secretariat in the Member States where the language requirement unduly restricts the recruitment of otherwise qualified staff shall be exempt from this language proficiency requirement for as long as they occupy those positions. Subsequently, in order to be eligible to compete for a higher-level position, any staff member who has benefited from this exemption must demonstrate proficiency in a second official language of the Organization. (iii) A person selected as the best candidate may receive a fixed-term contract, which will be considered to have lapsed in case the person does not pass the required language examination within the 36 months following the appointment.

Please note that the mandatory retirement age for staff members at the General Secretariat of the OAS is 65.

Upon hiring, the GS/OAS expects all workforce members in Washington, DC to be  up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccines   unless there is a medical reason not to do so. When you obtain a vaccination, you will greatly reduce the risk to yourself and those with whom you interact. Vaccines are highly effective and are widely available throughout the Washington, D.C., area.