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Young Professional Officer (Human Resources)


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Bangkok
  • Grade: Junior level - P-1, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date: Closed


• FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
• Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply
• Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO's values
• FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
• All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
• All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
• FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

Organizational Setting 

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

The Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) is responsible for leading FAO's response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning, and implementation of FAO's priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the region and, in collaboration with Offices and Divisions at headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO's strategic response to regional priorities. RAP also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization's Programme of Work and Budget (PWB) and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. RAP develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia-Pacific (UNESCAP) and other Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs).

The Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the Region.

This position is located in the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) in Bangkok, Thailand.

Reporting Lines

The Young Professional Officer (Human Resources) reports to regional Human Resources Officer, RAP.

Technical Focus

Assists in the overall management of human resources in the Region of staff and affiliate workforce (NSHR). S/he will work closely with colleagues in the Human Resources (HR) team and with managers and staff in client offices, as well as provide HR services support and guidance for the relevant HR matters in the Decentralized Offices (DOs).

Key Results
Effective and efficient provision of human resources support to the regional HR unit in the Regional Office.

Key Functions

  • Delivers or supports delivery of services in the area of human resources management;

  • Researches and analyzes human resource policy and best practices, maintains operational information and statistics, and drafts related reports as required;

  • Carries out routine and standard HR processes;

  • Contributes to the development training materials and/or arranges training sessions for management and employees;

  • Provides HR information and advice to management and employees on routine matters;

  • Participates on project teams and work groups.

Specific Functions

  • Supports the recruitment of staff and affiliate workforce (non-staff): prepares and disseminates Vacancy Announcements (VAs), validates screening results, prepares interviews schedule, contacts candidates/panel members and coordinates with logistics;

  • Prepares relevant documents for hiring newly-recruited employee, follows up with onboarding process and orientation arrangements;

  • Supports the organization of training, workshop and webinar for staff development and learning, and explores internal/external training opportunities;

  • Coordinates with HR team for timely respond to HR related queries; reviews individual cases and makes recommendations for actions to the HR Officer;

  • Drafts routine correspondence for HR related matters and assists in the preparation of administrative reports, note for file, etc.;

  • Contributes to the maintenance of database of affiliate workforce (NSHR) for local recruitment, ensures a readily available roster for selection;

  • Assists the HR Officer in preparing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), internal guidelines, and best practices for the HR unit;

  • Performs any other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in a field related to human resources, business management and/or public administration, social science, political science, psychology or other relevant field;

  • One year of relevant experience in human resources and/or public administration in a national or international organization, non-profit organization, or private sector;

  • Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate - level B) of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).


  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills 

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions;

  • Extent and relevance of experience in the area of management and administration, HR support, HR policy, recruitment, talent outreach, staff development, retention and/or HR operations;

  • Familiarity with HR management systems, including HR data systems, is an asset.

NB Please note that candidates should be 32 years of age or younger as of 31 December of the year of application.

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