Office Assistant

Food and Agriculture Organization

Bangkok, Thailand

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: HR and Admin

The Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) is responsible for leading FAO's response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO's priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the region and, in collaboration with Centres/Divisions/Offices at headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO's strategic response to regional priorities. RAP also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization's Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. RAP develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development' and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.
The post is located in the Climate Change and Resilience Module, Natural Resources Management Stream of the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) in Bangkok, Thailand. The Module works to develop innovative approaches and tools and partnerships and support Member Nations to access finance and increase investments in the transformation toward more efficient, inclusive, low carbon and resilient agrifood systems. This includes coordination of FAO RAP work with the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
The Office 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 Office Assistant reports to the Senior Resilience Officer /Module Leader and may receive guidance from Technical Officer in the Module/RAP such as the Regional GEF Coordinator and the Emergency and Rehabilitation Officer. 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 Office 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:
  • Arrange appointments for the supervisor, receive visitors, place and screen telephone calls and respond to routine requests for information.
  • Provide office, protocol, administrative and logistics support to meetings, committees, conferences, etc.
  • Review, record, distribute and process incoming mail and correspondence; follow-up on pending actions.
  • Respond or draft responses to standard/routine correspondence and other communications; use word processing package to produce a wide variety of large, complex documents and reports.
  • Proofread documents and format texts for accuracy, grammar, punctuation and style as well as for adherence to established standards.
  • Initiate general administrative tasks in the computerized general administration/procurement/ 'financial/travel/human resources system.
  • Prepare purchase orders, purchase requisitions and support the preparation of Letters of Agreement (LOA), obtain clarification and follow up, 'when necessary.
  • Make travel and hotel arrangements and prepare travel authorizations/claims for staff and affiliate workforce as required.
  • Provide assistance in the administrative processing of vacancy announcements and consultants' contracts.
  • Research, compile and organize information and reference materials from various sources for reports; create spreadsheets and presentations; manage and update databases for mailing lists and other information; and maintain electronic and paper files.
  • Perform other 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.
  • Three years of relevant experience in office support work.
  • Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of English.
IT Skills:
  • Good knowledge of the MS Office applications, Internet and office technology equipment.
  • 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.
Technical Skills:
  • Good knowledge of communication and documentation standards.
  • Good knowledge of corporate computerized in administration/procurement/financial/travel/human resources systems and administrative procedures and policies.