Director, Human Resources

Job categories Human Resources, Leadership
Vacancy code VA/2022/B0042/24204
Level ICS-14
Department/office OP, PCG, People and Culture Group
Duty station Copenhagen, Denmark
Contract type Fixed Term
Contract level D2
Duration 2 Years - Renewable subject to satisfactory performance and budget availability
Application period 05-Jul-2022 to 02-Aug-2022

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Please note that UNOPS will at no stage of the recruitment process request candidates to make payments of any kind.

This vacancy is closed.

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UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 5,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,400 personnel recruited on behalf of our partners, spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced and diverse labour force — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs. We continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage the recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Role of the People and Performance Group (PPG)

The Director, Human Resources leads the People and Performance Group (PPG) in UNOPS.  PPG is a critical strategic function leading and developing the organisation’s people strategy and HR practices, in line with the UNOPS strategic plan.  This includes  the areas of workforce and capability, organisation design, diversity and inclusion, learning, talent, engagement and wellbeing, personnel relations, performance and culture. 

PPG is a team of experienced professionals that have strategic human resource management at heart and are passionate about innovative solutions and achieving results.  

As UNOPS continues to evolve, PPG, under the leadership of its Director plays a key role in building an organisational culture with a high performing and engaged workforce. UNOPS wants to leverage  talent and technology to increase  impact for our partners and beneficiaries. 

Role of the Director, Human Resources

The HR Director reports to the Director of Finance and Administration of UNOPS.  

The purpose of the role is to provide organisation-wide leadership to cultivate and champion a diverse, inclusive and high-performing workforce that enables UNOPS to deliver its mission to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development. 

The Director will be a thought leader and internal advocate for the ambitious vision for the people and culture agenda at UNOPS.  The role is responsible for leading a Human Resources strategy that positions the organisation to proactively anticipate, plan, and meet workforce needs, in response to the vision and goals of the organisation and the United Nations.

The incumbent will work closely with leaders from across the organisation, to build a meaningful, and sustainable approach to workplace culture that is aligned with UNOPS vision and goals and the values of the United Nations.  This includes acting as a strategic partner to senior leadership to ensure the organisation is balancing the drive for results with people centricity. 

The role provides  leadership to the strategic HR function, positioning it as a key business partner for strategic impact and driving the HR transformation journey including digital transformation. 

The role requires credibility and professional gravitas to partner with leadership and drive the people's agenda across a dynamic international organisation undergoing significant change.

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UNOPS – an operational arm of the United Nations – supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by successfully implementing its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.

Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development.

We are proud of our people. The UNOPS family brings together approximately 160 nationalities, represented by over 5,000 UNOPS personnel as well as some 7,800 personnel recruited on behalf on our partners. Spread across 80 countries, our workforce is rich in diversity and culture – with inclusion at its core.

We understand the importance of balancing professional and personal demands and offer several flexible working options.

Explore what we offer here.