Office Assistant

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Organizational Setting

The Office of the Legal Counsel ensures that the Organization's activities are carried out in accordance with its Constitution and the other Basic Texts of the Organization, in a manner consistent with its status as an inter-governmental organization of the United Nations system, and that its relationships with governments, organizations and individuals are on a sound legal basis.

This position is located in the Front Office of the Legal Counsel at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Main Purpose

The Office Assistant performs a 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 Legal Counsel, the Deputy Legal Counsel and receives guidance from the Office Assistant leading the Front Office. He/she acts independently in routine matters and consults with Supervisor(s) on new and/or more complex issues and procedures. Supervision received provides for technical and procedural guidance and on-the-job learning.

Working Relationships

The Office Assistant interacts with a variety of colleagues from within the work unit. Interactions relate to the exchange of routine information and the provision of standard office support services.

Key Functions/Results

• Type, format and draft routine correspondence; collate tables, reports, presentations, publications and other documentation; • Receive, screen and direct telephone calls and visitors; respond to routine internal and external enquiries and/or refer to appropriate contacts/units; • Enter, retrieve, structure and update selected information and data from various sources (e.g. Intra-/Internet, office files, etc.); present results in standard format; • Set up and maintain office files and reference systems according to standard procedures; • Initiate, view and track a variety of administrative transactions in the computerized financial/travel/human resources systems; • Support the organization and administration of meetings, workshops and events (e.g. arranging for meeting rooms and other facilities; • Assist with arranging for travels: organize transport, logistics, accommodation, documents; • Ensure availability of office supplies and appropriate maintenance of office equipment; • Perform other duties as required.

Impact of work

The Office Assistant participates as part of a team in the provision of administrative and office support services. Actions reflect on the immediate and wider work unit.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS - candidates will be assessed against the following

Education: Secondary School Education Experience: Two years of relevant experience in office support work Languages: Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate - level B) of one of the other official FAO languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish). IT Skills: Knowledge of the MS Office applications, Internet and office technology equipment

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.


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

Technical Skills

• Knowledge of the communication and documentation standards • Knowledge of corporate computerized financial/travel/human resources systems and administrative procedures and policies • Proven capacity to handle sensitive and/or highly confidential information in an appropriate manner • Knowledge of the organizational structure • Experience in multitasking against tight deadlines


• Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of another FAO language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) • Prior experience in a diplomatic mission, the Legal Office of another International Organization, or in the Front Office of an office that typically handles sensitive and/or confidential information • Experience in assistance to Governing Bodies, including assisting in the preparation of pre-, in- and post-session documents, in coordination with Translation Unit, and in liaising with Members • Readiness to develop and apply new IT skills • Experience in processing, drafting, editing, proofreading and finalizing for signature/approval a variety of specialized legal documentation, reports, correspondence and other communications • Ability to handle, or refer to the appropriate officer, a variety of verbal and written inquiries from internal and external parties, including providing information on processes and procedures related to specific legal activities, meetings, publications, documents, etc

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