HR Vacancy

  • Full Time
  • Nairobi

UN World Food Program

Job Description

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. 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.

The National Roster Talent Pool is an entry point for a professional national career with WFP. WFP is looking to build a pool of highly qualified and dynamic talents interested in working with WFP , when the need arises.

A National Roster member is placed on the pool for a period up to 1 year during which he/ she is considered with priority each time WFP has a specific need for a Fixed Term National Professional staff member in his/her functional area and level.


These jobs are found in Country Offices (COs), Regional Bureaux (RBs), and Headquarters (HQ), and typically report to a more senior HR Officer, Regional/Country Director or the designate.
Job holders operate with minimal supervision, and provide guidance to junior staff to ensure that operational and project objectives are achieved. They are heavily involved in day–to-day activities and analytical work. Job holders provide advice on low complex issues, applying HR rules, regulations and expertise in making determinations and recommendations across a range of activities.


To deliver a professional, client-focused HR services, partnering with managers to implement HR solutions in line with WFP corporate priorities.


Education: Advanced university degree in Human Resource Management, Public or Business Administration, Industrial Psychology or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience or trainings/courses.
Experience: Typically three or more years of postgraduate professional experience in Human Resources with an interest in international humanitarian development.

Knowledge & Skills:

• Broad or specialised knowledge of HR best practices, techniques and processes with some understanding of the basic theoretical background.
• Ability to supervise and support more junior and/or less experienced members of the team.
• Ability to work with minimal supervision.
• Ability to analyze data, draw conclusions and recommend a course of action.
• Good communication skills required to give and receive information and work with a variety of individuals.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with clients and provide client oriented service. Ability to identify client’s needs and match them to appropriate solutions.
• Knowledge of, or the ability to quickly assimilate, UN/WFP specific processes and systems.
Language: International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.

National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Support Regional Office and Country Offices in internalizing living and embedding the WFP inspirational values.
Develop and implement an egagement roadmap incorporating creative initiatives to promote values of team cohesion , enhance cross functional team working , open 2- way communication feedback .
Implement high impact Global Staff Survey actions culture.
In liasion with the culture and transformation work streams in the countries, implement the actions to support realization of an enabling culture for Integrated Road Map roll out and implementation
Support employee engagement improvement efforts and conduct peridic benchmarking.
To assist Country Offices to identify wellness elements required for succesful change process.

Design and imlement a robust Learning and Development plan for the Regional Office leveraging available resources to build a learning culture.
Be the focal point for capability for Regional Bureau Nairobi and in close liaison with the HQ team , develop a Learning calendar to be deployed across Regional Bureau.

Identify Continous improvement opportunities in our processes and coordinate the implementation of approved plans. Focus on Recruitment and onboarding processes

Learning and Development ; Lead deployment of ne We Learn , develop and Execute annual Learning plans.


Champion the utilization of We Learn through innovative and creative solutions that will foster a culture of organizational learning.
Partner with talent liaison world wide to develop and implement a regional learning strategy , provide a context and enable glbal programs with.
Certify and facilitate core offerings from our external partners and internally developed learning modules

Promote a learning culture within the HR team through sharing HR Knowledge Management and other creative methods

HR communications , Stakeholders Management and Knowledge Managament .



Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


This position is open to Kenya nationals only.

Selected candidates will be placed in the national roster and may be contacted as the needs arise for fixed-term national positions in the Regional Bureau in Nairobi

The National Roster membership will last 1 year.


Apply by 29th June 2018

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.