World Food Programme (WFP) – Talent Acquisition/Sourcing Expert, Consultant (Re-Advertisement).

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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.

About WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  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.

Why join WFP in Somalia?

In Somalia, the World Food Programme provides food assistance for nutrition, livelihoods, and relief through the hard work of more than 500 employees who contribute to make Somalia hunger free in close partnership with local partners.

What will you do?

  • In close consultation with the Head of HR and in collaboration with other HR colleagues and unit managers, contribute to defining the people/HR management plan, specifically in relation to the talent acquisition and employer branding activities.
  • Contribute to the Talent Acquisition and Employer Branding weekly reports that update and alert stakeholders about the challenges and opportunities in these areas.
  • In close collaboration with the talent acquisition team, ensure that all vacancies announcements are sound and inspiring for the purpose of attracting best talent with a focus on gender.
  • Further streamline talent acquisition sourcing strategies and approach by using new technologies, social media, software and networks, to identify, attract, and hire the best talent.
  • Train the talent acquisition team to implement data driven and proactive talent sourcing approaches, to use contemporary talent acquisition tools & technologies and to effectively use social media platforms.
  • Identify opportunities to expand relevant talent pools by identifying macro level opportunities from demographic trends, labour market analysis, diaspora, diversity partnership opportunities etc.
  • Support developing and maintaining strong relationships that include outreach to schools, education institutions, targeted diversity organizations, professional associations and other recruiting sources to ensure sourcing produces a strong talent pipeline.
  • Improve gender diversity and drive the improvements of talent attraction and talent acquisition approaches, especially to attract qualified female candidates (with special attention on diaspora) to hardship locations.
  • Increase the quality of applicant flow, including both internal and external, passive and active candidates and ensure local implementation.
  • Articulate WFP’s employee value proposition to enhance visibility and reputation in key sourcing channels by enabling the talent acquisition team to carry out impactful and targeted employer branding activities.
  • Undertake field missions related to talent acquisition and employer branding project as necessary.
  • Any other duties in line with the profile and expertise.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Advanced university degree in Human Resource Management, Public or Business Administration, Industrial Psychology or First University degree with additional relevant experience.

Experience: Five or more years of postgraduate professional experience in Talent Acquisition, of which at least 3 years must be at an international or regional level. Experience and expertise in sourcing and recruiting hard-to-find profiles is a must. Experience in transforming processes and leading change. 

Language: Proficiency in oral and written communication in English.

Knowledge & Skills: 

  • Experience working as part of a multicultural and diverse team.
  • Deep knowledge of the recruiting market and trends in East Africa.
  • Demonstrated success developing and deploying creative, effective candidate pipeline development methodologies and effective outreach strategies.
  • Structured in leading multiple talent projects simultaneously to successful completion.
  • Experience with SAP/ Applicant Tracking Systems, technology, and sourcing tools.  
  • Ability to leverage social media to connect with diverse communities to brand and market organisation and jobs.
  • Ability to draft clear concise reports. 
  • Good communication skills with the ability to persuade, influence and adapt communication style to different situations and stakeholders.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective work relationships with human resources counterparts, managers and staff within WFP.

Terms and Conditions

Contract Duration: 11 months (initial)

Application Instructions

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit online applications through E-Recruitment.

Applications that do not meet the above requirements will be disregarded. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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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