Apply: WFP HR Officer (Gender Sourcing Specialist)

Deadline: 26 June, 2020

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

The World Food Programme (WFP) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of HR Officer (Gender Sourcing Specialist).

WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.


  • Develop a better understanding of the organisational requirements in relation to the UN and WFP’s gender parity objectives and develop a female talent acquisition and retention/empowerment strategy through various groundbreaking initiatives to support these goals
  • Engage different stakeholders and deliver diversity and inclusion awareness sessions to foster community action within the region in support of WFP’s gender parity goals
  • Work with the Talent Acquisition Specialist through the use of innovative sourcing tools, social media platforms, resumé mining and other impactful methods to find qualified, diverse talent, especially female from under-represented groups, deploying tailored recruitment strategies as relevant
  • Develop and implement strategies to improve gender diversity and attraction of especially qualified women applicants in the diaspora and countries within the Southern Africa region
  • Observe and manage WFP HR hiring practices and procedures, to support compliance with internal recruitment workflows and ensure non-biased language in job descriptions, interview questions and other hiring material
  • Collaborate with HR teams, partner with managers and functional heads to understand their specific functional employee needs and plan/implement solutions to meet these needs
  • Build partnerships, develop and maintain strong relationships that include outreach to institutions of higher learning, professional and female associations, formal and informal networks and other recruiting agencies to ensure sourcing produces a viable gender balanced talent pipeline, with under-represented groups


  • Advanced university degree in Human Resource Management, Public or Business Administration, Industrial Psychology or other related field
  • First level university degree with additional years of related work experience or trainings/courses
  • Three years of postgraduate professional experience in the field of gender, talent acquisition and management
  • Experience at international or regional level is desirable
  • Experience working as part of a multicultural and diverse team, and/or leading one
  • Deep knowledge of recruitment market and trends in Southern Africa region
  • Experience in sourcing and recruiting hard-to-find profiles
  • Demonstrated success developing and deploying creative female acquisition and empowerment initiatives, creating effective candidate pipeline methodologies and effective outreach strategies
  • Structure and lead multiple talent projects simultaneously to successful completion
  • Ability to leverage social media to connect with diverse communities to brand and market organisation and jobs
  • Sound theoretical understanding of HR concepts and principles with broad knowledge of best practices, techniques and processes
  • Good communication skills with the ability to persuade, influence and adapt communication style to different situations and individuals
  • Knowledge of common business principles and processes and the ability to quickly assimilate UN/WFP specific processes and systems
  • Strong knowledge of Applicant Tracking Systems, technology, and sourcing tools
  • Experience with SAP recruitment platforms is highly desirable
  • Fluency in both spoken and written English
  • Desirable to have intermediate knowledge of a second official UN Language: French, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese

To apply and for more information, click here.

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