Human Resources Officer (Talent Management), Rome, Italy

WFP - World Food Programme

WFP Rome

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.

Are you an experienced Human Resources Specialist interested in further developing your professional experience while contributing to ending global hunger? Are you passionate about helping those in need? Would you like to join a global organisation investing in its people?

If so, an exciting & fulfilling career awaits you! Join our diverse and passionate team that works on varied and international projects directly contributing to saving & changing millions of lives around the globe.


Applications must be submitted Sunday, January 29, 2023 (11:59 PM CET).


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), a highly prestigious, reputable & world’s largest humanitarian organization, operating in more than 120 countries and territories, bringing life-saving assistance in emergencies, building pathways to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change and supporting sustainable and resilient livelihoods for a world with zero hunger.

At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of diverse, committed, skilled, and high performing teams, selected on merit, operating in a healthy and inclusive work environment, living WFP’s values (Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Humanity, and Inclusion) and working with partners to save and change the lives of those WFP serves.

To learn more about WFP, visit our website: UN World Food Programme (WFP) and follow us on social media to keep up with our latest news: YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.


  • WFP is a 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • WFP offers a highly inclusive, diverse and multicultural working environment
  • WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of trainings, accreditation, coaching, mentorship and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities
  • A career path in WFP provides an exciting opportunity to work across various country, regional and global offices around the world, and with passionate colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people across the globe
  • We offer an attractive compensation package (please refer to the Terms and Conditions section)


This position is based in WFP headquarters in Rome and reports to the HR Officer responsible for Job Evaluation, under the overall supervision of the Chief, Talent Management branch (HRMTM).

In 2021 WFP introduced a new Staffing Framework, outlining the key principles and guidelines for contract management in WFP globally. As part of the new framework, a new contract modality has been introduced for International Staff, to address medium-term (1-4 years) staffing needs in the organization, in particular for project-based assignments where specialized skills are required for a limited period of time. These are non-mobile contracts and may be used also to address surge capacity and urgent operational needs in emergency contexts.


The purpose of this assignment is to contribute to WFP’s growing staffing need in the context of an increased number of corporate emergencies, by implementing the workflow for Limited Fixed-Term (LFT) contracts as well as coordinate and oversee end-to-end recruitments for these positions.

You will provide advice to managers and HR colleagues and oversee the effective processing of incoming LFT contract requests, drafting recommendations for the Chief/Director HR, in compliance with the standards and criteria for LFT positions and preparing regular reports to enable oversight over the usage of LFT contracts. In addition, you will be responsible for leading end-to-end recruitments of assigned positions.

This position will be a key enabler for the global upscale of the organization and growing staffing needs across the organization worldwide, linked to the increased demand for LFT contracts to support Corporate Scale-Up emergencies.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • You lead the reviews of incoming requests for Limited Fixed-term (LFT) contracts and prepare a comprehensive summary assessment for each LFT request, building on the pre-established LFT criteria and corporate WFP standards for endorsement of the Chief, HRMTM and decision of the Director HR,
  • You act as the main focal point to provide guidance and advice to managers in the organization on the LFT contract modality and the related policies and criteria and act as a professional partner by building trustful relationships,
  • You oversee and ensure accurate tracking, e-filing of all LFT requests,
  • You prepare regular reports for HR management on incoming LFT requests, including relevant statistics and trends to enable HR management decision-making.
  • You act as a main focal point for HR colleagues on the LFT contract modality and related processes and develop relevant guidance materials and contribute to relevant information sessions as required;
  • You proactively propose improvements to templates and processes to enhance the quality and efficiency of the LFT workflow;


  • You lead end-to-end recruitment processes for assigned positions across various functions and locations, in line with WFP’s recruitment policies and standards for International Professionals.
  • You act as a Talent Acquisition adviser for assigned hiring managers and Staffing Coordinators to guide them on best recruitment practices in line with the organization and functional talent requirements.
  • You proactively source, attract and engage talents for positions to provide a strong pipeline of qualified and diverse talent for the hiring manager’s consideration.
  • You review LFT recruitment documents submitted from the field, ensuring these are fully compliant with the applicable recruitment policies and standards before submission to the Director of HR for approval;
  • You support other teams in the HRMTM branch, when needed and upon request



You have:

  • Advanced University Degree in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Industrial relations, Business Administration, or other related fields. First University degree may be accepted with additional relevant courses and/or experience.


You have:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in various Talent Management roles.
  • Experience in Workforce Planning, Organization Design, and/or Talent Acquisition is required.


You have:

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


You have:

  • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills, with the aptitude to adapt communication style to relevant audience
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects at any time, while maintaining high standards of work on a tight schedule in a fast-paced environment.
  • Collaborating effectively with all stakeholders with the aptitude to adapt communication style to the relevant audience.
  • Ability to clearly communicate with managers and staff; draft communication messages linking to the organizational strategies.
  • Demonstrate confidence and cognitive capacity to assimilate different perspectives and formulate recommendations.
  • Innovative mindset with a drive for improvements aligned with the unit’s and organization’s strategy.


These are the common standards of behaviour that guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission.

Leads by Example with Integrity

Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments

Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork

Applies Strategic Thinking

Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships

Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others

Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change

Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth

Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things

Builds and nurtures external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives

Different expectations of behaviour are defined depending on your grade and role/responsibilities within WFP.


A Limited Fixed-Term Appointment (LFT) position is a non-mobile staff appointment in the international professional category for a limited period of up to 2 years.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in line with ICSC standards ((link)) including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, visa, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan, and medical insurance.

The selected candidate will be required to relocate to Rome, Italy to take up this assignment.


  • We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, language skills and UN Grade (if applicable)
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
  • Please make sure you upload your professional CV in the English language
  • Kindly note the only documents you will need to submit at this time are your CV and Cover Letter
  • Additional documents such as passport, recommendation letters, academic certificates, etc. may potentially be requested at a future time
  • Please contact us at [email protected] in case you face any challenges with submitting your application
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.