HR Policies Specialist at the OPEC Fund for International Development

The OPEC Fund for International Development is a multilateral development finance institution established in 1976. Our 12 Member Countries are:  Algeria, Ecuador, Gabon, Indonesia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: HR Policies Specialist

Location: Austria
Employment Type: Temporary Contract – one year

Job Profile

  • The incumbent drafts and reviews HR policies and guidelines, recommends solutions based on applicable regulations, rules and general principals.
  • S/he identifies and assists in solving HR policy related gaps and misalignments that are relevant to meet the needs of the OPEC Fund.
  • This is done by researching and collecting legal references and benchmarking HR policies with comparable international institutions.
  • The incumbent is also responsible for communicating and promoting rules and procedures, as well as monitoring their compliance and implementation

Duties and Responsibilities
Policy Development:

  • Reviews existing policies, frameworks and procedures to assess their adequacy and alignment with the emerging needs and strategy of the Organization
  • Formulates new HR policies in close collaboration with the Head, HR Policies and Development and works with different HR functions to collect relevant inputs
  • Identifies policy flows and misalignments by conducting comparative analysis of current HR rules and benchmarking against other international organizations
  • Drafts amendments to HR policies, reviews comments and edits from stakeholders, addresses queries and updates documents, as required
  • Recommends policy changes and innovative approaches on how these can be addressed
  • Reviews proposed changes, advises on feasibility and potential risks

Policy Communication and Implementation:

  • Contributes to the successful roll-out of policies and procedures, promoting the use of new processes and introducing new approaches
  • Develops systematic feedback mechanisms to assess policy impact and effectiveness
  • Develops appropriate communication strategies to promote awareness, understanding and support for HR policies across management and staff
  • Assists with the interpretation of HR provisions as well as exceptions and precedents
  • Advises management on HR policy applicability, acting as a policy adviser within the HR Unit
  • Ensures consistency across HR policies and provisions, flagging misalignments, if any

Reporting and Policy Planning:

  • Ensures alignment of initiatives with overall HR strategy and program
  • Tracks the progress of HR policy related initiatives, reporting regularly to the Head, HR Policies & Development
  • Drives the assessment of HR policy related projects and reports to management by consolidating results and feedback received
  • Conducts in-depth research and studies on both legal and factual aspects of the issues of HR, keeping abreast of the developments in the field and in comparable international organizations
  • Carries out other duties as assigned by the HR Director and Head, HR Policies & Development

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Law, International Management, HR, Public or Business Administration or other related fields.
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in a relevant field.
  • Preferably 2-3 years at a responsible level in a large organization, preferably international in nature.
  • Fluent in English. A good working knowledge of German, French, Arabic, or Spanish is an added advantage.


  • Proven ability to follow existing process with high attention to detail
  • Proven ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Extensive knowledge in the usage of office technologies, such as Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), intra/internet as well as on-line database management.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision and guidance.
  • Good interpersonal and time management skills.
  • Ability to create, develop and analyse policies in an efficient and timely manner. Must be able to demonstrate a strong ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and tasks simultaneously
  • Demonstrable ability to work in an international multi-cultural environment, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

Method of Application
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June 2024