Consultant - Talent Acquisition Lead

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



Europe, Western


Company Description:

The World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide.In emergencies, we get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, we use food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded. To learn more about WFP's operations, please visit our website at:

Job Description:

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


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are seeking to fill a consultancy position of Talent Acquisition Lead based at our Headquarters in Rome, Italy. We offer a consultancy contract of 11 months.


The Technology Division has started a transformation path that requires a skilled, innovative and committed workforce. The changes to the Technology Structure requires enhancing its current structure by acquiring externally key capabilities.


Under the general supervision of the Chief, TECR and the direct supervision of the Head, Talent and Development the incumbent will be responsible for the recruiting projects of the Technology division, will identify the right source of talented people, and will look for and recommend ideas and innovative approaches to cast the net wider. 



Partner with hiring managers to understand and challenge staffing needs for the immediate, mid-range, and long-term.

Manage full life cycle of the recruitment process from discovery meeting with hiring manager, sourcing and screenings candidates, advising the most qualified candidates to the hiring team, participating in the interview process and hiring decision;

Build and maintain broad network of potential candidates as a result of the recruitment process or through pro-active research with the aim to anticipate business needs and increase awareness and market benchmark;

Identify gaps in the recruitment/interview process and provides recommendations for improvement;

Promote, develop and execute new recruiting solutions and tools;

Provide meaningful metrics on average open to fill time, advanced interview to hire ratios and other reporting as needed;

Other duties as required.



Create an effective network and solid relationships with the hiring managers and HR;

Support the definition of the staffing plan for the Technology Division;

Identify innovative sourcing channels for attracting talented people;

Create and maintain rosters for the most requested roles (e.g. Business Transformation Offices, Project Managers, etc.);

Delivery training to the hiring manager on the Talent Acquisition process;

Delivery of reports on the Talent Acquisition process.



Qualifications & Experience Required


University degree preferably in Human Resources, Psychology, Business Administration, or related field.



Minimum 5 years of experience in Talent Acquisition or as an HR practitioner with in-depth recruiting experiences;

Previous experience in other HR processes/areas is a plus;

Rich experience in identifying, sourcing, screening, interviewing and closing candidates at all levels;

Experience in multicultural organizations is an asset.


Technical Skills & Knowledge:

Project management;

Excellent communication and presentation skills;

Ability in proactively networking & establishing effective working relationships;

Strong team player coupled with demonstrated ability to work autonomously;

Passionate and committed to excellence;

Strong planning and organizing skills required to respond to multiple and varied issues, setting procedures & processes;

Ethics & Values, Client Orientation, Cognitive Capacity, Stress Resistance, Behavioural Flexibility.



Fluency in oral and written English is essential. Intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages) is desirable.


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: 2 October 2018

Ref.: VA 88448


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

Fluency in oral and written English is essential. Intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages) is desirable.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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