Human Resources Officer (Talent Acquisition) NOA

WFP - World Food Programme

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WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


First University degree in Human Resources Management, Public or Business Administration, Industrial Psychology or other relevant field. Advanced university degree in relevant fields or HR Certification will be highly desirable.

Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge of HR best practices, techniques and processes with some understanding of the basic theoretical background.

Ability to support more junior and/or less experienced members of the team.

Basic analytical ability to compile, maintain and analyse data, prepare reports and draw initial conclusions in support of work carried out by another officer, skills in developing sources for data collection.

Good communication skills required to give and receive information and work with a variety of individuals.

Knowledge of, or the ability to quickly assimilate, UN/WFP specific processes and systems.

Good command in both written and spoken English is essential. Proficiency in local languages is desirable.


These jobs are found in Country Offices (COs), Regional Bureaux (RBs), and Headquarters (HQ) and report to a more senior HR Officer. Job holders are likely to be working under the supervision of a more experienced staff member, receiving guidance and regular feedback on work performed. They support the collation, maintenance, analysis and reporting of information to maximise the effectiveness of HR services.


To support the delivery of a professional, client-focused HR services, partnering with managers to implement HR solutions in line with WFP corporate priorities.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Provide support in building talent within WFP, working with managers to understand their needs and organizing solutions to recruit, retain and develop a high caliber workforce to deliver the business strategy.
  2. Deliver end-to-end recruitment of people resources to support programme delivery.
  3. Review the request documents, including TORs, provided by Hiring Managers and prepare Vacancy Announcements (VA) for issuance.
  4. Screen applications upon closing of the VA, prepare the longlist and liaise with the Hiring Managers for shortlisting.
  5. Coordinate and facilitate various recruitment methodologies (written tests; interviews, etc.) in timely manner.
  6. Prepare recruitment Notes for the Record for further review by the Head of Talent Acquisition.
  7. Prepare and review the necessary documentation for the Local Appointment and Promotion Committee meetings.
  8. Respond to queries from managers and staff, understanding their issues and ensuring policies, procedures, processes, systems and tools are available and correctly applied to support them.
  9. Provide support for organizational design activities that enable managers to define and organize structures and jobs and allocate people to the right places in order to improve efficiency.
  10. Collate data and contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting, supporting a WFP wide view of HR activities that enables informed decision-making and consistent information for stakeholders.
  11. Transfer knowledge, train and support junior staff in the Unit.
  12. Perform any other relevant duties.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  • Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  • Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  • Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  • Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.




This section is optional to describe additional responsibilities & knowledge required for the specific job.


Typically, two (2) or more years of postgraduate professional work experience in Human Resources with an interest in international humanitarian development.

Previous experience in handling competitive recruitment processes of the national staff category under various contractual tools with understanding of diversity and inclusion and gender parity for hiring the best talent from internal and external candidates, will be desirable.


The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term contract with a probationary period of one year. WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, 30 days’ annual leave, pension plan and medical insurance.


10th December 2021


Qualified Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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