Human Resources Officer P3 – WFP (Future International Talent Pool)

Human Resources Officer P3 – WFP (Future International Talent Pool)

Are you passionate about changing and improving the lives of millions of people worldwide?

Are YOU up for a Life-Changing Experience?

Do you want to be part of the International Humanitarian Community?

If YES, this WFP Fit Pool is the opportunity for you!

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


WFP is an Agency of the United Nations and the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger globally.  Every single day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.  At WFP, we are driven and defined by our mission to fight world hunger, save lives, feed people’s dreams of a brighter future, reduce risk and help enable people, communities and countries meet their food and nutrition needs. WFP goes anywhere it’s needed and does what it takes to get the job done.

More than 17,000 people are working in WFP world-wide reflecting the rich diversity of the world in which we work. The vital importance of our shared mission underpins a remarkably close community of purpose.

WFP offers life-changing job opportunities you are unlikely to find in other organizations. Working at WFP will allow you to work beyond your expectations, to be enriched by truly meaningful work and enhance your growth and professional expertise.

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The Future International Talent Pool (FIT Pool) is an excellent opportunity for a professional international career within WFP.  WFP is looking to build a pool of highly qualified and dynamic talents interested in serving in any of the 80 countries where WFP operates.  Qualifying for the Human Resources FIT Pool gives you priority to be considered for vacant Fixed Term positions anywhere in the world and consequently to commence your global journey in the humanitarian world, often at the forefront of world affairs. (

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You will hold a position either in Country Offices (COs), Regional Bureaux (RBs), and Headquarters (HQ). You will report to the Division/Regional/Country Director, Chief or designate. You are likely to manage a small team of staff to ensure HR strategies and plans are implemented across an assigned area.

You work independently, using technical knowledge and expertise to analyse data, prepare reports, provide advice and solutions to problems, and identify opportunities for improvements.  You may develop core processes and procedures.


Your role is to manage the delivery of professional, client-focused HR services, partnering with senior managers to contribute to the implementation of HR solutions in line with WFP corporate priorities.


You will:

  • Participate in the development of HR country-specific plans and processes and lead the delivery of HR operational activities or projects to meet local objectives and support WFP strategic goals, ensuring alignment with wider WFP policies.
  • Provide advice to managers and employees on complex issues, understanding their needs and ensuring that HR policies, procedures, processes, systems and tools are available and correctly applied to support them.
  •  Ensure the effective management of the employment relationship between WFP and its staff, determining conditions of service, contracts and appropriate entitlements, and resolving more complex employee relations issues.
  • Manage capability building, working with managers to understand individual skills and business requirements, and delivering development solutions which equip people with the skills and knowledge required to meet current and future challenges.
  • Plan and deliver an onboarding process which ensures new employees have a positive experience of WFP and are successfully integrated into their new role and the organisation.
  • Contribute to building and managing talent within WFP, working with managers to understand their needs and planning/implementing solutions to recruit, retain, manage and develop a high calibre workforce to deliver business objectives.
  • Deliver organizational design activities that enable senior management to define and organize structures and jobs and allocate people to the right places to improve efficiency.
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  • Lead and motivate a small team of HR staff, monitoring performance, providing coaching, training and guidance to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.
  • Monitor the accurate and compliant recording of data; coordinate and prepare timely corporate statistics and conduct analysis, identifying trends and potential issues, and proposing solutions to stakeholders.
  • Maintain and share knowledge of best practice and support the development and implementation of new/improved HR policies, systems and procedures to ensure they are reflective of legislation, and support WFP effectively.
  • Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
  • Other as required.


  • You hold an advanced university degree in Human Resource Management, Public or Business Administration, Industrial Psychology or other relevant fields, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience or training/courses.


  • You have at least five years or more of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in Human Resources with an interest in the international humanitarian and development sector and at least one year working in an international organization and/or outside your home country.
  • You have experience supervising small teams of staff within related area of expertise.


  • You are fluent in oral and written English;
  • You have Intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages).


  • You are able and motivated to work in any of WFP’s Offices throughout the world, including hardship locations.
  • You have sound knowledge of HR concepts and principles with a broad knowledge of best practices, techniques and processes.
  • You have good communication skills with the ability to listen, persuade, influence and adapt communication style to different situations and individuals.
  • You can lead, coach and motivate a small team.
  • You can work independently under minimum guidance.
  • You are flexible, adaptable and resilient in a changing and/or difficult environment.
  • You can establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those under your supervision.
  • You can identify the client’s needs and match them to appropriate solutions.
  • You can explain the rationale for human resources decisions and to gain consensus from different stakeholders.
  • You can draft clear concise reports or rationale for human resources decisions.
  • You can establish and maintain effective relationships with clients, peers and counterparts and provide client-oriented service.
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Building the pool is a comprehensive process and it will take approximately 8 months. The recruitment steps are an Online Test > Video Interview > Language Test > Panel Interview > Background Verification.

If you are looking for a career with WFP, it is important to understand that mobility is the essence of WFP and continues to be a core contractual requirement. The majority of positions within WFP are “rotational”, meaning that staff members are subject to regular mobility processes and depending on the classification of the assigned duty station, may transfer to any other location every  2 to 4 years.

If you are selected, you will be placed in the future International Talent Pool for a period of up to 2 years. You may be contacted as needs arise for fixed-term international positions in any of the countries in which WFP operates, including hardship duty stations, which may be classified as “non-family”, for example, Afghanistan, Nigeria, DRC, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.  All Fixed Term positions are generally between two to four years duration and following this initial assignment you will be eligible to apply as an internal candidate to other assignments within WFP.   However, once qualified for the Fit Pool, you will be expected to accept the first proposal.

You may learn more about the process and this initiative at

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, dependency allowances, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 working days’ annual leave, home leave/travel, education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. For more information, visit


10 February (midnight Rome time).

Applications must be in English.

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply
WFP has zero-tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate based on HIV/AIDS status.
No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.