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Human Resources Assistant

Budapest (Hungary)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Budapest (Hungary)
  • Grade: GS-5, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
    • Administrative support
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-02

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Staff in the General Service category are recruited locally from the Primary Location area, which is where the office is located


FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality

People with disabilities are protected from any type of discrimination during any stage of employment, including the recruitment phase

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

CSLC is responsible for providing a coordinated corporate support function to Headquarters and decentralized offices and their staff, for administrative transactional processes including staff and non-staff human resources servicing, travel operations, invoice processing, vendor management, and fixed assets. It also provides advice and user support across the Organization on the use of corporate administrative, financial and HR systems. CSLC consolidates administrative functions to deliver them in a cost-effective manner, promoting operational efficiencies and service improvements.

Main Purpose

The Human Resources Assistant coordinates and performs the full range of human resources support functions. He /she ensures quality, transparency and consistency of data and processes within his/her area of responsibility and contributes to the smooth functioning of human resources operations.

Supervision Received/Exercised

The Human Resources Assistant reports to a senior professional staff and may receive guidance from a Human Resources Associate. The incumbent operates independently and takes decisions on work priorities, exercise initiative for dealing with cases without precedents and finds solution to problems after discussion with supervisor. Supervision received is focused on the quality of work outputs, in particular the meeting of timelines and the quality of advice given to clients. The incumbent provides guidance and advise to other human resources support staff.

Working Relationships

The Human Resources Assistant works closely with colleagues in the HR team and with managers and staff in client’s offices, providing and coordinating experienced human resources support.

Key Functions/Results
  • Analyze, answer and follow-up on a variety of complex human resources requests and enquiries from staff and non-staff; provide guidance on relevant human resources guidelines and procedures;
  • Coordinate support services related to the employment and servicing of staff and non staff; initiate a range of personnel actions such as appointments, extensions, transfers, etc.;
  • Support the briefing and de-briefing of staff, provide information as to staff entitlements and specificities of contracts;
  • Coordinate the recruitment process of all categories of staff and non-staff, including the preparation of job profiles and vacancy announcements; communicate with applicants and prepares offers/terms of employment;
  • Collect and research background information; update organization charts and staffing tables; draft correspondence, reports and statistics related to all human resources functions as appropriate;
  • Review, maintain and update confidential personnel information, records and files; ensure completeness and accuracy of records and that follow-up system on actions are taken;
  • Investigate and resolve payment inquiries in collaboration with finance staff; prepare payment instructions;
  • Train and provide guidance to other human resources support staff in the work unit;
  • Perform other duties as required.
Impact Of Work

The incumbent's work directly impacts on the smooth operations and the quality of overall output of the work unit. He/ she plays a lead role in the provision of human resources support services for successful achievement of the organizational unit’s mandate.


Minimum Requirements
Education: Secondary School Education

Experience: Four years of relevant experience in administrative and human resources support work

Languages: Working knowledge (Level C) of English

IT Skills: Very good knowledge of the MS Office applications, Internet and office technology equipment

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical Skills
  • Very good knowledge of the essential elements of human resources activities and transactions

  • Very good knowledge of ERP corporate computerized administrative systems

  • Ability to draft correspondence

  • Initiative and ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines in a team environment.

  • Ability to guide and train other staff

Desirable Qualifications And Skills

  • Working knowledge of other FAO official languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese)


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a technical / competency-based interview.


FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO,

Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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