Technical Project Assistant

Food and Agriculture Organization

Basra, Iraq

FAO's office for Iraq is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing countrywide food, agriculture and rural development. It develops and maintains relations with the relevant government entities and Ministries at country level. The post is located in Basra, Iraq.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative (FAOR) and supervision of the project manager with close consultation and technical guidance of the International vegetable Production and Farmer Field School Specialist , and in close collaboration with the date palm and dairy FAP’s specialists. 

Technical Focus

The Technical Project Assistant shall assist the FAO’s specialists to organize and carry out day-to-day project activities under project GCP/IRQ/004/EC entitled: “Restoration and Strengthening the Resilience of Agri-Food Systems in Southern Iraq”.

Tasks and responsibilities

The Technical Project Assistant shall assist the FAO’s Specialists to:

  • Liaise with the Agriculture directorates in the three governorates and other government authorities;
  • Assist in the preparation and consolidate technical documents, communication material, etc., including translations from English to Arabic and vice-versa;
  • Based on the inputs provided, prepare technical presentations;
  • Assist the M&E specialist in collecting and analysing data;
  • Assist to identify and quantify equipment, goods and service needs. Assist to prepare technical specifications and to assess technical offers;
  • Assist in administrative tasks related to procurement, customs clearance, distribution, installation, commissioning, accounting, training, etc.;
  • Assist in technical and logistic tasks for the preparation of trainings, training material and delivering of trainings;
  • Assist in the preparation of projects budget and forecasts;
  • Provide translation service (Arabic/English) during meetings, missions, training, etc.
  • Prepare activity reports.

Candidates Will Be Assessed Against The Following

Minimum Requirements

  • University degree (Bachelor degree ) in Agriculture Engineering, Engineering, Biology or related subjects.
  • 3 years of experience in Agriculture or related sectors.
  • Working knowledge of English and Arabic.
  • Iraqi Nationality.

Technical/Functional Skills 

  • Work experience in the south of Iraq, in the tomato and/or date palm sectors. 
  • Experience in crop management, fertigation, IPM.
  • Experience or training.
  • Experience on agriculture and environment related sectors.
  • Familiarity with the extension service in the tomato and/or date palm sectors.

Selection Criteria 

  • Familiarity with the tomato and/or date palm production areas in the governorates of Basrah, Thi-Qar and/or Missan is preferable.
  • Familiarity with training, organization of training programme.
  • Familiarity with project implementation.