Office Assistant, Rome, Italy

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

FAO Rome

CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST – VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT : 2300171

Office Assistant

Job Posting: 20/Jan/2023

Closure Date: 03/Feb/2023, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : NSP

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : General Service

Grade Level : G-4

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : Fixed-term: 2 years with possibility of extension

Post Number : 0079251

CCOG Code : 2101

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, 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.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the 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.

Organizational Setting

The Plant Production and Protection Division (NSP) enables the transition to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable plant production and protection through optimization and minimization. This requires the integration and harmonization of all appropriate crop production policies and practices in order to increase production in a sustainable manner in order to eradicate hunger while preserving the natural resources and environment for future use.

The post is located at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, in the Seeds and Plant Genetic Resources Team (NSPGD), one of the six teams in the division. NSPGD’s work contributes to NSP’s overarching goal of resilient and sustainable plant production and protection systems by resulting in the enhanced timely access of farmers to affordable quality seeds and planting materials of the preferred, well-adapted, productive and nutritious crop varieties that are resistant to biotic and abiotic stresses. Working with countries and other partners to safeguard plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, to use them in breeding progressively superior crop varieties and to deliver the quality seeds and planting materials to farmers, are means to achieve this aim.

Main Purpose

The Office Assistant performs a large variety of routine administrative transactions and office support functions contributing to the smooth and efficient running of the work unit.

Supervision Received/Exercised

The Office Assistant reports to the Team Leader of NSPGD and receives guidance from senior GS staff. He/she acts independently in routine matters. Supervision received is focused on the quality of the work performed and provides for on-the-job learning.

Working Relationships The Office Assistant usually interacts with a wide variety of colleagues within the work unit and with immediate clients within the Organization, providing routine administrative and office support services.

Key Functions/Results

  • Arrange appointments for the supervisor, receive visitors, place and screen telephone calls and respond to routine requests for information;
  • Provide office, administrative and logistics support to meetings, committees, conferences, etc.;
  • Review, record, distribute and process incoming mail and correspondence; follow-up on pending actions;
  • Respond or draft responses to standard/routine correspondence and other communications; use word processing package to produce a wide variety of large, complex documents and reports;
  • Proofread documents and format texts for accuracy, grammar, punctuation and style, as well as for adherence to established standards;
  • Initiate general administrative tasks in the computerized financial/travel/human resources systems;
  • Make travel and hotel arrangements and prepare travel authorizations/claims for staff as required;
  • Provide assistance in the administrative processing of vacancy announcements and consultants’ contracts;
  • Research, compile and organize information and reference materials from various sources for reports; create spreadsheets and presentations; manage and update databases for mailing lists and other information; and maintain electronic and paper files;
  • Perform other duties as required.

Impact Of Work

The incumbent’s work impacts on the timely and efficient delivery of office support services and on the overall output of the work unit.

CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements

Education: Secondary School Education Experience: Three years of relevant experience in office support work Languages: Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of another official FAO language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish). IT Skills: Good knowledge of the MS Office applications, Internet and office technology equipment

Residency: General Service Staff are recruited locally. To be eligible for this position, candidates must be nationals of the country of the duty station or possess an existing visa/work permit, and reside within commuting distance of the duty station at the time of the application. “Commuting distance” means the distance within which staff members can travel daily between their place of work and their residence.

Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication

  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical Skills

  • Good knowledge of communication and documentation standards
  • Good knowledge of corporate computerized financial/travel/human resources systems and administrative procedures and policies
  • Good knowledge of the organizational structure

Desirable Qualifications And Skills

  • Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of another official FAO language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

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

Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at (link)
  • The length of the appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to extension of appointments
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
  • General Service Staff are recruited locally. To be eligible for this position, candidates must be nationals of the country of the duty station or possess an existing visa/work permit, and reside within commuting distance of the duty station at the time of the application.”Commuting distance” means the distance within which staff members can travel daily between their place of work and their residence.
  • No international benefits will be payable as selected candidates are recruited locally and paid in the local currency of the office location
  • Other similar positions may be filled from this vacancy notice
  • For additional information visit the FAO employment website: (link)

REMUNERATION A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: (link) allowances/salary.htm

HOW TO APPLY

  • To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Once completed, please apply and submit your application, with language certificates as attachments. Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications. FAO reserves the right to request candidates to undertake a language test in the future, as appropriate
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
  • Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered
  • Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
  • We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
  • If you need assistance please contact: [email protected]

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