Human Resources Officer P4 - FIT Pool - All Locations

Apply by 4 July 2018
Senior-level , Field assignment
Posted on 4 June 2018

Job Description

These jobs are found in Country Offices (COs), Regional Bureaux (RBs) and Headquarters (HQ). Job holders report to the Division/Regional/Country Director or the designate.
Job holders lead a team of HR staff to deliver servi ces that support larger COs or regions. Or, they perform a senior role within a specialist team in HQ, managing specialist staff. They have the technical knowledge and experience required to
identify, analyse and resolve more complex people issues. They provide technical expertise, advice and solutions that support strategic results, and formulate new strategies and technical approaches where appropriate.

To lead the planning and delivery of professional, client-focused HR services and/or provide technical advice and support in HQ/RBs, partnering with senior managers to implement HR solutions in line with WFP corporate priorities.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Lead in the design of country/regional/functional plans and processes, and the planning and implementation of HR operational activities or projects to meet local objectives and support WFP strategic goals.
  • Partner effectively with senior managers to understand their priorities, and provide advice and solutions on all aspects of human resources, as well as on strategic and policy issues.
  • Lead the effective management of the employment relationship between WFP and its staff, determining conditions of service, contracts and appropriate entitlements, and resolving complex employee relations issues.
  • Plan and monitor capability building, partnering with managers to understand individual skills and business requirements, and designing/delivering development solutions which equip people with the skills and knowledge required to meet current and future challenges.
  • Lead and update the onboarding process, to ensure new staff have a positive experience of WFP, and are successfully integrated into their new role and the organization.
  • Build and manage talent within WFP, understanding business needs and designing and delivering solutions to recruit, retain, manage and develop a high caliber workforce to deliver business objectives.
  • Plan and deliver organizational design activities that enable senior management to define and organize structures and jobs, and allocate people to the right places in order to improve efficiency.
  • Lead and motivate a team of HR staff, monitoring performance, providing coaching, training and guidance to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.
  • Oversee compliant data integrity; consolidate and analyse data, identifying trends/potential issues, presenting recommendations and influencing managers to tackle complex problems.
  • Maintain and share knowledge of external industry developments, and where appropriate amend/design new HR policies, procedures and systems in order to drive a culture of improvement and support WFP effectively.
  • Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
  • Other as required.


  • Advanced university degree in Human Resource Management, Public or Business Administration, Industrial Psychology or other relevant fields, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience or training/courses.


  • Typically eight years or more (of which three international) of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in Human Resources with an interest in international humanitarian development.
  • Significant experience of managing large teams of staff with somewhat varied areas of expertise.


  • Fluency in oral and written English;
  • Intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages).


  • Sound knowledge of HR concepts, principles and trends with a broad knowledge of best practices, techniques and processes and specialised knowledge in one or more specific areas within HR.
  • Ability to lead, coach and motivate a large team.
  • Good communication skills with the ability to persuade, influence, negotiate with the wide range of key stakeholders and adapt communication style to different situations.
  • Knowledge of common business principles and processes and the ability to quickly assimilate UN/WFP specific processes and systems.
  • Project management skills.
  • Strong initiative-taker and demonstrated ability to take independent decisions.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with clients and provide client-oriented service.
  • Ability to identify client’s needs and match them to appropriate solutions.
  • Ability to design, develop, manage and implement HR solutions, policies and programmes.

Selected candidates will be placed in the FIT Pool and may be contacted as the needs arise for fixed-term international positions in any of the countries in which WFP operates, including hardship duty stations. The FIT Pool membership will last 2 years.

Mobility is and continues to be a core contractual requirement in WFP. These positions are rotational which means that the incumbent shall be subject to the regular reassignment process unless the position is reclassified as non-rotational. Professional level positions are rotational on a period of 2 to 4 years, mobility is the essence of WFP.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance.

Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: “Where we work” and “Our work” to learn more about WFP’s operations.

To find out more about:

  • WFPs work,
  • Compensation

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries 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.

About the Organization

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. 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. At WFP, we are driven and defined by our mission to fight world hunger, save lives, feed people’s dreams of a brighter future, reduce risk and help enable people, communities and countries meet their own food and nutrition needs. WFP goes anywhere it’s needed and does what it takes to get the job done. You will find our people at the heart of every major humanitarian intervention around the world, providing the essential life-saving foundation required for those furthest behind. Each year, we reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries. Delivering our mission requires deep respect for personal and cultural differences and close collaboration between every member of our global team. While the 16,000 people working for WFP reflect the rich diversity of the world in which we work, the vital importance of our shared mission underpins a remarkably close community of purpose.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is offering life-changing job opportunities you are unlikely to find in other organizations. Working at WFP will give you the opportunity to work beyond your expectations, to be enriched by truly meaningful work and deepen your professional expertise.

The Future International Talent Pool (FIT Pool) is an entry point for a professional international career with WFP. WFP is looking to build a pool of highly qualified and dynamic talents interested in going to any of our 80 countries in which WFP operates, including hardship duty stations, when the need arises.

A FIT Pool member is placed on the pool for a period up to 2 years during which he/ she is considered with priority each time WFP has a specific need for a Fixed Term International Professional staff member in his/her functional area and level.