Administrative Assistant

Food and Agriculture Organization

Managua, Nicaragua

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: HR and Admin

The main objective of FAO offices, led by an FAO Representative, is to help governments formulate policies, programs and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sector, and use their environmental/natural resources in a sustainable manner.

The position is located in the FAO Representation in Managua, Nicaragua.

Main Purpose

The Administrative Assistant performs a large variety of routine administrative transactions and office support functions contributing to the smooth and efficient running of the work unit.

Supervision Received/Exercised

The Administrative Assistant reports to the Assistant FAOR Administration.
He/she acts independently in routine matters. Supervision received is focused on the quality of the work performed and provides for on-the-job learning.

Working Relationships

The Administrative Assistant usually interacts with a wide variety of colleagues within the work unit and with immediate clients within the Organization, providing routine administrative and office support services.

Key Functions/Results

  • •    Retrieve, enter, select and analyse data from a wide variety of sources, including FAO's corporate system and data bases; verify accuracy of data documents; make necessary calculations.
  • •    Assemble and review supporting documentation for processing Non-Staff Human Resource (NSHR), Travel or Financial actions in FAO's corporate systems, while ensuring compliance with FAO's rules and regulations.
  • •    Maintain imprest accounts; reconcile expenditures, balances, payments, statements and other data; assist in the preparation of recurring and special reports by preparing and editing data in appropriate format as requested; monitor project, programme and general office accounts.
  • •    Maintain detailed records of budget estimates, obligations and available balances; record receipts and disbursements (ledgers, cash books, vouchers, etc.); make disbursements from petty cash fund and balance accounts.
  • •    Prepare routine correspondence of administrative nature; draft correspondence to verify data, answer queries, and obtain additional information on transactions and financial matters, as required.
  • •    Maintain local inventory records with responsibility for proper recording of assets, their maintenance and safeguard.
  • •    Maintain a filing system of administrative and financial documents.
  • •    Maintain liaison with local banks and financial institutions to keep up-to-date with financial and regulatory information (exchange and interest rates, procedures and rules, maintenance of bank accounts, etc.).
  • •    Support the administration of personnel and equipment as well as protocol-related issues.
  • •    Perform other related duties as required.

Impact Of Work

  • The incumbent's work impacts on the timely and efficient delivery of office support services and on the overall output of the work unit.

Candidates Will Be Assessed Against The Following

Minimum Requirements

Education: Secondary school education.

Experience: Three years of experience in administrative and office support work.

Languages: Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of Spanish and limited knowledge (intermediate - level B) of English.

IT Skills: Good knowledge of the MS Office applications, Internet and office technology equipment. Ability to use accounting software and other information systems and databases to insert data, make enquiries, retrieve/define ad hoc reports and analyses and edit results in appropriate format.

Residency: General Service Staff are recruited locally. 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.