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Administrative Assistant

South Sudan (South Sudan)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: South Sudan (South Sudan)
  • Grade: NPP - National Project Personnel - Local Contractors Agreement - All levels
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-25

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  • 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 member nations and person 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 our values. FAO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and FAO, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
  • All selected candidates, therefore, will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
  • 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, which are headed by an FAO representatives, is to assistant 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 to ensure zero hunger in the country. FAO provides support in three priority areas: sustainable increase in production and productivity, agriculture-based economic growth, and increased resilience of livelihoods to threats and crisis.

The current portfolio of projects in South Sudan includes activities related to agriculture (crop), livestock, Fisheries, Natural Resource management, food information systems is implemented with humanitarian, transitional and development funding. The incumbent will contribute to the country’s Programme and portfolio as foreseen in the project he/she will coordinate and be assigned.

Reporting Lines

The Administrative Assistant will work under the overall supervision of the Head of field and direct supervision of the Administrative Officer in Juba.

Technical Focus

  • Develop and maintain document processing and systems to ensure availability of accurate, timely information and to enhance the workflow.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Follows reliable processes and complete work with minimal errors.
  • Perform accurate data/transaction entry within appropriate time frame.
  • Meet deadlines, carry out instructions, and fulfil work assignments.
  • Identifies areas of opportunity for continuous improvement needs and proactive in initiating improvement.
  • Assist with scheduling and organizing activities such as meetings, conferences and department activities. Supports multiple leader and teams.
  • Supervise cleaners and ensure offices premises and within the offices are well kept and secured.
  • Supervises the hired security guards
  • In close consultation with the Area Coordinator, organizes regular weekly meetings
  • In liaison with the Area coordinator, ensure that all staffs adhere to the routine security system such as radio calls,
  • Ensure that all staffs have approved TOR, ITA and security clearance before any trip
  • Work closely with staff to achieve successes at work place
  • Responsive to requests, knows how to use resources effectively for the benefit of organization.
  • Gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a team environment, works toward mutual cooperation.
  • Willingly assists others and flexes within and outside work areas as well.
  • Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; provides honest and straightforward analysis.
  • Maintain confidentiality and security of personnel related matters and other FAO business of a sensitive nature.
  • Provide backup support for other administrative staff.
  • Perform any other projects and/or duties as assigned.


Minimum Requirements

  • Diploma in Accounting/Banking & Finance/Economics/Business administration or related field, Bachelor’s degree is an added advantage
  • Two years of relevant experience in Administration and finance support.
  • A South Sudanese National.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building effective relationships
  • Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Ability to work under pressure in multitasking position and beating deadline.
  • Working knowledge of English (Level C), including written and spoken Arabic written is a strong asset
  • Ability to use modern office equipment computer applications, spread sheet, power points words access etc.
  • Working knowledge of the English language and local languages.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact:
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • 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
  • For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website:

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

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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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