Workforce Planning Consultant, Cairo, Panama, Bangkok, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Dakar

Organization: WFP - World Food Programme

Country: Thailand

City: Johannesburg, South Africa

Office: WFP Johannesburg

Closing date: Thursday, 18 March 2021

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

Job Title: Workforce Planning Consultant (HR Strategic Workforce Planning)

Type of Contract: Regular Consultant

Division: HR Division - HRMTW Workforce Planning & Strategy Branch

Duty Station (City, Country): Multiple locations (Cairo, Panama, Bangkok, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Dakar)

Duration : 11 months


The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger globally, part of the United Nations. 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. More than 19,000 people work worldwide to ensure the most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

We are currently establishing a Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) practice within the HR Division. SWP enables WFP to purposefully plan for, manage and prepare its future workforce to respond effectively to the increasing demands of the organisation within a globally complex environment.

You will be part of a dynamic team, helping connect our strategy with our operational needs in terms of people, skills and capabilities required to deliver on our important mandate.

WFP offers 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 improve your growth and professional expertise. For additional information, visit:


This is a Regional role to support the design, delivery and monitoring of workforce plans and structural reviews at Country Office level within a specified region.This role works in close collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, from WFP’s management, to functional subject matter experts, HR colleagues and external experts.

Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like WFP, so this role includes, but is not limited to, the following accountabilities: ACCOUNTABILITIES:

Act as Regional Subject Matter Expert on Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) conducting SWP exercises for the Country Offices within the specified region based on established procedures, incorporating the results of functional and global workforce plans.

Through desktop reviews and stakeholder meetings, assess the strategic direction of Country Offices as well as possible future scenarios and derive insights into the implications of these on the workforce using a strategic workforce planning software.

Identify and analyse the current workforce and its relevant characteristics, including current skills of the workforce through skills gap analyses, talent reviews and/or functional talent assessments.

Assess future demand for talent based on strategic direction, and future supply of internal talent through data analysis. Project supply versus demand models for the Country Offices and identify gaps.

Work with HR colleagues and management to develop a strategy to close gaps by identifying appropriate workforce and/or talent management solutions to bridge the gaps over short, medium, and long-term including costs, timeframes, and benefits.

Analyze Country Office current organizational set-ups, structures, workforce composition and design organizational structures based on the workforce planning results.

Provide guidance and advice on formulating detailed implementation plans to ensure that the gaps between the current and future structures and workforce can be smoothly bridged.

Prepare appropriate communications materials to keep all stakeholders informed of SWP and structure alignment progress, to request action and to build engagement.

Monitor the implementation of Country Office workforce plans through the management of project plans, conduct lessons-learned exercises and contribute to the refining of workforce planning practices across WFP.

Coordinate and streamline the collection, interpretation and validation of workforce data and its analysis ensuring that quality standards and data privacy compliance are maintained.

Establish regional best practices, benchmarks and knowledge repositories on Strategic Workforce Planning and organizational structures, sharing them proactively with the counterparts in Headquarters and other regions.

Other, as required



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University Degree in Human Resources, Statistics, Economics, Business Administration or other related field.


Minimum 6 years or experience in HR management, of which at least 3 in Strategic Workforce Planning, Organizational Design or HR consulting with excellent analytical, communication and project management skills

At least 3 years of international experience either working abroad or in an international environment, as part of a multicultural team.

Knowledge and Skills:

Strong track record on organizational design and change management

Strong analytical, critical thinking, planning and problem-solving skills

Strong attention to detail

Ability to handle ambiguity and change, as well as balance multiple priorities

Customer orientation

Excellent written/verbal communication skills

Ability to build effective relationships across and outside the organization, at all levels

Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word and Powerpoint

High level of organization to compile and derive insights from data, working with multiple sources and coping with rapidly changing information

Knowledge of workforce planning tools and data analytics/visualisation/ reporting technology is desirable


Excellent command of English - fluency ( level C) in oral and written English is essential.


Initially the position can be performed through remote work within the same time zone as duty station of the role. When/as COVID situation allows, relocation to duty station will be required.

Terms and Conditions

WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: ‚Our work‘ and ‚Countries‘ to learn more about WFP’s operations.

Deadline for applications: 18 March 2021

Ref.: VA No. 140386

Qualified 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.