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Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)


FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries are encouraged to apply.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.



Organizational Setting

The Regional Office for Africa (RAF) is responsible for leading FAO’s response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO’s priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the Region and, in collaboration with departments and divisions at Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO's strategic response to regional priorities.  RAF also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization’s Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies.  RAF develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs).


The Procurement Team is responsible for the procurement of goods, works and services based on the Organization’s guiding principle of "Best Value for Money" in support to the Regional and Ghana Country Offices’ programmes and projects.


Reporting Lines


The National Procurement Assistant reports to the Administrative Officer.

Technical Focus

Supports the procurement of goods, works and services in compliance with applicable rules and regulations.  

Tasks and responsibilities
  • Support the procurement process through the preparation of documents and correspondence related to assigned procurement actions (i.e. preparation of tenders, Purchase Orders and/or contracts, bids analyses, etc.);
  • Follow up the delivery of goods and services against Purchase Orders and/or contracts to ensure receipt within promised due dates;
  • Review invoices related to goods and services procured, including related transportation and customs clearance services for accuracy; report discrepancies found to supervisor, before processing related payments;
  • Retrieve, enter, select, analyse and summarize procurement data from a wide variety of sources, including corporate system and databases; verify accuracy of procurement data and documents; make necessary calculations;
  • Support the preparation of procurement plans, taking into consideration timelines for receiving tenders;
  • Collect and compile data for recurring reports on procurement, as may be required; run periodic procurement related reports, taking action as requested;
  • Report on the status of procurement actions;
  • Respond to queries related to procurement actions handled;
  • File documents and correspondences related to assigned procurement actions;
  • Review with the supervisor problems and discrepancies related to assigned actions;
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Minimum Requirements
  • National or legal resident of Ghana;
  • Secondary School Education (high school diploma); supplemented by courses in procurement or related training
  • Three  years of relevant experience in procurement support work
  • Working knowledge of English
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Extent and relevance of experience in procurement support work and associated tools
  • Extent of familiarity with procurement regulations and procedures
  • Extent of experience in analysing, processing and editing of information and data and record keeping
  • Good knowledge of the MS Office application, Internet and office technology equipment
  • Ability to effectively use information systems and databases to insert and retrieve data, make enquiries and edit results
  • Experience in logistics handling and management is an added advantage
  • Working knowledge of French is an added advantage
  • Procurement or related work experience in the United Nations or other international non-governmental organizations is an added advantage



Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


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: Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Procurement
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2018-12-12

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