Senior HR Specialist, Talent Attraction – Human Resources

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    3 weeks ago
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Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 130 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. For more information, visit

In positioning the WBG as an employer of choice and leader within the development community and to better respond to the diversified needs of the organization’s shareholders and staff, People and Culture Vice Presidency (HRD) transformed its delivery model into the following pillars:

Client Services Department that incorporates an end-to-end staffing model and supports the implementation of People and Culture (HR) plans and processes.
Employment Policy, Compensation and Systems Department that provides an integrated approach to managing employment policy and staff rules, driving compensation and benefit programs, and supporting service solutions, systems and analytics.
Performance, Career and Learning Department that brings together the entire talent management life cycle to maximize and leverage innovative solutions and strategies for increasing the WBG’s organizational and individual performance and capabilities.

Attracting and recruiting the right talent, in the right place and at the right time is critical to the WBG’s Operations. The Talent Attraction unit is responsible for driving recruitment best practices and attracting diverse skilled talents, in partnership with People and Culture (HR) Business Partners and Hiring Managers. The successful candidate will have the ability to develop and implement strategies to efficiently source candidates, develop and maintain pipelines and lead the recruitment process to meet client’s short and long-term talent needs.

The role will report to the HR Manager, Talent Attraction and will have the following duties and responsibilities:


• Proactively partner with clients on approved workforce plan and develop recruitment strategies to meet hiring targets within the fiscal year
• Lead recruitment for assigned regions, Institutions and Vice Presidency Units, in collaboration with HRBPs, Recruitment Service Team and Hiring Managers 
• Provide clients with advice on recruitment and apply a wide range of sourcing strategies, including internal referrals, alumni networks, social media, outreach events, online campaigns, and existing applicant pools
• Optimize current Talent Attraction practices and processes, leveraging technology and data to increase efficiency
• Develop and implement strategic techniques for proactive sourcing and screening on a global basis, with a focus on meeting client’s recruitment needs for skilled and diverse candidates
• Proactively build pipeline of candidates based on current and future business needs as specified in the workforce plan
• Lead employer branding and outreach activities that clearly communicates WBG’s Employee Value Proposition to attract the right talent
• Develop and implement recruiting marketing and branding strategies to identify viable passive candidates, utilizing social media tools and resources
• Improve candidate and hiring manager experience by reviewing feedback and providing recommendations on global best practices 
• Manage talent mapping exercises on difficult to fill roles based on approved workforce plans
• Develop and implement a searchable candidate relationship management (CRM) database for talent pipeline 
• Create and maintain regular reporting on sourcing activities, candidate pipelines and recruiting metrics
• Maintain solid industry awareness and market intelligence in terms of hiring trends, competitive landscape, compensation trends and recruitment challenges
• Identify and manage relationships with niche search firms for specific industries or diversity recruitment
• Cultivate relationships with trade and other professional associations to build diverse talent communities
• Provide long listing and other sourcing and recruitment program support when required
• Proactively contribute to the Recruiters’ Communities of Practice (COP) and other recruitment related working groups
• Provide support in delivering the Bank’s Talent Attraction strategy

Selection Criteria

• Master’s degree and at least 8 years in international recruitment with a proven track record in sourcing and high-volume recruitment drives
• Demonstrable experience searching for talents across all levels and headhunting for difficult-to-fill roles, preferably within the international development space
• Experience in implementing a talent attraction strategy within an international organization
• An in-depth understanding of end-to-end recruitment processes and experience in implementing process improvements
• Experience in leading change efforts/initiatives with senior stakeholder input
• Familiarity with talent pools and labor trends in emerging markets
• Strong project management skills to manage multiple projects from concept to implementation
• Proven ability to develop and maintain working relationships with staff at all levels including senior management
• Ability to see the big picture, think strategically, and deliver pragmatic and structured solutions to client/business needs 
• Flexibility and ability to work in a fast-paced environment with shifting work priorities and demands
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong presentation skills
• Preferred candidates are likely to have experience working with global organizations. Private sector experience is an advantage

World Bank Group Core Competencies

The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

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