Information Technology Developer (various profiles), Rome, Italy

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

Country: Italy

City: Rome

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Tuesday, 28 February 2023


Information Technology Developer (various profiles)

Job Posting: 19/Jan/2023

Closure Date: 28/Feb/2023, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : CSI

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

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

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : Max. 11 months

Post Number : N/A

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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 Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;
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All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks

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Organizational Setting

The Information Technology Division (CSI) is responsible for all IT activities within the Organization. CSI 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

Depending on the role assigned, the incumbent will report to the Information Technology Officer, or the Project Lead.

Technical Focus

The incumbent will contribute to application development in one of FAO’s IT development and innovation teams, developing solutions using the latest technologies and mainstreaming their adoption, working in one of the following roles: UX/UI designer Web/Mobile/web/Frontend developer Backend developer Data visualisation specialist Data engineer Cloud DevSecOps engineer Quality Assurance Specialist

Candidates will have concrete experience and passion for one or more of the following specialisations and/or 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/Front End AppDev - Flutter & Dart, Angular, React, PWA, Android Native. Backend AppDev - Serverless Firebase, Cloud Functions, Cloud APIs, Java/Spring, Python, Flask, Django, NodeJS, RoR Data Visualization - R Shiny, Tableau, PowerBI, Data Studio. Data Engineering - Realtime, Internet of Things, BigData, Geospatial, Talend, Data Flow and Integration, Analytics, Predication Modelling and Machine Learning. Jupyter Notebooks, Python Pandas, Airflow/DataFlow, BigQuery, Cloud Composer, GEE, CKAN. Cloud DevSecOps Engineer - SDLC, Continuous Integration and Delivery (BitBucket Pipelines) - GCP Infrastructure as a Code, Terraform, SaaS solutions - InfoSec - Monitoring and Analytics of Performance, Stackdriver, Crashlytics, Analytics and Usage. Quality Assurance Specialist - Be able to Perform quality test processes in coordination with the application development teams

Tasks and responsibilities

Depending on the profile, the incumbent will support, lead or execute the following duties with respect to information systems: 1. 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, project lead or project support in complex software solutions or large development teams.

FAO Core Competencies

- Results Focus - Teamwork - Communication - 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. - Experience in the profiles of software developer, project lead or project support. - 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 advise decision-makers on project management, financials and administrative issues. - Ability to communicate effectively.

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

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Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


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