Human Resources Consultant

Job Type

Full Time




Europe, Western


WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance


JOB TITLE: Human Resources Consultant - Operations Team 1 & 2

TYPE OF CONTRACT: Consultancy - Locally recruited


DUTY STATION (City, Country): Rome

DURATION: Initial 6 months


BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT: To deliver professional, client-focused HR services, partnering with managers implementing HR solutions in line with WFP corporate priorities.

Under the supervision of the HRO and overall supervision of the Chief HRM Operation Team 1&2, the incumbent will deliver a range of tasks, to ensure that employee on short-term and consultancy are effectively supported. Understand the risk related to legal, financial and reputational risks linked to own action and consequences. Expected thorough processing of assigned tasks, displaying a proactive flexible mind-set, embracing a culture of innovation & partnership, complying with procedures, regulations and a strong customer-oriented approach. The Consultant will operate with minimal supervision and provide guidance to junior staff to ensure that operational and project objectives are achieved. Heavily involved in day–to-day activities and analytical work they will advise on low complex issues, applying HR rules, regulations and expertise in making determinations and recommendations across a range of activities.



Deliver on boarding process for area and units assigned, which ensures new employees on different contractual status, have a positive experience of WFP, and are successfully integrated into their new role and the organisation.

Contribute to the effective management of the employment conditions providing sound advice to hiring managers, understanding their needs and operational constrains determining appropriate conditions of service, contracts modalities and applicable entitlements in line with policies and procedures.

Contribute in the supervision of support staff acting as a point of referral, monitoring their performance, providing coaching, training and guidance to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance. Contribute to fostering a self-development culture.

Support and contribute with sound and practical advice on new initiatives and policies that may affect the onboarding process and contracts modalities.

Overview monthly payrolls processes, monitor performance of data and interpretation of payrolls reports.

Ensure that personal record, files, and data integrity are maintained.

Maintain and share knowledge of best practice and support the development and implementation of new/improved HR policies, systems and procedures to ensure they are reflective of legislation, and support WFP effectively.

Act as alternate to other HR officers in the branch during their absences.

Any other duties in line with expertise.




Are you an energetic, dynamic and versatile individual ready to work at the forefront in a highly operational team? This job sets the foundation of the work as an HR practitioner at WFP, exposed to onboarding, policies procedures and systems to deliver a professional, client-focused HR service, partnering with managers to implement HR solutions in line with WFP corporate priorities. This jobs requires specific tailored attitudes in order to combine speed with quality and being decisive when leading the sub-team, dealing with all various stakeholders involved which is crucial to success. The role will require also excellent communication and negotiation skills, understanding of Organization dynamics and involvement in business process review, to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.





Advanced university degree in Human Resource Management, Public or Business Administration, Industrial Psychology or another relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience or training/courses.



Minimum One year of postgraduate professional experience in Human Resources with an interest in international humanitarian development. Additional relevant knowledge or practical experience would be an asset.


Knowledge & Skills:

Knowledge of HR best practices, techniques and processes with some understanding of the basic theoretical background.

Basic analytical ability to compile, maintain and analyse data, prepare reports and draw initial conclusions in support of work carried out by another officer; skills in developing sources for data collection.

Good communication skills required to give and receive information and work with a variety of individuals.

Knowledge of, or the ability to quickly assimilate UN/WFP specific processes and systems.

Ability to review and manage confidential information.



International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese. 


Terms and Conditions:

WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.


Deadline for applications: 16 October 2018

Ref.: VA No. 100050


Qualified 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.

Level of Language Proficiency

International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement