Human Resources Officer

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy

Skill Required:, HR and Admin
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
4th April, 2019

Job Description

Organizational Setting:

OHR develops, recommends and facilitates implementation of human resources policies, procedures and services and advises management on appropriate measures and strategies to ensure that the Organization attracts, develops and retains a diverse, skilled and highly motivated workforce. OHR administers the Organization's human resources management programmes, in particular in the areas of human resources policy development, position management, recruitment, mobility, training and social security. It supports the HR Units and staff throughout the Organization, in the SSC and the Regional Offices, to ensure that HR processes and programmes are delivered in a consistent, effective and efficient manner.

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;
  • Analyzes requirements and researches and analyzes information, data, statistics, and/or trends for the preparation of plans, strategies, reports, policies and/or other products;
  • Reviews on-going 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:

  • Ensures the appropriate application of Staff rules and Regulations, monitors and coordinates the day-to-day operational activities of the Unit to improve productivity, efficiency and quality of service delivery
  • Prepares recommendations, statistics, cost analysis and trends relating to the provision of HR services;
  • Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft proposals, guidelines, terms of reference and periodic reports to Senior Management;
  • Monitors budget expenditures and reports on the use of the financial resources allocated to the unit;
  • Participates in the development of training and related training materials and promotes best practices and capacity development at HQ and the Decentralized Offices;
  • Participates in interviews of candidates as HR representative, providing advice on the appropriate procedures and guidelines and ensuring consistency of the selection process;
  • Provides advice on workforce and succession planning to support dynamic evolution of structures and effective deployment of post resources;
  • Performs other related duties as required


Minimum Requirements:

  • Advanced university degree in human resources, management, business administration, political sciences, languages or a related field
  • Five years of relevant experience in human resources management and administration, including experience in staff servicing
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian

Technical/Functional Skills:

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable
  • Extent and relevance of experience in human resources management, administration and staff servicing
  • Extent and relevance of experience in development and implementation of human resources policies and procedures
  • Familiarity with automated human resources management system
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and client orientation and demonstrated ability to supervise the work of others


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