FAO recruits 01 Human Resources Specialist – Mozambique

FAO recruits 01 Human Resources Specialist


Maputo, Mozambique
Humanitaire (ONG, Associations, …), Projet/programme de développement

 Job Description – Human Resources Specialist (2400319)

Job Description: 2400319

Human Resources Specialist

Job Posting: 26/Jan/2024

Closure Date: 09/Feb/2024, 11:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: FRMOZ – FAO Representation in Mozambique

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location: Mozambique-Maputo

Duration: 12 months

Post Number: N/A

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device

FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture

Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply

Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values

FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination  

All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

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  

For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website: 

 Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. 

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions. 


• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills

• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile

• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application

• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications

• Incomplete applications will not be considered

• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application

• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered

• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile

•  We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help or have queries, please create a one-time registration with FAO’s client support team for further assistance:


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