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Chief (FAO)

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Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Town/City Rome
Salary Additional Information US$ 135 778 US$ 159 993 (without dependants) and from US$ 146 155 to US$ 173 632 (with dependants)
Salary Range 121,000 - 199,999
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Board & Executives
Deadline 16/07/2008
Company Name Food and Agriculture Organisation
Contact Name
Email VA-2037-AFH@fao.org
Website Further Details / Applications
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Professional Vacancy Announcement No: VA-2037-AFH
Deadline For Application:16 July 2008
Position TitleChief
Duty StationRome
Grade LevelP-5
DurationFixed-Term: Three Years
CCOG Code:1A06
Organizational Unit Organizational Design and Post Management Branch, AFHE Human Resources Management Division Administration and Finance Department


Under the direct supervision of the Director, AFH, the Chief, Organizational Design and Post Management Branch, AFHE is responsible for providing a range of advisory, policy and operational services in the area of organizational design and job classification. Specifically to:

  • Coordinate the development and implementation of major initiatives in the area of organizational design including major structural reviews, for both Headquarters and decentralized offices to build a management culture that promotes initiative and team work;
  • Oversee the preparation of policy and position papers and reports on organizational, job design and position management;
  • Provide high level advice and consultancy services to managers and staff in divisions on organizational and job design issues;
  • Coordinate the conduct of staffing and organizational studies for HQ and decentralized offices;
  • Contribute as part of the management team of AFH in planning and evaluating the human resources management programme of the Organization;
  • Represent the Organization at inter-agency bodies dealing with organizational design and classification issues;
  • Ensure that the Branch delivers high-quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner and that reports prepared by the Branch are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data, complying also with the relevant mandates;
  • Provide leadership to a team of HR Professional and General Service staff in managing and implementing the work programme of the Branch;
  • Foster teamwork and communication among staff in the Branch and across organizational boundaries;
  • Contribute to the development or the update of human resources management information systems and co-ordinate the inputs of the Branch during development and post implementation phases in close collaboration with the AFH management team;
  • Maintain and monitor the post establishment system, ensuring that it reflects posts and staff movements; provide statistics as required;
  • Perform other related duties, as required.


Candidates should meet the following:

  • University degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, Management or related fields
  • Ten years of relevant professional human resources management experience in a large organization in at least two human resource management disciplines, such as job classification, recruitment, salary administration, employee relations, performance management, organization or staff development
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two languages

Candidates will be assessed against the following:

  • Relevance of experience in human resources management, including experience with job classification, preferably with the UN Common System
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of human resources management and strategies including good knowledge of human resources practices in the United Nations common system and/or in national government systems
  • Ability to focus on delivery of results for clients and promote a client service ethic within the Service and ability to position the Branch as a strategic partner with client divisions
  • Conceptual analytical ability and excellent communication skills with demonstrated ability to present information in a clear and logical manner both orally and in writing
  • Leadership and people management skills as well as excellent inter-personal and negotiating skills; demonstrated ability to lead projects and to supervise the work of others
  • Extent of understanding of and experience with computerized administrative systems and their application to human resources management

Please note that all candidates should possess computer/word processing skills and should be capable of working with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
* The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments.


Level P-5 carries a net salary per year (inclusive of a variable element for post adjustment) from US$ 135 778 US$ 159 993 (without dependants) and from US$ 146 155 to US$ 173 632 (with dependants)

TO APPLY: Carefully read and follow the Guidelines to applicants

Send your application to:

V.A 2037-AFH
Director, Human Resources Management Division (AFH)
FAO Via delle Terme di Caracalla 00100 Rome ITALY
Fax No: +39 06 570 55131

This vacancy is open to male and female candidates. Applications from qualified women candidates and applications from qualified candidates from non/under-represented member states are encouraged. Please note that FAO staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the Director-General and may be assigned to any activities or office of the organization.


  Post Number: C/0727911
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