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Office Assistant Needed at Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Nigeria

About the job

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

The primary goal of FAO Country Offices is to aid governments in creating policies, programs and projects that secure food security and diminish hunger and malnutrition.

They also support the development of agriculture, fisheries, and forestry, ensuring the sustainable use of environmental and natural resources.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative (Administration) and direct supervision of the Head of the Northeast sub office, the Office Assistant will perform the following duties.

Technical Focus

Coordinate and perform the full range of office support, management support and administrative tasks, providing for the smooth and efficient running of the Office as a member of the support services coordination team. He/ she ensures quality and consistency of the flow of office work and information in the work unit.

Tasks And Responsibilities

The role and responsibilities are as follows:

  • Assist in the management of appropriate book-keeping of office expenditures, general administration, set up of filling and archive system;
  • Examine and process a variety of payment/reimbursement/disbursement of various vendor payments;
  • Collating and submission of payment requests to Abuja finance unit.
  • Manage the petty cash at field level and submit regular financial report to the finance team at Abuja;
  • Assist submission of monthly timecards of the project personnel.
  • Assist in submission of Travel Authorizations in the workflow system for FAOR approval.
  • Maintenance of the filling system ensuring safekeeping of all the project related documents;
  • Update local asset records based on the outcomes of regular physical inventory and should identify obsolete/un-usable properties/items for disposal;
  • Act as custodian for management of office stationery supplies including maintenance of stock list of stationary, distribution of stationary as required by staff and keeping a log of distribution.
  • Timely submissions of payment request to Finance unit.
  • Appropriate filling system of all finance/procurement/project documents and keep records for future reference.
  • Update inventory database.
  • All reports and other relevant materials archived and uploaded on FAO shared drive Relevant public information products developed and disseminated at the national, regional and global levels.
  • Perform any other related duties as required. Perform any other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

  • University Degree in Human Resources, Social Sciences, Administration, or a relevant field preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years practical experience in Administration management, contract and asset operations) including at least 2 years work experience with UN System, multilateral institutions or international NGOs;
  • Working knowledge in English language is required.
  • Nationality of Nigeria.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Good computer skills

Additional Information

  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at
  • For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website:
  • 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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