HR Officer (Policy) P4


This post is based in Headquarters (HQ), directly reports to the Chief, HR Policy & Compliance and functions under the overall guidance from the HR Director.


  1. Work consultatively and in close cooperation with HR colleagues in Headquarters, Regional Bureaus and Country Offices; review proposed, new or revised policies, and advise on feasibility, soundness, legality and compatibility with existing rules and guidelines and on impact on other functional areas in HR and other Divisions;
  2. Support the Chief of Policy to establish clear priorities for HR policy development and ensure compatibility of HR policies with each other as well as with strategic priorities and initiatives taking place within the Agency and the UN Common system;
  3. Provide interpretation and guidance in the application of WFP’s HR policies and practices and the FAO Staff Rules and Regulations to HR senior management group and staff on the basis of formal rules and guidelines, exceptions and precedents, rulings and opinions of the Legal Division;
  4. Provide advice and assist DHR’s Office on Human Resources and Management policies and procedures within the context of the organization’s HRM goals, systems, strategies and direction, decisions of the UN General Assembly, the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) as well as internal reform efforts; support inclusion of procedures into HR Manual Sections, FAO Staff Rules and Staff Regulations; monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of new or revised policies and undertake research or studies on the Programme’s policies and HR strategy;
  5. Develop new and innovative solutions to address issues in the Human Resources Management area that are consistent with best practice, tailored to the unique needs of the Programme and meet the needs of major stakeholders in different CO/RBs and functional areas;
  6. Prepare position papers on HR issues for discussion or presentation at inter/intra-organizational such as HR Network & ICSC (International Civil Service Commission); when detailed represent HR on WFP working groups or task forces set up to review HR policies and their links to other functional areas;
  7. Contribute to the effective roll-out and implementation of new or revised HR policies by conducting/participating in HR policy briefings, communications and awareness raising activities, including visits to HR teams in the Regions and Country Offices;
  8. In collaboration with HRM Field Support, provide advice and contribute to key projects related to national staff management in the field facilitating implementation of the contractual framework and nationalization initiatives.
  9. Build networks and engage with counterparts in other UN agencies on the above matters and share experiences, best practices.




  • Advanced university degree in human resources management, public or business administration, law, or a related social or behavioural science field;


  • A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible experience in human resource management, at least three years of which should have been involved in HR Policy development

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Excellent knowledge of policy development and experience in implementation of new and/or redeveloped policies in a large UN agency is desirable.
  • Sound theoretical understanding of HR concepts and principles with a broad knowledge of best practices, techniques and processes and specialised knowledge in a specific area.
  • Significant experience of managing large teams of staff with somewhat varied areas of expertise.
  • Good communication skills with the ability to persuade, influence, negotiate with the wide range of key stakeholders and adapt communication style to different situations.
  • Knowledge of common business principles and processes and the ability to quickly assimilate UN/WFP specific processes and systems.
  • Business acumen and commercial understanding.
  • Project management skills.
  • Strong initiative-taker and demonstrated ability to take independent decisions.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to design develop, manage and implement HR policies, procedures and new programmes.
  • Excellent drafting and presentation skills.
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English;


  • Fluency (level C) in English language and intermediate knowledge (level B) of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages) are required.

Desirable Experience

  • Excellent knowledge of policy development and experience in implementation of new and/or redeveloped policies in a large UN agency;
  • Operational UN Common System HR experience in a country-specific or Regional setting;
  • Experience in contract, salary and benefits administration.


  • Ability to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies and capability to monitor and adjust plans and actions as necessary;
  • Ability to develop innovative and creative new strategies and approaches and to express ideas and concepts clearly and concisely, orally and in writing;
  • Strong skills in building productive and collaborative internal and external work relationships at all levels, and to generate the confidence and trust of Agency stakeholders;
  • Ability to negotiate persuasively a range of problems, to take and defend collaborative decisions that include sensitive, complex and contentious issues;
  • High level of motivation, initiative and creative thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Versatility and open-mindedness; ability to work in an inclusive manner that demonstrate respect for diversity.


Non-Rotational Nature

Mobility is and continues to be a core contractual requirement in WFP. This position is however classified as “non-rotational” which means the incumbent shall not be subject to the regular reassignment process unless the position is reclassified as rotational.

Selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term contract with a probationary period of one year.

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


26 August 2018

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of 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.

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