Head of Human Resources Unit – HR Unit – OIE Paris, France


Head of the Human Resources Unit
Contract – fixed term, 2 years renewable – under international law


Salary range 4.200/4.800€ nett/per month depending on exp. (exempt of French income tax)

The OIE is an intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving the health of animals worldwide.

Positioning and reporting


Under the authority of the Director General and the direct supervision of the Director of Administration.

Context and challenges


Modernisation of the role of HR within the Organisation and assurance of a successful handover from the interim HR Manager.

Compliance of HR policies with the regulatory framework of the Organisation on the one hand, and with local and international legal requirements on the other.

International and multicultural environment (OIE staff: 230 people – Headquarters in Paris + 13 regional and sub-regional representations on 5 continents)

Job purpose


The Head of the Human Resources Unit participates in fulfilling the missions and mandate of the OIE by ensuring the implementation of the Organisation’s HR strategy, which supports the overall strategy of the Organisation, the definition of which he/she is closely associated with. He/she provides operational support to local managers and intervenes with staff when necessary. He/she contributes to the Organisation’s development projects and participates in change management.



Active participation in the transformation of HR

·       Within the framework of the 7th Strategic Plan of the OIE, support the transformation/modernisation of the function of HR by becoming a source of recommendations, together with General Direction, on the situation analysis, the HR strategy and action plans to be followed, in relation to all HR areas (with a focus in the short term on the personnel administration, compensation, and data management).


Management of the HR Unit team: 4 people (Personnel administration / Recruitment / Training & Talent)

·       Translate strategic approaches into team objectives and monitor performance by developing and following up on individual and collective active plans;

·       Identify the resources required, and define the organisation of activities and distribution of responsibilities within the team;

·       Lead the recruitment process, promote skills development, and undertake the annual evaluations of team members;

·       Foster a motivating and high-performing work environment.


Operational implementation of the HR policies of the Organisation

·       Ensure the development, formalisation and performance of HR processes and projects, particularly in the following areas: recruitment; remuneration; training; management of skills & careers (GPEC); HRIS; working conditions; occupational health; litigation (in cooperation with the Legal Affairs Unit), with the aim of harmonising, if possible, practices between Headquarters and the regional offices;

·       Coordinate the Organisation’s relationship with staff and serve as the interface on HR issues, promote cultural diversity, and participate, with General Direction, in facilitating social dialogue with staff representatives;

·       Support managers with the proper implementation of HR policies and procedures, by providing information and training, as well as advice and direct assistance in the management of complex managerial situations, if necessary.


Representation of the Organisation at the international level and development of partnerships in the area of HR:

–        Represent the OIE at the International Service for Remunerations and Pensions (ISRP) – the HR platform of several International Organisations, hosted by the OECD, of which the OIE is an associated member.

In the medium term, it is envisaged that the Head of the HR Unit will intervene in:

–        steering the overall pay roll in collaboration with the Administration Directorate

–        the development of internal communication in coordination with the Chef of Staff.

Expériences / Formation

Required skills and experience


Qualifications and experience

·       Postgraduate qualification (Bac+5 / Masters) in Human Resources, or equivalent;

·       At least 10 years of experience within HR, ideally in HR development (Skills & career management in particular) and/or in more general HR roles;

·       A minimum of 4 years of experience in team management;

·       Professional experience in a multi-site organisation, which included international offices.


Additional experience

·       Experience of living outside your home country/abroad for professional or personal reasons;

·       Experience in change management (role in transition management or in an organisation in change).




Technical skills

·       Excellent general HR knowledge

·       Familiar with HR best practices of International Organisations;

·       Proficiency in Microsoft Office

·       Fluent in English and French


Additional technical skills (desirable)

·       Expertise in compensation & benefits

·       Knowledge of SIRH

·       Proficiency in Spanish a plus


Interpersonal skills

·       Leadership, ability to motivate and convince;

·       Excellent interpersonal skills, sense of dialogue and ability to listen;

·       Ability to adapt to – and interpret – the diversity of communication styles in a multicultural environment;

·       Ability to identify key information, conduct critical analyses, and summarise topics with the logic of providing recommendations;

·       Ability to conceptualise and operationally implement policies;

·       Capacity to be the source of proposals and pragmatic in response to the needs expressed;

·       Situational intelligence and excellent communication skills on sensitive subjects;

·       Ability to manage conflicts and arbitrate situations in an objective and neutral manner;

·       Acute sense of confidentiality;

·       Foresight, organisation, prioritisation and time management skills.



Working conditions


The post is a full-time position at the OIE Headquarters in Paris. It requires long hours in a seated position at a computer, and flexibility to travel internationally.


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General Information


The OIE places high value on a multicultural and positive work environment. The OIE is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications of all qualified candidates, irrespective of their ethnic origin, gender, opinions or beliefs.

This is a full-time position as an international civil servant based at the OIE Headquarters in Paris (France) that is available immediately.

If you are interested in the position, please complete your application online by 3 December 2021 at the latest by clicking on the link below.




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