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: Thursday, 19 January 2023


Human Resources Officer (Recruitment & Staffing)

Job Posting: 12/Jan/2023

Closure Date: 19/Jan/2023, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : CSH

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional

Grade Level : P-3

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : Fixed term: 1 year with possibility of extension

Post Number : 2009240

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 Senior Human Resources Officer, Head of Recruitment/, CSHR.

Technical Focus Talent management, recruitment and staffing.

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

Key Functions

Plans and delivers services in designated human resource field(s).

Consults with ‚designated business partners‘ on specific HR requests, issues and problems, and provides advice, policy interpretations, and options on how to proceed.

Analyses requirements and researches and analyses information, data, statistics and/or trends for the preparation of plans, strategies, reports, policies and/or other products.

Reviews ongoing service delivery, related policies, procedures, systems to recommend changes, develop proposals and coordinate updates/revisions.

Collaborates in the development of information/training materials and products to increase understanding of HR services and policies, promote capacity development and facilitate change across the Organization.

Researches and provides information to management and staff to resolve problems and/or reach agreement on various issues.

Leads short-term work groups and participates on Organization-wide committees and working groups.

Specific Functions

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

Supports hiring managers in proactively planning for their recruitment needs, follows up on established plans and provides advice as needed on selection processes for the recruitment of Professional, General Service and other categories of staff, ensuring adherence to policies and procedures.

Actively engages all stakeholders in the achievement of corporate targets of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in terms of vacancy rate and time to fill.

Actively supports and implements outreach efforts and initiatives to attract talent and improve diversity in FAO, in line with the HR strategic plan.

Manages the day-to-day implementation of recruitment activities, including coordinating the advertisement of vacancies, preparation of technical tests, monitoring of process of screening applicants, ensuring that the recruitment process is carried out in accordance with the overall recruitment plan and relevant policies and procedures.

Participates in selections panels, as and when required.

Produces and extracts reports and provides data analysis on recruitment trends, vacancy rate and other KPIs as needed, ensuring the accuracy of data.

Produces relevant communication, notes and documents to assist senior officers, as necessary, in the communication on recruitment and staffing matters.

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

Searches for relevant tools and guides to train hiring managers and HR practitioners in their role or assists in the design of relevant tools, explanation notes, guidelines for this scope.

Participates in HR networks and working groups on talent management, outreach, diversity and inclusion matters.

Maintains and enhances relationships with regional HR focal points, the Shared Services Centre (SSC) and other partners.

May assist in other matters related to recruitment, outreach and outsourcing of recruitment functions, in line with the evolving needs of the Organization.

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


Minimum Requirements

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

Five years of relevant experience in human resources, specifically talent management, recruitment and staffing.

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.

Extent and relevance of experience in human resources talent management, recruitment and staffing.

Extent and relevance of experience in development and implementation of human resources recruitment policies and procedures.

Knowledge of automated human resources management system; familiarity with Enterprise Resource Planning systems is required.

Ability to analyse complex issues and suggest solutions.

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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