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HR Associate (Sourcing and Talent Acquisition Specialist) SC6, Nairobi 36 views

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WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.

Closing date:                  27 Dec 2022

About WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide and the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.

Why join WFP Somalia?

In Somalia, the World Food Programme provides food assistance for nutrition, livelihoods, and relief through the hard work of more than 550 employees who contribute towards making Somalia hunger free in close partnership with local partners.

After nearly three decades of political and economic instability, Somalia is on a positive trajectory with significant progress made since the re-establishment of the Federal Government in 2012. However, the country continues to struggle with recurrent food and nutrition crises, widespread insecurity, political instability, underdeveloped infrastructure, and natural hazards such as drought and floods.

In February 2015 WFP re-opened the Somalia Country Office in Mogadishu for the first time in 20 years. WFP has presence across Somalia with four operational Area Offices (Mogadishu, Garowe, Dolow and Hargeisa) and eight deep field location offices with the support of the outposted Nairobi Liaison Office. In 2022, WFP Somalia has accelerated the transition of some units (6) based in the Nairobi Liaison Office into Somalia.

In 2022, Somalia has faced an increased risk of famine as the country grapples with a drought of historic severity. The IASC system escalated Somalia to “corporate scale up” designation in August 2022. October to December 2022 projections indicate that approximately 6.7 million people (41 percent of the total population) would face crisis or worse outcomes (IPC Phase 3 or higher), including 2.2 million people in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) and 300,000 people facing Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5)2.

WFP is leading the humanitarian response in Somalia. Over the last months, WFP has scaled up its operations and has more than doubled its monthly assistance between April and today from 1.7 to over 4.3 million relief beneficiaries and distributed USD 52 million cash and 9,640 MT food items.

The ongoing humanitarian food assistance provided by WFP and humanitarian partners has staved off the worst outcomes so far. This said, levels of acute food insecurity across Somalia remain high and will further deteriorate if food assistance is not scaled up and sustained.


With the scale-up and the transition, the HR team plays a pivotal role in attracting, selecting and appointing the right calibers to support WFP Somalia relief and development activities across the country.

The ideal candidate has a deep passion for workforce diversity, talent acquisition, sourcing, and employer branding; constantly thinks about how to introduce new methods and ideas for identifying, engaging, and selecting top talent, especially in hardship locations; and successfully enlists support from the business for talent attraction and selection, networking and workforce diversity initiatives.

Under the direct supervision of the Talent Acquisition Lead, the Sourcing and Talent Acquisition Specialist is responsible for the end-to-end recruitment for a specific account with a focus on gender, on innovation, and introducing quick wins.

What will you do?

  • Ensure in close collaboration with the talent acquisition team that all vacancies announcements are sound and inspiring for the purpose of attracting best talents with a focus on gender;
  • Collate data and contribute actively to the Talent Acquisition and Employer Branding weekly reports;
  • Carry out active sourcing based on the position requirements. Uses new technologies, social media, software and networks, to identify, attract, and hire the best talent in support of WFP CO Somalia talent goals;
  • Identify opportunities to expand relevant talent pools for critical and difficult-to-fill positions;
  • Support developing and maintaining strong relationships with the different partners like universities, associations, and other recruiting sources to ensure sourcing produces a strong talent pipeline;
  • Improve the gender diversity and drive the improvements of talent attraction and talent acquisition approaches, especially to attract qualified female candidates (with special attention on diaspora) to hardship locations;
  • Increase the quality of applicant flow, including both internal and external, passive and active candidates and ensure local implementation across the operation;
  • Write concise recruitment notes for obtaining management approval for selecting candidates;
  • Travel to Area/field offices related to talent acquisition and employer branding project as necessary and possible;
  • Any other duties in line with the profile and expertise.

Do you meet the minimum requirements?

Education: Advanced university degree in Human Resource Management, Public or Business Administration, Industrial Psychology or other relevant field.

Experience:  Six or more years of professional experience in the specific field of Talent Acquisition, of which at least 3 at international or regional level.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language

Skills and Experience

  • Experience working as part of a multicultural and diverse team, and/or leading one.
  • Deep knowledge of the recruiting market and trends in East Africa, more specifically in Somalia.
  • Demonstrated success implementing creative candidate pipeline development methodologies and effective outreach strategies.
  • Structured, organized and great planning skills to manage several recruitments simultaneously to successful completion.
  • Experience in sourcing and recruiting hard-to-find profiles.
  • Strong knowledge of Applicant Tracking Systems, technology, and sourcing tools.  Experience with SAP talent acquisition platforms is highly desirable.

Are you competent for this job? Do you have

  • Ability to leverage social media to connect with diverse communities to brand and market organisation and jobs.
  • Sound theoretical understanding of recruitment/talent acquisition  concepts and principles with a 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 stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of common business principles and processes and the ability to quickly assimilate UN/WFP specific processes and systems.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective work relationships with human resources counterparts, managers.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to establish priorities, and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan.
  • Ability to draft clear concise reports or rationale for human resources decisions.

Terms and Condictions:

1-year initial contract

WFP does not charge any application fees to candidates.

Application Process

  • Application Deadline: 27th December 2022.
  • 1st assessment step: Multiple-Choice Assessment Date: 29th December 2022 (11:00 hours EAT).
  • Successful candidates will proceed to the second assessment step (written test) on 5th January 2023 (11:00 hours EAT).

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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