Human Resources (HR) Specialist, Budapest, Hungary

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

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Office: FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Closing date: Friday, 15 July 2022


Human Resources (HR) Specialist

Job Posting: 01/Jul/2022

Closure Date: 15/Jul/2022, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : CSLC

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Hungary-Budapest

Duration : 11 months, renewable

Post Number : N/A

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

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

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 FAO’s Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind. The Shared Services Centre (SSC) is a centre of excellence focused on the delivery of high quality and cost effective administrative services for FAO globally. The SSC ensures the management of quality assurance activities associated with its transactional processes and service delivery; continuously improves the satisfaction of its customers, internal or external, while pursuing a continuous improvement agenda that will drive up service excellence while driving down the costs of service delivery through process standardization, process automation and self-service capabilities.

The HR Specialist will be based in the FAO Shared Services Centre located in Budapest, Hungary.

Reporting Lines

The HR Specialist will report to a Human Resources Officer in the HR Unit of the FAO Shared Services Centre.

Technical Focus

Compliance and service delivery in the field of human resources.

Tasks and responsibilities

Provide the delivery of comprehensive human resources support services related to the administration of entitlements and benefits;
Ensure compliance with relevant policies and regulations as well as transparency and consistency of transactions and procedures;
Handle non-routine and complex cases;
Undertake research and analysis of entitlements and draft correspondence for Human Resources Officers;
Research, compile and analyze information and statistics related to entitlement activities; prepare briefs, reports or topical papers on trends;
Review computer assisted processing of HR actions;
Regularly review the dependency benefit entitlements, check eligibility/status changes, take appropriate action and maintain accurate records, ensuring that relevant policies and regulations are adhered to;
Participate in ad hoc assignments on data quality and specific projects on streamlining processes and procedures;
Handle confidential matters and carry out various functions servicing staff;
Provide information to staff or client divisions with regard to HR procedures;
Perform other related duties as required;

Minimum Requirements

National of Hungary or able to work in Hungary at the time of the application

University degree in management, business administration, law or related disciplines

T hree years of relevant experience in administrative and human resources support work

Working knowledge (Level C) of English

Very good knowledge of the MS Office applications, Internet and office technology equipment

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Extent and relevance of experience of using corporate computerized administrative systems such as Oracle, SAP, etc. to process and analyze data

Extent and relevant of experience of handling complex administrative cases and drafting relevant correspondence

Familiarity with communication and documentation standards

Selection Criteria

Work experience in an HR department in the United Nations system would be an asset

Limited knowledge of another UN official language would be an asset (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

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 a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).

Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help or have queries, please contact:

Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.

Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.

For other issues, 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.


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

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.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact:

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