Executive Assistant – Somalia

  • Somalia

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - FAO

Executive Assistant – Somalia

  • Organization: FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Somalia
  • Closing Date: 2023-10-20

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  • 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

Organizational Setting

The key mission of the FAO Representation in Somalia, which is led by the FAO Representative (FAOR), is to assist and support the national government in developing policies, strategies and programme aimed at accelerating the implementation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in FAO’s global mandate and strategic objectives.

More specifically, FAO’s response aims to address national needs and priorities in achieving food security, reducing hunger and malnutrition, developing agricultural, fishery and forestry sectors, ensuring the sustainable use of environmental and natural resources and responding to recurrent emergencies.

The current portfolio of activities of the FAO Representation in Somalia includes a wide scope of technical support interventions ranging from policy support through livestock and crop production to natural resource management, Nutrition, value chain, food security analysis and water and land information management. FAO is also implementing several emergency, resilience building, and development interventions, with the support of its five field offices and close to 400 staff in partnership with the Federal and State line ministries.

Reporting Lines

The Executive Assistant will be under the overall supervision and general supervision of the FAO Representative in Somalia.

Technical Focus

The Executive Assistant will be responsible for successful and timely collation of high-quality briefing and presentation materials for the Representative for appointments, meetings, missions. He/She will promote positive organizational culture through finding quick solutions and turn around to challenges facing the FAOR’s office.

Tasks and Responsibilities

• Manage the calendar of the FAOR to schedule appointments.
• Prepare advance briefing notes for the FAOR on matters before meetings and trips.
• Consolidate sectoral documents for ease of reference by the FAOR.
• Prepare correspondence and assemble documents for participants and provide administrative and secretarial support during meetings.
• Schedule and prepare meeting notes for FAOSO management meetings.
• Organize meetings and events held in the country/ field offices FAOR will attend in coordination with relevant units Organize, compile and process information from donors, Regional and headquarter offices, and programme teams, for the FAOR.
• Coordinate the support the preparation and drafting of aide memoires, concept notes, memoranda, and other substantive documents, in coordination with concerned FAOSO Sections and Units.
• Liaise with high level officials on administrative issues.
• Initiate and follow-up a broad variety of administrative and operational actions including the FAOR’s travel itinerary, procurement requests, and liaison with the relevant sectors for timely completion of the same.
• Prepare briefs on specific issues to support the FAOR, at meetings and on mission and follow up on any actions resulting from the meetings or missions attended.
• Receive and review FAOR correspondences, and identifying actions to be taken with minimum instructions and prepare replies to correspondence on operations matters; identify non-routine matters and potential policy issues, prepare background analysis, and refer matter with relevant notes to the FAOR.
• Establish a filing system for the FAOR’s office, maintain up-to-date records, control of records, files, and official correspondence, and maintain communications and correspondence logs for various official matters.
• Coordinate drafting, reviewing and preparation of talking points and speeches for FAOR participation in events and review of external communications.
• Set up, update, and maintain directories, telephone and e-mail lists, office records and files, reference guides, and manuals for the FAOR’s office.
• Receive and welcome the FAOR’s visitors, external staff and UN agencies and other national and international institutions and government officials).
• Receive, screen and place calls; respond to telephone, e-mail, and personal enquiries; refer non-recurring matters and difficult issues to the FAOR.
• Carry out general administrative and secretariat tasks as appropriate.
• Perform other related duties required.


Minimum Requirements

• University degree in business administration, management, law, economics, or a related field is required.
• At least five years of relevant experience (for consultant Category B) in administrative services, finance, accounting, audit, human resources.
• Working knowledge (level C) of English.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

• Successful and timely collation of high-quality briefing and presentation materials for the Representative for appointments, meetings, missions.
• Promote positive organizational culture through finding quick solutions and turn around to challenges facing the FAOR’s office.
• Effective support to various Donors, Government officials and stakeholders during meetings at the office.
• FAO Representative’s (FAOR’) calendar and professional networks including contacts with high-ranking visitors and partners managed appropriately.
• Timely arrangement of FAOR’s appointments and meetings.
• Timely compilation of meeting minutes.
• Effective follow up with stakeholders on follow up actions.

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 any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
  • 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 more information, 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.


• 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.

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