Talent Acquisition Specialist, Johannesburg, South Africa At WFP – World Food Programme

Closing date: Tuesday, 26 September 2023

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.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. 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. In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. Present in nearly 120 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas. We manage an operating budget of approximately $5.9 billion each year, distributing 12.6 billion rations to those most in need. We reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries each year.


The Regional Bureau (RBJ) is based in Johannesburg and supports operations across 12 countries in Southern Africa and Indian Ocean States (Malawi, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Tanzania, Lesotho, ESwatini, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Angola). The region encompasses approximately 1,500 employees across 12 countries providing assistance to approximately 4 million people per month through the provision of vital life-saving food assistance using food distribution or cash-based transfers, school meals, malnutrition prevention and nutrition treatment activities, as well as asset creation and livelihood support.

To support in this mission, the RBJ currently seeking applications from eligible candidates for the post of Talent Acquisition Specialist to support hiring managers, in ensuring that the talent acquisition strategy supports their needs and building a diverse and inclusive place to work. This includes, but is not limited to, sourcing, recruitment, and selection of candidates, as well as advising hiring managers on all aspects of attraction and selection.

WFP offers life-changing job opportunities you are unlikely to find in other organizations. Working at WFP will give you the opportunity to work beyond your expectations, to be enriched by truly meaningful work and improve your growth and professional expertise. For additional information, visit: www.wfp.org.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  •  Liaise with hiring managers and establish an implementation plan for delivering the recommended changes as defined under the Regional Bureau staffing plans.
  •  Manage the full life cycle of recruitment process from the identification of the staffing needs to sourcing, screening, and selecting the candidates.
  •  Design relevant sourcing approaches with the intent to identify, attract and recruit the best candidates meeting the hiring needs; support the employer brand visibility, organize/attend career events.
  •  Support recruitment activities, with a focus on inclusive sourcing ensuring consistent, transparent and effective HR processes are executed within WFP rules and regulations related to the recruitments.
  •  Partner with managers throughout the recruitment process, to ensure the highest standards of efficiency and integrity, in line with internal recruitment procedures, as well as the highest talent standards are applied when selecting candidates for WFP.
  •  Identify, design and implement different selection tools, processes and practices to diversify selection methods and approaches.
  •  Contribute to enforce Talent Acquisition best practices and support the implementation of various Talent Acquisition initiatives in Country Offices/Regional Bureau.
  •  Review the composition of the pool of qualified candidates at key stages in the recruitment process and introduce corrective measures to maintain a balanced pipeline in line with the organization’s diversity targets.
  •  Build first-time hiring managers interviewing skills and facilitate refresher sessions to existing interviewers across the region.
  •  Support Country Office and Regional Bureau HR Colleagues in building talent acquisition capabilities
  •  In collaboration with RBJ functional heads, design and develop various Roster of expert profiles or gender-specific candidates, act as point of contact / high touch engagement for Roster candidates. Build new Rosters in line with RBJ Transformation themes/ outcomes.
  •  Analyse workforce and recruitment data and metrics to identify gaps & diversity recruitment opportunities and collaborate with country HR teams to help identify key challenges & opportunities.
  •  Keep abreast of the latest talent acquisition tools, best practices and initiatives to ensure up to date skills and practices in the Region.
  •  Any other tasks that may be assigned.


Education: ⦁ University degree in Human Resources, Industrial Psychology or a related field or another degree with directly relevant work experience.


  •  Minimum of 6 years of relevant professional work experience in Human Resources
  •  Strong Knowledge and Expertise in talent acquisition and sourcing
  •  Track record of successful project delivery

Knowledge & Skills:

  •  Ability to work with teams remotely
  •  Change and Project Management
  •  Ability to quickly build credibility with internal stakeholders
  •  Ability to work well with a diverse team, cultural sensitivity and demonstrated business partnering skills
  •  Creative problem solver, flexible and constructive approach
  •  Ability to work calmly under pressure and prioritise multiple stakeholder requests
  •  International HR work experience

Languages: ⦁ Good knowledge of English and French is required


The Vacancy Announcement will close on 25 September 2023, 11:59 South African time

Qualified women applicants, people with disabilities and candidates from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

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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