Office Assistant

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Organizational Setting

The Fisheries and Aquaculture Division (NFI) is responsible for the economic, social, institutional, governance and policy aspects of FAO’s activities related to fisheries and aquaculture and their development, with particular emphasis on human well-being, food security and poverty reduction; post-harvest utilization, marketing and trade with due regard to the protection of the environment, food security and the well-being of fishery communities; collection, compilation, validation, trend analysis and dissemination of the best available and up-to-date fishery statistics and for the syndication of the FAO information on all aspects of world fisheries and aquaculture. The Division is also responsible for FAO’s activities related to the management and conservation of the living aquatic resources used by fisheries and aquaculture, including the biodiversity and ecosystem maintenance, with particular emphasis on the most vulnerable and threatened species and habitats; management of responsible fisheries and aquaculture in accordance with management standards and best practices; development of fisheries technology, with due regard to the protection of the environment, food security and the well-being of fishing communities, including the safety of fishers and fishing vessels.

The post is located in the Office of the Director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Division (NFI) at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.


Main Purpose

The Office Assistant performs a 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 one or more professional staff and receives guidance from the Director, NFI and two Office Associates. He/she acts independently in routine matters and consults with supervisor(s) on new and/or more complex issues and procedures. Supervision received provides for technical and procedural guidance and on-the-job learning.


Working Relationships

The Office Assistant interacts with a variety of colleagues from within the work unit. Interactions relate to the exchange of routine information and the provision of standard office support services.


Key Functions/Results

•    Type, format and draft routine correspondence; collate tables, reports, presentations, publications, and other documentation.
•    Receive, screen and direct telephone calls and visitors; respond to routine internal and external enquiries and/or refer to appropriate contacts/units.
•    Enter, retrieve, structure and update selected information and data from various sources (e.g. Intra-/Internet, office files, etc.); present results in standard format.
•    Set up and maintain office files and reference systems according to standard procedures.
•    Initiate, view and track a variety of administrative transactions in the computerized financial/travel/human resources systems.
•    Support the organization and administration of meetings, workshops and events (e.g. arranging for meeting rooms and other facilities).
•    Assist with arranging for travels: organize transport, logistics, accommodation, documents.
•    Ensure availability of office supplies and appropriate maintenance of office equipment.
•    Perform other duties as required.


Impact Of Work

The Office Assistant participates as part of a team in the provision of administrative and office support services. Actions reflect on the immediate and wider work unit.



Minimum Requirements

Education: Secondary School Education.
Experience: Two years of relevant experience in office support work.
Languages: Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of English.
IT Skills: 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.



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


Technical Skills

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


Desirable Qualifications and Skills

•    Limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of another official language of the Organization (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).
•    Experience in supporting procurement processes, recruitment and administration of affiliate staff as well as supporting travel-related arrangements.
•    Experience in researching, compiling, and organizing information for reports, mailing lists, and data utilization, employing spreadsheets and dedicated database management tools for the development and maintenance of an organized archive.
•    Good knowledge of and experience in utilizing MS-Teams, SharePoint, Zoom, Skype and other teleconferencing platforms, with a background in organizing meetings and workshops at headquarters and in the field.

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