Human Resource Support (RAF), Accra, At Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


Human Resource Support (RAF)

Job Posting: 14/May/2024

Closure Date: 28/May/2024, 9:59:00 PM

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

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Ghana-Accra

Duration : Up to 11 Months

Post Number : N/A

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

  •  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
  •  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.

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 Human Resources Officer and in close collaboration with the regional Human Resources Unit, the Human Resources Support performs the following functions within the framework of the project: Technical Focus

The Human Resources Support is responsible for coordinating and executing administrative tasks related to the hiring of national and international affiliate workforce, in accordance with FAO rules and regulations.

Tasks and responsibilities

  •  Support the overall hiring plan for hiring of national and international affiliate workforce.
  •  Develop and/or review Terms of Reference of affiliate workforce and ensure compliance with current standards and regulations.
  •  Coordinate and manage the publication of calls to attract candidates for vacancies related to national and international affiliate workforce, ensuring proper dissemination to attract qualified talent.
  •  Organize and facilitate the selection process, including coordinating interviews with the selection panel and preparing reports on evaluated candidates.
  •  Manage the complete cycle of contracts for national and international affiliate workforce in the Global Resource Management System (GRMS), ensuring the collection and verification of required documentation.
  •  Supervise the validity of contracts for national and international affiliate workforce in and take appropriate measures in coordination with supervisors for renewal or termination as necessary.
  •  Provide administrative support, including recording worked hours for the payment of fees to national and international consultants and other related tasks.
  •  Collaborate in implementing actions to promote a respectful and harmonious work environment, aligned with the organization’s values and commitments.
  •  Facilitate knowledge exchange and best practices within the office, promoting collaboration, continuous learning, and innovation.
  •  Assist in the performance evaluation process of national and international consultants, providing logistical and administrative support for the preparation and recording of their performance evaluation reports (QAR).
  •  Maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive information with discretion.
  •  Perform other tasks as required.


Minimum Requirements

  •  University degree in Human Resources, Management, Industrial Psychology, Organizational Development, Public or Business Administration or another relevant field.
  •  At least 2 years of relevant experience in Human Resources Management in a reputable organisation.
  •  Working knowledge (level C) of English.
  •  Should be a National of Ghana or with a permit allowing them to work in Ghana.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  •  Very good knowledge of the essential elements of Human Resources activities and transactions, including corporate policies, rules, and procedures.
  •  Very good knowledge of relevant corporate computerized administrative systems
  •  Good knowledge of the communication and documentation standards

Selection Criteria

  •  Limited knowledge of one of the other FAO languages is an advantage.
  •  IT Skills: Very good knowledge of the MS Office applications, Internet and office technology equipment

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 a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
  •  Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help or have queries, please contact: [email protected]
  •  Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
  •  Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  •  For other issues, 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.

If you need help or have queries, please create a one-time registration with FAO’s client support team for further assistance:



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