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Job Opportunity at FAO, National Project Personnel – Procurement Assistant

Job Opportunity at FAO - National Project Personnel

Job Opportunity at FAO, National Project Personnel – Procurement Assistant

Position: National Project Personnel – Procurement Assistant 
Job Posting: 01/Mar/2022

Closure Date: 17/Mar/2022, 1:59:00 AM

Organizational Unit: FRURT

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location: Tanzania, United Republic of-Dodoma

Duration: 12 Months

Post Number: N/A

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device

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

Job Opportunity at FAO, National Project Personnel – Procurement Assistant

Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), leads international efforts to alleviate hunger, eliminate poverty and achieve food and nutrition security for all. Ending hunger is about all people having access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round. At present, FAO is supports food systems the transformation to More efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems, for Better production, Better nutrition, Better environment and Better life, leaving no one behind.

FAO is currently implementing a project titled “Building Resilience of Agri- Food Systems and Better Nutrition in the context of the global pandemic”. The project is executed under EU funded multi-sectoral program ‘’AGRI-CONNECT’’ through support to the Ministry of Agriculture (Mainland and Zanzibar).

This project includes a separate nutrition component which aims at promoting behavioral changes in order to achieve better nutritional outcome, in addition to poverty reduction, It also includes new challenges that have emerged due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences on agri- food systems. To ensure effective and timely delivery of projects activities, the FAO Representation in the United Republic of Tanzania now seeks to recruit a suitably qualified and experienced Procurement Officer to perform a wide range of routine administrative, financial and logistical functions in support of the projects and Representation Office.

The post is located in FAO Representation in Tanzania, with the incumbent also working with other units in an integrated and cross-sectoral approach.

Job Opportunity at FAO, National Project Personnel – Procurement Assistant

Reporting Lines

Under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative and the direct supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative Administration, the incumbent will be required to demonstrate comprehensive procurement expertise and professionalism to support the efficient functioning of the FAO Representation in accordance with the project objectives, FAO procedures and corporate strategic objectives.

Technical Focus

The incumbent will provide technical support to various project in area of procurement, and programme/project management support.

Tasks and responsibilities

The Procurement Assistant will will have the following roles

Execute day-to-day work of the administration, finance and procurement/logistics of the FAO Representation, and the projects;

Establish an inventory of project assets, and to ensure project assets are properly registered, insured, used, maintained and safeguarded;

Review and certify all administrative and financial; documentation submitted to the FAO Representative for approval, for accuracy, appropriateness, correctness and compliance with the approved budget, FAO rules and regulations, as well as donor requirements;

Identify opportunities  for improvements and streamlining of financial controls and procurement procedures, and monitoring of expenditures under project budget lines to effectively support project activities;

Monitor actions related to recruitment and payment of consultants, contractors, and implementing partners in financial, and procurement  matters;

Identify level of resources (staff and system support) required to process transactions and meet all accounting and reporting requirements;

Ensure that project budgets and  budget revisions are prepared in a timely and orderly manner, so as to meet the project cycles and timelines as well as the needs of the FAO Representation, and the donor agency;

Prepare administrative and financial documents such as purchase requisitions and orders, payment requests, letters of agreement, contracts etc;

Provide guidance to and supervise work of staff involved in activities concerned with premises, security and other administrative services;

Assist with recruitment of new personnel, and to provide guidance to staff on matters related to staff recruitment, maintenance and separation;

Assist in securing accreditation of internationally recruited staff, and provide guidance to national and international staff on protocol issues;

Prepare travel requests and authorizations;

Perform other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

University degree in procurement, business or public administration, finance, accounting, economics, finance, auditing or related fields

At least three (3) years of relevant work experience in administration support work including at least 2 years of experience in procurement, finance and administration in big development projects;

Fluent English and Kiswahili.

National of Tanzania.

 FAO Core Competencies

Result focus

Team work


Building effective relationships

Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Ability to draft correspondence and review financial records, ensuring accuracy and consistency;

Maturity and confidence in dealing with high ranking official of government institutions, international institutions and non- government institutions.

Remain open to change and ability to manage complexity.

Ability to work and act under pressure and with discretion in multicultural environment.

Demonstrate capacity to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time to meet goals in a high-pressure environment.

Understanding of the purpose and functions of technical programmes, operational guidelines and programme/project management procedures, preferably those adopted by the United Nations or FAO would be considered

Working experience with UN and/or international organizations will be an asset;

Required Qualifications, Experience and Competencies

Ability to follow instructions and to work independently;

Computer literacy and ability to effectively use word processing, accounting, financial management and other office applications and equipment;

Demonstrable knowledge and working experience of FAO/UN finance and administration procedures and systems is an advantage


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 please contact: [email protected]

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 http://www.whed.net/

For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.


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

Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application

Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications

Incomplete applications will not be considered

Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application

Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered

Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile

We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact: [email protected]


The deadline for submitting the application is 17 March 2022.



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