HR Specialist (RAF), Accra, At Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


HR Specialist (RAF)

Job Posting: 13/May/2024

Closure Date: 31/May/2024, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : RAF – Regional Office for Africa (Accra)

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Ghana-Accra

Duration : Up to 11 months, renewable

Post Number : N/A

  •  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 person 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

Organizational Setting

The Regional Office for Africa 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 Africa and, in collaboration with offices 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 Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.

Reporting Lines

Under the supervision of the Regional HR Officer, the overall technical guidance of the Human Resources Division and in close collaboration with the regional Human Resources Unit, the Human Resources Specialist performs the following functions: Technical Focus

The Human Resources Specialist is responsible for coordinating and executing HR-related tasks in accordance with FAO rules and regulations

Tasks and responsibilities

  •  Support the annual recruitment planning under the guidance of the regional HR Officer
  •  Monitor and analyze the percentage of filled and vacant positions in the Regional Office and in the Region’s decentralized offices, and analyze information and statistics related to posts’ occupancy, staff category and grade, funding type and gender distribution.
  •  Assist the regional HR Officer with the day-to-day management of the Regional HR Unit and support delivery of HR services for efficiency and effectiveness.
  •  Attend internal/external meetings as requested by the regional HR Officer.
  •  Coordinate and liaise with key business units/stakeholders: Human Resources Division and Shared Service Centre on HR strategy, policies, guidelines, and implementation of corporate HR initiatives in the Region.
  •  Assist the regional HR Officer for the smooth implementation of regional HR initiatives.
  •  Provide advice on staff and affiliate workforce matters to hiring managers.
  •  Prepare information notes on relevant HR matters for Senior Management’s visit or missions.
  •  Provide support with the hiring of staff and affiliate workforce.
  •  Coordinate post management actions at regional and country offices.
  •  Provide support during internal and external audits on HR-related matters and follow-up with closure of agreed actions/recommendations.
  •  Identify capacity gaps and training needs for the HR team and propose solutions to address the gap through capacity development or other knowledge sharing opportunities.
  •  Maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive information with discretion.
  •  Perform other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

  •  Advanced university degree in (for Consultants) / University degree (only for PSAs) in human resources, law, social sciences, business administration, international relations or related field.
  •  A minimum of 5 years (level B) of relevant experience in human resources management in an organization with an international reach. eMqe3Kr BIpnb
  •  Working knowledge of English (Level C) and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the other FAO languages (for consultants).

FAO Core Competencies

  •  Results Focus
  •  Teamwork
  •  Communication
  •  Building Effective Relationships
  •  Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  •  Extent and relevance of experience in international recruitment
  •  Extent and relevance of experience in using human resources information management systems
  •  Familiarity with the application of human resources policies in the UN system would be an asset
  •  Demonstrated written communications skills to draft different types of outputs tailored to different audiences
  •  Working knowledge of French would be considered an asset.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


  •  FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
  •  Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
  •  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
  •  For more information, visit the FAO employment website
  •  Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


  •  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
  •  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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