Software Developer (various profiles), Rome, Italy

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country: Italy

City: Rome, Italy

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Monday, 31 August 2020


Software Developer (various profiles)

Job Posting: 14/Aug/2020

Closure Date: 31/Aug/2020, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : CIO

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : 11 months

Post Number : N/A

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

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply

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 Information Technology Division (CIO) is responsible for all IT activities within the Organization. CIO performs on behalf of the Organization the following critical roles: defining FAO IT policies and providing strategic advice on IT architecture and standards, governance, policy and operational matters while monitoring organizational compliance; defining the mechanisms for managing FAO’s information and data; protecting FAO’s information assets and ensuring confidentiality, integrity and availability; ensuring provision of IT services that are core for the Organization’s global operations and supporting the information and business processes; coordinating organization-wide IT activities in order to reduce duplication and fragmentation and to increase integration of information data, systems and platforms, mobilizing IT resources from across the Organization.

Fighting against hunger requires the best and most innovative software developers, committed to change the world for the most vulnerable people. The consultant has to be comfortable working under high pressure in a rapid-changing environment, being a self-learner and independent person. Reporting Lines The Software Developer reports to a software development technical team leader under the overall direction of the Senior Software Development Officer.

Reporting Lines

The Software Developer reports to a software development technical team leader under the overall direction of the Senior Software Development Officer.

Technical Focus

As a software developer, you will be part of the IT development and innovation teams in FAO, developing solutions using the latest technologies and mainstreaming their adoption. Candidates will have concrete experience and passion for one or more of the following specialisations and related technologies:

UX/UI - Design, business models, success KPIs, human-centered design, story boarding and customer journeys, internationalization and multi-cultural interfaces, material-design.

Mobile/Web AppDev - Flutter & Dart, Angular, React, PWA, Android Native

Backend - Serverless Firebase/Amplify, Cloud/Lambda Functions, Cloud APIs, Java/Spring, Python, NodeJS

DataEng - Realtime, Internet of Things, BigData, Geospatial, ArcGis, Talend, Data Flow and Integration, Analytics, Predication Modelling and Machine Learning. Jupyter Notebooks, Python Pandas, Airflow/DataFlow, BigQuery, Cloud Composer, GEE, CKAN.

DataViz - Shiny, Tableau, PowerBI, Data Studio, GeoServer, CartoDB.

Cloud DevOps - SDLC, Continuous Integration and Delivery (BitBucket Pipelines) - GCP/AWS Infrastructure as a Code, Terraform, SaaS solutions - InfoSec - Monitoring and Analytics of Performance, Stackdriver, Crashlytics and Usage.

Tasks and responsibilities

The software developer will perform the following duties with respect to information systems:

Participate in an Agile software development team, building high quality and effective software products that deliver real solutions in the shortest time.

2. Develop applications using SDLC methodologies such as CI/CD models and tools.

3. Participate in design discussions, develop mock-ups and translate business requirements into technical tasks.

4. Develop, test, debug and maintain applications; address systems performance issues and crashes as per operations requests when necessary.

5. Ensure coherency and compliance with appropriate organizational standards in close collaboration with quality assurance (QA), information security (InfoSec) and user experience functions (UX).


Minimum Requirements

For consultants: University degree or equivalent in Computer Science, IT engineering or Professional Software Engineer. Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian.

For PSAs: University Degree or equivalent technical experience in the subject. Working knowledge of English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian.

At least 1 year of professional experience working as a software developer in either complex software solutions or large development teams with.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus


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Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Self-learner and independent

Demonstrable ability to implement solutions to complex problems in front end, back end and mobile platforms.

At least 1 year of experience in developing applications.

Deep knowledge and skill in programming techniques, technologies and frameworks

Experience in designing mobile & cloud first architectures

Familiarity with defensive and secure programming techniques

Knowledge of internet and web protocols and standards.

Desirable knowledge of software development best practices including version and release management, continuous test, integration and delivery.

Knowledge in test-driven development, agile methodologies, cloud architectures, APIs and/or DevOps; is desirable and could be a key differentiator.

Ability to communicate effectively.

Demonstrable knowledge described in the technical/functional skills described below.

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 any 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 If you are in possession of language certificate/s from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT), please attach the certificate/s when submitting the application.

For more information, visit the FAO employment website


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.

We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline

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