Job Classification Expert, Rome, Italy

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country: Italy

City: Rome

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Tuesday, 26 April 2022


Job Classification Expert

Job Posting: 12/Apr/2022

Closure Date: 26/Apr/2022, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : CSHRD

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : Six months with the possibility of extension

Post Number : N/A

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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture.

Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;
Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values

FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination

All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

FAO’s Human Resources Division (CSH) provides human resources (HR) strategies, policies, tools, guidance and oversight to FAO clients worldwide to ensure that the Organization attracts, develops and retains a diverse, skilled and highly motivated workforce, delivering on the mandate of the Organization. Over the next years, CSH will focus on developing and implementing a people centered strategy, and on positioning HR as a strategic partner and a streamlined function. The Human Resources Division is composed of two main clusters, (i) the Integrated Talent Management providing advice and managing position management, recruitment, mobility, staff development/training, performance management and social security, and (ii) the HR Strategy and Policy, providing HR strategic guidance, policy and oversight.

The Job Classification Expert will manage the 2022 job classification exercise (i.e. job growth) of the GS category. S/he is the first and primary adviser to clients in all locations (HQs and Decentralized Offices) ensuring consistent policy compliance and quality assurance.

Reporting Lines

The Job Classification Expert reports to the Human Resources Officer (Job classification) in CSHR under the overall guidance of the Director, CSH. As needed, the Job Classification Expert works in close collaboration with other HR Officers and support staff in the Recruitment Branch (CSHR) as well as in the Human Resources Corporate Branch (CSHC). S/he also interacts with Programme Officers (Stream Focal Points) as required.

Technical Focus

Job classification

Tasks and responsibilities

conduct preliminary organizational studies, structure’s and generic job profiles‘ reviews

advise and guide Senior Managers and staff on job classification procedures and preparation of job growth’s proposals

quality check the completion and accuracy of submissions, including position management data and budget allocations and communicate with Senior Managers, as required and delegated

administer the efficient processing of job growth submissions

review job growth proposals, organize and conduct desk audits including interviews with staff and supervisors

classify jobs by using the ICSC job evaluation on-line system and produce Post Rating Summaries

prepare analysis and recommendation (i.e. job evaluation reports) for final approval

review existing GS generic job profiles and make recommendation on new functional trends as results of the job growth exercise

make recommendations on structural and staffing changes across the Organization, when appropriate

prepare relevant communication to Senior Management on the outcome of the job growth exercise

monitor the delivery of work assigned within agreed parameters and key performance indicators (KPIs) and outline any challenges affecting the delivers of the results

generate real-time reporting and maintain data on classification results

perform other related duties


Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, Organizational Development, or related disciplines

Seven years of relevant experience in human resources management in the United Nations Common system including organizational design and job classification services utilizing the ICSC New Master Standards (NMS) including experience in the use of the ICSC job evaluation on-line system (i.e. Spectra)

Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate - level B) of another FAO official language (either French or Spanish).

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Extent and relevance of experience in organizational design and job classification in the United Nations Common system

In-depth knowledge of the ICSC job evaluation Master Standards and Common Classification of Occupational Groups (CCOG) principles

Sound theoretical understanding of HR concepts and principles relating to organizational design and job evaluation

Demonstrated ability to prepare clear and concise job analysis reports and recommendations in English

Knowledge and experience in MS Office packages (MS Word, Excel etc.)

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)

Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list

Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at

For more information, visit the FAO employment website

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required. Vaccination status will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.


To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills

Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile

Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application

Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications

Incomplete applications will not be considered

Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application

Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered

Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile

We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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