National Project Assistant
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Close on 13 Jul 2020
Location: Baku (Azerbaijan)
Grade: PSA (Personal Services Agreement)
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Job Description
Organizational Setting:

FAO Partnership and Liaison Office in Azerbaijan


Reports to:


Mr. Bariz Mehdiyev, Assistant to the Head of Office 


Technical Focus:


Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative (FAOR) in Azerbaijan, operational supervision of Assistant FAOR and relevant Program/Operations Specialist, in close collaboration with the staff of the Office, technical experts and project personnel (national and international consultants) and the project counterparts, the Project Assistant will be responsible for the following activities:

Tasks and responsibilities:
  • Support Project Manager in daily follow up and coordination of the project’s implementation according to the approved work plan;
  • Liaise between FAO, the national project team and the related ministries and institutions, coordinating their work;
  • Initiate and follow-through all necessary administrative actions, following FAO standard procedures and requirements;
  • Assist in the timely implementation of procurement actions and contracts according to FAO procedures;
  • Provide administrative support for the arrangements for workshops, training, seminars, recruitment of national consultants and field days as required according to the work plan;
  • Provide administrative support for field missions;
  • Participate and assist in summarizing the results of surveys as well as findings from meetings in the regions;
  • Support the development and implementation of the PR strategy for the project; assist the preparation of visibility materials and communication materials by providing necessary inputs and information that will be used in outreach and mass media campaigns;
  • Support the overall monitoring of programme through providing necessary inputs on a regular basis and assisting in drafting and finalizing the preparation of reports;
  • Drafting minutes of meetings and sharing them in a timely matter;
  • Perform other duties as required
Minimum Requirements:  
  • University/Master’s degree on social and administrative sciences such as economics, statistics, business administration, political sciences, international relations, sociology, social work, development studies with a focus on rural and community development and/or a degree on agrarian sciences or agronomy with an understanding of social and economic dimensions of rural and agrarian contexts;
  • Fluency in written and spoken in English and Azerbaijani; Russian will be asset;
  • Minimum 3 years of working experience in similar assignments (project/program management);
  • National of Azerbaijan.

FAO Core Competencies:

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Knowledge of or ability to learn the FAO Guidelines;
  • Previous experience working in project implementation, preferably with international organizations and work involving young people rural communities, rural business development or organization of trainings
  • Completes tasks in a timely, cost-effective way and/or escalated properly
  • Experience working with rural communities, rural business development or organization of trainings;
  • Knowledge or ability of learning and understanding the FAO Guidelines;

About FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. 

FAO aims to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide.

"We believe that everyone can play a part in ending hunger."