Chief (Strategy and Policy)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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Job Posting

: 01/Jun/2020

Closure Date

: 15/Jun/2020, 9:59:00 PM
Organizational Unit: OHR

Job Type

: Staff position
Type of Requisition: Professional
Grade Level: P-5

Primary Location

: Italy-Rome
Duration: Fixed term: two years with possibility of extension
Post Number: 2007932
CCOG Code: 1A06

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The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments.




• 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 member countries and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply for this position
• FAO does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
• All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
• The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization.



Organizational Setting 
The Food and Agriculture Organization is the specialized Agency of the United Nations leading international efforts to defeat hunger. FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to high-quality food.
The Office of Human Resources (OHR) provides HR strategies, policies, tools, guidance and oversight to FAO clients worldwide to ensure that the Organization attracts, develops and retains a diverse, skilled and highly motivated workforce, delivering on the mandate of the Organization. Over the next years, OHR will focus on developing and implementing a people centered strategy, and positioning HR as a strategic partner with streamlined functions.
The Office of Human Resources is composed of 2 main clusters, (1) the Integrated Talent Management Branch, providing advice and managing position management, recruitment, mobility, staff development & training, performance management and social security, and (2) the HR Strategy and Policy Branch (OHRP), providing HR strategic guidance, policy and oversight.  
OHRP works closely with the Shared Services Center (SSC), supporting the delivery of administrative services globally, and with the Regional Human Resources Officers in Bangkok, Accra, Cairo and Santiago to ensure that HR processes and programs are delivered in a consistent, effective and efficient manner  
The position is located in the HR Strategy and Policy Branch (OHRP)
Reporting Lines
The Chief, HR Strategy and Policy reports to the Director of Human Resources (OHR) in close coordination with the Deputy Director, OHR.  
Technical Focus
Lead and coordinate tasks related to planning, development, formulation of HR policies and strategies and management of HR administrative/legal matters in accordance with FAO Rules and Regulations and in collaboration with the Legal Office, the FAO Ombudsman and the Ethics Office.
Key Results
The planning, management and delivery of multi-disciplinary HR programs and related policies, products, services and advice to support the effective management of the FAO workforce.
Key Functions
• Analyzes HR strategic/business/service objectives, HR reform priorities and the latest trends in human resources management to provide critical input into HR plans and strategies, HR functional stream workplans and priorities. Supports operational, policy, system, tools and reporting frameworks;
• Leads the HR Strategy and policy team; oversees the delivery of multi-disciplinary HR programs and policies;
• Provides HR policy advice and expertise to managers across the organization; 
• Plans and develops consultation/communication/information/training programmes and products to promote understanding of HR programmes, services and policies, increased capacity development and facilitate the introduction of 'Change' across the Organization;
• Represents the Organization in formal meetings, negotiations, mediation and problem resolution meetings to reach agreement on HR issues, facilitates the resolution of difficult or contentious problems;
• Reviews and monitors HR services to identify trends and problem areas and recommends corrective action or new approaches.
Specific Functions
• Supports the development and implementation of the HR Strategy Plan and leads innovative policy design and solutions in the full spectrum of HR functional areas, in close consultation with stakeholders in HQ and in the Field. 
• Represents OHR in external fora, collaborates in inter-agency HR policy discussions, meetings and working groups of the Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB)/Human Resources Network and International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), keeps abreast of HR trends and best practice in the UN and develops partnerships for enhanced collaboration;
• Prepares briefing notes and position papers on HR policies and strategies to FAO Governing Bodies (i.e. FAO Conference, FAO Council, Finance and Programme Committee) ensuring consistency with staff rules, staff regulations and the UN common system; 
• Follows through on the implementation of formal recommendations for OHR from internal and external audits, UN common system High Level Committee on Management (HLCM), (joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and FAO Governing Bodies, including e.g. the FAO Gender Action plan, the UN Disability Inclusion and Mental Health strategies, and ensures the development and implementation of relevant policy provisions, in close coordination with the Talent Management Branch.  
• Provides oversight to the workplace relations function; reviews and provides advice on a wide range of highly complex and sensitive HR-related matters, including disciplinary matters, performance management rebuttals, and informal resolution of complex cases. 
• Provides real-time support to managing exceptions and identifying the necessary policy adjustments- with inputs from data analysis where necessary; provides authoritative advice and input on HR aspects of agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs);
• Manages the HR Strategy and Policy Branch by organizing and prioritizing workload, coordinating and allocating assignments to HR staff and by coordinating work with internal and external clients and partners
Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in human resources, management, law, business administration, organizational development, social science or a related field
• Ten years of relevant experience in human resources management and administration
• Working knowledge (Level C proficiency) of English and limited knowledge (Level B intermediate) of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish)
• Results Focus
• Leading, Engaging and Empowering
• Communication
• Partnering and Advocating
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Strategic Thinking
Technical/Functional Skills
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is essential.
• Extent and relevance of experience in HR management and strategies.
• Extent and relevance of experience and knowledge in human resources management in the United Nations common system is considered a strong asset. 
• Extent and relevance of experience in other international organizations, private sector or national government systems.
• Extent and relevance of experience with computerized HR systems and their application.
• Working knowledge (proficiency) of French and/or Spanish is considered a strong asset.










FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.



• FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment.
A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link:
  Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:
• Dependency allowances
• Rental subsidy
• Education grant for children
• Home leave travel
• 30 working days of  annual leave per year
• Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
• International health insurance; optional life insurance
• Disability protection
FAO encourages  a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes: 
• elements of family-friendly policies
• flexible working arrangements
• standards of conduct.

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