Programme Support Specialist

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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Executive / senior industry position

Job Posting

: 10/Jan/2020

Closure Date

: 30/Jan/2020, 10:59:00 PM
Organizational Unit: CIO

Job Type

: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)
Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location

: Italy-Rome
Duration: Up to 11 months
Post Number: N/A


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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply

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

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


Reporting Lines


Under the direct supervision of the Information Technology Officer (IT Strategic Sourcing, Planning & Control group), the consultant will act as Programme Support Specialist performing the following functions.

Technical Focus

The incumbent will provide programme support and, where needed, coordination to the operations of the IT Strategic Sourcing, Planning & Control group of the IT Division.

Tasks and responsibilities
The incumbent will:
  • Advise CIO management on best practices for IT administrative processes and procedures
  • Provide support in coordinating licenses management requests for FAO
  • Provide support to other colleagues in the team on procurement activities
  • Monitor projects plans, delivery and resource schedules
  • Assist in the preparation of periodic financial and planning reports[OHR1] 
  • Coordinate and ensure timely finalization of NSHR contracts renewal processes, working in close collaboration with SSC
  • Provide reports on the administrative activities performed
  • Contribute to service definitions and internal process improvements.
  • Contribute to other programme support, financial related and control processes
  • Perform any other duties as required.
Minimum Requirements
  • University degree or relevant educational certification in in Management, Law, finance, social science, international relations or closely related discipline.
  • For Consultants: Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the following, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, or Russian.

For PSA: Working knowledge of English.

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in programme support, administrative and/or ICT Contracts area
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills  

  • Experience and knowledge in programme support, administration area
  • Experience and knowledge in ICT area is an asset
  • Experience in an international/ multicultural organization is desirable
  • Knowledge of FAO Administrative and Financial Rules is desirable
  • Knowledge of FAO associated tools (e.g. GRMS, iMIS) is desirable
  • Relevant experience in similar support related position

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