Office Assistant

negotiable / YEAR Expired 1 month ago
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Organizational Setting

ESP coordinates FAO’s work on social protection, gender equality, decent rural employment, rural institutions and people’s empowerment, and the right to food. It is responsible for working with member countries and other partners to reduce rural poverty through strengthening social protection systems, diversifying rural employment opportunities, reducing gender gaps and other social inequalities in agriculture, strengthening producer organizations, improving the rural poor’s access to productive resources and rural services, and achieving the overall goal of realizing the human right to adequate food for all.

The position is located in the front office of the Rural Transformation and Gender Equality Division (ESP) at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.


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 Director, ESP and receives guidance from a higher graded Office Assistant/ Programme Assistant. 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, protocol, 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 general administration/procurement/ ‘financial/travel/human resources system.
•    Prepare purchase orders, purchase requisitions and support the preparation of Letters of Agreement (LOA), obtain clarification and follow up, when necessary.
•    Make travel and hotel arrangements and prepare travel authorizations/claims for staff and affiliate workforce 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.


Minimum Requirements

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




•    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 in administration/procurement/financial/travel/human resources systems and administrative procedures and policies.
•    Good knowledge of the organizational structure.



Desirable Qualifications and Skills

•    Good knowledge of ESP organizational structure.
•    Experience with front office work.
•    Limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of another official language of the Organization (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

Rome, Italy
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