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Workforce Planning Consultant

Italy (Italy)

  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Italy (Italy)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date: 2021-12-06

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WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance



Job Title: Workforce Planning Consultant (HR Strategic Workforce Planning) 

Type of Contract: Consultancy

Division: HRMTW (Workforce Planning & Strategy Branch, Human Resources)

Duty Station (City, Country): Rome, Italy

Duration: 11 months






The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger globally, part of the United Nations. At WFP, we are driven and defined by our mission to fight world hunger, save lives, feed people’s dreams of a brighter future, reduce risk and help enable people, communities and countries meet their own food and nutrition needs. More than 19,000 people work worldwide to ensure the most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

We are currently establishing a Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) practice within the HR Division. SWP enables WFP to purposefully plan for, manage and prepare its future workforce to respond effectively to the increasing demands of the organisation within a globally complex environment.

You will be part of a dynamic team, helping connect our strategy with our operational needs in terms of people, skills and capabilities required to deliver on our important mandate.

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:






This role is part of our central team and supports the design, delivery and monitoring of workforce plans across all functional areas and the alignment and integration of these plans at the Country Office level. The role works in close collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, from WFP’s management, to functional subject matter experts, HR colleagues and external experts.

Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like WFP, so this role includes, but is not limited to, the following accountabilities:






  1. Conduct desktop reviews and stakeholder meetings to assess the current strategic direction of country offices, functional areas and WFP global.
  2. Forecast possible future scenarios and derive insights into the implications of these on the workforce using a strategic workforce planning software.
  3. Identify and analyze the current workforce and its relevant characteristics, including current skills of the workforce through skills gap analyses, talent reviews and/or functional talent assessments.
  4. Assess future demand for talent based on strategic direction, and future supply of internal talent through data analysis. Project supply versus demand models for the country offices, functional areas and WFP global and identify gaps.
  5. Work with HR colleagues and management to develop a strategy to close gaps by identifying appropriate workforce and/or talent management solutions to bridge the gaps over short, medium and long-term including costs, timeframes and benefits.
  6. Prepare appropriate communications materials to keep all stakeholders informed of SWP progress, to request action or to build engagement
  7. Monitor the implementation of workforce plans through the management of project plans, conduct lessons-learned exercises and mainstream workforce planning practices across WFP.
  8. Coordinate and streamline the collection, interpretation and validation of workforce data and its analysis ensuring that quality standards and data privacy compliance are maintained.
  9. Other, as required.








University Degree in Human Resources, Statistics, Economics, Business Administration or other related field.




  • Minimum 5 years or experience in Strategic Workforce Planning, Organizational Design or HR consulting with excellent analytical, communication and project management skills
  • At least 3 years of international experience either working abroad or in an international environment, as part of a multicultural team.


Knowledge and Skills:


  • Strong track record on organizational design and change management
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, planning and problem-solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to handle ambiguity and change, as well as balance multiple priorities
  • Customer orientation
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills
  • Ability to build effective relationships across and outside the organization, at all levels
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word and Powerpoint
  • High level of organization to compile and derive insights from data, working with multiple sources and coping with rapidly changing information
  • Knowledge of workforce planning tools and data analytics/visualisation/ reporting technology is desirable



Excellent command of English - fluency (level C) in oral and written English is essential. 



Terms and Conditions

WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.


Deadline for applications: 06 January 2021

Ref.: VA No. 132289




Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status


No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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