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Operations Specialist

Damascus (Syria)


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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations

depending on the evolving needs of the Organization 



Organizational Setting

The main aim of the FAO country offices is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and

to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.


The Consultant is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the field programme under the responsibility of the FAO Country Office, and will provide assistance in ensuring the mission’s effective and efficient projects’ planning, implementation progress against agreed workplans and set of outputs and outcome evaluation.


Reporting Lines


The Consultant reports to the FAO Representative. Under his/her direct supervision, and in consultation with the Assistant FAORs (Programme and Administration) as appropriate.  He/she receives technical guidance upon request from the Field Programme Support and Monitoring Officer (FPSMO) and Senior Field Programme Officer (SFPO) in the relevant sub-regional and regional offices.

Technical Focus

Operational assistance based on the knowledge of the local conditions, culture, language and institutions of the country of assignment. Ensure the smooth functioning of projects operations, consistent service delivery, and continuous evaluation and readjustment /improvement of the operational environment to reflect the FAOR's evolving needs.

Tasks and responsibilities
  • Act as a focal point for all matters related to the daily operation of the field project(s) assigned
  • Prepare project task force meetings and ensures the availability of secretarial support
  • Ensure timely provision of inputs for personnel, technical support services, sub-contracts, training, equipment/supplies and other needs related to project operations
  • Participate in the preparation of project work plans, monitors progress and, where, necessary, identifies corrective measures to overcome operational constraints
  • Assist with the management of the project budget and prepares revisions as required
  • Coordinate the timely preparation and submission of project progress and terminal reports required (as specified in the project agreements), as well as contributing to the preparation of analytical reports on the Representation's portfolio as a whole
  • Coordinate actions related to timely field project completion/closure, including identification of project follow-up requirements
  • Contribute to the preparation and/or assessment of new projects
  • Ensure the quality of data/documentation in the Field Programme Management Information System (FPMIS) for all pipeline and operational field projects in the country
Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced university degree in a field related to business or public administration or any other relevant field.
  • one to three years of relevant experience in office management, administration, accounting and/or audit, budget or finance
  • Working knowledge of  English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese and limited knowledge (Level B) of one of the others
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement


 Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO,

Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency 


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing).
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list.
  • 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.
  • Candidates with acceptable language certificate/s should upload them when submitting their application. For details, visit http\://
  • For other issues, visit the FAO employment website\: http\://
  • For further information on categories, contract duration and honoraria, please refer to the Conditions page.
To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.
Vacancies will be removed from the recruitment portal at 23\:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
If you need help, or have queries, please contact\:


Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Damascus (Syria)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-03

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