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  • Posted: Feb 9, 2023
    Deadline: Mar 7, 2023
  • FAO works closely with the Government and people of Ghana, broadly tackling food and nutrition security issues ranging from food insecurity prevention, to strengthening food systems, to food safety training.FAO assistance in Ghana has three priority areas: Food and nutrition security; Environment and sustainable natural resource management; Rural developm...
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    Programme Assistant (Operations)

    The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.

    Reporting Lines

    The incumbent reports to the Senior Field Programme Officer.

    Technical Focus

    The Programme Assistant plays a lead role in the coordination of programme/ projects support services for the department. He/ she performs a broad range of programme, planning and budgeting activities requiring in-depth analysis and interpretation of relevant policies, procedures and practices. The incumbent provides procedural guidance to managers and staff in the department or location.

    Tasks And Responsibilities

    • Contribute in the preparation of project work plans, monitor progress and, where necessary, identify corrective measure to overcome operational constraints;
    • Ensure Operational Clearance for national, sub-regional and regional projects
    • Input data into required FAO systems, including GRMS and FPMIS; update and maintain databases and retrieve information to produce reports, graphs, charts, and statistics;
    • Contribute to the processing of project management related tasks such as requests for finance, accounts, recruitment, fellowship training, meetings, training courses, and procurement.
    • Process secondment reports and journal vouchers for salary reimbursements of FAO staff working for the project in accordance with project budgets and allowable rules and regulations;
    • Initiate corrective measures aiming at improving project delivery;
    • Prepare, revise and monitor project’s budget against expenditure and ensuring availability of a positive balance at all times;
    • Provide the necessary inputs for the timely preparation and submission of project’s progress and project closure reports;
    • Prepare analytical and financial reports on project performances, results based reports according to FAO and rules and regulations, as required;
    • Monitor the delivery of Trust Fund and TCP projects across the region;
    • Prepare delivery estimates analysis for relevant regional Trust Fund and TCP projects as required;
    • Prepare and submit request for operational and financial closure of Regional Projects.
    • Initiate, view and track a variety of administrative transactions in the computerized financial / travel / human resources systems;
    • Ensure the completeness and quality of data and documentation in the relevant FAO corporate information systems for all assigned operational field projects/activities;
    • Perform other duties as required.


    Minimum Requirements

    • Secondary School Education
    • Five years of experience in administrative/ financial/ planning/ programming/ budgeting activities for both Regular Programme and Projects
    • Working knowledge (Level C) of English and a second language will be an asset.
    • To be eligible for this position, candidates must be nationals of the country of the duty station or possess an existing visa/work permit, and reside within commuting distance of the duty station at the time of the application. “Commuting distance” means the distance within which staff members can travel daily between their place of work and their residence.

    FAO Core Competencies

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

    Technical/Functional Skills

    • Thorough knowledge of corporate information systems
    • Thorough knowledge of programme and budget processes and procedures
    • Thorough knowledge of common administrative and financial rules and regulations
    • Thorough knowledge of communication and documentation standards Good knowledge of the MS Office applications, Internet and office technology equipment
    • Knowledge of the Field Programme Management Information System (FPMIS);
    • Project management skills;
    • Excellent communications skill, both orally and in writing, on technical materials for audiences at different levels of technical expertise

    Selection Criteria

    Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a technical / competency-based interview.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on to apply

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