Young Professional Officer (Human Resources)

Food and Agriculture Organization

Accra, Ghana

Experience: 0 to 3 Years

Skill Required: HR and Admin

The Regional Office for Africa (RAF) is responsible for leading FAO’s response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO’s priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the region and, in collaboration with departments and divisions at headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO's strategic response to regional priorities.  RAF also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization’s Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. RAF develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the African Union and Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs).
Key Functions
  • Delivers or supports delivery of services in the area of human resources management; 
  • Researches and analyses human resource policy and best practices, maintains operational information and statistics, and drafts related reports as required; 
  • Carries out routine and standard HR processes; 
  • Contributes to the development training materials and/or arranges training sessions for management and employees; 
  • Provides HR information and advice to management and employees on routine matters; 
  • Participates on project teams and work groups. 
Specific Functions:
  • Supports the recruitment of staff and affiliate workforce (non-staff): prepares and disseminates Vacancy Announcements (VAs), validates screening results, prepares interviews schedules, contacts candidates/panel members and coordinates logistics; 
  • Prepares relevant documents for newly-recruited employees, follows up with onboarding process and orientation arrangements;  
  • Supports the organization of training, workshops and webinars for staff development and learning, and explores internal/external training opportunities; 
  • Coordinates with HR team for timely response to HR related queries; reviews individual cases and makes recommendations for actions to the HR Officer; 
  • Drafts routine correspondence for HR related matters and assists in the preparation of administrative reports, notes for file, etc.; 
  • Contributes to the maintenance of database of affiliate workforce (NSHR) for local recruitment, ensures a readily available roster for selection; 
  • Assists the HR Officer in preparing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), internal guidelines, and best practices for the HR unit; 
  • Performs any other related duties as required. 
Candidates Will Be Assessed Against The Following
Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced university degree in a field related to human resources, business management and/or public administration, social science, political science, psychology or other relevant field; 
  • One year of relevant experience in human resources and/or public administration in a national or international organization, non-profit organization, or private sector;   
  • Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate - level B) of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).