Human Resources Officer (Recruitment & Staffing), Rome, Italy

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

Country: Italy

City: Rome

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Sunday, 29 January 2023


Human Resources Officer (Recruitment & Staffing)

Job Posting: 05/Jan/2023

Closure Date: 29/Jan/2023, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : CSH

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional

Grade Level : P-4

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : Fixed term: 2 years with possibility of extension

Post Number : 2008094

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 under-represented 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.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through 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.

This is a reopening of the Vacancy Announcement. Candidates who have already applied do not need to re-apply again.

Organizational Setting 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 two main clusters, namely, (i) the Integrated Talent Management, providing advice and managing position management, recruitment, mobility, staff development and training, performance management and social security; and (ii) the HR Strategy and Policy providing HR strategic guidance, policy and oversight. The position is located in the Human Resources Division, under cluster (i) in the Recruitment Branch (CSHR), at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Reporting Lines The Human Resources Officer (Recruitment & Staffing) reports to the Head of Recruitment/Senior Human Resources Officer, CSH.

Technical Focus Talent Management, recruitment and staffing.

Key Results Comprehensive HR expertise for the planning and delivery of multidisciplinary 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 provides guidance to Divisional teams, provides secretariat services and/or professional HR expertise on Organization-wide HR committees and working groups and represents FAO at interagency 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 in the most efficient and effective manner.

Analyses 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 talent management cases, staff requirements, policy interpretation 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, promotes capacity development, and facilitates 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

Develops and implements talent management strategies and processes leveraging innovation, creativity and best practices to build a diverse, inclusive, competent and agile workforce.

Identifies, develops and maintains partnerships with FAO Divisions/Offices/Centres and sourcing of qualified candidates in accordance with the FAO mandates on gender and geographic balance.

Ensures timeliness and quality control of recruitment services; reviews and directs the streamlining of the recruitment process, and fosters the use of modern recruitment tools.

Candidate Outreach - Liaises with external recruitment sources to ensure supply of suitable and qualified candidates; develops best practice candidate sourcing techniques to enhance the candidate pool, reviews the effectiveness of recruitment sources and takes action for improvement;
Contributes to the overall planning and implementation of recruitment of Professional, General Service and other categories of staff, ensuring adherence to policies and procedures.

Engages key stakeholders for enhanced strategic HR partnerships and in achieving corporate targets in terms of vacancy rate and time to fill vacant positions.

Monitors recruitment and selection activities and prepares relevant analytical reports.

Provides advice and support to hiring managers and staff on recruitment matters.

Oversees preparation of job openings, reviews applications and short-lists to support recruiting units, ensuring that the recruitment process is carried out in accordance with applicable policies and guidelines, and the overall recruitment plan.

Participates in selections panels, as and when required.

Produces relevant communication, notes and documents to assist FAO management, as necessary, on recruitment and staffing matters.

Provides inputs in the planning, design and implementation of talent reviews, succession planning and other talent related processes and programmes, as needed.

Provides training and capacity building to other HR practitioners on recruitment and staffing matters and the application of relevant policies and procedures.

Represents FAO and participates in HR networks and working groups on talent management, outreach, diversity and inclusion matters.

Provides information and acts as escalation point for HR focal points and other colleagues delivering administrative services with an HR focus at the global level, the Shared Services Centre (SSC) and other partners.

Provides advice on career development to staff at all levels in all categories.

Promotes and pilots new HR concepts and initiatives, including outsourcing of recruitment functions, and oversees related projects and staff, and sponsors the implementation process.

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 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).

Coordinates the work of others in the recruitment team and supervises other employees, as needed.


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 talent management and implementation of talent acquisition and outreach, recruitment and selection.

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.

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 management, talent acquisition and outreach, recruitment and selection.

Knowledge of automated human resources management system; familiarity with ERP systems.

Extent and relevance of supervision exercised; ability to coordinate the work of others.

FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


Extension of fixed term appointments is based on certification of performance and availability of funds

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.


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: allowances/salary.htm Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:

Dependency allowances

Rental subsidy

Education grant for children

Home leave travel

30 working days of annual leave per year

Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund

International health insurance; optional life insurance

Disability protection

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

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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