Operations Specialist

Food and Agriculture Organization

Yaounde, Cameroon

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: HR and Admin

The FISH4ACP project (“Sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture value chains in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries”) is a five-year project led by the Organisation of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. FISH4ACP aims at improving the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture value chains through five main components/specific objectives: i) Robust fisheries and aquaculture improvement strategies are developed and agreed with stakeholders; ii) Economic performance of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in selected value chains is improved; iii) Inclusiveness and the social sustainability of selected value chains are improved; iv) The environmental sustainability of selected value chains is enhanced; and v) MSMEs in selected value chains have access to additional sources of finance and investment.

Shrimp fishing in Cameroon is one of the twelve VCs (one per country) competitively selected from more than seventy-five proposals for the implementation of the program. Following a thorough value chain analysis (VCA), the FISH4ACP team developed an upgrading strategy for the value chain and is now moving to the implementation phase of the activities in the above-mentioned multi-year strategy.

Tasks and responsibilities: 

  • Prepare project-related documents for distribution, make inputs to technical documents and aid in knowledge sharing for increased visibility.
  • Support FISH4ACP knowledge sharing and capacity development initiatives, including preparation of training and workshop material.
  • Support the planning and monitoring of project activities while ensuring adherence to FAO policies and regulations in relation to budget, procurement, travel and other administrative actions.
  • Retrieve, enter, select  and  analyse  data  from  a  wide  variety of  sources, including FAO’s  corporate systems and  data bases; verify accuracy of data documents; make necessary calculations
  • Assist to organize and handle day-to-day operational activities of the FISH4ACP project and contribute on an ad-hoc basis to other administrative and operations task for the FAO Cameroon programme.
  • Monitor budget; reconcile expenditures, balances, payments, statements and other data; assist in the preparation of Field Budget Authorizations.
  • Examine and process a variety of payments, reimbursements and disbursements (consultants only).
  • Assist in preparing Letters of Agreement (LoAs) and their subsequent output/financial monitoring including processing of due funds disbursements.
  • Assist in the preparation of technical content for working documents, advocacy materials, web pages, articles, invitation letters and information material for technical networks, workshops, conferences and other outreach events; 
  • Present on FAO work as required (consultants only).
Candidates Will Be Assessed Against The Following
Minimum Requirements:
  • University degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, Law, Languages or a relevant field preferred.
  • Minimum 1 (category C) and 5 years (category B) of practical experience in general project/office operational activities, and progressively responsible experience in operations works.
  • Working knowledge (level C) of English and French. For PSA, working knowledge of English, or French.
Technical/Functional Skills:
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to write and/or edit documents clearly and concisely in French and English is considered a strong asset;
  • Excellent analytical skills, and demonstrated sense of initiative are considered strong assets;
  • Previous experience with FAO tools (iMIS, FPMIS, etc. ) is considered an asset;
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of FAO administrative processes and procedures would be an asset.
  • Previous experience in project administrative management in the fisheries sector is considered an asset;
  • Ability to work efficiently and accurately;
  • Communication skills to maintain good working relationships with people from different nationality and cultural background;
  • Previous work experience with UN agencies would be an asset;
  • Excellent computer skills.
Source: https://jobs.fao.org/careersection/fao_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=2400471