National Programme Assistant, Baku, Azerbaijan

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

Country: Azerbaijan

City: Baku, Azerbaijan

Office: FAO in Baku, Azerbaijan

Closing date: Friday, 16 July 2021


National Programme Assistant

Job Posting: 02/Jul/2021

Closure Date: 16/Jul/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FEAZE

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Azerbaijan-Baku

Duration : 11 months (with possibility of extension)

Post Number : N/A

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

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:

FAO Partnership and Liaison Office in Azerbaijan has a diverse portfolio of projects and activities to support the Government Counterparts in Azerbaijan in addressing challenges related to sustainable transformation of agri-food systems and management of natural resources. The programme assistant will be expected to support assigned projects and other related activities to contribute to the achievement of FAO’s programmatic goals in the country.

Reports to:

Mr Kaan Evren Basaran, Operations Specialist

Technical Focus

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative (FAOR) in Azerbaijan, programmatic supervision of Assistant FAOR and direct supervision of relevant Program/Operations Specialist and in close collaboration with the staff of the Office, technical experts and project personnel (national and international consultants) as well as project counterparts, the Programme Assistant will: Tasks and responsibilities:

Support implementation of designated projects;
Liaise between FAO experts, national project teams and the respective beneficiary ministries and institutions;
Assist in the implementation of project’s activities according to the approved workplan;
Coordinate communication with national, local and community-based counterparts, supporting the dissemination of information, ensuring ownership of stakeholders and participation of the beneficiaries;
Provide administrative support for the arrangements for workshops, trainings, seminars, recruitment of national consultants and organization of field days as required according to the workplan;
Assist in all administrative duties and financial management of program, following FAO standard procedures and requirements;
Assist in the timely implementation of procurement actions and contracts according to FAO procedures;
Provide administrative support for field missions;
Support the overall monitoring of programme through providing necessary inputs on a regular basis;
Facilitate communication between FAO and government institutions, donors, partners using or translating from/into local language when necessary;
Prepare draft minutes of meetings and finalize them through collecting inputs in a timely manner;
Perform other duties as required


Minimum Requirements

University degree on agronomy, economics, MBA, environmental or social sciences, international relations or from relevant departments

Fluency in written and spoken in English and Azerbaijani; Russian may be considered an asset.

National of Azerbaijan or resident in the country with a regular work permit.

2 years of working experience in similar assignments (project/program management)

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



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.


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