Human Resources Specialist – Talent Acquisition (SC8), Mogadishu, Somalia

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Human Resources Specialist – Talent Acquisition (SC8), Mogadishu, Somalia

Closing date: Friday, 1 December 2023


Human Resources Specialist – Talent Acquisition (SC8)

Job Posting: 17/Nov/2023

Closure Date: 01/Dec/2023, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FRSOM

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Somalia-Mogadiscio

Duration : Up to 6 months, with possibility of extension

Post Number : N/A

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  • 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 key mission of the FAO Representation in Somalia, which is led by FAO Representative (FAOR), is to assist and support the national government to develop policies, strategies and programme aimed at accelerating the Implementation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the area of FAO’s global mandate and Strategic Objectives. More specifically, FAO’s response aims to address national needs and priorities in achieving food security, reducing hunger and malnutrition, developing agricultural, fishery and forestry sectors, and ensuring the sustainable use of environmental and natural resources and respond to recurrent emergencies. The current portfolio of activities of the FAO Representation in Somalia includes a wide scope of technical support interventions ranging from policy support through livestock and crop production, to natural resource management, Nutrition, value chain, food security analysis and water and land information management. FAO is also implementing several emergency, resilience-building and development interventions, with the support of its five field offices and close to 400 staff in partnership with the Federal and State line ministries.

Reporting Lines

The position is under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Somalia and the technical supervision of the International Human Resources Specialist.

Technical Focus

The incumbent will provide support to FAO Somalia in finding new ways of attracting Somali talent and managing our external Human Resources Management partners.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Coordinate the recruitment process of all categories of personnel including craft engaging job postings that appeal to top talent, emphasizing gender diversity equity and inclusion.
  • Utilize cutting-edge technologies, social media, software, and networks to actively source candidates that match position requirements, aligning with FAOSO talent strategy and objectives.
  • Monitor and update Candidates’ Roster lists, including contacts with the endorsed candidates for availability for rapid deployment.
  • Update the Staff Master List with new recruitments as they are initiated and completed and update data on the weekly Talent Acquisition report.
  • Discover avenues for broadening talent pools pertinent to critical and challenging-to-fill roles.
  • Coordinate collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders, including universities, groups, and other talent acquisition resources, to ensure a strong and reliable pool of talent.
  • Engage in recruitment process actions and contracts administration as applicable.
  • Prepare detailed recruitment reports that captures all essential details to secure required approval for candidate selection.
  • Undertake necessary travels within Somalia to field offices, University job fairs and others in connection with talent acquisition and FAO employer branding strategy.
  • Engage in day-to-day interactions with our external Human Resources Management providers to ensure properly submitted documents and processes.
  • Contributes to learning and development initiatives and develop training materials as applicable for staff.
  • Any other related office duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

  • University degree in human resources, management, business administration, organizational development, industrial psychology, law, or a related field.
  • At least 3 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 Somali.
  • National of Somalia.

FAO Core Competencies

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  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Extent and relevance of experience in human resources, management, administration and staff servicing.
  • Excellent spoken and written English skills.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Office 365 applications.
  • Supervisory experience is desirable.
  • Familiarity with UN Human Resources rules, regulations and administrative processes is desirable.


  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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.

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