Human Resources Officer, Rome, Italy

Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Country: Italy

City: Rome

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Friday, 29 April 2022


Human Resources Officer

Job Posting: 15/Apr/2022

Closure Date: 29/Apr/2022, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : Human Resources Division (CSH) Recruitment Branch (CSHR)

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional

Grade Level : P-4

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : short term assignment (six months extendable) on reimbursable loan

Post Number : N/A

CCOG Code : 1A06

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

Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and underrepresented Members and persons 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

FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

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.

The Human Resources Division (CSH) provides 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 positioning HR as a strategic partner contributing to the achievement of the mandate of FAO. The Human Resources Division is composed of 2 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 post is located under the (i) cluster in the Recruitment Branch (CSHR), Division of Human Resources at FAO Headquarter in Rome , Italy

Reporting Lines The Human Resources Officer reports to the Senior Human Resources Officer (CSHR) under the overall guidance of the Director, CSH

Technical Focus The Human Resources Officer will supports and implements the CFI (Investment Centre) restructuring and human resource strategy as well as recruitment and selection activities.

Key Results Comprehensive HR expertise for the planning and deliver of multi-disciplinary HR programmes, products and services and development of related policies and specialized tools and systems.

Key Functions

Leads projects and/or work teams, leads and/or participates on Division teams, provides secretariat services and/or professional HR expertise on Organization-wide HR committees and working groups and represents FAO at inter-agency meetings;
Plans and delivers HR programmes, products and services including related policies, systems and tools to facilitate the effective recruitment, management, development and retirement of the FAO workforce;
Analyzes HR requirements, information, data, statistics, relativities, trends, problems, and/or issues to support service delivery, new HR initiatives, and the preparation of plans, strategies, reports, policies and/or other products;
Provides specialist HR advice and expertise to designated business partners on specific or complex cases, staff requirements, policy interpretation issues, labor relations issues and/or best practices, etc.;
Manages special projects and provides guidance to consultants for the development and implementation of new HR products, tools, and systems;
Develops information, training materials and products to increase understanding of HR programmes, services and policies, promote capacity development and facilitate the introduction of Changes across the Organization;
Provides information and assistance to management and staff to resolve problems and/or reach agreement on complex issues;
Develops relevant performance criteria and indicators to evaluate HR programmes, products and services.

Specific Functions

Contributes to the overall planning and organization of recruitment and selection process in CFI in accordnance with the approved restructuring

Reviews and identifies staffing needs and provides advice and guidance to CFI hiring managers on outreach and sourcing of qualified candidates in accordance with the mandates on gender and geographic balance

Monitors recruitment and selection activities and prepares relevant analytical reports

Represents the Division of Human Resources in selection panels as and when required.

Coordinates responses to inquiries from internal and external clients on complex recruitment-related issues and contributes to overall CFI staffing reporting and data analysis

Keeps abreast of best practices and related technological tools in the private and public sectors and participates in the definition of revised or new business requirements for existing recruitment platforms


Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in human resources, management, business administration, organizational development, industrial psychology, law or a related field.

Seven years of relevant experience in human resources management, including development and implementation of talent acquisition and outreach, recruitment and selection in the United Nations Common System

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


Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable.

Demonstrated ability to identify issues, proactively formulate advice and analysis, draw conclusions and recommendations on a wide range of policy, operational, management and administrative HR-related matters;
Extent and relevance of experience in human resources planning and management, including talent acquisition, recruitment and selection

Familiarity with automated human resources management systems (preferably ORACLE and TALEO)

Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is considered a strong asset.

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


FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment

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

CONDITIONS OF SERVICE FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes:

elements of family-friendly policies

flexible working arrangements

standards of conduct.


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

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

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

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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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