Human Resources Associate (Projects & Data Analysis), Johannesburg, South Africa

WFP - World Food Programme

WFP Johannesburg


Description of assignment title: Human Resources Associate (Projects & Data Analysis)

Assignment country: South Africa

Expected start date: 03/01/2023

Sustainable Development Goal: 2. Zero hunger

Volunteer category: National UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: WFP ZAF

Type: Onsite

Duration: 11 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Johannesburg


Mission and objectives

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. As the international community has committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030, one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. Food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the struggle to break the cycle of hunger and poverty.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need. In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. Present in nearly 80 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas. We manage an operating budget of approximately $5.9 billion each year, distributing 12.6 billion rations to those most in need. We reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries each year. The World Food Programme office in Johannesburg is a Regional Office coordinating and supporting the delivery of humanitarian assistance to 12 Southern Africa countries including, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Malawi, Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Tanzania. For more on WFP and what we do, please go to (link)-hunger At this level job holders are expected to use initiative and knowledge within an area of expertise to independently respond to queries with general guidance. There is a requirement to use judgment in dealing with unforeseen problems on a daily basis. Job holders are expected to manage resources and coach and coordinate a team of support staff. To deliver a full range of HR support services to ensure accurate implementation of WFP policies and procedures and facilitate the effective functioning of a client-focused and strategy-oriented HR services.

Task description

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Senior Regional HR Officer or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV Human Resources Associate will:

  • Support HR operational activities and on projects that are aligned to business needs, following standard processes and ensuring alignment with wider WFP policies;
  • Understanding of the project life cycle and providing support with project plans including information gathering, analysis, and reporting;
  • Provide support to multiple regional or HQ driven projects;
  • Coordinate, support and document activities in various project, committee meetings;
  • Facilitate professional presentation development (MS Excel, Power Point, Visio etc) for various audience;
  • Auditing, cleansing HR data and contribute to preparation of accurate and timely reporting, supporting a WFP wide view of HR activities that enables informed decision-making and consistent information for stakeholders;
  • Conduct data analysis in order to support others on projects or contribute to process efficiencies and improvements;

  • Respond to queries from managers and staff, understanding their issues and ensuring policies, procedures, processes, systems and tools are available and correctly applied to support them;
  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 – 80


Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in report drafting, formulation and reporting skills;

  • Excellent oral and written skills;
  • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners;
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
  • Five or more years of HR experience including projects and data analysis, desirable.

Area(s) of expertise

Administration, Human resources

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required Portuguese, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable French, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Human Resource Management, Public or Business Administration, Industrial Psychology or other relevant field.

  • Completion of secondary school education with minimum of a Certificate/Diploma/ Degree in related functional area;

Competencies and values

Professionalism; Integrity; Teamwork and respect for diversity; Commitment to continuous learning; Planning and organizing; Communication; Flexibility; Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards UNWFP mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

The Republic of South Africa is a large country of nine provinces with different climates, races, languages, creeds, cultures, religions and human activity. The landscape is also diverse, with mountains, plains, farmlands, bushveld scrub and arid deserts, each of the many different parts supporting its own distinctive plant and animal life. The country’s multi- cultural and multi-lingual society fuses to make this “Rainbow Nation” a rich and rewarding experience for you as a WFP official and as a visitor. Johannesburg is the capital of Gauteng province. It’s the business capital of South Africa and the economic powerhouse of Africa. It produces a large proportion of the country’s GDP and attracts investment and skills from all over the world. It is also one of Africa’s main travel hubs and an inevitable access point to many southern African destinations.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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