Programme Assistant (South Africa) in Johannesburg, South Africa

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Closure Date: 24/Jan/2024, 10:59:00 PM

Duration : Up to 11 months with possibility of extension.



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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 Members 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 FAO’s values
 FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination

 All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks

 All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
 FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

Organizational Setting

FAO supports governments and regional integration organizations to address their needs and priorities in achieving food security, reducing hunger and malnutrition, developing agricultural, fishery and forestry sectors, and ensuring the sustainable use of environmental and natural resources. The FAO Resilience Hub for southern Africa (SFS-REOSA) based in Johannesburg, South Africa, leads FAO’s work to reduce vulnerability and risks of food and nutrition insecurity by strengthening the productive capacity and livelihoods of vulnerable groups in southern Africa. SFS-REOSA provides support to regional integration organizations, governments and FAO country offices in the design and implementation of emergency and resilience-building initiatives for the agriculture, food, and nutrition security sectors in southern Africa.

Reporting Lines

Under the general supervision of the Resilience Team Leader and direct supervision of Operations Officer, the Administrative Assistant will work as the focal point for matters related with finance management and procurement in the SFS-REOSA.

Technical Focus

He/she will work closely with national and regional technical officers (early warning, anticipatory action, crop, livestock, monitoring and evaluation, operations and administration) to produce technical outputs of the programme. Specifically, the incumbent will carry out the following tasks: 

Tasks and responsibilities

 Assist in programme administration and responsible for up-to-date maintenance and accurate financial records of all disbursements and receipts under the SFS-REOSA portfolio:
 Assist the procurement process by preparing and submitting requisitions, checking the status of existing requisitions against issued purchase orders.

 Process programme payments and follow up on invoices ensuring that the budget limits, threshold and the rules and regulations are respected.

 Reconcile expenditures, balances, payments statements and other day to day transactions including any discrepancies or errors identified by conversing with team members and/or vendors/ service providers.
 Review, prepare and process disbursement vouchers.
 Monitor the project reports (Project status report, financial statement, and transaction listing) and maintain continuing awareness of accounts balances of the projects under the REOSA Programme; ensure all calculations and data entries are correct and process corrective actions in the system.
 Reconcile programme cash advances, OPC, Petty Cash through FAO Account and keep outstanding cash advance record and follow up with the team to settle.
 Support the management and control of equipment and purchased goods.
 Maintain up to date inventory of SFS-REOSA assets, including vehicles and office equipment.
 Be responsible for the daily office management and the management of funds, personnel, and other Project resources.
 Prepare monthly financial reports and periodicals according to FAO standards.
 Ensure that all justifications of expenses are recorded and presented in the right format, exact time, according to FAO rules.
 Perform other duties as requested by supervisor.


Minimum Requirements

 University Degree in Administration, Finance, Accounting, Economics, or a relevant field.
 Minimum 4 years’ experience in general project/office administrative and operations activities.
 National of South Africa or resident in the country with a valid work permit.
 Working knowledge of English.
FAO Core Competencies

 Results Focus 
 Building Effective Relationships
 Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

 Ability to write briefs and reports.
 Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
 Previous work experience with UN agencies is preferred.
 Ability to work in a multi-national and multi-ethnic environment.
 Ability to work efficiently with minimal direct supervision.
 Effective communication skills- written and oral
 Strong skills in word processing and spreadsheet software computer are required.
 Strong report writing skills.
 Ability to organize meetings and workshops.

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 a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
 Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help or have queries, please contact: [email protected]
 Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
 Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
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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


 To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
 Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
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