Human Resources Specialist

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  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    3 months ago
  • Category:
    Human Resources
  • Deadline:


Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind. FAO is committed to achieving food security by responding to the livelihood, food and nutrition security challenges faced by smallholder women and men farmers while enhancing their resilience to repeated climatic shocks. FAO is currently implementing a number projects in Mozambique and the interventions are designed to safeguard livelihoods, avert hunger and loss of productive assets.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative for Mozambique and technical guidance of the Assistant FAOR (Administration), the HR Specialist will be responsible for the lead of human resources unit in FAO Mozambique.

Technical Focus

The incumbent will provide support in human resources matters in the country office including human resources strategic planning, recruitment, human resource development, performance management and talent management.- The incumbent will consult accordingly with the Regional HR Team in RAF.

Tasks and responsibilities

•    Plan and deliver services in designated human resource field(s) in consultation with management and relevant technical partners on specific HR requests, issues, and problems, and provide advice, and options to different scenarios in line with rules and procedures.
•    Assist in the definition of technical expertise and assignments needed for strategy implementation in the country office.
•    Advise managers in planning the implementation of the workforce needs assessment enabling the effective delivery of the work program in the country office.
•    Track and monitor the completion of HR tasks and activities, ensuring adherence to established timelines and Service Level Agreements (SLAs), and report any delays or issues to the supervisor.
•    Monitor requests for human resource actions before approval by the FAOR, including salary levels, entitlements, travel, social security, and other benefits.
•    Provide oversight for the entire recruitment process/cycle, for locally recruited personnel and international consultants, including the review of terms of reference, issuance of vacancy announcements, screening of applications, setting up interview panels and conducting background checks on prospective candidates.
•    Oversee the onboarding and offboarding processes, including preparing relevant documentation, coordinating orientations, and exit procedures.
•    Act as focal person for learning and development initiatives for the country office, developing and maintaining the annual staff development plans.
•    Stay updated on relevant HR policies, procedures, and best practices to ensure compliance and provide accurate information to staff and stakeholders.
•    Oversees the performance management system.
•    Perform any other duties as assigned.


Minimum Requirements

•    University degree in Human Resource Management, Business Management, Industrial Psychology, Organizational Development, Public Administration, Business Administration, or another relevant field.
•    Five years of relevant experience in human resources management and administration, including demonstrated experience in management and in staff servicing
•    Working knowledge (Level C) of English and Portuguese

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional skills

•    Work experience in more than one location or area of work
•    Attention to detail and problem-solving skills
•    Excellent verbal and written communication skills
•    Strong organizational and planning skills and commitment to discretion and confidentiality
•    Familiarity with UN human resource administrative procedures and systems
•    Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.




  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • 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 
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  •  Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
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